2018 Personal Documentary Photography Workshop + Group Exhibition

Workshop presented by Sean Davey, photographer and Director of The Photography Room gallery

Workshop Outline

The Photography Room is pleased to present the 2018 Personal Documentary Photography Workshop & Group Exhibition. Held over 11 months, participants will build a portfolio of photographs personal in nature, whilst also working on ‘mini-assignments’ that will encourage them to look at photography in new ways. Participants will be expected to contribute to group discussions and critique sessions, bringing their own ideas to the table and developing the confidence to engage with others about the medium of photography.

This workshop will aim to enable each participant to embrace their own strengths and interests, and will encourage the making and presentation of challenging new work. The workshop will include some technical elements, however it is assumed that participants will already have a good technical understanding of photography.

The end of year group exhibition will be held in both galleries at The Photography Room in Canberra from 11 November until 23 December. Participants will also have their work published here on The Photography Room’s website. The final exhibition curation will be an integral part of the workshop, with participants learning how to arrange, prepare for, and install works in a professional gallery setting.

The workshop includes exhibition printing (archival pigment prints) for all participants, as well as printing of the ‘mini-assignments’ for workshop critique sessions. 

We are delighted to announce sponsorship of the workshop from Stephen Frizza at Rewind Lab (Sydney) who has kindly offered to develop participants' film (if analogue is preferred), Alberto Florez from CRE8IVE (Canberra) who will design the exhibition invitations and exhibition catalogue and ILFORD/CR Kennedy (Sydney) providing exhibition printing paper. Michael Cammack from Canberra City Framing Gallery has also offered a generous sponsorship deal for exhibition framing for workshop participants. 

The workshop is open to eight participants. Every workshop will be held on a Saturday from 10am-4pm.

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Workshop Price: $2300 +GST (payable in two instalments)

Non-refundable deposit of $300 + GST due by 31 December

Balance payable in two instalments of $1000 + GST

First payment due 1 February 2018

Second payment due 1 July 2018

Workshop price includes:

  • Seven all-day workshops
  • Printing of all mini-assignments (archival pigment prints)
  • Exhibition printing (archival pigment prints) for participants
  • Special guest lecture and visual presentation by one of Australia's leading documentary photographers
  • Six-week exhibition in The Photography Room gallery
  • 54-page professional exhibition catalogue (with a selection of each participant's final project and bio details)
  • An Artist Page on The Photography Room website with final workshop series and bio details (published to coincide with the workshop exhibition)
  • Exhibition invitations and opening catering

WORKSHOP 1 - Introduction

17 February 10am – 4pm | Location: The Photography Room, Kingston, ACT

WORKSHOP 2 – Story Telling with Photography

7 April 10am – 4pm | Location: Studio 11, ANCA, Dickson, ACT

WORKSHOP 3 – Sequencing + Guest Presentation by a leading Australian photographer

26 May 10am – 4pm | Location: The Photography Room, Kingston, ACT

WORKSHOP 4 – Professional Practice

7 July 10am – 4pm | Location: Studio 11, ANCA, Dickson, ACT

WORKSHOP 5 – Major Project Critique Day

6 October 10am – 4pm | Location: Studio 11, ANCA, Dickson, ACT

WORKSHOP 6 – Exhibition Preparation, Presentation Methods & Final Critique Session

6 October 10am – 4pm | Location: The Photography Room, Kingston, ACT

WORKSHOP 7– Exhibition Installation

10 November 10am – 4pm | Location: The Photography Room, Kingston, ACT

Exhibition opens Sunday 11 November, with reception at 1pm

Exhibition closes Sunday 23 December