Individual workshops

Jason Eskanezi Individual Documentary Photography Workshop In Istambul

Jason Eskenazi – individual workshop

A photograph by Jason Eskenazi from his book Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith.

Jason Eskenazi, from his book “Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith”.

Individual documentary photography workshop with Jason Eskenazi in Istanbul, Turkey

Strengthen your visual language and learn how to compose compelling stories, under the individual guidance of the renowned photographic storyteller.

A photograph by Jason Eskenazi from his book Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith.Jason Eskenazi is known for his excellency in composing single images into powerful stories of their own as well as making astonishing tales out of collection of images. His Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith book remains an iconic guide to visual storytelling for many documentary photographers.

This workshop is an unique opportunity to work exclusively with Mr. Eskenazi in his home studio located close to the Taksim Square in Istanbul. During the five day course he will in-depth review your existing work, lecturing on different aspects of the photographic and storytelling processes, and help you search out the emotional resonances of your stories to put them on the right road. Working together, you will edit and sequence your photographs. You will also shoot a selected subject in the city and go through daily editing and critique sessions with Mr. Eskenazi in order to explore what makes a photograph well seen and how a story emerges from a collection of images.


Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 days
Date: flexible
Number of participants: one
Tuition: 1490 EUR

A photograph by Jason Eskenazi from his ongoing Black Garden project


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

Please include: full name and a link to your personal website (body of work) or a zip file with 12-20 photographs (1000px wide jpg images) plus a personal statement explaining why would you like to attend the course. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.

Due to the individual nature of this workshop, the minute details of the program will be agreed directly between you and Mr. Eskenazi accordingly to your specific needs. Regarding the subject of your shooting in the city, you should propose a realistic, well researched idea before the workshop starts.

By applying you agree to the regulations.


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.

Watch Jason Eskenazi talking about Wonderland and Title Nation:

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.

A photograph by Jason Eskenazi from his book Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith.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.