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Photographic Storytelling Workshop with Janneth Gil

Visual Arts

The multi-award winning visual storyteller Janneth Gil leads a workshop where participants can acquire the unique techniques and approaches she employs to create captivating narratives through photography. In this all-encompassing workshop, you will construct your own visual narrative, as well as develop nuanced visual, creative, and technical abilities. This course will navigate through the development of ideas, researching and taking images; embracing creative momentum and finding meaning; contemplating ethical implications; and exploring the power of photography for advocacy, positive social change, and wellbeing.

This class will take place over four evenings held over multiple weeks, providing you the opportunity to build your body of work between each of the sessions. Janneth will break down her processes, giving you practical advice on selection and sequencing workflows. You will develop and refine your story during a one-on-one session with Janneth and with critique from renowned Christchurch art critic Warren Feeney. The workshop culminates in a group exhibition at Photosynthesis with four of your images printed on cotton rag photographic paper.

This intimate and engaging workshop is open to anyone, from the professional photographer to the curious beginner. No previous experience or talent in photography is required, and any phone or camera can be used. 
Register before the strictly limited spaces run out.

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By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to generate successful ideas,
  • Understand the visual narrative planning process from selecting and researching topics to planning shots,
  • Develop gratefulness practice with photography for personal wellbeing,
  • Engage in informed and critical self-reflection with the ability to critique peers,
  • Be able to edit and select photographs for exhibition,
  • Understand the variety of ways in which photography can function as a means of personal expression and self-development, documentary record, advocacy, positive social change, and wellbeing,
  • Have a thoroughly planned, ethically and critically informed self-directed body of photographic work that has been exhibited.


Session 1 | Thursday 17 August 2023

6:00 – 8:30 pm | Photosynthesis


Session 2 | Thursday 24 August 2023

6:00 – 8:30 pm | Photosynthesis


Session 3 | Thursday 31th August 2023

6:00 – 8:30 pm | Janneth’s studio at Toi Auaha


Session 4 | Thursday 14th September 202

6:00 – 9:00 pm | Photosynthesis


Body of work submission | 18th September 2023

Exhibition opening | 22nd September 2023 | Photosynthesis

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