Seeing & Being Seen: Poetry, Photography & The Gaze

Seeing & Being Seen: Poetry, Photography & The Gaze

Get into, and out of, the frame and explore what it is to see, and be seen, in both poetry and photography.

This session will focus on seeing and being seen in both photography and poetry. Using the photography of Emilie Regnier, we will re-imagine official portraiture. What do we bring into the frame with us when we are allowed to exist in whichever way we choose? What is left behind? The poetry of Cathy Linh Che, Rita Dove, Angel Nafis and Harryette Mullen will serve as a point of entry as we explore what can be captured and what is sacrificed in this process.

This course is a half-day workshop running 2pm – 4:30pm on Wednesday 25 July and is part of our Summer School. To find out more about the courses in the Summer School, please see here.

Image credit: ‘anokarina’

About Amaal Said and Momtaza Mehri View Profile

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer and poet based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New Yorker. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She is a member of the Burn After Reading poetry Collective as well as the Octavia Collective, and she is also a former Barbican Young Poet. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015.

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and editor. Her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, the BBC and Snapchat’s Real Life Mag. She is a winner of the 2017 Out-spoken Page Poetry Prize and 3rd prize in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. She is the current Young People’s Laureate for London.

‘Poetry School courses over the years have kept up my motivation to write and to improve my writing and have helped to introduce me to the wider poetry community. They have also resulted in some poems which later gained publication.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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