FRI, Apr 27, 2018, 6PM

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April 28/29, 2018, 10am–6pm


Diverse ideas of portraits, preparing and working intuitively, portfolio review

Workshop schedule

Day 1: After a short introduction, Ridgers will present diverse ideas of portraits. The participants own projects and ideas will be presented and discussed. After the distribution of assignments, the photographers have the possibility to photograph. The filmrolls or chipcards of the day will be collected and given away for overnight-development.

Day 2: The previous day’s work will be viewed and edited and further ideas will be discussed.


The participants should bring portfolios (10–30 printed images). Shooting with 35mm-camera or digital camera; we recommend working with a digital camera, but it is not necessary; if you will be working digitally, you should also bring a laptop.


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt

Language: English
Price members: 250 EUR
Price non members: 350 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 8 | max. 12 persons
Registration deadline: April 03, 2017

In portrait photography, aside from doing no harm, there are no rules. But there are plenty of easy perceptions about what the rules should be. Do you need to know your subject well? Should you research them or is that unimportant? You may feel (like many do) that by virtue of being a portrait photographer, you’re able to peer into someone’s soul and inform the work that way. Or your approach may simply be to respond to the moment and harness serendipity. This workshop will attempt to investigate the differences in these and other approaches.

Derek Ridgers, born 1952 in Chiswick, West London, studied graphic design at the Ealing School of Art in London from 1967–1971. He worked in the advertising industry and was an art director for ten years before he solely dedicated himself to photography. At this time, he worked for the legendary British music magazines NME and The Face. He became well known for his photographs of the music, film, and club/street culture – he photographed stars such as James Brown, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Depp, but also gangsters, artists, and athletes. Through several book publications in the recent years he has also become known for his photographs of the subcultures of British society: Skinheads, the Fetish scene, Clubs, Punks, and New Romantics. Through editorial work Ridgers continues to be commissioned to photograph musicians, film stars and fashion. He primarily works for NME, but also other national newspapers and publications. Photographs from Ridgers of 1980s London Youth and images of James Brown, Nina Hagen and Iggy Pop were part of ROCK.FUNK.PUNK., an exhibition at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt which traced important music scene photographers since the 1950s.

Derek Ridgers (Website)

    Sign up now for “Portrait Photography: An Oblique Approach”

    After the submission of your data we will send you a confirmation by e-mail. This e-mail also includes the bank information for the transfer of the workshop fee. Your payment should reach our account fourteen days before the start of the workshop and is necessary for the participation. In the event of your absence without prior notice of at least 14 days we can unfortunately not refund the fee of the workshop.

    Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at anmeldung@fffrankfurt.org or telephone at 069 291726 if you have any questions regarding workshop schedule, registration or payment.

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