Documentary Photo Essays (Winchester)

02 June 2015

SIG: Documentary

Documentary (DG):  Workshop:

Documentary Photo Essays

Date:  27 June 2015    Time: 10.00-17.00

Location:  The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester

Postcode: SO23 8SB

Access:  Wheelchair accessible.   The practical part of this workshop entails walking with camera kit.   

Contact:  Mo Connelly     Email:  dvj@rps.org

Cost: DG Members: £55

           RPS Members: £60

           Others: £65

Event Type: Documentary Workshop (suitable for all photographers)

Participants: Maximum 12, minimum 10

RPS Group: Documentary

Workshop Overview:  A one day workshop covering some of the fundamental guidelines for producing a narrative 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.  We will also discuss and review portfolios and 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 – 1300       Lunch – and a chance to chat with Alison or to start your practical session early!

1300 – 1500       Practical session shooting a short photo story.

1500 – 1600       Edit and short review of the images.

1600 – 1700       Project discussions and summary feedback.

As we will review images taken that afternoon it will help to bring a laptop and memory stick to download your selected images for review as a group.   A notebook and pen are the only other things you need.

The workshop room will be locked when the group is not in it and it will be safe to leave things at the Discovery Centre.

See http://www3.hants.gov.uk/wdc for information on the venue.   There is a café open all day at the Discovery Centre.

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)

Contact dvj@rps.org to express your interest in attending this workshop and receive additional information.