May 7th / 8th 2016
Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle - Fully booked!

Every Picture tells a Story!

With Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle - May 7th and 8th.

So sorry but this workshop is now full - if you wish to join the waiting list please email us your contact details.

The Theme

Based at Ouseburn Farm , this workshop explores the art of story telling with a camera.

There are many different ways to tell a story through photographs, and this weekend workshop will guide you through some of the technical and aesthetic possibilities, whilst giving you space, time, and the creative stimulus to explore new ways of working.

As well as helping you construct a narrative with your photographs, Paul and Maria will explain various approaches and techniques to tell stories they have employed in their own work. They will also be showing images made by other contemporary image-makers, as well as historically important photographers

The Workshop

Whether you prefer photographing the landscape or people, abstract or documentary, Paul and Maria will lead you on a photographic journey of discovery

You will be guided through a series of photographic exercises designed to inspire, stimulate and challenge you. And there will be space to experiment with new ideas and approaches in a friendly and supportive environment.

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants.

And for those who wish, there will also be an opportunity for feedback on any work that you may like to bring along with you.

The Location

Here at The Ouseburn Valley - situated close to the centre of Newcastle and just a 15 minute walk from the iconic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - there are stories aplenty.

You will see evidence of the 'old' and the 'new', the natural and the man-made, and how people and nature have changed the valley beneath Byker Bridge.

And the farm brings a little of the countryside and nature into what is now a largely post-industrial urban environment.

Over the last twenty years, the area has risen from dereliction, becoming a major hub of creative enterprise with a thriving, diverse social scene and where award winning eco-buildings sit alongside gems of the Industrial Revolution. The farm sits in the centre of the area and is an ideal base to explore its' many facets.

The Tutors

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote in 2015:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography in the 20th century, and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something," he says'.

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds and MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.

So sorry but this workshop is now full - if you wish to join the waiting list please emailus your contact details.

For a glimpse of how we work - take a look at this short video of our most recent workshop in France!

The Photographers Place 1976 to 1996

The fabled Photographers Place was the first residential photography workshop in Britain and ran in the the Peak District of Derbyshire for 20 years.

The most renowned photographers of that era gave master classes there and many of today‘s contemporary photographers have been influenced by attending those workshops.


May 7/8 - 2016

Every Picture Tells a Story

Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle, May 7/8, 2016



One-to-One Tuition & On Location with Paul Hill.

Paul has been teaching photography for many decades in higher education and was the first professor of photographic practice in a British university. He created the famous Photographers‘ Place group workshops in Derbyshire and has specialised in one-to-one mentoring...


"First Class course! Excellent tuition, friendly tutors and great group!" Graham Bridgeman-Clarke

"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to laugh, have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr

"Paul and Maria make a really great team!" Dilys Evans

"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"Ian Jeffries

"Absolutely Brilliant - Learned more in a week than a whole year on my university course!" Jane - Lakes workshop

"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly

"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan

"Great two days, learned so much! Both Paul and Maria are inspiring teachers" Sue Willoughby

"A dream team: Paul and Maria are perfectly complimentary and allow their very different work to inspire rather than impress, although of course it does that too. Their sympathetic but incisive critiques are especially helpful and transformative. What a fabulous experience." Jennifer Simmonds

"Everything about the workshop I found to be an entirely positive experience" Peter Evans

"The balance of listening, learning and doing is just right and adapted to the skills of the participants" Mark Wheeler

"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse

"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins

"Great to spend the weekend with like minded people, led by the inspirational Paul and Maria, Thanks." Heather Nelson

"I knew that I would be inspired to look at things differently, and this turned out to be true and positive. Thank you both." Paul Child

"Supportive advice in a friendly atmosphere." Paul Hollin

"Relaxed, friendly group. Relaxed, friendly and inspiring teachers. Comfortable accommodation and superb food. Learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend to photographers at all levels" Jennifer Roberts

"Learning how to create a story with photographs has transformed my seeing eye" Jeanette Thompson

"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah

"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee