An Introduction to Backstage Photography with Ambra Vernuccio

This is a black-and-white photograph of Ambra Vernuccio, a photographer. She is facing towards the camera but stood at an angle and is taking a photograph of someone else. She is holding an old-style flash bulb to the sky with her left hand and holding a camera to her right eye with her right hand. She is smiling. She is wearing a black dress with a belt at the waist, and she also has a strap over bag over her left shoulder. Behind her we see people dressed up in glamorous clothing for a burlesque show, though this image appears to have been taken backstage rather than during a performance.
08.MARCH.2023 • 18:00 - 19:30

This workshop is available to people who identify as women, trans and non-binary.

A free online workshop introducing you to the techniques and practices of backstage photography.

Backstage photography is a crucial part of many major arts and culture industries, including fashion, theatre and dance. In this session you will learn some tricks of the trade from a photographer who has shot behind the scenes at fashion weeks all over the world.

This event will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive the link to the Zoom for the session once attendance is confirmed.


Ambra Vernuccio is senior creative photographer specialising in premium beauty and fashion. Brands she has worked with include L’Oreal, Giorgio Armani Beauty and Sotheby’s, she has photographed luxury fashion brands including Dior, Valentino and Gucci, and her work has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Furthermore, for the past decade she has photographed behind the scenes at fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan.

Ambra’s skills range from photographing and video shooting to retouching, editing and producing content for social media. From producing award-winning documentary images to collaborating with celebrities, Ambra’s work combines innovative practices with the ability to work to high standards in fast-paced environments.

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This event is part of Reboot: Behind the Scenes, Screen and Lens, a workshop season programmed by Clod Ensemble and Petok Productions in which leading figures from the backstage and production industries run sessions that provide participants with crucial insights, tips and wisdom.

Petok Productions is a company led by Clod Ensemble’s Production and Engagement Coordinator Pembe Tokluhan. Petok Productions aims to diversify the production industry and pave the way for under-represented communities to build careers in backstage roles. As such, this programme is offered exclusively to people who identify as women, trans and non-binary.

The season will run across February and March 2023, with the six workshops taking place over Zoom. Workshops are free to attend – if you are able to, we suggest a donation of £3-£5 per workshop, but you will still be able to attend the workshop without a donation.

Each of the six workshops will be led by an industry professional and focus on a different aspect of backstage/production work. Whether you are already considering going into one of these fields or are simply curious and would like to find out more, the Reboot workshops make for an ideal point of entry.

Image credit Joanna Koralewska