28 Apr - 19 May 2019

The Intimate Gaze: Capturing Emotion and Gesture in Portraits

Sundays 28 April & 19 May, 11:00 - 17:00

Inspired by the current exhibition Dialogues with Solitudes, photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra leads a two-day practical workshop aimed at those who would like to learn how to get closer to the people or communities they photograph and capture genuine emotions.

Through a series of photographic assignments participants will learn skills to develop trust and collaboration when photographing new sitters, paying close attention to gesture and gaze. Exploration and discussion of the work of other photographers, from Philip-Lorca diCorcia to Cristina Garcia Rodero and including Dave Heath, whose portraits sought to make sense of isolation and vulnerability, will reveal a wider range of styles and approaches. Additionally participants will be introduced to technical skills related to lighting and composition through a series of indoor and outdoor shooting sessions designed to put theory into practice.

Participants are encouraged to bring a single image, either in print or digitally, which they believe captures real emotion, to share and discuss with the group for feedback on what works for them, what could be improved upon and what new ideas or approaches they might try.

The workshop is is aimed at those interested in developing skills in both documentary and fine art photography. Please bring a digital camera to work with. The gallery can provide DSLRs on request.

Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a photographer and educator from Barcelona currently based in London. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, including The Guardian, CNN, Vice, Huffington Post, NYTimes’ T Magazine, Circulation(s) in Paris, Unseen Amsterdam, PHotoEspaña and the Wuhan Art Museum in China. In 2017 she was awarded the Jerwood Photoworks Award and in 2018 she was a finalist of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has worked with a variety of universities, art institutions and charities teaching photography courses and delivering participatory photography workshops.

£200/£180 members & concessions

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