Documentary and Visual Journalism Group(DVJ): Workshop: Documentary Photo Essays

22 June 2014

10:00 - 17:00

The Orwell Suite
Gibb Street
The Custard Factory
United Kingdom

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Group Member£50.00 
RPS Member£55.00 
Non RPS Member£60.00 

Alison Baskerville is a photojournalist and documentary photographer.  She studied at Westminster University and has a MA in photojournalism.  Her career started in the RAF where she served for 12 years seeing active service in Bosnia and Iraq. It was whilst in Iraq that she became inspired to capture her surroundings on an old Nikon film camera and gave her the motivation and desire to change career paths and become a photojournalist.

She has built her portfolio up in a number of varied ways; documentary projects with charity organisations which exposed her to the rewarding challenges faced by those dedicated volunteers who give their time to others and to the opposite side of the spectrum.  She also provides imagery for news picture desks and undertakes commercial based commissions.

In 2012 Alison returned to Afghanistan to capture the lives of women on the frontline. This resulted in an exhibition in the Oxo Gallery in London and is now the subject of an ongoing long term project.  (

Workshop Overview:


A one day workshop covering some of the fundamental guidelines for producing a narratives with images.  The day will start with an introduction to documentary image making which will include a short history of this genre of photography and an explanation of the key images needed to develop the story. The day will then move on to look at the practical aspects of photo essays which will include research tools, equipment and logistics.    During the afternoon we will have the opportunity to practice some of the types of shots taught in the morning session.  We will also discuss and review portfolios and offer advice on current and future projects. 

The proposed timetable for the day is as follows:

1000 – 1200                Welcome and introduction.

                                    Founding roots of documentary.

                                    Presentation on the key images of a photo essay.

1200 – 1300                Lunch.  

1300 – 1500                Practical session shooting a short photo story.

1500 – 1600                Edit and short review of the images.

1600 – 1700                Project discussions and summary feedback.

It is possible that the final two sessions of this programme will over-run, but Ali is prepared to stay on with participants to ensure that everything is covered.

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Contact DVJ@RPS.ORG to express your interest in attending this workshop and receive additional information.

Opening times

Meet at the reception for the Custard Factory at 09.45

Hearing and access requirements

There are no facilities for the hearing impaired. There are lifts but access to toilets involves a level walk The workshop includes a practical session which requires walking. For this part of the workshop a carer can join a participant with limited mobility.

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Region: CentralGroup(s): Documentary