Workshop – Writing for Photographers [Spring 2020 dates TBC]
An intensive day long workshop on writing techniques for photographers.
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What is it?
Photographers express complex ideas visually, but we sometimes struggle to explain our ideas as easily in words. This workshop is designed to equip participants with techniques and ideas they can use to more confidently approach writing about photography. It will also explore different ways that images and texts can be combined within photographic projects.
What does it cover?
This workshop will lead participants through a series of discussions, examples and exercises designed to explore different forms and styles of writing, as well as considering some of the ways that images and words can relate to each other. The workshop places an emphasis on writing as at every stage of a photographic project, from using it as an idea development strategy, through to a way to describe and explain completed projects as part of grant applications or exhibition proposals. It will also discuss writing critically about imagery by other photographers. Please see below for a detailed outline of the day’s schedule.
Who should do it?
Anyone interested in increasing their confidence and ability in writing about their own photographs or those of others.
What do I need to bring?
A laptop, typewriter, pen and paper, or any other medium you prefer to write with.
- 9.50 – Participants arrive ready for a 10.00 start.
- 10.00 to 11.30 – Writing fundamentals, including finding the right conditions, basic principles of good writing, and different writing styles.
- 11.30 to 11.40 – Coffee break.
- 11.40 to 13.00 – Different approaches and uses for project outlines and descriptions.
- 13.00 to 14.00 – Lunch (included in workshop fee).
- 14.00 to 15.30 – Rethinking images and text, including using text as the narrative backbone for a set of images.
- 15.30 to 15.40 – Tea break.
- 15.40 to 17.00 – Critical writing and writing for publication, final questions and discussion about the day’s topics.
- 17.00 – Workshop ends
Where is it?
The workshop takes place at my studio in south London, meaning that participants have access to a wide range of materials and resources from my numerous projects and teaching. Lunch is served in my home and there are also local shops and eateries for anyone who prefers to go out for lunch. By foot the studio is five minutes from Selhurst station, and 15 minutes from Norwood Junction station, and is also on the 468, X68 and 50 bus routes.
‘It was a really informative day. The form doesn’t give me enough space to say how helpful the experience was. … On top of all the great teaching, the day was friendly and fun. The food was excellent, which is very important to me. Your room works exceptionally well and it is easy to see how much thought you have given to the layout of the space, with clever hidden gems like the magnetic walls.’
– Nicola, Visual Storytelling participant
‘There really wasn’t any weak point during the day. As a busy working photographer predominantly delivering picture stories to clients, I found exploring the ‘science’ (for lack of a better word) behind much of what I instinctively do was absolutely fascinating.’
– Marcus, Visual Storytelling participant
‘I found the visual storytelling techniques followed by practical exercises with pictures very useful. I also really appreciated the studio set up, your non-hierarchical relation with us and the down to earth environment of your house. ‘
– Visual Storytelling participant
The fine print:
I believe workshops should be small and intimate, and for that reason numbers are capped at 7 participants per workshop. However, this small group size also means I need at least 6 participants to book in order for them to run. In the unlikely event of a workshop having to be cancelled participants will have their full fee returned to them. Participants needing to cancel up to two weeks before the workshop will have their fee returned less a 20% charge. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the day of the workshop are non-refundable.
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