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Live music photography with The XX

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

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Whether it's getting in the right place at the right time for that iconic live shot, or shooting a band amidst the backstage chaos, a festival is the most challenging place for any music photographer – and the most exciting. Set in the evocative surroundings of Hatfield House, The xx's one-day boutique festival, Night + Day, is a photo opportunity not to be missed.

This intensive full-day course will cover the techniques you need to capture those mercurial on-stage moments, or tell the story of a band in a single frame. In a group of just eight, you'll work closely with Guardian and Observer photographer David Levene, producing images in the testing environment of this new and exciting festival. From our base in the VIP enclosure, you'll enjoy professional access and get the chance to shoot portraits of The xx and also photograph supporting artists including Solange Knowles and Mount Kimbie in performance. You'll also be tasked with capturing the fans and the atmosphere of the festival under the expert tutelage of Levene.

You'll receive group and one-to-one tutorials, covering essential skills from live photography to band-wrangling. The best work taken on the day will appear on the Masterclasses page of the Guardian website.

If you want to take your work further, for a supplementary fee, you can also receive invaluable advice in a separate three-hour group feedback session on Thursday 27 June. Your pictures of the festival will be analysed, technically and artistically, by Levene to show you how to hone your skills and style for the future.

Your Masterclasses ticket includes VIP access to the festival.
The xx, searched high and low for beautiful locations to stage special, one-off events, and handpicked the artists they most respect and admire to join them. The xx will be joined for the London event by Poliça, Solange, Kindness and Mount Kimbie, who will all be performing live, along side DJ sets from Jamie xx, Benji B and Sampha plus special guests.

Tutor profile

David Levene has worked as a photographer for the Guardian since 2001, after graduating from Camberwell College of Art. His images, videos and multimedia have appeared in the Guardian and on guardian.co.uk across news and features. Alongside this, David's work regularly appears in architectural and design magazines. He also works with charities such as Everychild, Oxfam and Medicins-Sans-Frontiers, documenting their projects around the world. David won first prize for Live News Photograph of the Year at the Press Photographers Year Awards 2010 for his work documenting the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

David's work was featured in Music Loves Summer, October 2011, which included photography from UK music festivals.


Dates: Saturday 22 June 2013
Feedback session date: Thursday 27 June 2013
Times: 11am-6pm
Location: Hatfield House‎, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ
Price: £320 (includes VAT, booking fees and VIP access ticket)
£370 (the above plus three hour feedback session post-event)
Maximum class size: 8


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When & Where

Hatfield House‎
Great North Road
#The House Office
AL9 5NQ Hatfield
United Kingdom

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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