Jason Eskanezi Individual Documentary Photography Workshop In Istambul

Individual photography workshop with Jason Eskenazi

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Strengthen your visual language and learn how to compose powerful stories that can influence the world around you. Under the individual guidance of the genius visual storyteller.

Your photography project is your biography found as metaphor in the subject matter. During this workshop we will search out the emotional resonances of your story and put it on the right road. We’ll research what makes a photo well seen. We will look into how your subject matter determines the treatment and design of the form it is going to be shown in. We will gain insight from other art forms and won’t hesitate to include them in your narrative. Jason Eskenazi

This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who work on long-term documentary or personal projects and who consider future publication. During the six days in Istanbul you will work on your chosen subjects, combining individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Jason Eskenazi in his home studio.


Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 days
Date: flexible
Tuition: 1600 EUR (special offer extended until 23 July)
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Jason Eskenazi - portrait photoJason Eskenazi is a New York-born documentary photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey.

His work has earned him numerous artistic grants and awards, among them: Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize and The Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant. His photographs have appeared in magazines including Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. Jason also worked with the Open Society Foundations.

In 1991 he began over a decade long journey through the collapsing Soviet Union and then the Russian Federation. It resulted in publishing his most recognizable work, a photography book project titled Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith. It has been exhibited in the most prestigious galleries and won Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International.

At the end of that period, in collaboration with Valeri Nistratov, Jason also completed a large format portrait project called Title Nation that was dedicated to ordinary Russians and a book under the same title was published.

In 2004–2005 he organized a Kids with Cameras workshop in the old city of Jerusalem, teaching photography to Arab Muslim and Jewish children, whose photographs later toured many U.S. cities and were featured in the National Geographic magazine.

Jason has a rich history of editing art and photography related publications. Among others, he is a co-founded of Red Hook Editions, which empowers photographers in the making of their own books, and a co-creator of the eccentric photo fanzine titled Dog Food.

Since few years, Jason has been working on a new long-term project called Black Garden. Its aim is to understand the contemporary dilemmas of our global civilization by seeking modern equivalents to the ancient East/West dichotomy that has culturally shaped lands between and around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea basins.


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 Jason Eskenazi will ensure the right direction of your development.

You will begin discussing your assignment with Jason after your participation has been confirmed, ahead of time of the workshop. You will propose your own researched subject. This should be a story that is accessible, appropriate to your skills and exciting for you.

During the six workshop days you will photograph on your own, developing your assignment story according to Jason’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 Jason Eskenazi’s home studio which is located in Istanbul city center, ten minutes walk from the Taksim Square.

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

Note: This workshop is also available for small groups (up to 3 people), at a lower fee per person. For more information contact us.


Application is made by e-mail: In the message subject please state “Jason Eskenazi 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.