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Weekend Workshop: Looking and being looked at: on portraiture and how to develop trust with your sitters

27 July - 28 July 2019, 11:00-17:00

Education Studio

Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photograph by Satoko Fujishiro

Untitled, From ‘Where We Belong’ series by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, UK, 2017.

These intimate art weekends enable you to explore, develop and improve your creativity. Working alongside leading artists and photographers, take inspiration from the Gallery and look at portraiture in new, exciting ways. Class numbers are limited to 12. All materials are provided.

Led by photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra, whose work was selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 exhibition, this two day workshop is aimed at those who would like to learn how to get access and build trust with the sitters and communities they’re interested in photographing. Alejandra will show you how research, empathy and developing trust are tools to portraying intimacy. Beginning with an overview of her work to learn about how she approaches sitters, you will complete a series of assignments to put theory into practice. Access, representation and power dynamics between photographer and sitter will also be discussed in depth in the form of creative exercises. Additionally, participants will develop planning, directing and lighting skills through a series of indoor and outdoor shooting sessions.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer from Barcelona based in London. Her work examines the relationship between individual and group identity, and how the latter shapes the former. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona.

Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, including The Guardian, CNN, Vice, The Huffington Post, NYTimes’ T Magazine, Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, Jerwood Space in London, PHotoEspaña and the Wuhan Art Museum in China. In 2016 she was a finalist at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Award at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, was awarded the Jerwood Visual Arts/ Photoworks Award in 2017 and will be part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018. Alejandra currently works with non profit organizations as an art workshop facilitator using visual arts to empower vulnerable communities.

Suitable for those who already have some knowledge of digital photography.