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This webinar is aimed at photographers who want to take better photographs, whatever their current ability…photographs that arrest the attention of the viewer and sustain their interest and enjoyment over time.
In this webinar, Jim will demonstrate 12 different ways to create great images by illustrating each with 8-10 images created by some of 'the great' B&W documentary photographers and exploring ‘why they work’. Jim’s primary goal is to inspire you to pick up your camera and put some of these ideas into practice.
Over 50 different photographers are featured using over 120 photographs which have been personally chosen by Jim; in curating the selection Jim has sought to assemble a set of images which, for the most part, he is hoping you are less familiar with.
The images are from around the world and span almost a century, from a Lewis Hine image created in the US in 1908, exposing child labour in the cotton mills, to an image created almost 100 years later by Vanessa Winship as part of her Black Sea project. It’s, inevitably, a personal selection but it encompasses many of 'the legends' of documentary photography including Kertesz, Koudelka, Cartier-Bresson, Brandt, Groebli, Bischof, Larrain, Killip, and many more. This webinar also includes wonderful images by documentary photographers that you are likely less familiar with including Berenice Abbott, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Colin Jones, Margaret Bourke-White, Ruth Orkin, Myron Davies, Miklos Rev, Andrejs Grants, Sabine Weiss, Arnold Newman, and many others.
As part of the webinar, Jim will include details of recommended books, galleries, and further resources for you to explore.
Jim’s breadth of experience as a widely featured and award-winning photographer, as a tutor at the Leica Academy, as an extensive collector of photographic prints and books, and as Chairman of the V&A Museum'sPhotographs Acquisition Group’, makes him uniquely qualified to lead this webinar and to inspire you with his passion for documentary photography, and the work of 'the greats'.
- This course comprises three 90-minute Webinars, held over 3 consecutive Saturday mornings and will be conducted over Zoom video call.
- Participation is limited to 25 places.
- Participants will receive copies of the three presentations. These will be provided for the exclusive use of the Webinar participants and on the understanding that they will not be copied, shared or distributed.
A Zoom link will be provided prior to the start of your webinar.
Participant level: All levels
Date: 10th, 17th, 24th April 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 GMT
|Akademie Category:||Introductory Workshops, Intermediate Workshops|
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Jim Grover is a social-documentary photographer based in Clapham, South London. His particular passion is using images to tell stories…especially to celebrate daily life, people, local communities and traditions…and to make the unseen seen.
Jim's images have appeared in many publications and online including The Times; The Sunday Times; The Observer; the BBC (TV, on-line, radio); The Guardian; The Guardian Magazine; The Daily Telegraph; Time Out; The British Journal of Photography; Black + White Photography; Leica Forum; Amateur Photographer, and many others.
His 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’ competition; the judging panel was chaired by renowned photographer Sir Don McCullin CBE.
His work has appeared in both solo and joint exhibitions. In May 2018 his solo exhibition in the Oxo Gallery on London’s South Bank, ‘Windrush: Portrait of a Generation’, received extensive national media coverage (‘One of 2018’s must see shows…’) and attracted 13,000 visitors. The exhibition has been re-exhibited four times and been enjoyed by well over 20,000 visitors. This followed his 2016 solo exhibition, ‘Of Things Not Seen’, also exhibited in the Oxo Gallery and at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival, and his 2017 solo exhibition, ‘48 Hours On Clapham High Street’. In May 2019 Jim exhibited, ‘Here Am I’, in the Oxo Gallery.
His 2020 project, ‘Covid Tales from Tom’s Bench’ was featured in both The Guardian and on the BBC, and is currently being exhibited in the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham.
Jim teaches the highly successful ‘Introduction to Documentary Photography’ workshop at Leica Akademie UK. In 2016 he was a member of the judging panel at the MIA Photo Fair in Milan.
Jim is the current Chair of the V&A Museum’s ‘Photographs Acquisition Group’ which selects work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection of photographs. He is an avid collector of both prints and books.
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