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Social Documentary Visual Storytelling Course

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Learn how professional documentary photographers work. A course taught by Stewart Wall MA ARPS

A successful documentary project is a lot more than just a set of photographs of something. During this course you will learn how to develop your project concept, create the photography, and then disseminate your work in a powerful way. Your tutor is a professional documentary photographer, having begun his career in 1978 as a local press photographer.

This workshop is  spread over three weeks, and each week there are three sessions. It is designed to enable you to design your own photo book with a professional look and feel, and during the course you will create your own documentary project.

Week 1 – Thinking of an idea for your project

Session 1: Planning the Concept 

Session 2: Creating a project plan (the secret of success)

Session 3: Choosing the right equipment


Week 2 – Creating the images

Session 1: Considerations on cameracraft 

Session 2: Shooting your images 1

Session 3: Shooting your images 2


Week 3 – Disseminating your work

Session 1: Methods of sharing your work

Session 2: Developing your work through self-assessment

Session 3: Developing a following for your work


By the end of the course attendees will have a good knowledge of how to create a documentary project, and an understanding of how to disseminate your work, and develop an audience for it.

The course is taught by professional photographer and graphic designer Stewart Wall who is also a trained and qualified teacher. He has completed many documentary projects and facilitated collaborative documentary projects both for the Royal Photographic Society and with his own students. He has a BA (Hons) in photography from University of Lincoln, a BA in Graphic Design from Teesside University and an MA in Visual Communication from the University of Hertfordshire, and has just completed his first year of a Professional Doctorate (PhD) in Design at the same university, where he is researching Resilient Communities and how Documentary and Community Photography can connect Resilient Communities to make powerful Societies.


About Stewart

I am based in England and my work explores the connections between, and impact of external sources on the resilience of social networks and communities in the 21st century

1978 - 1986 Staff Photographer Essex Chronicle Series
1986 - 1987 Staff Photographer Evening Gazette
1987 - 1990 Freelance for Daily Express, The Sun and The Sunday Times
1990 - current Freelance Portrait and Contemporary Documentary Photographer
2015 - current Photography tutor and workshop provider
2020 - PhD ProfDoc in Design at the University of Hertfordshire - developing a new methodology for photography called 'PhotoSociology' to use photography to research social resilience in communities

Royal Photographic Society Volunteer
2014 - 2016 RPS Contemporary Group Webmaster
2016 - current Regional Organiser East Midlands Region
2018 - current Licentiates Distinctions Assessor
2020 - 2021 RPS Distinctions Committee Member
2021 First Chair of the new RPS Photo-books Distinction
2021 Awarded RPS Fenton Medal for contributions to the society.


Event Organiser

Melanie Chalk


Cancellation policy

Where participants are obliged to cancel their participation in a particular workshop, RPS South East Region may offer the following refunds:

Cancellation, more than four weeks before the event or workshop - Full refund.

Cancellation, less than four weeks before the event or workshop  -  No refund is possible, although contacting the workshop organiser immediately may enable the place to be transferred to someone else if the demand is present.

Cancellation once the programme has started, no refund is possible



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