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An Introduction to Art Photography, Theory and Practice
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Dates: 9- 10 June 2012
Duration: 2 days, 10am-5pm
Location: Kings Place, London
Course price: £400 (inclusive of VAT)
Maximum number of places: 20
Requirements:Own camera and basic understanding of its workings
In this weekend workshop Gareth McConnell and Alex Edouard aim to take students back to basics, both technically and theoretically, to help them see the world of photography with fresh eyes. Participants will be asked to leave concerns about megapixels, white balance and histograms at the door; instead they will be encouraged to concentrate on what it is that separates truly memorable, striking photography from the glut of images all around them. This class has a particular focus on fine art photography.
Gareth will discuss the development of his practice as a fine art photographer for The New York Times, AnOther Magazine and Le Monde, to name a few. During a hands-on polaroid portrait session he will reveal how to control exposure and make the most of available light in a way that is easy to replicate anywhere with little or no specialist equipment. Students will learn to inject drama, tension and poetry into seemingly mundane environments.
Alex will present an alternative introduction to the history of photography, placing particular emphasis on the conceptual strategies that underpin so many milestones in photography. This session will be followed by the opportunity to put theory in to practice and shoot with Gareth and Alex out on the street.
Students will be encouraged to return on day 2 with a self-directed brief. Alex and Gareth will be on hand throughout to offer practical and conceptual advice. The weekend will be punctuated with short practical exercises and brief, informal reviews of student's work,.
Students will receive a comprehensive reading list and there will be a flickr account set-up, dedicated to discussing the images shot during the day and in the future.
Students should bring a camera with manual control and an example of their work. Separate flash guns are highly desirable but not essential.
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