Mastering Light with José Sarmento Matos

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Join professional photographer José Sarmento Matos for a Leica Akademie workshop at the 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, 18 Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LP

Date: 16th June 2018

Time: 10.30 - 17.00

Price: £125

    - Half an hour briefing on how to make a coherent street photography series of 10 images.

    (framing, how to anticipate the decisive moment and control 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)

    - 2.5 hours outdoor shooting– (a camera body and lens will be made available to you for the duration of the workshop if requested beforehand – please see Participant Notes) 

    - Return to base at the Leica Store Mayfair.

    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  

      This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to develop a photo project for publication. Please bring a laptop and a memory stick with your selection of no more than 20 images of a photo story you’d like to develop further for publication.

        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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