Introduction to digital documentary photography


Children chasing a bubble and adults in colourful outfits © Serena Brown

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25 November 2023, 11.00-17.00

Law Photography Studio

£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

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Join photographer Serena Brown for this special digital photography workshop, programmed to coincide with this year’s Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize.

As a shortlisted photographer for this year’s Prize, Serena will take you through the basics of documentary photography, helping you collaborate with your sitters, tell stories and consider how to edit down your images into a succinct series with a focused narrative.

The day begins in the National Portrait Gallery’s dedicated photography space, the Law Photography Studio, where participants will hear about Serena’s practice and learn how she authentically tells a story through her subjects.

The group will then learn how to use a digital camera before taking to the streets of central London to photograph. Participants will return to the Law Photography Studio to view their images, where they will discuss and choose a selection to tell a story, under expert instruction.

Maximum 20 attendees. Digital cameras will be provided.

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

Half-length portrait of Serena Brown standing by an open door
Serena Brown by Callum Su

Serena Brown is a documentary fashion photographer from West London whose images convey a sense of candid honesty and community. Portraying her subjects authentically is key to her editorial and commercial work. Her recent works, including Back a Yard and Class of Covid-19, focus on issues affecting working class youth around the UK. Serena’s clients include Nike, NYT, Google, Pepsi, National Geographic, ELLE and ASOS.