Street Photography with José Sarmento Matos – City of London

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Workshop Dates: Saturday 22nd September 2018

Time: 10.30-17:00

Join documentary photographer José Sarmento Matos, for a Leica Akademie street photography workshop.

Learn how to control available light and uncover interesting stories on the vibrant streets of London, exploring the intricacies of everyday life in the City.

José will give one-on-one advise to each participant, to develop their street photography skills and 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.

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

Including 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 participant’s work and their perspectives - (the participants are asked to bring a selection of their photographs, relevant to the street photography theme 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 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. 

Leica Store City of London
18 Royal Exchange

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers, who are keen to develop a photo project and their photography skills. Please bring a laptop and a memory stick with your selection of no more than 20 images that represent your style for discussion.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email to check availability.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

Please bring your own laptop for editing and post production work.

The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

    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, University of the Arts, where he is now a lecturer, teaching BA and MA documentary photography.

    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 subject’s personal stories. He also explores street photography, documenting his day-to-day life.

    He is a contributor to The New York Times, and has published his personal projects in outlets worldwide including The New Yorker, Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED and The New York Times.

    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 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.