Meet the Freaks – Writing in response to the photography of Diane Arbus
4 May, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.
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.
While other 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.
As the 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 wrote.
The workshop 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.