Week-long photography workshop with Christopher Morris in Krakow, Poland – June 2018
Dive deep into creative process, confront real-life situations and produce an outstanding visual story, all under the direct guidance of the iconic photographer and assistance from the Workshopx team.
The Workshopx’s annual Krakow workshop is a unique chance to go through the full experience of creating a visual story with all the circumstances of a serious photographic assignment in a well designed and structured way. Every June, for a week, we invite an accomplished photographer to guide you through the fears and joys of the live process and help you refine your own visual signature. At the same time, we provide you with a real-life assignment to cover and on-the-ground support, including a personal local guide, the Workshopx editors’ assistance and expertise from a professional photography printer.
This year we will work with Christopher Morris, who likes to call his teaching method “learning to see”. He will expose the group to what he feels are the common mistakes many photographers are making today while also highlighting the successes of what makes a good photographic story. During the six days in Krakow you will attend a series of his lectures and cover the assigned story, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Christopher, in order to produce a coherent visual essay. Additional teaching subjects will include Christopher Morris’ working formulas for portraiture, film-making and archiving.
The workshop’s goal: to make you a successful photographic storyteller who is well-equipped to work independently in real-life situations.
Place: Krakow, Poland
Date: 19-24 June 2018
Tuition: 1700 EUR / Early bird 1575 EUR
Early bird applications deadline: 25 March
Christopher Morris, based in Paris, was born in California in 1958 and began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for TIME Magazine, where he has been on contract since 1990. He has been credited with redefining political coverage in America during his years working at the White House for TIME Magazine from 2000 till 2009.
Simultaneously to his career as a photojournalist, Morris has expanded his work into the fashion world. He has received various awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the Olivier Rebbot Award, the Journalism Award from the Overseas Press Club, two Infinity Awards for photojournalism from the International Center of Photography in New York, the PDN Look Fashion Editorial Award and numerous World Press Photo awards. Morris is a founding member of VII Agency based in New York.
We place a particular emphasis on hands-on training that, in an intensive but structured way, takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you to challenge your limitations, doubts and fears. The reward is releasing and building up your creativity, unique personal style and self-confidence. It’s something you very rarely achieve at home, or what takes a very long time in the everyday life routine. We speed up the process by putting you in the situation of an photographic assignment, through which you’re guided by a top photographer and supported by our team. To get a better idea of how our workshops go, check the testimonials from our former participants.
This will be a local Krakow story, whether of an individual, a group or a community. You will research, shoot, edit and eventually sequence it into a coherent photographic essay. You will stay close to your subjects, possibly witnessing personal and intimate situations and spending nights away from your hotel. You will explore the city in a way that is inaccessible for regular visitors and tourists. This will be an entire professional, social and human experience.
We will help you pick and precise a good subject for your assignment in advance of your arrival. We encourage you to do your own research and consult with us your story ideas, but if you do not have a particular subject in mind, we will propose you one that will be based on your fields of interest, accessible, appropriate to your skills and personality, and exciting for you. Your local assistant will help you with the research.
YOUR LOCAL ASSISTANT
Your assistant, working exclusively with you for the entire workshop duration, 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.
CRITIQUE AND EDITING SESSIONS
During the meetings with Christopher Morris you will go with him through your daily shoot and discuss the photographs extensively. This is when the most of the learning happens – in a process in which you gradually discover your personal style and vision, identify and eradicate your mistakes, clarify your message and build the plot of your story.
In order to maximize your time spent with Christopher Morris, each day you will first meet a Workshopx editor, who will help you select the requested number of images for the main session.
POST-PRODUCTION & PRINTING
During the last two days of the workshop you will attend additional sessions of digital post-production and print your selected pictures under the guidance of a professional ILFORD staff printer. The prints will be shown at the “pop-up” exhibition that will close our workshop.
Christopher Morris will introduce his work and his philosophy and outline the methodological framework of the workshop. He will also review your portfolios during a group presentation and define your assignments’ goals. You will meet your local assistants who will be ready to introduce you to your subjects.
Days 2 – 5
You will combine shooting in the city with attending individual, scheduled editing sessions, group discussions and further presentations and lectures. The fourth day will be entirely for shooting. On the fifth day the printing sessions will join the schedule.
You will attend the final group editing sessions with Christopher Morris, during which you will sequence your photographic story. You will also finish printing your selected photographs.
We will close the workshop with a “pop-up” exhibition of your prints and a public screening of your full essays during a good bye party with invited guests. During the whole course of the workshop, there will be a plenty of occasions to meet, exchange ideas and socialize with other participants, who are coming from all around the world.
You should 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 download, select and export the images to a portable device on your own.
The workshop will be conducted in English.
Application is made by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (in the message subject please state “Chris Morris workshop”).
Please include: your name, place of residence and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 10-20 photographs, a bio and a personal statement saying why you’d like to join the workshop.
By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.