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Course: Portrait Photography Masterclass / London: 9-10 May 2020

Inspired by the British Library exhibition, Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights this weekend course will introduce work by women photographers who have challenged the boundaries of representation. There is a long practice within feminist photography to investigate performing identities, misbehaving bodies and extended bodies. Photographers including Jo Spence, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Zanele Muholi and Khadija Saye have each explored the constructions of complex identities, using the photographic image as a stage, a site for rehearsal and as a platform to resist, or to return, the gaze.

Through a series of creative photographic activities and access to a pop-up studio, participants will have the opportunity to develop a body of work. We will explore conceptual, as well as aesthetic and technical aspects of portraiture and self-portraiture through themes relating to identity, self-determination, community and solidarity.

The course is led by photographer and academic Dr Julia Winckler.

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Portrait Photography Masterclass
British Library, London
Weekend course, Sat 9 May 2020, 10:30 - Sun 10 May 2020, 17:00

Image: 'Vicky'(from Two Sisters series) by Dr Julia Winckler Two Sisters is a multi-layered exploration of the lives of Dr Julia Winckler’s great-aunt Martha and grandmother Vicky. Winckler rediscovers and recreates for a wider audience the very different experiences of personal lives affected by WWII and the sisters' resilience and eventual self-determination.

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