15 November - DVJ Workshop in Salisbury: Documentary Photo Essays

15 November 2014

10:00 - 17:00

Salisbury Library
Market Place
United Kingdom

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Non RPS Member£60.00 
RPS Member£55.00 
Group Member£50.00 

A one day workshop covering some of the fundamental guidelines for producing a narratives with images.  The day will start with an introduction to documentary image making which will include a short history of this genre of photography and an explanation of the key images needed to develop the story. The day will then move on to look at the practical aspects of photo essays which will include research tools, equipment and logistics.    During the afternoon we will have the opportunity to practice some of the types of shots taught in the morning session.  Should time permit we will also discuss and review portfolios and Ali will offer advice on current and future projects.  


The proposed timetable for the day is as follows:


1000 – 1200         Welcome and introduction.

            Founding roots of documentary.

            Presentation on the key images of a photo essay.


1200-1500        Practical session shooting a short photo story + lunch and a chance for a                 chat with Ali for those who wish to join her for a coffee            


1500 – 1600         Edit and short review of the images.


1600 – 1700        Project discussions and summary feedback.



Contact DVJ@RPS.ORG to express your interest in attending this workshop and receive additional information.


About the tutor:


Alison Baskerville is a photojournalist and documentary photographer.  She studied at Westminster University and has a MA in photojournalism.  Her career started in the RAF where she served for 12 years seeing active service in Bosnia and Iraq. It was whilst in Iraq that she became inspired to capture her surroundings on an old Nikon film camera and gave her the motivation and desire to change career paths and become a photojournalist.

She has built her portfolio up in a number of varied ways; documentary projects with charity organisations which exposed her to the rewarding challenges faced by those dedicated volunteers who give their time to others and to the opposite side of the spectrum.  She also provides imagery for news picture desks and undertakes commercial based commissions.

In 2012 Alison returned to Afghanistan to capture the lives of women on the frontline. This resulted in an exhibition in the Oxo Gallery in London and is now the subject of an ongoing long term project.  (http://www.alisonbaskerville.co.uk)


This is the fourth, and last this year, of this very popular workshop.   It will be held in the Salisbury Library, in the old town centre, and only a ten minute walk from the Railway Station.   Salisbury has recently been ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015.



This event can only been booked through the DVJ, so if you want to join us please email dvj@rps.org.

Opening times

The workshop will open at 10.00 am.

Cancellation policy

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and the DVJ organisers are volunteers. The DVJ has adopted the following refunds policy in respect of events & activities organised by or on behalf of the Group as follows:- 1. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is £20 or less (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DVJ. 2. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is more than £20 (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DVJ unless:- a) the actual cost of the event or activity to the DVJ has been met by paying participants, and b) the reason for not being able to participate is one that is outside the control of the person in question, and c) notice in writing (email is acceptable) outlining the circumstances for non-participation is given to the DVJ no later than seven clear days before the start of the event or activity. 3. In any case, the DVJ will only refund the sum paid (per person) and will not compensate for any consequential costs that may have been incurred, such as travel, accommodation, refreshments or subsistence. 4. A condition of payment for DVJ events or activities charges is that this policy is accepted. 5. In the event of dispute the DVJ Treasurer’s decision is final.

Hearing and access requirements

There is wheelchair/disabled access to the Library. The practical session will be round and about the busy city centre.

Mo Connelly
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Region: London, SouthernSIG(s): Documentary