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Photographs have an incredible potential to tell stories, not just in history books, but in our everyday lives. This kind of photography is about more than just the rules of aesthetic within a frame, but relies more on ideas like semiotics, cultural theory, sociology; anything that encourages filling the frame with more than just the most recent visual gimmick.
These sessions have been designed to offer you the tools to go about making images with real depth and descriptive power. Students who sign on to this course should have an interest in documentary and photojournalistic applications of image creation.
Required viewing: Simon has previously offered a webinar on the topic of Understanding Semitics in Photography, which can be downloaded here. Students are strongly encouraged to come to this class with an understanding of the way semiotics inform the meaning of a photograph.
The course will consist of three two-hour sessions ran over one week with additional one-to-one appointments available with Simon. The first session will be a joint zoom group call and will be a discussion based around the students current understanding of storytelling tools at their disposal. Simon will then give some assignments, for the students to work on over the next few days.
The second session will be two days later, and a review and further discussion will be held, followed by the second round of assignments.
The students will have three days to work on the second assignment, and then the final group discussion will happen on the last day (Sunday).
Simon will offer “office hours” for one on one chats and help in the form of 20-minute slots on Wednesday and Saturday – please give at least 24hrs notice if you intend to book one of these in!
By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the way that photographs can be used to describe, and you will have made images which showcase this skill. You will have a good direction to continue using photography as a storytelling tool for personal photojournalism, street photography, or reportage style applications.
Classes will be limited to 5 students at a time in order to make sure that everyone receives a good amount of personal attention and feedback. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Requirements of the participants
- An interest in documentary/street photography.
- A body of six images they would like to discuss in the first session – either their own, or images from other photographers they would like to learn from.
- A stable internet connection for the Zoom sessions.
- Due to the fast turnaround of the work, digital cameras are preferred.
Participants should understand the basics of photography, including technical use of a camera, as well as a grasp on exposure and composition.
Participant level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Date: 22nd, 24th & 28th February 2021
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
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Monday 22nd February – 15.00-17.00
First session, then assignments. First session will involve discussing the photographs the students have sent in beforehand, analysing the contents and methodologies used for them. This will lead to an understanding of the basics, which will then be expanded upon until students have a good working knowledge of how and what to look for in their images. We will then look at possible assignments the participants can work on with shared themes between them, so that everyone is working with similar topics.
Wednesday 24th February – 15.00-17.00
Second session including review, and further discussion. This will involve a review of a selection of images the students have made so far, and a discussion of any successes/failures and hurdles they needed to overcome. We will then go in depth on ways to refine some of the concepts that have been worked on in the images and discuss the second and final assignment. This will be more open to what individual students want to approach.
Sunday 28th February – 15.00-17.00
Final session, feedback and critical review.
(Wednesday & Saturday one-to-one chats between 1 & 3pm. Book in advance 24hrs beforehand!)
Simon is a documentary photographer and uses 35mm film as a medium for long term photo-essay style storytelling. Simon also writes on the subject of photographic practices, theory and ethics, with an emphasis on ideas around journalistic integrity. He usually uses longer lenses on his M Rangefinders in order to isolate detail and compose flatter scenes using vertical or horizontal layering and hierarchy.
Simon's teaching style, which he also applies to the street photography course he leads at UAL, is based in practice research, which involves encouraging students to experiment through trial and error in order to master techniques and further their understanding of different concepts. @simonking_v
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