A three day intensive course that will teach you how to manage your projects into successful stories. Under the individual guidance of the award winning photojournalist.
I practice 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. It’s also a strong catalyst for a slow but steady change in people’s ideas, behaviour and policy-making. But to achieve that you have to be very well prepared and organized. Passion and perseverance won’t do the job alone. Alex Masi
The workshop is designed for photographers who are serious about engaging in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling or want to improve their performance in these fields. During the three days at home with Alex Masi in London you will analyse and discuss your current and future work in terms of:
■ choosing the right story subject
■ choosing a style for each project
■ getting access / working with fixers
■ general workflow and photographs management
■ selecting and creating grant proposals
■ editing for marketing / editing for contests
■ approaching magazine and publishing house editors
■ cooperation with NGOs
■ researching clients
Place: London, UK
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: 1000 EUR
Note: this workshop is also available for small groups: 2 people = 850 EUR/person, 3 people = 750 EUR/person
Alex Masi is an independent 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, Ukraine and the USA. 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.
A boy is holding a hen while others are playing around the abandoned evaporation pool that was once used by Union Carbide (now DOW Chemical) next to their industrial complex, site of the infamous 1984 gas tragedy in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India. The poisonous cloud that enveloped Bhopal left everlasting consequences that today continue to consume people's lives. Thousands tons of hazardous chemical waste are still buried in various spots around this area of Bhopal. © Alex Masi
A young boy is riding his donkey home after having collected water water from a small river in Bamyan, Afghanistan. In the town there is no electricity or running water. Power is only being provided by generators or solar panels. The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th century monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters. © Alex Masi
Muslims children are attending class in Angwan Rogo government school, an institution open to pupils of any religion, but today only attended by Muslims, as it is located inside a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood where no Christian live anymore. © Alex Masi
Devotees are praying while taking part to a Mass Service at Saint Theresa's Christian Catholic Church in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Saint Theresa's is the first Christian Catholic Church built in Jos, in 1923. © Alex Masi
A member of the Iraqi Police is patrolling the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. © Alex Masi
Workers are washing ore dust, separating gold sediments from other metals, to later collect it by mixing it with mercury, in an artisanal processing site near Bagega, pop. 9000, a large village affected by lead poisoning due to the unsafe techniques employed for extracting gold, in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The mercury recovered is then burned, revealing unpolished pieces of solid gold. It will be purified in Gusau, where goldsmiths will add sulphuric acid to refine the gold and remove all the impurities. The contamination is caused by ingestion and breathing of lead particles released in the steps to isolate the gold from other metals. This type of lead is soluble in stomach acid and children under-5 are most affected, as they tend to ingest more through their hands by touching the ground, and are developing symptoms often leading to death or serious disabilities. © Alex Masi
Afghan labourers are employed by Professor Zemaryali Tarzi, a notable An Afghan-born archaeologist from France and teacher in Strasbourg University, while on his hunt for a legendary 300m Sleeping Buddha statue between the original standing Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, as documented in the old account of a renowned Chinese scholar, Xuanzang, visiting the area in the 7th century. The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th century monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters. © Alex Masi
A Muslim boy is waiting for breakfast at a large Madrassa (Islamic school) in North-West Karachi, Pakistan's main economic hub. © Alex Masi
Aadite, 9, a boy suffering from a severe neurological disorder and malnutrition, is watching cartoons while lying on a bed inside his home in Kabit Pura, near the abandoned Union Carbide (now DOW Chemical) industrial complex in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India, site of the infamous 1984 gas tragedy. The poisonous cloud that enveloped Bhopal left everlasting consequences that today continue to consume people's lives. Aadite's father, Raju, a 1984 gas survivor, died in March 2013 at the age of 32, due to lungs failure. Aadite now lives in a small room with his mother, Lakshmi, 29, who works six days a week as a cleaner, his two sisters Mayuri, 12, Mahag, 7, and his younger brother Anuj, 5. None of the siblings in this family is attending school or any kind of practical education. © Alex Masi
Recruits are taking part in a raid simulation exercise at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Elite Police Training Center, a commando and anti-terrorism academy on the outskirts of Karachi. The training center was founded by retired colonel Abdul Wahid Khan, a brave officer who served as a gunship helicopter pilot in the Pakistani Air Force and around the globe with the United Nations, but who's first task as a young army officer in 1979 was to train Afghan Mujahedeen to fight the Soviet Army, the very Mujahedeen that are today's Taleban. © Alex Masi
A section of Kabul is photographed from the heights of Television Mountain, one of the renowned viewing points of the city. © Alex Masi
Dean Baker, 72, is visiting cow herds grazing inside his ranch, the largest in Snake Valley, near Baker, Utah, USA. Although opposing South Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) 300-mile water pipeline project, he is one of the very few inhabitants of Snake Valley that is supporting Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to sign a legal agreement between Utah and Nevada. This document that should protect their future rights and and the local environment, but would also allow for the beginning of the pipeline construction: many people fear that once pumping water, it will not be easily stopped, even if breaching any of the points outlined within the agreement. © Alex Masi
Workshopx Stories: Alex Masi – Bhopal Second Disaster
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