In this workshop, documentary photographer Tom Saater will be exploring ethics in visual storytelling. Delving into his own practice, he will walk participants through his approach to relationship building with subjects, gaining access to subjects homes/personal spaces, having difficult conversations and creating boundaries. He will also go over his workflow including editing, tackling creative blocks and weaving together a cohesive story by showing his past projects and favourite assignments.
Participants will engage through a series of discussions rooted in documentary practices to facilitate a better understanding of how to approach their ideas in an ethical way while still bringing vision to their work. Participants are also encouraged to bring samples of their own work to share and discuss their own approach while receiving feedback from the instructor.
Tom Saater is a Documentary photographer/Photojournalist short-film maker, Podcast producer, from Nigeria. His work is focused on contemporary social issues, Immigration, Economy, humanitarian. His work has been exhibited internationally, including in the Venice Biennale, University of Oxford, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark, and as part of the EverydayAfrica traveling exhibitions across the world and at the LOOK3 Festival and Addis Foto Festival, among others. He's worked for International media outlets including The Economist, Google, Washington Post, New York Times, TIME, Zeit Germany, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Lufthansa, The Telegraph UK, Japan Times, Bloomberg, BBC, Human Rights Watch, Mercedes Benz, IFC, UNHCR, WFP, UN/OCHA, Oxfam, Catalyst for Peace, Canon Europe, Big Dutchman Germany, International Rescue Committee, Mercy corps etc . In 2018, he was invited to facilitate a storytelling photography workshop at Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, and give a talk about his work at the Bronx Documentary Centre in New York. He is a member and contributor to the photography collective Everyday Africa.