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Join documentary photographer, José Sarmento Matos, for a webinar split over two days, and develop your understanding of how to create a personal documentary project while developing a personal style. The workshop will focus on developing your ability to create a visual narrative and encourage you to focus on a subject that speaks to a personal passion and unique visual style.
José will give advice on your personal photographic objectives: developing individual project ideas and the development of a coherent series/story. You will be pushed to work on your exposure, framing, composition and ability to approach and work with a different range of subjects.
Each participant should photograph a subject with the goal of producing a set of images by the end of the workshop. The workshop will conclude with each participant presenting their series or story to the rest of the group.
Participants are encouraged to come to the workshop with ideas on the subject they wish to photograph during the workshop.
Part 1: Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10:00 - 13:30
Part 2: Friday, 24 July 2020, 14:00 – 17:00
|Akademie Category:||Intermediate Workshops, Advanced Workshops|
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10:00 - José will introduce his work and talk about documentary photography including how to tell a story with 8 images. He will also present one of his street photography projects, discussing how to create a consistent visual series through a specific topic, or with a group of images that flow together. You will be taught about his process with regards to capturing an image in a specific situation – how to predict the light and/or the situation.
11:30 – First Q&A
12:00 - Each participant will introduce themselves and their work (presentation via Zoom – participants will be able to share their screen). They will also be asked to share their challenges within photography and what they want to improve.
13.30 – Final Q& A followed by participants photographing their series. José recommends focussing on one nearby street, your home, or another nearby area.
Prior to the start of the second part of the webinar, participants will edit down their projects to 25 images.
14:00 – José will discuss each participant’s work one by one and help you edit down your series to 5-10 images. Participants will be encouraged to share their feedback and opinions. A presentation of each participant’s final edit will end the webinar.
17:00 - End of webinar
José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Lisbon and London. He documents the current social uncertainty in Europe and around the world. As well as analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories, he also focuses his work on his diary photography, documenting what's around his day-to-day life.
After finishing his degree in 2015, José was considered by Magnum Photos as one of the best 30 photographers under the age of 30 in the world, with his project ‘Turning The Page’.
José is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Bloomberg and the History Channel. He has also published his personal projects in outlets worldwide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED, The New Yorker and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
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