response to the photography of Diane Arbus
4 May 2019 @ 2–5pm
Join 26 board member and Dark Angels tutor Neil Baker for this experimental workshop at the Hayward Gallery, writing in response to the work of photographer Diane Arbus.
left a career in fashion photography to wander the streets of 1960s New York,
documenting the lives of oddballs and outsiders, whom she affectionately called
‘freaks’ – from Coney Island circus acts and
strip club transsexuals to regular folks who’d just lost
their way in life.
street photographers of the time lurked in the bushes or hid their cameras
inside their coats, Arbus wanted to meet her subjects face to face, to
encounter them as people and capture something about who they really were.
Guardian said in its five-star review of the Hayward show, “More than provoking mere curiosity, Arbus teases our
imaginations. Looking at her images we invent backstories and narratives we can
never be sure of. She makes us stop and look, just as she did.”
So, in this
workshop, you’ll wander quietly through the
Hayward Gallery ‘meeting’ the people Arbus met and writing in response to some
simple prompts from Neil.
You’ll discover some quick ways to boost your creativity
and generate new writing. And then it’s off to the
café, or pub – where you’ll be able to
hang out with some actual freaks from 26, and maybe share some of what you
costs £30, which includes your ticket into
the show. Neil isn’t charging anything for his time,
so all the leftovers will help 26 to deliver amazing projects and all that.