Photographic Workshop with Lorenzo Castore

 

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series © Lorenzo Castore Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice's Czytelnia Sztuki

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series
© Lorenzo Castore
Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice’s Czytelnia Sztuki

Lorenzo Castore, one of the most recognisable Italian photographers, will lead intensive photographic workshop on all steps of developing a long-term project. The workshop will be organised in two 2-day-long sessions with online feedback session in between.

The participants of the workshop will plunge into an open discussion on the borders between photojournalism, documentary and fine art, and look for new ways of telling the stories that matter with passion and care. As an attender, you will develop your visual storytelling skills to create a completed body of work that could be an important addition to portfolio, and could be presented to magazines as well as art contests and galleries.  

To apply, submit one project idea that you wish to develop during the workshop. Please, note: this workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but rather improving your unique way of seeing and making relations through photography. 

If you do not have any idea of the project, apply with the best 10 single photos and personal statement. 

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series © Lorenzo Castore Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice's Czytelnia Sztuki

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series
© Lorenzo Castore
Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice’s Czytelnia Sztuki

The first session will take place in September 22-23. During these two intensive days you will present and discuss your portfolio with the tutor and other participants, develop the concept and try to figure out the best way to approach the chosen subject, develop your skills and knowledge through thematic lectures and discussions, and take part in practical exercises to build up editing skills.

Before the final session in December, all participants will be in touch with their tutor. It is the time for extending a preliminary research conducted before the workshop begins. Thanks to the online feedback session participants will receive a critique and discuss next steps in developing the project. The aim is to make a progress in thinking and creativity on distance. 

The last session (December 8-9), the participants together with Lorenzo Castore will shape the final form of the work and discuss the research phase as a tool in documentary photography. 

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series © Lorenzo Castore Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice's Czytelnia Sztuki

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series
© Lorenzo Castore
Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice’s Czytelnia Sztuki

The workshop will be held in English and will take place in Gliwice (Poland) as an accompanying event to the newest Lorenzo Castore exhibition Ziemia | Land in the Museum in Gliwice (8a Dolnych Wałów St.)

As there is nothing for free in the today’s world, the workshops isn’t free either. An early bird fee amounts PLN 750 (approx. EUR 175) if the application is received till August 31, 2018. Regular fee amounts PLN 900 (approx. EUR 210) for all applications submitted between September 1 and 7. The deadline for application is September 7, 2018, 11.59 PM CET. 

The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. These are to be organised by the participants themselves.

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series © Lorenzo Castore Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice's Czytelnia Sztuki

Taken from the Ziemia | Land series
© Lorenzo Castore
Courtesy of Museum in Gliwice’s Czytelnia Sztuki

Lorenzo Castore (b. 1973) | specialises in long-term projects focusing on his personal experiences, everyday life, memory and the relation between minor individual stories, history and the present time | has exhibited and published his works internationally | author of several books: Nero (Milan: Federico Motta Editore, 2004), Paradiso (Arles: Actes Sud, Stockport: Dewi Lewis Publishing, Berlin: Edition Braus, Athens: Apeiron Photos, Roma: Peliti Associati, 2005), Ultimo Domicilio (Bentivoglio; L’Artiere Edizioni, 2015) and Ewa & Piotr – Si vis pacem, para bellum (Paris/Lausanne: Editions Noir Sur Blanc, 2018) | co-director of the film No Peace Without War (Italy: Okta Film, 2009), awarded with the Golden Frog Prize in the 2012 Camerimage Film Festival’s Short Documentary Films competition | also won the Dintorni dello Sguardo Award (1998), the Mario Giacomelli Award (2003) and the European Publishers Award for Photography (2005), among others | www.lorenzocastore.com.

More info and application form @ www.czytelniasztuki.pl 

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.

Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).

The second festival category – Unfinished Stories – consists of the films that draw attention to the social divisions leading to wars or which appear as a result of them, that determine functioning of society for years thus bringing peace back often seems to be impossible. Wars are still in people’s minds for a long time after their ending: Unforgiven: Rwanda (directed by Lukas Augustin, Germany/Rwanda 2014, 75 min), State of Mind (directed by Daria Lipko, Poland 2016, 53 min).

The third festival category – Personalities – will present common people facing serious choices, observing changes in their direct reality or struggling with the severity of the place  they came to live: Monk of the Sea (directed by Rafał Skalski, Poland 2016, 68 min), Anoranza (directed by Flo Flamme, Belgium 2016, 71 min) and 24 Snow (directed by Mikhail Barynin, Russia 2016, 90 min).

The two remaining festival categories focus on problems of today’s Africa – Their Africa – and America – Unknown America. The first one consists of 4 films: 2 Girls (directed by Marco Speroni, Italy 2016, 52 min), The Other Kids (directed by Pablo de la Chica, Spain 2016, 84 min), Ghost People (directed by Marek Kłosowicz and Martyna Wojciechowska, Poland 2014, 45 min), Small People. Big Trees (directed by Vadim Vitovtsev, Russia 2016, 45 min), while the second one – three: Unbranded (directed by Philip Baribeau, USA 2015, 106 min), Gold Fever (directed by  J.T. Haines,  Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Canada/Guatemala/USA 2013, 83 min) and Cartel Land (directed by Matthew Heineman, Mexico/USA 2015, 99 min).

Besides the films, the festival offers the viewers a chance of active participation in inspiring meetings, debates and workshops. Between presentations, they will have the opportunity to talk to Polish and foreign directors, well-known experts and activists. The participation has been confirmed by Mikhail Barynin, Piotr Brysacz, Pablo de la Chica, Artur Domosławski, Flo Flamme, Sean McAllister, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Marco Speroni, among others. The guests of the festival will also have an opportunity to improve their skills at filmmaking workshops run by two artists repeatedly awarded for their social and film activity – Lukas and Salome Augustin.

Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.

The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Open-air photo workshops in Vilnius

© Marian Schmidt

© Marian Schmidt

Open-air photographic workshops are a very important part of teaching photography. They offer ability to use theoretical knowledge in practice under the supervision of experienced tutors. The more you should consider invitation of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design which organises a 4-day-long outdoor photo workshop in Vilnius (June 3-7, 2015).

Still not sure? The workshops will be led by exceptional instructors: Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1), Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), and Marian Schmidt (director of the school).

Price: PLN 1,200 or PLN 900 (for the school’s students and graduates). The fee includes participation in the workshops, substantive meetings, hostel accommodation in dormitories and bus ride on the Warsaw – Vilnius – Warsaw route.

Registration: until April 30 at the school office or via online form, which can be found @ www.wsfoto.art.pl/plenery (website in Polish language version only).

Attention: number of seats is limited!