The Power of Portrait Photography Workshop
Join us on 20th May for a hands-on learning experience that dissects the power of portrait photography, with industry professionals, Ejatu Shaw and James Anastasi.
Hosted at professional photography studio, Sunset Studios in Peckham, London, the session aims to help you to learn more about the process and skill of capturing portraits for fashion editorial or commercial projects, before you work on creating your own portrait images on the day.
Who are our guest professionals?
Ejatu Shaw is a London-based photographer and visual artist. In her work, she explores the intricacies of identity and her journey, photographing those around her and using self-portraiture to perform the various strands of her identity that she struggles to align with.
Posing in front of the camera under the scrutiny of her own gaze is her way of being introspective and working through any anxieties she has regarding her idea of self.
Having recently completed an MA in Photography Arts at Westminster, Ejatu was initially drawn to the medium of photography upon realising just how special the medium was in helping her to connect with others, giving her a new mode of expression. In addition to exploring her personal identity via her work, she also uses the medium to navigate life events, and has found image making to be the perfect release for experiences that she may struggle to come to terms with just with words.
Her clients include ETSY, Sunday Times, DAZED, Almeida Theatre, HYPEBEAST, ADIDAS, Okay Africa, Vogue, AFROPUNK, 1991 Zine, FADER and GUAP MAG.
Check out more of Ejatu’s work at ejatushaw.co.uk
James Anastasi is a London-based photographer. His work features a unique sense of composition, space, and a bold use of colours to appeal to our sense of tactility, portraying scenes of beauty, romance and sexuality.
His striking portraits and editorials have been featured in magazines including GQ Style, British GQ, Document Journal, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, ManAboutTown, ShowStudio, KingKong, KingKong Garçon, 10 Magazine, 10 Men, Glass Magazine, Essential Homme and RAIN Magazine.
Check out more of James’ work at jamesanastasi.co.uk
What is the format?
After you arrive on the day and get registered, we’ll host an intimate Q&A with our guests that explores how they both got into the craft, and to find out more about what inspires their work and practice.
Each guest will then spend 30 minutes each taking us through some select portraits that they have captured, explaining the process of producing the finished article.
After lunch, we’ll then set you a timed brief to capture portraits of each other – working in pairs – and then review your work at the end of the day, providing some constructive commentary about what we have seen.
The event will also provide you with a great opportunity to network amongst the other attendees, as you never know when you might find someone who you share a similar passion with!
This workshop is suitable for all levels and is limited to 10 attendees.
10 – 10:15am Attendee arrival, welcome and registration
10:15 – 11am Q&A with Ejatu Shaw and James Anastasi
11 – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12pm Photographers introduce us to select works
12 – 1pm Lunch Break
1 – 1:30pm Set brief for challenge, and answer any attendee questions
1:30 – 3pm Attendees break into pairs to collaboratively shoot
3 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:15pm Work review and feedback5pm Workshop complete, all clear of the studio
How to secure your place?
As with all of our workshops at FMR, the session is aimed at a diverse pool of talent, in particular, those who come from underrepresented communities. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Identify as being from a lower socio economic background OR
- Have received free school meals OR
- Identify as being from a marginalised community i.e. ethnic minority, LGBTQ+, have a disability etc
Things to know
- This workshop is intended for people aged 18+. Individuals under 18 years of age wishing to attend must be accompanied by a guardian. The guardian must make the booking on behalf of the attendee and must notify us when making the booking
- We cannot provide attendees with a camera to use for the workshop
- Attendees are responsible for the security and safety of all items brought to our workshop and are also responsible for both their own insurance and the insurance of their own equipment. At no time should any items brought to the workshop be left unattended. Minority Report Ltd does not accept liability for any loss, injury or accident that may occur during a workshop.
- Please note that this workshop will take place at a venue which is not owned or managed by Minority Report Ltd, and this space is typically only accessible via the stairs. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend the workshop, please contact us to let us know, and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you
- Attendees will be provided with tea, coffee and soft drinks on the day