Using portrait photography to explore identity

Weekend workshop

Two nude dancers seen embracing to form a square-like frame
© Othello De'Souza-Hartley

9 March 2024, 10.00-17.00

The Law Photography Studio

£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

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Join us for this one-day workshop exploring the theoretical and material practice of curating posed photography that communicates the complexities of living as racialised, sexualised figures under the white gaze. 

This workshop will give participants the tools to create their own photographs that tell stories through the power of observation and composition. Inspired by the exhibition, The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure, you will learn how to stage and light photographs, as well as how to employ props to communicate with an audience. You will also learn about different camera settings and models that can be used to enhance your image.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all abilities. Maximum participants 25 per workshop. 

Please note young people are welcome to attend this workshop but you must be aged 16+ and have parental consent to attend.

Othello De’Souza-Hartley is a London-based artist who explores aspects of human expression and its suppression in contemporary society.
De’Souza-Hartley merges personal experience into visual investigations of prevailing quandaries and contradictions by applying minimal gestures to maximum effect. Working predominantly in photography, moving image, painting and performance, the human body is at the core of his practice, either directly as a subject or indirectly via the marks and layers applied to canvas.
Inspired equally by the subjective gaze of classical paintings and notions of non-duality in Eastern philosophy, by the geometry and texture of Modern architecture and improvisation in experimental music or contemporary dance, De’Souza-Hartley’s practice is not confined by medium or genre.

Observations relating to gender and race are a recurring theme in De’Souza-Hartley’s work. An ongoing investigation into the complexities of male identity encompasses portraiture of self and others, visually captured in photography and painting and supplemented by video and sound.

His Masculinity project has received extensive press coverage and was nominated for Peer to Peer, a curated snapshot of contemporary photography in the UK and China in 2019.

His work has been exhibited widely to critical acclaim and is held in private and public collections, including Autograph.

Prior to earning an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2011, De'Souza-Hartley studied at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London and additionally studied at the Royal Drawing London School.