Masterclasses at CCP

A Day in Light with Paul Barbera: capturing people, interiors and environments

Weekend Masterclass
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November 2015
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Paul Barbera is a lifestyle and interiors photographer with an observational reportage style whose work spans from cultural anthropology through to luxury living. Paul was born in Melbourne, Australia and currently resides in New York City. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the VCA.

With an adaptable yet distinct visual approach, his assignments regularly takes him around the globe, working with publications like Vogue Living, Bon Appetit, Frame, Martha Stewart, Lucky Magazine and Elle Décor and clients including Marriot Hotels & Resorts, Starbucks, Bugaboo and Dedon. He has been featured in T: The New York TIimes Magazine, the Paris Review and Forbes.

His popular online series WHERE THEY CREATE, which documents the spaces of artists and creatives, was published as a book by Frame.

Session one - Sat 28 Nov (at CCP)

Morning - Induction talk about industry and running blogs
Paul introduces his work and discusses different projects and experiences from personal projects (Where They Create and Love Lost) to commercial work.
Examples of topics to cover during the day:
—Discussing the importance of finding your voice artistically and professionally
—Behind the scenes story from Vogue Living Milan Design Fair shoots > guerrilla style photography, unpredictable schedule, editing in a day for the Vogue Living blog
—Behind the scenes story from Marriott shoot (working with an ad agency, having a large team of 4 assistants and a team of 20 to look after.
—Behind the scene stories from Where They Create > how the project started, approaching and shooting studios, publishing online and getting a book deal.

Afternoon – in this afternoon session, Paul talks about the practical side of being a traveling lifestyle and interiors photographer
—The challenges of shooting with interiors > Tricks of the trade, equipment to use.
—Visual inspiration
—Photographer's tool kit > packing for travel and shoots
—Working with models/people
—The importance and process of workflow > backing up and running your business
—Editing software

Session two - Sun 29 Nov (Walsh Street House, The Robin Boyd Foundation)

Morning - Workshop of interiors
Participants are to bring their cameras on location to capture and explore the innovative architecture during this workshop.

In this session, Paul will demonstrate techniques for capturing interesting objects and spaces using natural light. This workshop will take place at the Walsh Street house that was designed in 1958 by Robyn Boyd, a Victorian architect, author, critic, and public educator in the 50s and 60s. Claiming both national and international recognition, the Walsh Street House is regarded as being the pioneer of Melbourne's Modern Architecture movement. Walsh Street House is also the focal point for the activities of the Robin Boyd Foundation. Walsh Street is reserved Robin Boyd Foundation members to use only so it is a rare treat to be given the opportunity to use and photograph this space. A virtual tour of the house and property can be taken here:

Afternoon - Review of workshop
Paul and participants to review workshop and discuss photos they have produced. This is a fantastic opportunity for participants to receive hands on feedback from Paul, which will help develop their photographic practice.

This is sure to be an invaluable experience working with such a renowned photographer in an exclusive and iconic space.


$495 CCP member
$565 non-member

Dates and Time

Session 1: Saturday 28 November, 10am—4pm
Session 2: Sunday 29 November, 10am—4pm


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CCP's Visy Education Space Epson EH-TW 3500 projector provided by Kayell Australia.

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