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September 2020

I’m feeling more than a little melancholic this weekend as I was meant to be running a workshop in Lisbon, my favourite city (and it’s my favourite city for so many reasons – I’ll write an article about it soon). As it happens, I’m glad we decided to postpone the workshop as Portugal is now subject to quarantine restrictions. Anyone who has booked workshops which have been postponed or cancelled because of the Covid-19 situation have been offered either refunds or places on re-arranged workshops. If you would like to give Lisbon a try next year, my next workshop is on 19-20 June (there’s currently just one place available); as usual, this is a unique blend of street, travel & documentary photography.

Shooting the streets at night – 10 tips

It’s getting towards that time of the year when street photography at night becomes viable again – I usually wait until around mid-October, by which time I can hit the streets starting at dusk from around 6.30pm. If you fancy giving it a try – maybe for the first time – I’ve written a short article you may find helpful – ’10 Tips for shooting street photography at night’. I run workshops from October through to the end of March, the first one being on 16th October. You can read more details about these workshops and can book a place here.

What I’m reading this week

Joel Meyerowitz has always been one of my favourite street photographers and I admire his straight-talking, no-nonsense, simplistic approach to street shooting. He’s also an incredibly nice guy. So I was very pleased when his latest book was released last week: ‘How I Make Photographs‘ (currently £10.35 on Amazon). Joel’s street philosophy is very similar to mine and his approach is pretty much what I teach on workshops. This great little book, organised into 20 chapters, will provide any street photographer, whether a complete beginner or a seasoned operator, with an excellent primer – or a refresher – on the subject.

Exhibitions

It’s great to see galleries coming back to life and there are a couple of things really worth seeing at the moment. The first is an absolute must-see . . . Don McCullin at the Tate, Liverpool. There are 250 of his iconic hand-printed images on display, captured over the past 60 years and including documentary, war, portrait, landscape and street photography. If you were unable to see this exhibition in London last year, it’s well worth a visit to Liverpool. The exhibition starts on Wednesday and runs until 9th May 2021.

And if you’re visiting Liverpool,  take the opportunity to visit the Walker Art Gallery to see the Linda McCartney retrospective, containing over 200 of Linda’s images reflecting life, family and, of course, music. The exhibition runs until 1st November.

In London, there’s an outdoor exhibition at Kings Cross featuring images from the Photographers’ Gallery entitled ‘Games We Play‘ (until 1st November). Also in London is a lovely little exhibition called ‘Tales from the Colony Rooms: Art and Bohemia‘, which contains images from the louche and infamous Soho institution, the Colony Rooms, whose members included the likes of Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and David Bailey (and – ahem – yours truly for a short period). It’s at Dellasposa, 2a Bathurst Street, London W2 until 18th December.

New workshops – a teaser

I’m working on a couple of new workshops, to be announced shortly. First of all there will be Bristol, which will be on a Saturday, and then Weston-Super-Mare on the Sunday for some seaside shooting. If you fancy making a weekend of it, there will be a discount if you book both together. I expect this to be popular so, if you’re interested, please email me and I’ll give you first dibs when these are launched.

The (virtual) Photography Show 2020

As you probably know, the annual photography show is not happening this year but the concept lives on in the form of a virtual show. And, as you’d expect Fujifilm has a (virtual) stand at the show and I will be giving a presentation on street photography on Monday 21st September at 10.35am. You can register for the show here.

Street Photography Q&As

Sometime during the next few weeks I’ll be producing another Q&A video for my YouTube channel. If you have a questions you’d like me to answer, please email it to me and I’ll do my best to answer it! If you haven’t yet found me on YouTube, please do check out my channel – it’s 100% street and is more about the practicalities of street photography than the gear. You can find the channel here.

Meet and shoot with other street photographers

Anyone who’s been on one of my workshops will be invited to join the StreetSnappers Collective, a group of friendly, enthusiastic and talented street photographers (at all levels of expertise). One of the functions of the Collective is to bring people together and members frequently organise their own meetups. It’s been great to see recent meet-ups happening in Bristol, London, Llandudno, Blackpool and Chester. You can find out more about the collective here (but please remember that membership is restricted to workshoppers!).

That’s all for now – stay safe and happy shooting!

Best wishes,
Brian

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