27th December 2017       Bondi Pavilion

Bondi Beach: the most photographed stretch of sand in Australia packed with surfers, tourists, posers and locals hanging out in cafes, walking to Tamarama or watching the waves. Join great mates Andrew Quilty and David Maurice Smith for a practical workshop  ‘A Day at the Beach: New Perspectives on the Familiar’ and discover how to see beyond postcard clichès, improve your photographic vision and learn how to see a familiar place  from a new perspective.

The workshop is suitable for all levels and you can shoot using a smartphone or a digital camera. The workshop will be limited to 16 participants and you’ll need to email three of your own images before the workshop.

When: Wednesday, 27th December 2017.    1pm – 9.30pm.     Dinner and refreshments included.

Cost:  $550     Please email info@annaseassau.com for more information and to enrol.

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Workshop Outline

David and Andrew will explain their individual photographic practices and through a selection of their work, show how they they create powerful images and the experiences and principles that have guided their careers. You’ll see RAW and edited examples of their work and learn about technical and creative elements – storytelling, artistic vision, composition, exposure, editing and incorporating compelling narratives. A subtle use of post production software can enhance your photographs, but you’ll learn how capturing scenes with the utmost efficacy in-camera, e.g. paying attention to composition and light, will always trump even the slickest post-production techniques. Your photographs will be shared with the group so David and Andrew can see your strengths and weaknesses and subsequently challenge you to think differently during the shoot.

Andrew and David will take you out for the shoot during the afternoon’s golden hours where you can start to practice newly learned skills and unlock your inspiration when and see the world in a new light. You’ll be challenged to step outside your comfort zone and reach beyond the surface in your photographs by anticipating your environment and interacting with your subjects.

We’ll head back to the Bondi Pavilion after the sun falls for the edit and review of your shoot while enjoying a bite to eat. With the individual help of the photographers and a beer or two, you’ll select your best three images of the day to be presented and discussed within the group. The workshop will wrap up at 9.30pm but the photographers will head to a nearby pub where they will be happy to talk about photography into the night.

Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty is one of Australia’s leading photojournalists. He has been commissioned by many of the world’s premier news publications, including The New York Times and TIME Magazine, while in recent years his written pieces have been published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy and many more.

As a freelance photojournalist based in Kabul since late 2013, Andrew has relentlessly pursued complex and important stories in a country that has receded from world attention after the withdrawal of the majority of the international military forces from the embattled country. Quilty is one of the few journalists left in the country offering testament to the disruption this war has had, and still has, on the human condition. Since moving to Afghanistan, Quilty has won six Walkley Awards including Photographer of the Year 2014,  Freelance Journalist of the Year 2015, Photo of the Year 2016 and the Gold Walkley 2016 which is the most prestigious award in Australian journalism.  Andrew also won the prestigious Polk Award for photojournalism in 2016 and a Picture of the Year International award and his work from Afghanistan was exhibited at the world’s premier festival for photojournalism, Visa Pour L’Image, in Perpignan, France in 2016. 

Follow Andrew on instagram here.


David Maurice Smith

David Maurice Smith is a Canadian documentary photographer currently based in Sydney, Australia whose work focuses largely on the issues facing marginalized communities.

In 2016 David was awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting for his work chronicling a suicide epidemic in the remote Canadian First Nations community of Attawapiskat, Ontario. His images have been recognized in the International Photography Awards, The American Photography Awards, The Amnesty International Media Awards and in 2016 he was awarded a Walkley Award for his photographic coverage of the European Refugee Crisis.

His work has been shown at PHOTOVILLE, The Dehli Photo Festival, Visa Pour l’Image-Perpignan International Festival of Photojournalism, Angkor Photo Festival, Contact Photography Festival, PhotoIreland, PhotoJourn Festival and the Obscura Festival of Photograpy.

His editorial clients include TIME, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, GEO, Maclean’s and Le Monde. He works regularly for global and national NGO’s and non-profit organizations.

David has been a member of the Oculi Collective since 2012.

Follow David on instagram here.