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Product information Leica Lab: Portraiture

Product description:


Early bird price: £1750
Book 2 separate labs and receive a 10% discount. Use code: LEICALAB2
Book a place on all 3 labs and receive a 20% discount. Use code: LEICALAB3

T&C’s Apply*


An intensive online shooting workshop focusing on the production of narrative work over a two week period. 

The lab format encourages experimentation, collaboration and peer-to-peer support as a means to develop your visual language. 

Participants will be challenged and supported by an experienced team of four leading industry professionals with backgrounds in commissioning, shooting, editing and curating work.

Preparation begins with a creative brief provided in advance of the workshop, giving participants the opportunity to consider their creative approach. They will then be led through a day of introductions, peer-to-peer discussions and inspirational presentations, followed by a supported production process including daily check-ins, exercises, two 1-2-1 clinics with the course leaders on creative direction and editing, and a final day presenting their work.
Requirements of the participants:

Submission of six images on a theme

Technical specifications:

The workshop will be presented on Zoom with applicants required to use WhatsApp messaging and Miro (online whiteboard for visual collaboration). Presentations will be made using PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat.

The workshop will include:

•    A Creative Brief for the workshop will be provided to participants a minimum of two weeks in advance of the start date. Produced by the curator and creative director, this will provide ideas for approaching the subject and links to additional reading.
•    Inspirational presentations by the photographer, curator and creative director followed by group discussions
•    Two 25 minute 1-2-1 clinics with the photographer and one with the curator
•    Daily Peer-to-Peer Discussions & Reviews led by the producer
•    Final presentations to the whole group with peer feedback 
•    Written critique from the photographer, curator, creative director and producer
•    A curator’s choice will be made of one of the bodies of work and presented on Leica’s website

Throughout the Workshop:
The producer is available each day except Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 21:00 to field any participant queries, provide technical photographic support, support for software (Adobe Lightroom and CaptureOne), arrange Zoom and WhatsApp meetings, and help facilitate feedback from the Workshop Team

Date: Monday 10th May to Saturday 21st May 2021
Time: 12 Days, 9:30 - 17:30 GMT 

Participant level: Intermediate / Advanced

*Discount code LEICALAB2 can be used if you book a space on two separate Leica Lab workshops. Discount code LEICALAB3 can be used if you book a space on all three Leica Lab workshops. All discount codes are only valid in the same transaction and only one discount is allowed per order. Discount codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other purchase.

Month: May 2021
Akademie Category: Intermediate Workshops, Advanced Workshops

Be sure to read our T&Cs before booking.

First Monday (via Zoom) 9:30 to 17:30 Morning: Introductions & Orientation by...more

First Monday (via Zoom)
9:30 to 17:30


  • Introductions & Orientation by the Leica Lab Workshop team
  • Introductions by each participant along with first thoughts on an approach to the subject
  • Confirmation of 1-2-1 appointments

13:00 to 14:00 Break


  • Inspirational talks by the Photographer, the Curator & the Creative Director
  • Questions and discussion

First Tuesday to Thursday (via dedicated chat group & Zoom)

09:30 to 10:30/11

  • Check-in by Producer with the workshop participants via Zoom on practical/creative priorities. Technical questions and issues
  • Short Daily Miro workshop 
  • Support on preparing for Subject Clinic
  • Shooting Work

First Friday (via Zoom)

9:30 to 17:30 (13:00 to 14:00 Break)

  • 1-2-1 Subject Clinic: 20-30 min session per participant with the Photographer, supported by Producer or Creative Director
  • Shooting Work

Saturday (via dedicated chat group & Zoom)

09:30 to 10:30/11

  • Check-in by Producer with the workshop participants via Zoom on practical/creative priorities. Technical questions and issues. 
  • Short Daily Miro workshop 
  • Shooting Work

Second Monday (via dedicated chat group & Zoom)

09:30 to 10:30/11

  • Check-in by Producer with the workshop participants via Zoom on practical/creative priorities. Technical questions and issues. 
  • Short Daily Miro workshop 
  • Support on preparing for Editing Clinic
  • Shooting Work

Second Tuesday or Wednesday (via Zoom)

9:30 to 17:30 (13:00 to 14:00 Break)

  • 1-2-1 Editing Clinic: two 20-30 min sessions per participant taken separately by Photographer and Curator, supported by Producer or Creative Director
  • Shooting Work

