Street Portraiture Workshop with Peter Zelewski

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In this one-day practical workshop, award winning portrait and documentary photographer - Peter Zelewski, will equip you with the necessary skills to shoot expert portraits on the street. Inspired by Peter’s ‘Taylor Wessing’ Portrait Prize winning street portrait of Nyaueth and his recently published book ‘People of London’, the workshop will be an opportunity to experience Peter’s knowledge in street portraiture as he provides hands-on training, guiding you through the London streets shooting portraits. Peter will teach you to confidently communicate and successfully photograph a complete stranger ensuring everyone takes at least three portraits of their own. Topics covered will include the importance of understanding natural light, key skills in confidently approaching and interacting with strangers, using successful composition styles and developing a distinctive photographic style of your own. Suitable for all abilities.

Participants are welcome to loan Leica equipment on request.

Date: Saturday 9th December 2017

Venue: Leica Store Mayfair, 27 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6NQ

Time: 10.30 - 17.30

Price: £250.00

Refreshments / Lunch included

10:30am – 12:30pm

  • Introduction (Tea and coffee provided)

  • Overview of the workshop

  • Discussion on street portraiture covering the history, techniques, equipment and technical skills

  • Discuss and critique, as a group, successful street portraits and backgrounds

  • Discuss the importance of communication and interaction in street portraiture

12:30pm – 1:00pm

  • Attendees to be separated into teams of two for on the street portraiture session

  • Depart the Leica studio and head towards Soho, Central London

  • Source various backgrounds for street portraiture suitability and discuss our findings


1:00pm – 1:30pm

  • Keeping in teams of two, experiment taking portraits of each other using the techniques discussed in the morning session

  • Experiment with the various backgrounds, lighting and composition styles


1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • Peter to demonstrate street portraiture communication techniques, interaction, lighting and composition styles

  • Brief discussion amongst the group before participants approach strangers (in their teams) on the street to take their portrait

  • Peter will be on hand working with teams and their subjects to provide advice to ensure successful portraits


3.30pm – 5:30pm


  • Head back to the Leica Studio

  • Review the day’s work discussing successes and difficulties

  • Attendees choose their three best street portraits from the day to review and critique from each attendee

  • Discuss post editing processes to ensure everyone achieves maximum results with their portraits

  • Brief Q&A

  • Workshop ends

If borrowing Leica equipment (please make your request prior to the workshop), 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

As one of the influential leaders in contemporary street portraiture, Peter Zelewski’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Vogue Living, British Journal of Photography, La Repubblica, Leica Fotografie International and Time Out. In 2015 he was awarded third place prizewinner in the ‘Taylor Wessing’ Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. His first book ‘People of London’ has just been published by Hoxton Mini Press. He has exhibited widely and divides his time between commercial photography and his self-initiated street portraiture projects.

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Suitable forms of I.D. are:

  • First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence

  • Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address


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Arrival/departure times

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Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops take place in our studio training facility, which is located at the top of 33 stairs (2nd floor) at 27 Bruton Place. We regret that, currently, we do not have wheelchair access for workshops that take place on site at the Leica Akademie. If you have any special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to notify us of your needs.

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