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Portraits on the Street with Peter Zelewski


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64-66 Duke St, W1K 6JD London
07.12.2019 - 07.12.2019 (10:00 - 17:30)

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Product description: In this one-day practical workshop, award winning portrait photographer -... more
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In this one-day practical workshop, award winning portrait photographer - Peter Zelewski, will equip you with the necessary skills to shoot expert portraits on the street. Inspired by Peter’s award winning portraiture projects ‘Beautiful Strangers’ and ‘Twins’, the one day workshop will be an opportunity to experience Peter’s extensive knowledge of street portraiture as he provides hands-on training, guiding you through the London streets taking portraits. Peter will teach you to confidently approach, communicate and successfully photograph complete strangers in addition to using the streets in a studio like environment for both spontaneous and scheduled portraits.

The practical exercises will show you the importance of confidently approaching and interacting with strangers, understanding natural light, using successful composition styles and developing a distinctive photographic style of your own.

Leica Cameras are available to loan for the workshop (see Participant Notes for details) and other cameras of the participants choice are welcome.

Participant Notes

If possible, attendees are requested to bring the following:
  1. Their camera of choice (DSLR or Leica) with a 50mm (or equivalent) wide aperture prime lens. Alternatively, a zoom lens which opens to 50mm (or equivalent).
  2. A small photographic portrait reflector.
  3. A laptop with editing software for editing and critiquing of images.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request. If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email at least 1 day prior to workshop and arrive at 9.45am on the day of the workshop to arrange the loan.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

Lunch will be provided.

Month: December 2019
Akademie Category: All Levels
Theme: Portrait
Tutor: Peter Zelewski
Location: Leica Store Duke Street

Be sure to read our T&Cs before booking.

10:00am - 12:30pm - Introduction (Tea and coffee provided)...more
10:00am - 12:30pm - Introduction (Tea and coffee provided)
- Overview of the workshop
- Discussion on street portraiture covering history, spontaneous vs. scheduled portraits, techniques, equipment and technical skills
- Discuss and critique as a group successful street portraits and backgrounds
- Discuss the importance of communication and interaction in portraiture
12:30pm - 1:00pm - Participants to be separated into teams of two for on the street portraiture session
- Leave the Leica Studio and make way to Soho
- Source various street backgrounds for portraiture suitability and discuss our findings
1:00pm - 1:30pm - Keeping to teams of two, practice taking portraits of each other using the techniques discussed in the morning session
- Experiment with the various backgrounds (both one-point and plain wall), lighting and composition styles
1:30pm - 3:30pm - Peter to demonstrate street portraiture communication techniques, interaction, lighting and composition styles
- Brief discussion amongst the group before participants approach strangers (in their teams) on the street and bring them back to the location to take their portrait
- Peter will be on hand working with teams and their subjects to provide advice to ensure successful portraits
3:30pm - 5:30pm - Make way back to the Leica studio
- Review of the day’s work discussing successes and difficulties
- Discuss post editing processes to ensure everyone achieves maximum results with their portraits
- Brief Q&A
- Workshop ends
As one of the influential leaders in contemporary street portraiture, Peter Zelewski’s work has... more

As one of the influential leaders in contemporary street portraiture, Peter Zelewski’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Independent, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, British Journal of Photography and Leica Fotographie International (LFI). In 2015 he was selected as a prizewinner in the "Taylor Wessing" Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Peter’s latest book "Twins" has been published by Hoxton Mini Press and was chosen as one of the "Photobooks of the 2018" by The Times. Peter has exhibited internationally and divides his time between commercial photography and his self-initiated portraiture projects.

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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