Storytelling Through Photography: A Documentary Photography Workshop

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, ‘Storytelling Through Photography: A Documentary Photography Workshop’, is an all-day career enhancing event on the 1st of April that will explore storytelling through imagery, and coach aspirants on how to work professionally in the field of documentary photography.

Starting with a candid talk between two heavyweights in the industry, photographers Aria Shahrokhshahi and Barry Lewis will share with attendees their approach, experiences and provide practical insights into the medium. 

Following on from the talk, photographer and co-organiser of Fail Better Talks, Nina Maria Allmoslechner, and Port Magazines photo editor Jodie Michaelides, will join the panellists to workshop with the attendees. Each group will have a chance to get feedback on bodies of work, projects, pitches or ideas they’re working on. 

The talk and workshop aims to develop the practice of budding photographers and guide them further along their creative development, as well as arm them with tools on how to turn documentary photography into a viable career. Key topics like process, equipment, planning and pitching will be covered alongside the creative aspects that make this medium a truly unique method of expression.

There will only be 30 spaces, and the majority of these will be offered first to aspiring photographers through charities and other community organisations on a first-come-first-served basis. We cannot offer spaces to people who do not have a body of work or project to discuss as there is a workshop element to this event.

To join the waiting list, please email with:

  • two sentences about yourself
  • two sentences about your work
  • a sentence about what you hope to learn.

If you receive a place and you cannot attend, please inform us ASAP as we can pass your spot on to the next person on the waiting list. (Please be mindful of this, as we really don’t want the opportunity to go to waste and not showing up means someone else has lost a chance to participate!)

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Doors open: 10.00am

Speaker intros: – 15 minutes each – 10.30am to 11.15am

Panel talk: 11.15am – 12.00pm

Q&A 12.00pm – 12.30pm


1.30pm – 3.30pm workshop

3.30pm to 4.00pm mingle

5.00pm End

Barry Lewis is a London-based photographer and filmmaker, founder of Network Photographers, who has worked internationally for books and magazines from Life magazine to National Geographic. As well as photo-journalism and portraiture, he has directed over 20 documentaries, commercials and art films. His work has been exhibited at the V&A, The Museum of London, The Photographers Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. Barry is currently developing several film projects, including, “The Question: What do you think happens when you die?” based on a wide spectrum of interviews including teenagers, hospice patients and quantum theorists. 

Aria Shahrokhshahi is a British-Iranian photographer and filmmaker. Although interested in incorporating multimedia into his work, Shahrokhshahi’s work is documentary at its core, focusing on a variety of diverse communities and the way people interact inside them. Social structures – and more broadly, the human condition – fascinate Shahrokhshahi, as do the relationships and power dynamics that inform our existence. Photography offers him a window of understanding into these communities and a way for him to explore the world around him. His fervour for exploration has led him to complete projects across the globe, including in Gambia, Ukraine, Iran and in the UK where he lives. In the future, Shahrokhshahi is looking to further his work in his home country Iran and keep his practise within long-form bodies of work that readily display his creative focus.

Nina Maria is a London-based photographic artist from Austria. Her practice is predominantly concerned with vulnerable topics around mental health, body image, sexuality, and lens-based memory representation. Slowness is an essential element of her practice, as it allows her to connect with the medium, the people, and the objects she captures at a much deeper level. Her practice also functions as a form of therapy. The medium of photography has given her a voice and the ability to express herself. Working in the darkroom has been an important element for Nina’s photographic practice, as it helps her to physically engage with photographs as a way to deal with trauma. For her most recent projects, Nina has been using Autoethnography (research of the Self and personal experiences) as a self-reflective form of visual documentation.

Jodie Michaelides is the Photo Editor for Port Magazine, Freelance Photo Editor for the Financial Times and Documentary Photographer based in Southeast London. Jodie has a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry. Jodie studied at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, graduating in 2022 with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Jodie has experience as a Studio Assistant, Livestream Coordinator, and Ambassador.


  • Francisco Peral

    I’m a Narrative fine art photographer taking on two assignments this year and need as much learning as possible.
    Both projects will deal with war related PTSD in Yemen and another in Bosnia at the end of the year.

    • charlieholland

      Hi Francisco, please email answering the bullet points in the post above to join the list. We’ll be in touch soon.

  • Ana Pinto

    I am a black queer photographer who aspires to create work to and for my communities. I want to improve my documentary photography and I would love to be given the opportunity to attend this workshop.

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