14th April 2017       XVA Art Hotel  Al Fahidi district

Join Andrew for an intensive one-day practical workshop, ‘Stories not Selfies’: Creating Compelling Photographic Narratives from the Everyday.

Discover the importance of reading and anticipating your environment, your body-language and interacting with your subjects. Andrew will help identify your strengths and weaknesses, consolidating and strengthening them respectively. He will challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and reach beyond the surface in your photographs.

Andrew will take you out on a shoot around the historic Al Fahidi district and the souks in old Deira and the day ends with an edit and critique session of your work. The workshop will also include a presentation by firebrand Saudi photographer, Tasneem Alsultan. Tasneem will be present throughout the day and assist during the shoot.

Participants can shoot on either a smartphone or digital camera. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants and is suitable for all levels.

When: Friday, 14th April 2017.    10.30am – 7pm.     Lunch and refreshments included.

Cost:  1,200  AED     Please email info@annaseassau.com for more information and to enrol.

Afghan National Policemen rest inside an isolated check point less than 200 feet from a compound under Taliban control. Helmand Province, Afghanistan. ©Andrew Quilty for The New York Times   Hover or click on image for full caption.

Workshop Outline

10.30am. Meet at XVA Hotel in the historic Al Fahidi district, the oldest residential part of Dubai.

In the morning session, Andrew will present a selection of his own work and explain how he creates powerful images and incorporates compelling narratives.  He will show, using RAW and edited examples of his own work, both how a subtle use of post production software can enhance your photographs, but also 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. He will teach you how to use words to turn a caption into a story.

After lunch, firebrand Saudi photographer, Tasneem Alsultan, (recently named as one of Photo District News’ 30 new and emerging photographers to watch in 2017) will give a presentation of her work and show how photographing in different aesthetics and spaces can all be used as an advantage.  Andrew will then take participants out to practice newly learned skills. We’ll leave Al Fahidi for the five minute walk to the The Creek, the heart of old Dubai. We’ll stop by the Texile souk and Hindi Lane and take an abra to old Deira and visit the Spice, Perfume and Gold souks.

The last session is the edit and critique of your shoot with Andrew where you’ll select your best 3-5 images of the day to be presented and discussed within the group.

Participants are required to email three of their own photographs prior to the workshop.

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.

Quilty first joined Instagram when he was commissioned by TIME Magazine to cover Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the US in 2012, uploading images directly to TIME’s Instagram account – a first for any mass-media outlet. Since then his has been named one of  by The Huffington Post  26 Instagram Accounts that Will Expand Your World View by the Huffington Post and as one of 14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World). This year Quilty received an honourable mention in the Getty Instagram Grant, awarded to users documenting underrepresented communities across the world. He has an Instagram following of nearly 150,000.

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. Most recently, Quilty’s work from Afghanistan was exhibited at the world’s premier festival for photojournalism, Visa Pour L’Image, in Perpignan, France.

Follow Andrew on instagram here.