Magnum and LCC Intensive Documentary Photography Course
Originally written September 2019 for

It’s been just over a month since I arrived in London, moved into a flat, attended a few gigs, did some soul searching, completed a course with Magnum Photos, and moved again.

After multiple face masks, coffees and squirrel watching sessions, I’m feeling almost settled, so it’s about time I share a little bit about my project with Magnum Photos and LCC that I was so excited about before I left New Zealand.

Prior to starting the course, we were asked to come up with an idea for a ‘story’ to work on for the duration of the program, pitch it to the class, and have 20-something students and a couple tutors critique our plans.

My project was centred around Rough Trade East. I picked the store because, well, it has some good shit to photograph in it. I like the small details of the interior, I like the live music, and I like watching people flick through vinyl.

If you’ve ever taken time to examine this art, you’ll notice that most people hold the same stance - the same head tilt, the same look of intense concentration. Just another charming reminder that we’re all the same in an around about way.

Over the course of the three weeks, we were given six days to create images for our final project, and in-between shooting we were either at tutorials or critique sessions at LCC in Elephant and Castle or Magnum Photos in East London.

The program was intense, and gave little time to process all the information. In all honesty, I’m not thrilled with the majority of the work I produced on this course, but that in itself was a valuable lesson, and I am glad to have completed it.

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The set of colour images above was created using a Fujifilm Quicksnap single-use camera, developed and scanned by Snappy Snaps in Aldgate, London.
None of these were used for my final project, but they easily hold the fondest memories of my time spent on this course.

This show with Krafty Kuts and Chali 2na was so much fun, and was such a refreshing way to spend an evening during an incredibly full-on three weeks. It also got me excited to be reunited with my Olympus Mju II which is currently tucked away in New Zealand. Watch this space for future 35mm images.

Other gear used on this course:
Fujifilm X100.
Canon 7D with Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM lens.
Canon 7D Mark II with Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM ART lens.

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