This assignment-based documentary photography workshop is the start of a year-long creative investment in a substantial street / documentary photography project – with a tangible output. For a maximum of six participants, your project will start with a 3-day workshop in Blackpool and will focus on an assignment based on the theme of THE ENGLISH SEASIDE. 

This is not an introductory street photography workshop and it is assumed that participants will already be street photographers with a reasonable understanding of the genre.

The initial workshop will equip you with the ideas, the inspiration and motivation to continue to develop your project during the following 12 months culminating in the production of your book – with ongoing support from me along the way. The next workshop which has availability is on 15-16-17 April 2021.

This workshop could change the way you approach street photography. By the end of the 12 month period, you’ll have had the opportunity to produce a substantial body of work.

For many street photographers, the documentary perspective is the missing piece of their jigsaw. This workshop will bring a strong narrative element to your work, bridging the gap between initial concept and finished project; you will spend time developing your visual language, your photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete a substantial street / documentary photography project. We will use Blackpool as the canvas for the first part of the project; students will then be encouraged to continue the project, working on their own, in other British seaside resorts – or return to Blackpool.

The seaside is often thought of as being a metaphor for the state of the nation and this project is an exercise in visual sociology. We will dig deep into the good and the bad; the traditions, the rituals, the stag & hen parties, the culture and the sub-cultures, the fading Victoriana, the unrelenting sense of fun. We’ll immerse ourselves in the glory and the tragi-comedy that is the English seaside – in season and out of it; this backdrop of the seaside through the four seasons provides a natural framework for critical documentary. For inspiration, you will be encouraged to explore the work of photographers such as Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Dougie Wallace, Simon Roberts and David Hurn.

Places are strictly limited to 6 and at the time of writing this there are 4 places remaining. Please visit this page for further details.

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