Workshop on Documentary Essays - Salisbury - 13 January 2018

13 January 2018

10:15 - 17:00

The Salisbury Museum
The King's House
65 The Close
United Kingdom

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Group Member£50.00 
RPS Member£55.00 
Non RPS Member£65.00 



“All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this -- as in other ways -- they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.”

John Berger.

Photography as a form of story telling is still an important medium, even in this intense era of information over load. Join documentary photographer Alison Baskerville for a one day workshop exploring how to produce well thought out photographic essays.  


The day will include:


  • a chance to learn more about the importance of visual narratives in daily life and how we as a photographer play a role in this.  


  • As story telling is moving into new areas such as social media and the advance of instagram we will work on how to incorporate this into our own practice.


  • How relevant is this as a photographer and can we break the rules and use this in a way that supports our work?  


  • There will be a chance to work on a practical level to start producing images in and around Salisbury.


The key element of this workshop will be to learn how to slow down our thinking process and learn the research and ethics needed to work as a documentary photographer.  It is essential that you are already an active photographer and bring your own equipment.


Working in a group is a valuable way to gain feedback and support for the work.  


The morning session, starting at 10.15, will be in the Salisbury Museum with two-three hours in the afternoon photographing around the ancient city of Salisbury.   Please remember to photograph in jpeg for this exercise.


We will have a final session in the Museum to review your best images from the photoshoot.


The workshop will end at 17.00


What to bring:


Camera kit

Laptop if you have one  (if not we will have a spare available)

Notebook and pen

Memory stick for use in the final session

Interested:   contact Mo Connelly at


Other info:


Salisbury Museum ( has a café as does Salisbury Cathedral opposite the Museum.


The workshop will be held on the 1st floor of the museum and there is no lift.


Parking in the Cathedral Close  is £7 for the day, but there is cheaper parking in the city centre.   The Museum is about a 15 minute walk from the train station.


About Alison Baskerville


Alison is a British documentary photographer based in the UK. A recent fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation and military veteran she has explored and produced work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Mali and Somaliland. Her first major exhibition was held at the Oxo Gallery in London in 2012.  Alison produced the series the 'White Picture' looking at the role of women in the British Army in Afghanistan.  This early work has provided the under lying narrative to her commitment to accurately document the continued role and representation of those who identify as women in the armed forces. As a supporter of a more intersectional approach to gender Alison is now looking at themes of masculinity and hyper masculinity.  She is interested in exploring these representations and working to document these themes in an individual and authentic way. Alison is working with artists in her home city of Birmingham to raise conversations around de colonial mindsets and the need for a more intersectional society and recently set up the cities first festival for womxn known as P.M.T (Powering the Matriarchy Together). Recently Alison collaborated with artists as part of the TEDxSkoll event in Oxford.

Cancellation policy

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and the DG organisers are volunteers. The DG has adopted the following refunds policy in respect of events & activities organised by or on behalf of the Group as follows:- 1. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is £20 or less (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG. 2. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is more than £20 (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG unless:- a) the actual cost of the event or activity to the DG has been met by paying participants, and b) the reason for not being able to participate is one that is outside the control of the person in question, and c) notice in writing (email is acceptable) outlining the circumstances for non-participation is given to the DG no later than seven clear days before the start of the event or activity. 3. In any case, the DG will only refund the sum paid (per person) and will not compensate for any consequential costs that may have been incurred, such as travel, accommodation, refreshments or subsistence. 4. A condition of payment for DG events or activities charges is that this policy is accepted. 5. In the event of dispute the DG Treasurer’s decision is final.

Hearing and access requirements

The room in which the workshop will take place is up a flight of stairs (about 20) and is not suitable for anyone who cannot walk up and down a flight of stairs. There are no facilities available for those with hearing difficulties.

Mo Connelly
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Region: SouthernGroup(s): Documentary