Shooting Powerful Photo Stories - with Adam Hinton

The best photo stories come from photographers with an opinion. This two-day workshop will help you turn your ideas into stories that have depth, purpose and power. Adam Hinton is known for his long-term projects, and you will be exploring approaches that will help you develop a single story into something more profound.

Participants will be asked to arrive with examples of their own work and that of photographers they admire.  They should also bring with them ideas they have for a possible longer-term story that they would like to produce. During the first session Adam will introduce his work and the way he approaches the subjects that he photographs.  We’ll also look at the work of some of the great reportage photographers and the material brought in by the workshop participants. We’ll examine various ways photographers get their stories across, in terms of approach, shooting style, narrative and project construction.  With this insight we’ll then look at each participant’s own work and ways to enhance their own story telling capabilities. As a group we will then decide where to meet up the following morning to put what we have learnt into practice.

We’ll meet up early morning and go out exploring and documenting the area we have chosen to meet in.  Adam will lead the group and give pointers as to the things to look out for on the location and what areas to shoot to construct strong visual narratives. Once back at the Mayfair store we will engage in collective and individual review, where Adam will help you edit your work into its most powerful form and identify where improvements could be made. He will cover editing, presentation and publishing.

Workshop Dates:  19th and 20th January 2019

Time: 10.00 – 17.00

Day 1:

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

- Participants will be asked to bring examples of their own work and that of photographers who’s work they admire.  We will look at the work of these photographers and others to discuss and learn about different approaches to documentary story telling.

- Open discussion and development of possible story ideas for each student to pursue.

- Towards the end of the day the group will decide upon a place to meet up the following morning to experiment with some of the approaches discussed.

Day 2:

- The group will meet up at the chosen location and as a group we will explore and record the environment using the technics discussed the day before.  We will return to Mayfair to upload images by lunchtime.

- Critique of each student’s work from the day’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.

Participants are asked to bring 5-10 images for review; images can be printed or supplied on a USB stick in a jpeg format.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email 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.

‘When I was 15, I received the first installment of compensation from the Government following a knife attack (my attacker had a thing against punks) and instinctively I knew what I was going to spend the money on: more lenses. When I received the rest of the money at 18 I spent it all on a set of professional cameras and lenses. From that moment onwards, photography has been the constant focus for me. It has enabled me to vocalise my other interest: politics. Studying photojournalism in the 80s enabled me to articulate my feelings, beliefs and values into a visual medium that I could communicate to others. I would take photos at all the demonstrations I went to: anti-apartheid, anti-nuclear, the miners’ strike and the picket lines at Wapping. I hoped, and still do, that my images could portray something of the way we live today, how each action has a reaction, that nothing is without cause or response.

I believe in the good of people. Wherever I have travelled, the people I have met and stayed with have been welcoming and open. Even in the most dire situations, when almost everything seems negative, I find myself photographing the positives. When I stayed with a family in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro I found that in spite of the level of violence surrounding people living there, it was outweighed by the community’s cohesion. They had, without any external help, organised football and ballet classes for the children and adults, art clubs, after-school care and had built their own library. Families supported each other and the community had a strong sense of social solidarity. This is what I wanted to photograph, not the violence and danger. When I first started taking pictures I found that the social documentary style of B&W suited my work brilliantly (things were more black & white to me then). However, as time has gone by, I have moved away from the more traditional image to something I think is more fluid and spontaneous.’

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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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Attendees are responsible for the security and safety of all items brought to a Leica Akademie workshop, and are also responsible for both their own insurance and the insurance of their own equipment. At no time should any items brought to the workshop be left unattended. Leica Camera Ltd does not accept liability for any loss, injury or accident that may occur during a workshop.

 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.


For workshops where Leica equipment is to be taken off the premises, attendees will be asked for two forms of I.D. on arrival and their full name and address, which will be kept for the duration of the workshop only. This information is required for security and insurance purposes, and will not be passed to any third parties. If two forms of I.D. are not provided, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

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.

You must comply with all guidelines and policies issued to you in connection with your use of the Akademie and the equipment therein. If, in our opinion, we consider that at any time up to and during the Akademie workshop you may cause damage to people or property, we reserve the right to terminate the workshop forthwith and you shall not be entitled to any refund of your fees.

Arrival/departure times

The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found on the first and second floor of 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ. When arriving at 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ, please enter through the Leica Café Optik entrance (opposite the store), which is on the ground floor. 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.

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