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Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshop With Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow, Poland Poster

Documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang

DESCRIPTION

Learn and improve how to pursue a long-term documentary project and the best practices behind the process. Challenge yourself in real-life conditions by covering a story that matters.

In each thoughtful project there is the research, the working method, the motivation, the discipline, the fatigue, the fear of failure, the challenge and the renewed challenge, whatever the intended end result might be: a book, an exhibition, or a multimedia presentation. This workshop is to guide you through the process and release what is already in you. It is to define and sharpen your own vision and heighten your storytelling skills with your own initiative, method and message. Chien-Chi Chang

The workshop is designed for professionals and serious photography enthusiasts. During the 6 days in Krakow you will cover a chosen story, combining intensive individual shooting with daily editing and critique sessions with Chien-Chi Chang. You will receive extensive support from the workshopx team, including a local assistant assigned exclusively to you, in order to help you achieve best results. The workshop will also teach some creative solutions for using sound and moving images.

Details:

Date: 7 – 12 Jun 2017 (6 days)
Place: Krakow, Poland
Number of participants: 6 – 12
Tuition: 1800 EUR

CHIEN-CHI CHANG

cccChien-Chi Chang (Magnum Photos) – was born in Taiwan in 1961. He studied English literature first at Soochow University in Taipei (B.A. 1984) and then continued at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). After graduation, he worked as a staff photographer in the U.S., while simultaneously pursuing his personal documentary projects. He joined Magnum Photos in 1995. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Humanistic Photography and in 2001 became a full member of Magnum.

Chien-Chi Chang is one of the most unconventional and creative documentary photographers. In his work, he makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. The Chain, a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books – I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam.

The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of an ambitious project begun in 1992. For 24 years, Chang has photographed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. A work in progress, China Town was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008 as part of a mid-career survey, Doubleness. Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply divided immigrant experience.

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Chien-Chi Chang’s Magnum Photos profile.

PROGRAM

The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful documentary assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. The guidance of a Magnum photographer will ensure the right direction of your development. Throughout the workshop you will be supported also by the workshopx editors and founders Aleksander Bochenek and Grzegorz Ostręga and other members of our team. And Krakow’s city life will provide a wide pool of great, usually unseen stories to photograph.

To enhance your learning and increase your performance, you will cover a well defined, meaningful local story to which you will have granted access. We will help you pick and define a good subject for your assignment well in advance of your arrival.

We encourage you to do your own research and consult with us your own subject proposals, but if you do not have a particular story in mind, we will ask you to detail your fields of interest in order to find one that would suit you best. Whatever the final choice is, this will be a story that is both fitting your skills level and exciting for you.

One of the most important advantages you will have over other kinds of workshops will be a local assistant assigned exclusively to you for the entire duration of our event.

Your assistant will be your guide, translator and a person who will help you solve situations in environment foreign to you, but local for him or her. She or he will be also well informed about the subject of your assignment. This will allow you to focus on your work from the first day of the workshop.

The venue of the workshop will be Dada Boutique Hotel located in the heart of Kazimierz district. In this friendly space we will be meeting for the daily editing sessions, presentations and talks.

SCHEDULE

The workshop will start with an initial meeting, during which Chien-Chang will introduce you to his work and his methods. He will also analyze your portfolio and define the final shape of your assignment – its goals and methodology. After this first day meeting you will be ready to go shooting.

Over the following days you will work individually (with your assistant or, if you prefer, alone) in the field, photographing and gathering the information necessary to develop your story. You will also meet the tutor on a daily basis in the editing space at appointments that will be set according to the workshop’s schedule.

To maximize your time spent with Chien-Chi Chang, before joining him for the daily sessions, you will first meet the workshopx editors who will help you prepare for the meetings with the workshop’s leader.

During the editing sessions we will go through your photographs and discuss them extensively. This is when most of the learning happens – in a process in which you will gradually discover your personal style and vision, clarify your message and build the plot of your story.

You will also attend a series of Chien-Chi Chang’s lectures on his own work, photography and problems regarding the shooting process. In addition, there will be daily visual and editing exercises, and later audio and moving images will be introduced and incorporated for the possibility of making a multimedia.

On the final day you will edit the week’s work into a coherent visual narrative, sum up the whole workshop experience and discuss your future plans.

At the final stage of the workshop we will print selected photographs taken by the participants with the assistance of a professional ILFORD photo lab staff. The prints will be presented at a “pop-up” exhibition during our goodbye meeting.

