Expanding Your Eye: A Storytelling Photography Workshop with Marissa Roth

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Marissa Roth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer. She has three books to her credit and her work has been exhibited in museums internationally.

Join Marissa for a 2-day workshop over two consecutive weekends, that will expand your photographic eye and teach strong visual storytelling techniques. She will give students a photo assignment on the first weekend, with the goal of its completion for the second class. Marissa’s aim as a teacher is to both encourage and inspire.

Students are requested to come to the first class with a few possible story ideas from which to choose from, to develop into a short photo essay.

Time: 09.30-16:00

Day 1:

- Marissa will give a presentation on visual storytelling and the photo essay, presenting her own work and practice.

- Open discussion and development of possible story ideas for each student to pursue before the next workshop date.

- Short out-of-store excursion with students: Practical advice, tips and camera techniques.

Day 2:

- Critique of each student’s work from the week’s assignment.

- Welcoming questions from students in different areas of photography, allowing for creative photographic discussions as a group.

Refreshments provided / Lunch included

Leica Store UK
27 Bruton Place

    This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their knowledge and skill set. Students will be expected to bring in a selection of 12 – 20 images from the week’s assignment on a USB flash drive, to be edited and critiqued by Marissa and viewed by all of the students.

    A Leica expert will also be in attendance for this 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 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.

      Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth is an internationally published freelance photojournalist and exhibited documentary photographer. Her assignments for prestigious publications including The New York Times, have taken her around the world. Roth was part of The Los Angeles Times photography staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News, for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

      Marissa’s projects: One Person Crying: Women and War is her personal global photo essay that spans 31-years of her work and addresses the immediate and lingering impact of war on women from multiple countries. It is an international travelling exhibition, with a forthcoming book. Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, is Marissa’s ‘love letter’ to Tibet photographed with Kodachrome film, and is a traveling exhibition. The book, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was released in April 2014. The Crossing, a poetic photographic study of the Atlantic Ocean is her current project. Marissa photographs with both film and digital cameras.


      Leica workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older. Individuals under 18 years of age wishing to attend must be accompanied by a guardian. The guardian must make the booking on behalf of the attendee, and must notify the Leica Akademie when making the booking.

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      If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to e-mail the Leica Akademie (akademie.uk@leica-camera.com) regarding any special dietary requirements when making the booking.

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      Payment and cancellation procedures

       Where charges apply, Leica workshops must be paid for in advance by bank transfer or credit/debit card. Refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee will be given as follows:

      ◦    Cancellation made up to 14 days before the workshop date – full refund

      ◦    Cancellation made between 8 -13 days before the workshop date – 50% refund

      ◦    Cancellation made up to 7 days before the workshop date – no refund

       If payment for the workshop is not received in advance, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

      The Leica Akademie reserves the right to cancel or alter any workshop. All workshop dates and times are subject to change, but Leica will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates/times, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the tutor being unable to attend due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. Leica will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions.

       Should a cancellation become necessary by the Leica Akademie, the attendee will have the choice of attending an alternative workshop (and where this is of a lower price, Leica will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the workshop and, where applicable, accepting a refund of all monies paid for that specific workshop to Leica Camera Ltd.

      In the event that the specific tutor is unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond Leica’s control, then the workshop will be cancelled, if no suitable replacement tutor can be arranged.

      For complimentary workshops, the workshop will be rearranged to another date and the attendee offered a place on that alternative date.

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      Use of Leica Akademie equipment

      Please act responsibly when using any Leica Akademie equipment. We recommend, for instance, that refreshments are kept at a safe distance from all electrical appliances.


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      Suitable forms of I.D. are:

      ◦    First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence

      ◦    Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address

      Outdoor workshops

      If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

      Health & Safety and Security

      In attending any workshop, you must comply with the provisions of the health and safety policy applying to the Leica Akademie, and with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the Leica Akademie by the relevant fire authority. Copies of these policies are available to view on request.

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      Arrival/departure times

      The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found on the first and second floor of 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.


      Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our studio training facility, which is located at the top of 33 stairs (2nd floor) at 27 Bruton Place, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Café Optik on the ground floor.