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Creating a Visual Narrative Webinar


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23.07.2020 - 24.07.2020 (10:00 - 17:00)

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Product description: Join documentary photographer, José Sarmento Matos, for a webinar split... more
Product information "Creating a Visual Narrative Webinar"

Product description:

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

Month: July 2020
Akademie Category: Intermediate Workshops, Advanced Workshops

Be sure to read our T&Cs before booking.

Part 1 10:00 - José will introduce his work and talk about documentary photography...more

Part 1

- 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.   

Part 2

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... more

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. 


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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