This September, on the majestic south-eastern edge of Europe, the workshopx editors will team-up with award winning photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz for an intensive, in-depth documentary photography workshop.
By joining the course, you will strengthen your documentary photography, photojournalism and storytelling skills and learn about other elements of the photographic process such as publishing, career management and financing your work. Above all though, this will be a unique opportunity to work under the guidance of Justyna Mielnikiewicz, one of the most passionate and experienced photographic storytellers in the region.
We will be working in the historical heart of Tbilisi, the cosmopolitan capital of Georgia. During the five day workshop, each participant will cover a subject assigned by Justyna, revealing it from an insider’s perspective. We will put special attention on working with people and approaching their personal stories.
Place: Tblisi, Georgia
Date: 14 – 18 Sep 2016 (5 days)
Venue: Frontline Club Georgia
Number of participants: 6 – 12
Tuition: 1350 EUR
Applications close on 12 Aug 2016.
I am a professional photographer with over 15 years of experience ranging from news photography and classic reportage, to long term, in depth personal projects, to designing and publishing own books.
I began my career in 1999 in Poland, my native country, reporting for the most renowned daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. A year later, I started freelancing because it’s important for me to choose my own stories and tell them the way I think is best. I go on assignments to shoot news stories, but I equally focus my energy on personal documentary work, and, if needed, I self-assign stories I personally care for. I have been based in Tbilisi, Georgia from 2001, working mainly in the countries of the former Soviet Union, regularly cooperating with titles such as The New York Times, Newsweek and Eurasianet. Part of my work is represented by Getty Reportage.
Between 2001-2013 I worked on a project about the South Caucasus and its conflicts which was published as a book titled Woman with a Monkey – Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs. Since 2010, I have started exploring a new topic dedicated to women, sexuality and gender issues in the former Soviet space.
My works have been published in various international media such as: National Geographic, Le Monde, Monocle, Russian Reporter and many others.
Justyna’s major awards: The Aftermath Project winner, Canon Female Photojournalist Prize winner, Open Society Documentary Photography Project Production Grant winner, POYi Publication of the Year second prize, World Press Photo second prize in People in the News (stories) category.
The workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling.
You should have a proper understanding of the photographic process and 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. You are required to bring your own laptop.
During the five days you will work under the mentorship of Justyna Mielnikiewicz, who will be supported by workshopx editors Aleksander Bochenek and Grzegorz Ostrega. You will combine intensive shooting and on-the-ground researching with daily evaluation and editing sessions. Working on a real-life subject will provide a practical basis for the entire workshop learning process.
Your workshop assignment
The workshop will be held in Sololaki – the historical and most diverse part of Tbilisi. As a confirmed participant, you will discuss with Justyna a subject you would like to photograph during the course. She will also help you get access to people and places and tell your story from within, as a documentary photographer would do. In many cases, English speakers will be able to work and communicate on their own in Tbilisi, although local guides and translators will be available for hire (50 EUR/day).
The workshop will start with an initial meeting, during which Justyna will introduce you to her work and her methods, including key elements necessary to pursue short and long term photography projects. She will also analyze your portfolio and define the final shape of your assignment – its goals and methodology. After the first day meeting you will be ready to go shooting.
Over the following days you will work individually (alone or with an assistant) in the field, photographing and gathering the information necessary to develop your story. You will also meet the tutor on a daily basis in the editing space at appointments that will be set according to the workshop’s schedule.
To maximise your time spent with Justyna Mielnikiewicz, before joining her for the daily critique sessions, you will first meet the workshopx editors who will help you select the given number of images for the main session with the leader.
During the editing sessions we will go through your photographs and discuss them extensively. This is when most of the learning happens – in a process in which you will gradually discover your personal style and vision, clarify your message and build the plot of your story.
This will be supplemented by discussions and lectures by Justyna on photojournalism, ethics, career development and important skills like research, project writing (financing), story editing, use of social networks in extending the audience and photographic career management.
During the final day meeting you will edit the week’s work into a coherent visual narrative, sum up the whole workshop experience and discuss your future plans.
Please note that this is a general timetable. The exact schedule will be e-mailed to the confirmed participants.
The venue: Frontline Club Georgia
Application is made by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include: full name, billing address, phone number and link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 12-20 photographs (800px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. Applicants will be selected on the quality of their portfolio and a first-come, first-served basis.
The workshop is limited to 12 participants.
The workshopx will be fully confirmed to happen when we reach the minimum number of 6 participants. This will be announced not later than on 13 Aug 2016. Please consider paying your bookings (flights, accommodation, etc.) after the workshop is fully confirmed.
IMPORTANT: By applying to the workshop you agree to the workshop regulations.