One-on-one photojournalism workshop at home with Justyna Mielnikiewicz.
Unlock your potential and learn best practices of quality photojournalism and visual storytelling.
This theory and practice course is an opportunity to explore the documentary photography process under the exclusive guidance from Justyna Mielnikiewicz in the inspiring landscape of Tbilisi. From researching your subject, through shooting, to editing, publishing and promoting your work, she will help you enhance your skills and clarify your own language.
During the five days you will cover a selected subject, combining shooting in the city with daily editing sessions with Justyna at her home studio. This will be supplemented by presentations and discussions on various elements of the photographic process and how to manage your work effectively.
Place: Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 5 days
Tuition: 1600 EUR
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.
The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to go through a thoughtful photographic assignment under the direct, daily guidance of Justyna Mielnikiewicz.
The exact program of the workshop will be agreed between you and Justyna after your participation has been confirmed. We recommend you to propose your own researched subject in Tbilisi. This should be a story that is accessible, appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. In the following e-mail conversation, Justyna will comment on particular goals you should achieve, the specifics of your assignment, and how you should plan your time in Tbilisi.
During the five 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 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.
Note: This workshop is also available for small groups (up to 3 people). For more information contact us.
Application is made by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (in the message subject please state “Individual workshop with Justyna Mielnikiewicz”).
Please include: your name 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. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.
IMPORTANT: By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.