Thursday (via dedicated chat group & Zoom)

09:30 to 10:30/11

  • Check-in by Producer with the workshop participants via Zoom on practical/creative priorities. Technical questions and issues. 
  • Short Daily Miro workshop 
  • Shooting Work
  • Begin preparing presentations

Friday (via dedicated chat group & Zoom)

9:30 to 17:30 (13:00 to 14:00 Break)

  • Participants to edit and prepare presentations, supported by Producer or Creative Director

Saturday (Zoom)
9:30 to 17:30 (13:00 to 14:00 Break)

  • 20 minute presentations of work by each participant to Workshop team and the group
  • Feedback

17:30 Wrap

Following Monday

  • Short written critiques by the curator, photographer, creative director and producer will be provided to each candidate
  • A curator’s choice will be confirmed
Photographer: Liz Johnson Artur Liz Johnson Artur (b. 1964, Bulgaria) lives and works in... more

Photographer: Liz Johnson Artur

Liz Johnson Artur (b. 1964, Bulgaria) lives and works in London. Her practice includes photography, film and installation works, capturing and engaging with people for more than 30 years. She has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the South London Gallery in London, both in 2019. A new solo exhibition will take place at FOAM in Amsterdam in autumn 2021. Group exhibitions included the Serpentine Galleries, London; Barbican, London; The Photographer’s Gallery, London; 10th Berlin Biennale; David Nolan Gallery, NY and Kunstverein Leipzig. Her work is held in public and private collections in the US and the UK. Johnson Artur went to the Royal College in London for an MA in Fine Art after studying photography at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Fotografie in Munich. She received the Turner Bursary in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize in 2017 and the Vera List Center Jane Lombard prize in 2018. Her monograph with Bierke Verlag was listed by The New York Times in the section ‘Best Photo Books 2016’. 

Curator: Renee Mussai

Renee Mussai is a curator, writer and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic lens-based visual arts practices. She is currently Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph, London, a charitable arts agency working internationally in photography and film. During the past two decades, she has organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, America and Africa, and lectures regularly on photography, visual culture, and curatorial activism. Her recent publications and exhibitions include Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born to Endless Night—Dark Matter (2019/20), Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama—Hail the Dark Lioness (2017 – present); Phoebe Boswell: The Space Between Things (2018/19); and Black Chronicles IV (2018). Mussai is Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London and since 2009, regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University. She is also a part-time PhD candidate in History of Art at University College London where she is currently completing her doctoral thesis on nineteenth century ‘raced’ portrait photography and contemporary curatorial care, based on the critically acclaimed The Missing Chapter – Black Chronicles archive research programmes she has led between 2014 – 2018 (publication forthcoming 2021/22).

Creative Director: Sophie Wright 

Leica Lab is conceived in partnership with Sophie Wright.

Sophie Wright is an independent photography & art consultant with over 20 years’ experience in creative programming and strategy, artist and collections management and sales within the photography market. She worked for Magnum Photos from 2003 to 2020 and was Global Cultural Director from 2015 overseeing exhibitions, commissions, prints sales, book publications and talks programming. Book projects she has overseen include Magnum Contact Sheets (2011) and Magnum China (2018) with Thames & Hudson and Magnum Photobook: A Catalogue Raisonee (2016) with Phaidon. Exhibitions include Now is the Time: a collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group and Kram Weisshaar (2013), David Hurn’s Swaps (2017), The Body Observed (2018) and Open for Business – a history of Magnum’s commissioned work (2020). Wright’s experience of commission projects led to the development of the Magnum Live Lab in 2017 – a programme of experimental residencies for Magnum’s photographers held in a number of global locations from Shenzhen (2017) to the High Museum in Atlanta (2021).

Producer: David Axelbank

David Axelbank is an educator, production specialist and photographer based in London. With over 25 years’ experience, he has been involved in numerous areas of the photographic industries. He was a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography course at the University of Hertfordshire from 2008 to 2016, where his principal areas of research were professional development and industry development with a focus on increasing students’ industry involvement. Prior to that he worked for Magnum Photos New York and London for 10 years as the Production Manager, overseeing the agency’s archive digitisation, daily production, including exhibition printing and book production. He is a widely published photographer whose work is represented by Gallery Stock. 

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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