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In its simplest form, documentary photography means to accurately represent a subject, but good documentary photography is the handiwork of a photographer with a critical eye and story to tell. Join Documentary photographer, Jim Grover in this 2-day workshop which will focus on how to create a visual narrative with a series of images, a different skill to taking individual images. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of documentary photography, including how to find a topic of interest, plan, photograph and edit a photo story. These fundamentals of Documentary photography will then be put into practice by photographing and creating a short photo-story during the workshop. Participants will also be introduced to the fundamentals of story-editing, and sequencing images which will be put into practice in the workshop assignment.
|Akademie Category:||Intermediate Workshops|
|Location:||Leica Store Mayfair|
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Supply of Leica cameras to attendees if needed
10.30 - 1.00am
An introduction to Jim’s work and his approach to documentary photography. Jim will share his experience, approach, advice and tips.
Brief in the afternoon assignment
1am onwards (for rest of day)
Grab some lunch en route to your photo-story location!
Photo-story assignment: Each workshop participants will create their own photo-story of a local opportunity that they will be assigned to.
Each participant will:
Photograph the assignment
Edit their pictures into a 16 image story
Select a further 8 images which ‘didn’t quite make the cut’
Group review of each participant’s 16-image story
Share experiences and learnings
Over lunch, Jim will share his experience and advice on how to edit and sequence images in a photo-story
Group exercise: Each workshop participant will edit and sequence a 16 image story using another participant’s images.
Group review of these alternative stories
Share experiences and learnings
Closing perspectives and Jim’s advice on how to develop further your documentary photography.
This workshop is for Intermediate level photographers who are beginning to explore or take an interest in Documentary photography and would like to learn more about telling stories with sets of images, as opposed to taking single images.
Attendees need to be able to do the following:
- Confidently take photographs with either their own digital camera and/or a digital camera loaned by Leica
- Upload and edit their photographs on their own laptop or PC (which they need to bring/have access to during the workshop)
- Create a sequence of 16 images to share with the workshop on Sunday morning
- Provide 24 image files to Leica first thing Sunday morning so that these can be printed out during the morning (as they will be used on Sunday afternoon as part of the group exercise)
Attendees can choose how long they want to photograph and edit the photo-story opportunity they have been assigned on the Saturday afternoon. All that is required is that each participant arrives on Sunday morning with a sequence of 16 images, ready to share with the group, and a set of 8 ‘reject’ images.
Attendees need to be sufficiently physically active to spend Saturday afternoon on their feet photographing the story opportunity they have been assigned. The photo-story locations will be outside (but alternative interior locations have been identified should the weather be poor).
Jim Grover is a social-documentary photographer based in Clapham, South London. 6 years ago Jim quit his international business career to pursue his photography passion, which is to tell stories with images. In the last few years he has created five major photo-stories, all of which have been exhibited, as well as several short stories.
A year with the West Indian community in south London resulted in ‘Windrush: Portrait of a Generation’, which was exhibited in 2018 in the Oxo Gallery, on London’s south bank, and attracted 13,000 visitors and extensive national media coverage (‘One of 2018’s must see shows…’). A book accompanied the exhibition.
This followed ‘Of Things Not Seen’, which documented the life of a south London vicar,’48 Hours on Clapham High Street’, and ‘Café Delight at 21’. All of these were featured by national media; the first two were accompanied by a catalogue.
Jim exhibited his latest photo-story, ‘Here Am I’, in the summer of 2019. It was commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary, in 2019, of the ordination of women in the Church of England. It is currently on tour.
Jim’s stories and images have appeared in numerous national publications, and online, including The Guardian (who have featured all of the above photo-stories); The Times; The Sunday Times; The Observer; the BBC (TV, on-line, radio); Time Out; The British Journal of Photography; Black + White Photography; Leica Forum; Amateur Photographer, Time Out and many others.
Jim’s images have been recognized in various competitions including The Sony World Photography Awards, and the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2015 he won the ‘Faith Through a Lens’ national competition; the judging panel was chaired by the internationally renowned photographer Sir Don McCullin CBE.
In 2016 Jim was a member of the judging panel at the MIA Photo Fair in Milan.
You can find out more about Jim’s photo-stories at their dedicated exhibition websites:
To see more of Jim’s work:
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