Mastering Light with a Leica M – A workshop with José Sarmento Matos at the Leica Store City

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Join professional photographer José Sarmento Matos for a Leica Akademie workshop at Leica Store City, London.

Learn how to control available light while shooting a story on everyday life in London.

José will work with the attendees on their street photography skills in order to produce a coherent one-day series / story. The attendees will work on their exposure, framing, composition, and the ability to approach subjects in the street.

Venue: Leica Store City, Unit 18, The Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LP

Date: Saturday 30 th September 2017 

Time: 10.30-17.00

Price: £125 Lunch included on day one (please advise of any dietary requirements on making a booking)

- Half an hour briefing on how to make a coherent street photography series of 10 images (discussion will include framing, how to anticipate the decisive moment and controlling the available light in one location before shooting) 

José will talk about one of his most recent street series and his documentary work, and draw a parallel between the two  

- Half an hour discussing the attendees’ work and their perspectives (the attendees are asked to bring a 5 photo selection with a street photography theme that they have worked on before, and a list of 5 things that they find challenging in their street photography).

- Leica M discussion (getting started / insider tips)

- Going out shooting for 3 hours with a Leica M (a camera body and lens will be made available to you for the duration of the workshop)

- Return to base at the Leica Store City.

Attendees have 30 minutes to make a 25 photo edit - JSM will help each attendee deliver a final 10 photo story. The whole group will participate and discuss this process  

Date: Saturday 30 th September 2017

Time: 10.30-17.00 Cost: £125

Venue: Leica Store City, Unit 18, The Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LP

Lunch included

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set. If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring the following:

  • Two forms of ID (The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license, and the second form, a utility bill showing your home address)
  • SD memory card

José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Lisbon and London. In December 2014 he completed a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, Univerisity of the Arts.

José is interested in covering stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe and other parts of the world. As well as analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories, he also focuses his work on street photography, documenting his day-to- day life. 

In 2015 José was named one of the winners of “30 under 30” Magnum award for ‘Young Documentary Photographers’ with his project ‘Turning The Page’. Developed in Portugal, the project focuses on the change in individuals who have been traumatised as a result of violent crimes. 

José´s work has been exhibited in cities such as London, Oslo, Berlin, Lisbon, Porto, and Paris, and he’s a member of Project Sea Change; a documentary collective about today’s young Europeans and how they are dealing with the social and financial crisis in Europe. The Sea Change photo book was published in January 2015.

Among other projects, José is currently working on a photo documentary about the lives of call center workers in several countries around the world. One of the first chapters focuses on the Philippines, the world “capital” of this industry, and was recently published in Newsweek Europe magazine.

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