Weekend Workshop: Street as your Studio (Day Two)

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25 May 2014, 11:00-17:00

Education Studio

Tickets: £100 (£80 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.



The Ironman (Dhobi)- Ranchhodbhai Ranchhodbhai Purabiya with Madhuben Ranchhodbhai Purabiya
By Gavin Parry

The street has always been a fertile creative space for photographers. Though a mix of demonstration, discussion and practice, photographer Gavin Parry will introduce some key approaches and strategies useful when engaging with street photography and to help to open up some of its rich photographic potential to participants. 

Whether it is treated as a space for self-expression or social commentary, the street’s dynamic unpredictability and fluidity can offer up exciting photographic opportunities for the observant photographer. In this two day workshop, Gavin Parry will help you to develop observational and visualisation skills and to build the necessary confidence and respect required when photographing in public spaces. You will work on the application of compositional and technical skills, challenging and extending your existing photographic habits and personal style. You will learn the value of shooting within parameters, and also the important roles that patience and chance play in getting that great shot. He will introduce the possibility of working with image and text and the gathering of contextual information. By the end of the two days, you will have a small selected sequence of photographic work in response to the street that provokes and surprises the viewer – and possibly even the photographer.

Gavin Parry is a photographer and  Senior Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Photography Course at Manchester School of Art. The starting point of all his practice is rooted within a documentary tradition and the photograph's relationship with the real. Perhaps a photograph is no longer seen as a clear 'window on the world'. Nevertheless, as a visual form, photography still has a unique relationship with its subject. Parry's work both celebrates and exploits this, with the outcomes becoming a very liberal interpretation of documentary photography. www.gavinparry.com

All materials provided. Suitable for all abilities. Participants are invited to bring their own cameras, but these can be provided by the Gallery by prior arrangement if required. Ticket includes entrance into Bailey’s Stardust