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Beyond Fiction: CANCELLED


Tue 19 Apr 2016, 1:00pm–4:30pm

Where: Massey University, Wallace St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Student Earlybird (10 tickets only): $0.00
  • Student: $58.00 ($55.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • NZIPP or AIPA Member: $58.00 ($55.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Non-member of NZIPP or AIPA: $98.50 ($95.00 + $3.50 fees)

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Listed by: NZIPP

Beyond Fiction is a half-day seminar that looks at the importance of documentary photography, and how we can use its skillsets to improve our own work and strengthen our role as professional photographers. It is being presented by Melbourne based, expat Kiwi, Anthony McKee who is a past Canon AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year,

"The most important lesson I have learnt as a photographer, is that fact is stranger than fiction. We can spend hours contriving photographs in the studio or on location, and even more time perfecting these images in Photoshop, and yet often the most compelling photographs with the most integrity are the images that are captured in a fleeting moment.

What is sad though, is that over recent years most photographers seem to have forgotten how to capture moments. Rather than seeing moments, we obsess over photographing objects. And instead of looking for stories, we contrive them. We might be as creative as ever, but we have forgotten how to “see” photographs."

The seminar will start with a brief look at documentary photography through the 20th century, its decline over the past 15 year and its cost to New Zealand’s visual and social history. This will lead into a discussion of the techniques within documentary photography and how these techniques can be applied to other genres.

One of the key points to take away from this workshop, is that documentary photography is not just about photography of poor people in third world countries... it is a sophisticated skillset that we can apply to all genres of professional photography, from weddings and portraiture through to corporate, editorial and event work.

The key aim of this workshop is to give professional photographers an added awareness of place and moment and provide them with an edge over everyone else for whom vision and time are their only limiting factors.

Anthony says "Professional photographers should be making it their priority to see and capture the beautiful moments that most people never see, let alone could ever set-up regardless of how much time they have. This should be our point of difference. This is why I believe the skillsets of documentary photography are as important today as ever."

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