Presented by Boris Eldagsen, at CCP on Saturday 6 June 2009


What does an artist need to produce strong staged photography? Expensive camera equipment? Additional light sources? Assistants? Actors? Set designers? Make-up? No, no, no, no. Just a good eye, intuition and a personal understanding of your subject are all you need. Successful staged photography is all about content. Any camera can do the rest.

Having worked with no-budget staged photo-media for 15 years, Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen will give his insights into how to increase your skills in working with what you have.

Participants will use a selection of spam emails as source material for the images produced in this workshop. The text in these emails will form the basis for the narrative and inform the staging of the photographs. During the course of the day, participants will learn how to enhance their creative imagination and develop strategies to work without expensive equipment. Participants will enjoy learning to break conventional rules and leave afterwards with images they may have thought were never possible.

The workshop will be divided into three parts:

Providing examples of former works, Boris Eldagsen will present a lecture on how to be creative with equipment, light, models and props. Speed-dating will help the participants find two others they would like to collaborate with. Each team chooses their favourite spam email to work with during the day.

Each team chooses a location in close proximity to CCP to photograph in. During production Eldagsen will spend an equal share of time with each team providing individual tips on how to make a strong image with meaning.

All teams meet at CCP again, to share the images they have made, discuss the experience, and reflect on improvements.


Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen has exhibited internationally since 1991 in institutions such as Fridericianum, Kassel; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; The International House of Art, Brno; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Eldagsen works as a multi-media consultant and arts lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Mainz, Germany, as well as at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and Photography Studies College, Melbourne.


Participants must bring a digital camera with an empty memory card and a card reader or USB connection for their camera.


Saturday 6 June 2009, 11am–5pm


This one-day workshop costs $88 inc GST for CCP Members, $99 inc GST for Non-Members. Bookings and full payment must be made by Tuesday 2 June 2009. Please see Conditions of Enrolment for full details.


Participants must bring their own digital camera and complete this enrolment form at time of enrolling.

Places are limited to 12 participants. Bookings essential.

Full payment is required at time of bookings.

Closing date for enrolments is Tuesday 2 June 2009.

Classes will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street Fitzroy, and in surrounding streets.

Refunds for withdrawals are not available under any circumstances.

In the event that the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be given.


Please download and complete the enrolment form below and return to CCP with your payment.

Image: Boris Eldagsen Richard Ruin (detail) 2007

No-Budget Staged Photography Booking Form [132 KB]

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