About dirty boots

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Like all good origin stories, this one involves some existential angst... 

...and a good bottle of port. After more than a decade of trading photography equipment and clients in equal measure, Leonardo and David found themselves one night, halfway through a bottle of Ware's Warrior, discussing the status of their vocational happiness. What was it that brought them professional satisfaction? For both, the answer was teaching and mentoring those eager to learn. Add to the mix (mostly true) stories of photographic adventures abroad and by the end of the bottle, Dirty Boots Photography Workshops was born. 



Leonardo Carrizo - founder/instructor

Leonardo is a native Spanish speaker and has led National Geographic Expeditions to Ecuador and the Galápagos, Peru, Spain and Cuba. He has taught visual storytelling workshops in Ecuador and the U.S in addition to lectures on travel and culture-specific photography.  When in the United States, Leonardo teaches Multimedia Journalism, Photojournalism, and Visual Communication Design, at The Ohio State University.  He also mentors the student photo editors working at the university’s student-run newspaper The Lantern and continues to do independent photography work for several publications.

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David Bernstein - founder/instructor

In 2016, after two decades working as a photographic generalist, shooting for clients as diverse as Victoria's Secret and the Chronicle of Higher Education, David turned his attention to his personal work.  Since that time, he has become an international award-winning fine artist, recently showing work in Munich, New York, and Paris. Trained also as an historian (PhD- University of Wisconsin, Madison) David's work frequently explores the stories people tell about themselves and the places in which they live.


Ailin blasco - Regional Expert/ Director

After obtaining a degree in Biology in her native Ecuador, Ailin earned her Master in Digital Photography from School of Visual Arts of New York. Ailin works as a Biologist researching Ecuadorian diversity at CISeAL Research Institute and teaches various Photography classes at San Francisco University of Quito. She also collaborates with international photographers as a local fixer and as a travel logistic specialist. Her photographic works expands from fine art to pinhole to documentary and it has been exhibited in group shows in Ecuador and New York.