Social Documentary

Social Documentary – Street Photography Workshop 22 June - POSTPONED

Event info

Swansea Lifelong Learning has postponed this event to a later date due to Public Health Advice following the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak

The Photojournalist’s Nose

Whilst researching prior to developing a documentary project is often promoted there are other methods and busy photojournalists, especially in pre-internet days learnt to rely on their ‘nose’ to ‘sniff out’ stories of interest. This workshop focuses on arriving in an unknown place and in the course of one day create a series of photo-essays that tell stories of the place.

Type of Workshop

This workshop is not classroom based. You will be given a venue to meet at and then after a coffee and briefing and working with others you will set off to photograph a series of assignments within a short walk of the meeting place. The tutor will be on hand to assist and guide you for the entire workshop. The aim is that by the end of the day you will understand the means and the why photography and storytelling go together so well and why it is a very rewarding approach to photography. You should also have some great images. Have your batteries charged and memory cards with plenty of space.

The Tutor

Your tutor is Stewart Wall who learnt the trade of the photojournalist as an employed press photographer on a local newspaper in Essex in the 1980s. The newspaper also sent him off to Sheffield to study at Richmond college and gain the National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification, one the highest respected qualifications a journalist could gain. Stewart worked for Fleet Street newspapers before moving into commercial photography. He and his wife, Shona who also worked for local and national newspaper titles, are still involved in media by running a hyper-local online news publication for the town they live in. He also has a BA (hons), an MA in Visual Communication (Photography) and a level 7 PGCE teaching qualification.

What you will learn

This workshop will teach you professional journalistic methods and approaches that will enable you to arrive at a new place and see stories that most people walk past.

Areas covered during this workshop:

  1. How to work safely
  2. Best use of equipment
  3. How to ‘see’ stories others often miss
  4. The concept of the photo-essay
  5. How to approach people even when feeling nervous
  6. Image-making

Post Workshop

After the workshop you will be invited to submit images for feedback and then possibly invited to have your images included in a journalistic style book that will be published telling the story of the place the workshop was held at.

Venue Details

This taster day will be based in the back room of the historic No Sign Wine Bar. Please gather there at 10am. During the day teas, coffees and food can be purchased by participants for consumption in breaks and over the lunch period. The No Sign Wine Bar is accessible for anyone with physical disability and has bathroom facilities.

This 1 day workshop is provided by the Royal Photographic Society as part of Adult Learners week. If you would like more details about the RPS and become a member please visit

Event Organiser

Rhys Jones


Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.



No Sign Wine Bar

56 Wind Street