Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Culture Workshop: How can a photograph capture a culture?

Leeds University Business School Meadow Teaching Rooms

Join documentary, travel and fine art photographer Clive Horsman in conversation with Simon Popple for a workshop exploring the representation of cultural difference and the role of photography as a means of depicting a culture.

We will begin by looking at Chinese and British photographers, discussing how photography can influence public perception and the power of the photograph to depict cultural differences.

This will be followed by a discussion and a set of practical activities; participants will engage with various objects, images and books to explore different approaches to representing culture and cultural meaning creating their own image-based responses.

Rather than concentrating on the technical aspects of photography, the workshop will focus on inspiring creativity and encouraging photographers to consider the potential of their photos.

All skill levels are welcome! Feel free to bring your own camera or simply use your phone to take pictures.

This workshop costs £3. Pay via the University Online Store to book your place.

Participants are invited to contribute images for the initial discussion. These should be images which you feel encapsulate the culture of China or Britain, and can be emailed to us prior to the event or brought to the event in digital format. They could be photographs you’ve taken yourself, or taken by another photographer (if choosing the latter please make sure to take note of the source so work can be properly credited.) Clive will be bringing lots of images to discuss, so bringing an image is not compulsory.

More about the workshop leaders

Clive Horsman is a freelance documentary, travel and fine art photographer. Born in the north-east of England in 1955 he trained and worked as a landscape architect, dedicated to addressing environmental issues as a designer and practitioner, until retiring in 2015 and fully pursuing his passion for photography.

The opportunity of visiting and working in China for a number of years, including living in Shanghai for the last 4 years of his landscape career, introduced him to the adventure of travel and the experience of new places and cultures as well as the desire to document these through his story-telling imagery. His sensitive approach allows him to gain trust from his subjects which is reflected in intimate style of image.

Simon Popple is Senior Lecturer in Photography and Digital Culture at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

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