The Zen Photography Workshop with David Butow

Good friend of Camera West, David Butow is leading a two day workshop for photographers of all levels who seek to enrich their experience of observing and photographing.

The Zen Photography Workshop will take place on November 1st thru the 2nd in Oakland, CA. The class begins with a lecture by David, followed by group discussion, individual counseling and two sessions of shooting and editing over two days. The goal of each student will be unique and we will concentrate on helping each photographer find and express their personal vision. The workshop will conclude with a group slide show, open to the public, at Camera West in Walnut Creek on Monday night, November 3rd at 6:30pm.

If interested in the worksop, please contact David Butow at Cost of the workshop is $375. and limited to just 12 students. Each participant is asked to bring a digital camera and a computer.

If interested in joining us at Camera West on Monday, November 3 for the slide show, please RSVP at or call us at 925-9351424.

UPDATE : This event has been postponed. It will be held at a later date.

For more info on The Zen Photography Workshop, please click this link :

About the instructor:

California-based photojournalist David Butow has worked professionally for three decades in many countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Indonesia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Peru and Yemen. His photographic coverage of subjects such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan, China earthquake, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and social issues in the United States have won awards from Communications Arts, World Press Photo, American Photography Annual and others. His photographs have appeared in many magazines including Time, US News and World Report, The New York Times Magazine, Paris Match, and in the National Geographic books Visions of Paradise, Dragon Rising and Inside China.

His pictures have been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. Butow is a member of Redux Pictures and has been a guest lecturer at many institutions including the Annenberg Space for Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography and Otis College of Art and Design. His commercial and editorial clients have included National Geographic Books, Apple Computers and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

A Weekend of Images

Thank you to Jason Bradley and David Butow who presented their work to captive audiences on Friday and Saturday evenings.

As part of our grand opening festivities here at Camera West in Walnut Creek, we invited Jason and David to show us their work and talk to us about their photography. Both Jason and David have very unique and different styles and it was great to see their images and hear about what motivated them as photographers.

Also a big thank you to everyone who came out Friday and Saturday evenings  to join us in the presentations!

You can check out Jason Bradley’s work here :

David Butow :

David Butow showed us images from his "Seeing Buddha" project

Jason Bradley shows the underwater rig he uses to capture his beautiful images.

Seeing Buddha

By David Butow

From Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, to Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Japan, the United States and other countries, “Seeing Buddha” takes the viewer on a photographic exploration of Buddhism as practiced by various cultures.

Using various cameras, formats and techniques, Camera West customer David Butow’s photographs made throughout 2012 reflects his vision of the 2500-year-old religion in rituals, architecture and design.

Photo by David Butow

Check out David’s quiet, inspiring images on his website and learn more about David and his project in this piece in the New York Times Lens blog.