Street photography workshop with Homer Sykes | What, where, when and why?
Hotshoe 333 Cafe and Gallery, 333 Portobello Rd, London, W10 5SA
Thursday 17th October, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Explore the lesser known, local community area of the north end of Portobello Road, and the market area around Goldborne Road made famous in the 1994 Hugh Grant movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. Goldborne Road was used as a location stand-in for Portobello Road.
The area is now well known for its European and North African café society, cheap (er) bric-a-brac and multicultural food stalls and lively ethnic boutiques, all falling within the shadow of famous and some would say notorious Trellick Tower; designed by Erno Goldfiner in the early 1970s to replace out dated social accommodation.
Homer will lead the street photography workshop and discuss shooting ideas inclusive of how to create a mini photo story in the morning. He will emphasize the four W’s so often forgotten about today. What, Where, When and Why? He will walk around with participants and help those attending to refine their visual awareness and street shooting skills. His vintage prints are represented in London by the James Hyman Gallery and vintage and modern fine art collectors prints by Francoise Morin at Les Douches La Galerie, Paris.
In 1977 his first book was published Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs (Gordon Fraser). In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 'new' images from his archive. In 2018 he published My British Archive: The Way We Were 1968-1983. Craig Atkinson of Café Royal Books has published more than 25 zines of Homer’s work.
Before the turn of the century in those far off and sometimes forgotten analogue days, he worked with and contributed to The John Hillelson Agency in London, Woodfin Camp and Associates in New York, and Viva in Paris.
Early exhibitions included:
- Festivals Customs and Pageants. The ICA, London. 1971 with Sir Benjamin Stone.
- Personal Views 1850–1970. A British Council Touring exhibition, 1972 with Sir Cecil Beaton, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, George Davidson, Roger Fenton, Bert Hardy, Thurston Hopkins, David Hurn, Paul Martin, Tony Ray-Jones, George Roger, Sir Benjamin Stone, John Thomson and Patrick Ward.
- Four Young Photographers. Photographers Gallery, London. 1972 with Dinah, Chris Killip, Stephen Shore.
More recent exhibitions include:
- Homer Sykes: England 1970- 1980. Maison Robert Doisneau, Paris. 2014.
- My Britain, 1970 - 1980’s - Homer Sykes. Les Douches La Galerie, Paris 2015.
- How We Are: Photographing Britain. Tate Britain. London. 2007.
- James Hyman Gallery and vintage and modern fine art collectors prints by Francoise Morin at Les Douches.
You will need:
- Your DSLR/mirrorless camera and lens(es)
- Memory card
- Spare battery
- Comfortable shoes
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