There will be also a plenty of occasions to meet, exchange ideas and socialize with other participants, who are coming from all around the world.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

You should have a good understanding of the photographic process and arrive with working knowledge of your equipment and ready to shoot. The workshop is limited to digital cameras – during the critique and photo editing sessions we will use electronic equipment only. Having your own laptop is required. You should be able to shoot RAW and export the files to a portable device on your own.

Despite our logistic support, you will be expected to fully engage in your work and motivate yourself to explore, take initiative and leave your comfort zones during this intensive week.

The workshop will be conducted in English.

APPLY

Application is made by e-mail: ela@workshopx.org. Please include: full name, billing address, phone number and link to personal website (body of work) of the applicant. If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 20 photographs (800px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. Applicants will be selected on the quality of their portfolio and a first-come, first-served basis.

The workshopx will be fully confirmed to happen when we reach the minimum number of 6 participants. This will be announced not later than on 26 April 2017.

IMPORTANT: By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.

Individual workshop with Justyna Mielnikiewicz

DESCRIPTION

Learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you. Under the individual guidance of the experienced, award-winning photojournalist.

This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve or start their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. During the six days in Tbilisi you will cover a chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Justyna Mielnikiewicz in her home studio.

Details:

Place: Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 6 days
Date: flexible
Tuition: 2000 EUR

Individual workshop

JUSTYNA MIELNIKIEWICZ

Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Throughout the years spent in the region she has become an expert on the former Soviet Union’s republics. Her photographs has appeared in numerous international publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde and National Geographic.

Between 2001 and 2013 she worked on a complex project about the South Caucasus and its conflicts. The result was published in a self-designed book titled Woman with a Monkey – Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs that won POYi’s Publication of the Year 2014 second award. This long-term work was supported with grants and awards from the Open Society Foundation, Magnum Foundation, Canon Female Photojournalist Prize and the Aftermath Project. In 2010, Justyna started exploring women, sexuality and gender issues in the former Soviet space, adding an another dimension to her work about the region.

Eventually, her stories transformed into a larger scale project, titled A Diverging Frontier: Russia and its Neighbors, which explores the long-term social implications of the former Soviet Empire’s collapse in 1991 and the following shift of borders. For this ongoing work Justyna was awarded the W. E. Smith Memorial Fund’s grant in humanistic photography in 2016, a prestigious prize for photographers who show highest commitment, passion and perseverance in documenting human stories, report upon aspects of the contemporary world that are of significant importance, and who are working against the fashions and economics of modern publishing.

Justyna also won the World Press Photo second prize in People in the News (stories) category in 2008.


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PROGRAM

The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful photographic assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. The guidance of Justyna Mielnikiewicz will ensure the right direction of your development.

You will begin discussing your assignment with Justyna after your participation has been confirmed, ahead of time of the workshop. We encourage you to propose your own researched subject. This should be a story that is both appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. If you do not have your own subject in mind, please clearly detail your fields of interest and photographic needs in order that Justyna can find one that suits you best. In following e-mail conversation, she will decide on particular goals you should achieve and define the final shape of your assignment.

During the six workshop days you will photograph on your own, developing your assignment story according to Justyna’s directions. This combination of intensive practice and live mentoring is the core of the learning process. You will meet daily for evaluation and editing at Justyna’s home studio which is located in the center of Tbilisi, near the Rustaveli subway station. On selected occasions, Justyna will be available to travel with you to locations, evaluate the way you are photographing your subjects, and provide on-hand advice at the time of shooting.

The meetings will be supplemented by Justyna’s lectures on her own work and important issues like: ethics, research, project writing (financing), approaching magazine editors, use of social networks in extending the audience and photographic career management.

APPLY

Application is made by e-mail: info@workshopx.org. In the message subject please state “Tbilisi Unseen application”.

Please include: full name, billing address, phone number and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 12-20 photographs (1000px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.

Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their portfolio quality.

IMPORTANT: By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.

Nic Dunlop Individual Photography Workshop in Bangkok Brave New Burma Poster

Individual photography workshop with Nic Dunlop

DESCRIPTION

Improve your technique, clarify your vision and learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you. Under the individual guidance of the experienced photojournalist.

