Crawford Art Gallery


Sirius Arts Centre in partnership with the Crawford Art Gallery present a four day Masterclass with Simon Norfolk from 28 June – 1 July, 2012 in Cork City.

Simon Norfolk is a landscape photographer whose work over the last ten years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word "battlefield" in all its forms. As such, he has photographed in some of the world’s worst war zones and refugee crises, but is equally at home photographing super computers used to design military systems or test launches of nuclear missiles; he has been described by one critic as, "the leading documentary photographer of our time". Simon Norfolk was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but now lives and works in Brighton, on the south coast of England. He has won numerous international prizes including, the Infinity Award from ICP, a World Press Award and Les Prixe Dialogue at Les Recontres d΄Arles. His work has been collected by many museums including LACMA, The Getty, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This program is a unique four-day intensive, practice-oriented photography workshop under the guidance of Simon Norfolk. Limited to no more than 15 participants, successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive advanced photographic program, involving technical instruction, group critiques, daily reviews and monitoring/guidance with Norfolk.

“I’d like to go out looking for some light. This is what I do when I’m working, I think it might be useful for intermediates and advanced level photographers to come with me and see it in practice. As a landscape photographer, the light itself is the most important part of the story telling. Finding light is what I spend most of my time on when I’m in the field. For photographers, learning to think about light divides in three ways: you need to see the need for it, know how to find it, and know how to capture it. “

This master-class involves working four days alongside Simon Norfolk, beginning with classroom sessions in the daytime, photography shooting sessions in the early evening light and then back out again for a bright and fresh EARLY start for the dawn light – participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

28 June – 1 July. (4 days)

Thursday 28 June/Day one: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (break for lunch 1 p.m.-2 p.m.)
Classroom day Held in the Crawford Art Gallery
Friday 29 June/Day two: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (break for lunch 1 p.m.-2 p.m.)
Held in the Crawford Gallery – then photographing at night
Saturday 30 June/Day three: Early morning shooting session (time to be confirmed)
1 p.m.-5 p.m (at the Crawford Gallery). – then photographing at night
Sunday 1 July/Day four: Early morning shooting session (time to be confirmed),
1 p.m.-5 p.m (location to be confirmed).

Download the booking form here

© Simon Norfolk