Leica Masterclass - Visual language with Dougie Wallace

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Everyone has an individual take on the world - a unique way of seeing things. Few people find a way of communicating their own personal vision. Dougie Wallace conveys his inner world through his photography. Employing flash, instinct and intervention, Dougie Wallace’s photographs create narratives in his own inimitable style.  

This workshop will inspire you to create your personal photographic language, develop your practice and manifest your surroundings as only you see them. You will stop being a passive observer and learn how to manifest the thoughts and images you have in your head. You will learn a distinctive approach to storytelling and develop a project mentality. During the two-day workshop you will create a micro-series and be given the tools to expand your practice and discover ways to tell a broader story.

Dates: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March 2017

Time: (Day 1) 10.00-17.00

Time: (Day 2) 9.30-17.00 (on day 2 the workshop will meet in Shoreditch, East London)

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

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

  • Introduction to Dougie Wallace and his influences.
  • A review of attendees’ portfolio (participants are asked to bring 10-15 images for review; images can be printed or supplied on a USB stick in a jpeg format). On the second day you will need a laptop with editing software (e.g. Lightroom).
  • Have you ever seen a moment that you wanted to capture? Well that’s your instincts - learn to trust your instincts, push your comfort levels and develop your confidence. Learn how to interact with your subjects whilst digging in and carving out that special picture.
  • Accessing your visual language and exercises to focus your mind.
  • How to make your photographs stand out with the use of flash.
  • Micro-series shooting assignment and developing a project mentality.
  • Shooting time.
  • An introduction to editing, processing and assembling your story.
  • The shooting part of the workshop will be held in and around Brick Lane Market, Spitalfields and Columbia Road Flower Market, the epicentre of Shoreditch and a rich source of material for street photographers or anybody with a camera interested in people and culture.
  • Participants will create an edit to be shown on the Sunday.

Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge of photography due the practiacal elements of the workshop. 

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email akademie.uk@leica-camera.com to reserve one.

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.

East London-based photographer Dougie Wallace grew up in Glasgow hence his moniker, Glasweegee. Internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and a distinct direct style of expressive street photography. His books Stags, Hens and Bunnies, A Blackpool Story (Dewi Lewis Media, 2014) and Shoreditch Wild Life (Hoxton Mini Press, 2014) generated critical acclaim and a viral buzz. His book, Road Wallah (Dewi Lewis publishing), which offers a unique insight into the world of Bombay cab drivers was published in February 2016 and has been exhibited at numerous photo festivals and gallery shows. His latest series Harrodsburg is due to be published in January 2017 (Dewi Lewis publishing). Harrodsburg has already had two major exhibitions as well as featuring in numerous national and international publications. 

Most recently Dougie has been included in 'PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS' Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers (By Paul Lowe / Published by Thames & Hudson).

Dougie is fully represented worldwide by INSTITUTE Artist & Management Company. Road Wallah was short-listed for the 2015 European Book Publisher’s Award. 

'Harrodsburg' won the inaugural 'Magnum Photography Award 2016'  

'Living in Shoreditch has helped me develop an eye for the tragi-comic, messy side of uninhibited human behaviour. My Glasgow upbringing has shaped my style, which has been described as 'visually exaggerated' and 'hard edged'. 

What motivates my pictures is human behaviour. People’s interactions and emotions fascinate me. My stories are thematic; they have similarities of expressions running through them. My work is informed by societies trends and incongruities and translating what I see into wit, criticism and humorous vignettes. I’d like to think that my photos convey a personalised point of view that is believable and absurd.”

Dougie Wallace’s has had a number of solo shows worldwide as well as taken part in joint exhibits and photographic festivals around the globe.  His work has been featured in assignments and publications for magazines and newspapers, including, The Sunday Times Magazine, D Repubblica, Le Monde, NYTimes, Stern, The Guardian, The Independent, Observer, International New York Times, GQ, Dazed, Vice, BBC, CNN, Itsnicethat, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, El País, Der Spiegel, Macleans, NZZ, Die Tageszeitung, Neon, dS Magazine - De Standaard. As well as numerous photography magazines, BJP, GUP, Amateur Photographer, Professional Photographer, F2, Fotografia Magazine, Lens Culture, Leica LFI, L’Oeill, Fotomagazine, European Photography and Photo International.

BBC 4 has commissioned a 30 min documentary, 'What Artists Do All Day' on Dougie.  (Intimate, observational portraits of leading artists, revealing unique insights into their working lives and creative process). This will be aired early 2017, on the BBC4 'Season of Photography'.

Dougie Wallace has conducted workshops both in the UK and overseas.  He regularly donates his work to his chosen charities each year.


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