Finding your own ‘voice’ in photography is key. What can separate one’s work is a thorough ability to critique and understand yours and other’s work. This is why photographic workshops are so important. They provide a rigour and a confidence and clarity that you can’t get any other way. I learnt to take photographs on my own. Whilst it was a great experience, I wish I’d had mentors to provide constructive criticism so that I could get to where I want to faster. Nic Dunlop

This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve or start their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. During the six days in Bangkok you will cover a chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Nic Dunlop in his home studio.

Details:

Place: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 days
Date: flexible
Tuition: 2000 EUR
individual workshop

NIC DUNLOP

nicdunlopNic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer represented by Panos Pictures and a renowned author.

His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek and The Guardian. He also worked for Greenpeace International and UNICEF. In 1994, a book entitled War of the Mines was released, in which Nic, together with Paul Davies, campaigned against the devastation wrought by landmines.

In 1999, Nic received an award from the John Hopkins University for Excellence in International Journalism for exposing the head of the Khmer Rouge secret police and commandant of the infamous S-21 (Tuol Sleng) prison, comrade Duch. This was described in his world famous book, The Lost Executioner, which is a real-life detective story of finding the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Cambodia’s killing fields. The research was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and eventually led to a trial and sentencing Duch to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Nic also co-wrote and co-directed Burma Soldier, an HBO film which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the United Nations Association Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing the following year. The film tells the story of Nic photographing a former soldier of Burma’s regime who was badly injured in war, witnessed atrocities committed by his own comrades and spent 15 years in prison for his activism as a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.

Altogether, Nic spent 20 years photographing Burma’s military regime (1992–2012). His newest book, Brave New Burma is an intimate portrait of the country in pictures and words.

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PROGRAM

The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful photographic assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. The guidance of Nic Dunlop will ensure the right direction of your development.

You will begin discussing your assignment with Nic after your participation has been confirmed, ahead of time of the workshop. We encourage you to propose your own researched subject. This should be a story that is both appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. If you do not have your own subject in mind, please clearly detail your fields of interest and photographic needs in order that Nic can find one that suits you best. In following e-mail conversation, he will decide on particular goals you should achieve and hence define the final shape of your assignment.

During the six workshop days you will photograph on your own, developing your assignment story according to Nic’s directions. This combination of intensive practice and live mentoring is the core of the learning process. You will meet daily for evaluation and editing at Nic Dunlop’s home studio which is located five minutes walk from Lumphini MRT station.

With respect to Nic’s working method, you will be editing your day’s shoot with using small paper prints. The meetings will be supplemented by Nic’s lectures on his own work and selected aspects of photographing process.

TESTIMONIALS

Magali Couffon de Trevros, India

The workshop is over for almost a week and I now cherish the memories of working with Nic Dunlop in Thailand and sharing so many talks about all kind of subjects I’m passionate about. This was photography of course, but also literature, travel experiences, ethics and many more. Like just life and friendships.

Bangkok is a mega big and congested city, so the main drawback of the week was commuting. But the subject I worked on – the Chao Phraya living river – was itself limited to a certain stretch of the river and its surroundings what made shooting very efficient. I kind of missed a possibility to communicate with my subjects, for my Thai is non existent. Nevertheless the learning was immense as Nic is a very focused and structured person. I love the fact he is also a writer who has an extremely organised and slow way of approaching things in all honesty. I’m just a total contrary, so we did clash at times but as he was the mentor I had to accept and try his ways. I had to accept him and he had to understand me. The time we had together was only a week so one has to also accept those constraints of time and see that Rome was not built in one day. The thing is to take away the learnings which will remain and you can all the time refer to as time passes and you continue to develop your photography practice. The final edit was a bit of us mixing our approaches, which worked really well, for Nic kept my ways of seeing but still conveyed the message.

Altogether, it was a very positive experience and a lot of hard work, and I now know for a fact that along my path as a photographer I can count on Nic to structure me when needed! I would warmly recommend serious and dedicated self-driven photographers to attend this workshop but would not advise it to people not used to be fully independent.

Thanks again to the workshopx team for making this possible and hope we meet again soon in some interesting location.

 

Christelle Flisch, Switzerland

This learning experience was very different from the previous workshop I attended. The mood was also different. I took the challenge offered by Nic Dunlop from the very first day as an assignment’s simulation. I tried hard not to be influenced by my own feelings and even though I didn’t like shooting some of the images Nic asked for, I did it. It pushed me out of my confort zone and made me shoot the images we kept at the final edit.

