They pull at the black tarpaulin surrounding the stand. They try to peek inside. They tell other voyeurs not to look there but look here. They are told to move!. But they don't want, they resist and they insist on staying with their eyes staring through the curtain. To read more and see the work click the image.
In this workshop I would like to discuss various ways of working on a social, environmental and psychological portrait - be it a portrait of one person or a community of individuals. Photography students will receive an assignment to produce a portrait story about an individual or a group of people.
Such portrait assignments are very common in the editorial world and in the workshop we shall discuss the elements constituting a successful portrait. We will talk about approaching a stranger, building close rapport with your subject, breaking down the barriers of communication. I would like to push the boundaries of traditional understanding of photographic reportage. I will share both examples of my own work and of other photographers that have extraordinary vision and approach to storytelling. I will show examples of complex and global stories told by portraying a small family or single person. A single portrait of an individual can be powerful enough to affect social change.
London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, yet there is still a divide between the various communities based on their social, ethnic, economic and cultural status. In the international melting pot of London, you will be able to single out a small group of individuals or perhaps even one person in order to portray their daily life, focusing not only on their actions, but their character, emotional expressions and the environment that surrounds them.
I encourage the participants to “infiltrate” the given group and spend a full day with them, be it one person, one family or several people from one community. Find people that interest you personally, whose lives and cultures fascinate you, only in personal approach you will find passion and motivation that are the key ingredients to make this work. In the interests of time, I suggest that the photographer focuses on building relationships with a smaller number of people (1 – 3 people, perhaps closely related, family or friends). I encourage photographers to locate and approach their chosen group before the workshop and resolve the access issue to be able to concentrate on the shooting assignment during the workshop.
Friday 27th April, Introductory Seminar: 17:30 - 20:30.
Saturday 28th April, Independent Shooting: All day on location.
Sunday 29th April, Editing & Critique: 09:00 - 18:30.