The interview process and how to take portrait photos

Vielfältig schön is in full swing and exciting workshops on interviewing and photography have taken place. What the participants have learned at these sessions will be applied in the upcoming phase of the project: They will each interview a female Leipzig resident and take portrait photographs in preparation for the exhibition that will be the official highlight of the project’s activities in November and will emphasise the diversity of female lifestyles in Leipzig. The realisation of the project is enabled by the Robert Bosch Foundation, which supports vielfältig schön within the framework of the programme „Werkstatt Vielfalt“ (Workshop Diversity).


After there had already been a s inspiring and enriching dialogue at the first workshop on the topic of diversity, the excitement about the coming meetings was great. The second and third workshops were about interviewing. They offered the participants the opportunity of learning about what is important in conducting a successful interview from a tutor. Together, they discussed interview techniques and developed questions that provide insights into the personal lives of the interviewees and particularly emphasise the topic of diversity. The technical and journalistic aspects were not neglected either: the lecturer demonstrated to the participants how to record the interviews so that they could transcribe these in the further course of the project and explained, for example, the concept of time codes. The participants also performed their first test interviews, in which surprising topics such as organ donor cards came up.


Next on the agenda was the topic of portrait photography. Here, the participants were shown how they can take high-quality photos even with simple tools such as their smartphones. In addition to the technical details, such as lighting and perspective, the participants also discussed the possibilities of creating a portrait of a woman who does not want her face to be photographed or recognised. The ideas were plentiful, and the workshop participants gave free rein to their imagination during a practical session in the nearby park at the end of the workshop and were thus able to directly practice what they had learnt.   


Now it’s the turn of the participants to work independently, meeting with a woman of their choice, conducting the interview and taking photos. Afterwards, they all come together again for several meetings to select and edit photos, transcribe the interviews, and ask questions as needed.

The excitement of seeing how the photos look and what the interviews were like increases, as well as the anticipation of being able to present the outcomes in the exhibition.

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