Audrey Hepburn – student run workshops
20th April 2016
In January this year a group of year 1 and year 2 BA Photography students ran a workshop for year 10,11,and 12 students at Cheltenham’s leading art gallery, The Wilson. These workshops ran alongside a great touring exhibition of classic portraits of the film star Audrey Hepburn. The show included work by names such as Richard Alvedon and Cecil Beaton, and much of the work came from a golden era of large format studio photography.
The students took large format (5×4) cameras to the Wilson, and using the gallery’s great collection of hats and costumes and some studio lighting kits, ran 4 sessions over two Saturdays that were great fun and a good learning experience for all involved. Instead of conventional film – which is quite expensive and slow to process – the students used darkroom paper to make paper negatives. There was an improvised darkroom set up in a storage room where the pictures were processed.
This was a return to the good old days of photography when cameras were huge, everything was a bit slower, photographers got their hands wet, but the images were stunning. Much posing went on, everyone wore a hat and some great images were produced.