San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Two eminent, widely published and very different photojournalists give a Guardian Masterclass in telling stories with images. Drawing on their own work, Sebastian Meyer and Anastasia Taylor-Lind will offer practical tuition on the art of constructing visual narratives and inspirational advice on how photojournalists can work with individuals, communities and environments to capture that definitive story.
Sebastian Meyer has worked in Iraq since 2009, and runs the country’s first photo agency. His experiences in a country riven by war and often paranoid about foreign journalists provide a remarkable insight into the changing role of the photojournalist in the field today.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind pursues stories that are socially concerned and often focus on the lives of women and their struggle in patriarchal societies, including the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. Her off-guard portraits are testament to the delicate relationships photojournalists construct with individuals and how powerful and revealing they can be.
This masterclass is a must for any photographer wanting to explore and develop their documentary practice. It includes a Q&A session with the tutors, and promises to offer compelling first-hand testimony and the kind of tips you only get with a lot of experience.
Sebastian Meyer was born and raised in New York. In 2009 he moved to Iraq where he currently lives, working as a freelance photojournalist and editor of Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency. Sebastian's photographs have been published in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Telegraph, Guardian, Washington Post, and many other international publications. His documentary videos appear on Time.com, Guardian.co.uk. VOA, and PBS. He has won a number of awards including: Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project, and Documentary Category at the Exposure Awards.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English photojournalist who has worked for clients such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Marie Claire and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in spaces such as The Frontline Club in London, Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and Fovea Exhibitions in New York. She has won a number of photography awards including The Guardian Photography prize in 2006. In 2009 and 2007 she was a selected winner in the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Award and in 2004 highly commended in the Observer Hodge Award. She has degrees from the University of Wales Newport and the London College of Communication.
Date: Friday 7 December 2012
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9GU
Price: £39 (including VAT, booking fees and refreshments)
Maximum class size: 100
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