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Black & White Masterclass with Alan Schaller


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23.07.2021 - 25.07.2021

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Join the Leica Akademie for a Black & White Masterclass with London based photographer Alan Schaller.
This comprehensive workshop will deepen your understanding of black and white photography, from capturing the perfect shot to editing to get the most out of your images.

You will be shown how to find the maximum tonality from any scene, from portraits with rich tonal depth through to high contrast street scenes. Alan Schaller’s black and white photography has found its way to the front covers of magazines, in leading newspapers, used for advertising by luxury brands, and has been exhibited and featured internationally. If you have a passion for black and white, in any genre of photography, this is your chance to learn from an expert.


  • Introduction to Alan’s photographic approach
  • Tone and Texture
  • Shape and Form
  • Getting the intended mood at the time of capture
  • Visualizing the end result
  • Street Photography and Portraiture
  • Post Processing techniques for a consistent portfolio

Please see the schedule above for further details.


This workshop is open to all levels of photographer who are keen to grow their skill set.

Limited to 12 Students.

*A Leica Camera is not required for this class.  Students must have a basic or intermediate operational knowledge of their camera.  An assortment of Leica Cameras will be available on loan at no further cost for the duration of the workshop (please see T&C's).

23rd, 24th, 25th July 2021

Friday 4- 7pm
Saturday 10am- 6pm
Sunday 10am- 5pm

Leica Store Mayfair

Month: July 2021
Akademie Category: All Levels
Tutor: Alan Schaller

Be sure to read our T&Cs before booking.

SCHEDULE: Friday 4:00pm–7:00pm: Introductory session in gallery with Alan. Overview and an...more


Friday 4:00pm–7:00pm:
Introductory session in gallery with Alan. Overview and an explanation of Alan’s approach to Black and White photography.

Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm:
A full day of shooting: This session will be an opportunity to put into practice what was discussed the night before. Alan will work with everyone individually over the course of the afternoon.

Sunday 10:00am–5:00pm:
A full morning shooting session from 10:00am to 12.30pm followed by lunch provided by the Leica store.
1:30pm– 5:00pm: An afternoon review of participants images from the day before including a discussion of post processing and different ways to approach editing.

Laptops will be needed on the final day of the workshop. Students should be competent with their hardware and software to facilitate downloading and review of photos. Alan will work with Photoshop to demonstrate his approach to processing for Black & White.
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are recommended.

BIO Alan Schaller   is a London based photographer who specializes in black and white... more


Alan Schaller  is a London based photographer who specializes in black and white photography. His work is often abstract and incorporates elements of surrealism, geometry, high contrast and the realities and diversities of human life.

Publications who have featured his work include The Guardian, The New York Times T Magazine, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Time Out, The Independent and The Evening Standard. Alan regularly hosts exhibitions of his work, most recently at the Saatchi Gallery, The Edit Space in Milan, the Leica Galleries Boston, Washington D.C., Sydney, Melbourne and London.

Brands he has worked with include Apple, Philips, Huawei, Union Coffee, Kew Gardens, Nokia, Huntsman of Savile Row and London Fashion week. He is an ambassador for Leica Cameras.

He co-founded the Street Photography International Collective (SPi). It was set up to promote the best work in the genre, and to give a platform to talented yet unrepresented photographers. Today the SPi Instagram account is the largest dedicated street photography resource in the world with over 1.6 million followers. Each month SPi has 14 million visits and receives over 100,000 image submissions.

Asides from photography, Alan has written articles for the Independent focusing on humanitarian issues. His author page can be found through this link.  He is also a multi-instrumentalist with a background in music production, a field he worked in prior to photography.


T&Cs Akademie

Leica workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older. Individuals under 18 years of age wishing to attend must be accompanied by a guardian. The guardian must make the booking on behalf of the attendee, and must notify the Leica Akademie when making the booking.

Leica reserves the right to change any prices, services or other particulars contained in its website or printed materials at any time before entering into a booking. If there is any change, the Leica Akademie will notify the attendee before entering into such a booking.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to e-mail the Leica Akademie ( regarding any special dietary requirements when making the booking.

Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Confirmation of your booking will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Payment and cancellation procedures

Where charges apply, Leica workshops must be paid for in advance by bank transfer or credit/debit card. Refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee will be given as follows:

Notice received by us

% of price refunded to you.

Twelve or more weeks before workshop date


Six or more weeks but less than twelve weeks before workshop date


One or more weeks but less than six weeks before workshop date


Less than seven days before workshop date




Please note, however, we may make deductions from the price, as described below.

If payment for the workshop is not received in advance, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

The Leica Akademie reserves the right to cancel or alter any workshop. All workshop dates and times are subject to change, but Leica will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates/times, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the tutor being unable to attend due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. Leica will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions.

Should a cancellation become necessary by the Leica Akademie, the attendee will have the choice of attending an alternative workshop (and where this is of a lower price, Leica will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the workshop and, where applicable, accepting a refund of all monies paid for that specific workshop to Leica Camera Ltd.

In the event that the specific tutor is unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond Leica’s control, then the workshop will be cancelled, if no suitable replacement tutor can be arranged.

For complimentary workshops, the workshop will be rearranged to another date and the attendee offered a place on that alternative date.

No cancellation penalties (including travel expenses to and from the workshop, or accommodation costs) will be paid out in the event of workshop cancellations by Leica Akademie. Please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected in the event of a cancellation or alteration to a workshop.


Attendees are responsible for the security and safety of all items brought to a Leica Akademie workshop, and are also responsible for both their own insurance and the insurance of their own equipment. At no time should any items brought to the workshop be left unattended. Leica Camera Ltd does not accept liability for any loss, injury or accident that may occur during a workshop.

Use of Leica Akademie equipment

Please act responsibly when using any Leica Akademie equipment. We recommend, for instance, that refreshments are kept at a safe distance from all electrical appliances.


For workshops where Leica equipment is to be taken off the premises, attendees will be asked for two forms of I.D. on arrival and their full name and address, which will be kept for the duration of the workshop only. This information is required for security and insurance purposes, and will not be passed to any third parties. If two forms of I.D. are not provided, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

Suitable forms of I.D. are:

- First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence
- Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address

Outdoor workshops

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

Health & Safety and Security

In attending any workshop, you must comply with the provisions of the health and safety policy applying to the Leica Akademie, and with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the Leica Akademie by the relevant fire authority. Copies of these policies are available to view on request.

You must comply with all guidelines and policies issued to you in connection with your use of the Akademie and the equipment therein. If, in our opinion, we consider that at any time up to and during the Akademie workshop you may cause damage to people or property, we reserve the right to terminate the workshop forthwith and you shall not be entitled to any refund of your fees.

Arrival/departure times

The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found in the basement floor of 64-66 Duke Street, Mayfair W1K 6JD. Upon arrival, please enter through the Leica Gallery or Leica store entrance and make your way downstairs. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.


Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our training facility, which is located at the bottom of one flight of stairs (basement floor) at 64-66 Duke Street, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Gallery space on the ground floor.

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