FOTOSCHOOL WORKSHOPS

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FOTOSCHOOL workshops create a platform for groups to discover and explore the power of the photographic image.

Photography is a universal visual language, yet often inaccessible to its wider audience for its artistic and hidden messages.

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Through a FOTOSCHOOL workshop we aim to demystify and break down these barriers by:

Fostering critical thinking and visual literacy.
Creating a safe and immersive experience where learning through active participation is enjoyed.
Enabling participants to create their own photographic projects.
Building self-esteem and confidence.

Fostering critical thinking and visual literacy. Through slideshows, magazines, books and exhibitions participants are introduced to powerful and inspiring world-class portraiture and documentary photography. Participants gain insight into how an image has been composed and what it has to say. We will break down the complexities of the image by looking at subject, composition, colour and light, discovering how to read and dissect imagery. Participants will learn how a visual narrative is constructed to tell a story.

 

 

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Creating a safe and immersive experience where learning through active participation is enjoyed. We encourage debate within our groups. Sharing opinions and knowledge is encouraged and throughout the workshops we foster active participation. This is extended to discussing each other’s work when the practical part of the workshop or course begins.

 

 

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Enabling participants to create their own photographic work. Once we’ve explored photography visually we begin to explore the technical basics of taking photographs. Using Smartphones, tablets or digital SLRs participants will take their own photographs, putting their technical and creative skills to the test by developing anything from a simple portrait within a day’s workshop to a whole body of work over a longer course. Participants will be involved in decision making, editing and curating their work and on a longer programme, participants will have the opportunity to present their work as a collective to a wider audience.

 

 

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Building self-esteem and confidence. Our aim is to build confidence through the immersive experience of the workshop and to counter any potential social isolation through our creative hub. Participants will gain a sense of achievement from creating and showing their own work.

 

 

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Who can benefit from a FOTOSCHOOL workshop?

These workshops are suitable for any person or group of people wishing to explore the visual image and with a desire to create their own work. We can build workshops to explore a variety of themes, such as Youth Culture, Identity, Memory, Home, Loss, Environment, Power.

 

Workshop Facilitators:

Poppy Berry Poppy Berry is a photographer and workshop facilitator who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of photography through both practice and teaching. She has extensive experience facilitating photography workshops focusing on portraiture and documentary with children and young people in schools, with adults in community settings and on residential photography courses abroad. Most notably, Poppy delivered workshops for vulnerable young people in London’s during the WAY (Who Are Ya) City Hall Takeover in April 2016. She sees photography as a powerful tool to discover more about the world and oneself. Poppy gained a BA in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art and then promptly began her photography career working for the Scotsman. Moving south she began working for The Observer and her freelancing career took off. Commissions have ranged from studio portraits of celebrities to farmers in muddy fields, from Opera House interiors in Copenhagen to documenting charitable projects on the banks of the Amazon. Over 18 years of freelancing clients have included The Guardian, Observer, Times and Washington Post. Citibank, JPMorgan and UBS as well as publishing companies, design agencies and many private clients. Today she continues to work for some of the above and an assortment of private and public clients.

Cesar da Luz Cesar da Luz is a photographic artist, facilitator & community development worker. He is passionate about social justice, inclusion and participation, with particular interest in photography and its potential for social transformation. Cesar has extensive knowledge of working with marginalised communities and fifteen years experience in community development, specialising in health and social care inequalities. He is a qualified trainer, facilitator, advocate and interpreter (Portuguese & Spanish).

 

More information Find out more about how FOTOSCHOOL can create a bespoke workshop for your needs, please contact Poppy at poppy.berry@fotodocument.org or 07931 522920