I experienced a new way of approaching a project. “If you’re not 100% satisfied… go back and shoot again! Until you got the picture! And if not… approach it from another angle!”. I have been impressed by Nic’s patience and calmness. I wish I could have taken more time to talk about the way he proceed during editing.

I really enjoyed shooting this subject and especially liked the challenge it gave me. I tried hard everyday to make the routine different and special, even if after the first day I thought I was done and I had covered the whole subject already. But that wasn’t the case at all. I was pushed to make it interesting when I found it boring. That was a great experience!

APPLY

Application is made by e-mail: info@workshopx.org. In the message subject please state “Nic Dunlop workshop”.

Please include: full name, billing address and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 12-20 photographs (1000px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.

Applicants will be accepted on the basis of the quality of their portfolios.

By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.

Alex Masi Individual Documentary Photography Workshop in London Poster

Individual photography workshop with Alex Masi

DESCRIPTION

Learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you. Under the individual guidance of the experienced photojournalist.

Finding purpose inside oneself, and using documentary photography to express that personal purpose, is the key to produce touching, emotional pictures that will go straight to the viewers’ hearts and minds. It is also a way of externalising the feelings each of us keeps inside, allowing others to learn about ourselves and our subjects through our pictures rather than our words.

I practice and teach documentary photography because I believe it to be an essential channel to connect large audiences with people facing challenges far away from our immediate surroundings and personal experiences and a strong catalyst for a slow but steady change in people’s ideas, behaviour and policy-making. Alex Masi

This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve or start their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. During the six days in London you will cover a chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Alex Masi in his home studio.

Details:

Place: London, UK
Duration: 6 days
Date: flexible
Tuition: 2000 EUR
individual workshop

ALEX MASI

Alex Masi is a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in London, UK.

His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy and The Guardian.

Alex dedicated his entire career to reporting social and environmental injustice, with special concern on issues where children’s rights are or might be violated. He covered such stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and the US. In 2009 he started working on a long term project investigating the extended aftermath of the world’s worst chemical disaster – the Bhopal gas leak that occurred in 1984 in India. For helping exposing the problem, he was given the FotoEvidence Award and a hard cover book, titled Bhopal Second Disaster was published in 2012. This work was also supported by the Getty Images Grant for Good in 2011. Alex continued covering the issue until 2015, when his reportage received a collection of awards, including Special Jury Prize of the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards.

In Bhopal Alex started a parallel project, titled Poonam’s Tale of Hope, that was initiated by a particular photograph of a then six years old child of a family living in the area severely affected by the Bhopal disaster. This image of Poonam, a girl born “unlucky”, with a sixth toe on her left foot, and believed by her parents to bring misfortune to their lives, was noticed by The Photographers Giving Back Awards committee in 2012 and Alex was granted 5000 USD to implement a plan benefiting the girl and her family. He not only did complete the plan, what resulted with Poonam’s parents starting a successful small-business, but also continued documenting the personal development of the girl and kept raising funds for education of her and her sister Jyoti. The girls have already entered high school and both plan further education.

For his effort in battling social injustice through photography, Alex was awarded the prestigious Italian Premio Anima per la Fotografia prize in 2016.

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PROGRAM

The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful photographic assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. The guidance of Alex Masi will ensure the right direction of your development.

You will begin discussing your assignment with Alex after your participation has been confirmed, ahead of time of the workshop. We encourage you to propose your own researched subject. This should be a story that is both appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. If you do not have your own subject in mind, please clearly detail your fields of interest and photographic needs in order that Alex can find one that suits you best. In following e-mail conversation, he will decide on particular goals you should achieve and define the final shape of your assignment.

During the six workshop days you will photograph on your own, developing your assignment story according to Alex’s directions. This combination of intensive practice and live mentoring is the core of the learning process. You will meet daily for evaluation and editing at Alex’s home studio which is located near the Willesden Green subway station. On selected occasions, Alex will be available to travel with you to locations, evaluate the way you are photographing your subjects, and provide on-hand advice at the time of shooting.

The meetings will be supplemented by discussions and lectures by Alex on his own work, photojournalism, ethics, business and marketing strategies, approach to editors, grants and awards.

APPLY

Application is made by e-mail: info@workshopx.org. In the message subject please state “Alex Masi workshop”.

Please include: full name, billing address and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 12-20 photographs (1000px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.

Applicants will be accepted on the basis of the quality of their portfolios.

By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.