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The biggest photography day in Dubai’s creative calendar, SONY PhotoFriday, is back for the 14th edition of GPP Photo Week 2018. It's an uplifting day filled with all things photography, where you can meet your photography heroes. You can also avail of free camera cleaning services by leading camera brands, browse the latest gear, and benefit from exclusive special offers.
Join us for 12 unique 90-minute seminars covering both technical and conceptual elements of photography with world-renowned photographers who are ready to inspire you!
Politics of Place & Rabbit Holes | Practices in Visual Storytelling
Tanya will share key insights, strategies, and tools she used to develop her projects and her unique path through photography.
In this session, she will share new work previously unseen by the public, tackling issues from Palestine, Israel, and Syrian refugee diaspora in unexpected ways.
She will explore the ways you can move beyond a linear narrative and create a "felt experience" for your audience. Tanya attempts to dig deeper into the politics of the place as she blends competing narratives, overturning and playing with them, through the use of evidentiary and metaphorical approaches.
Join Tanya as she explores the politics of place, encouraging photographers to transcend what has been strictly documentary into a new terrain of documentary photography by incorporating the humane, personal, and collaborative into the unexpected.
Destination wedding photographer Tasneem Alsultan shares how she captures the stories of different cultures around the world. She will let us in on her journey into the unique intersection of storytelling, wedding photography, and socio-cultural commentary that defines her work.
Tasneem will touch on the emotive and artistic foundation of her creative process, as well as the more technical aspects of her workflow. Finally, she will reveal a few tips and tricks on how to make the most out of every opportunity while travelling to shoot a wedding.
Tasneem has been published in National Geographic, British Journal of Photography, TIME Lightbox and Lens Blog by The New York Times.
Light can be bright and beautiful; it can be youthful; it can also be dark, moody, or sinister. Join world-renowned photographer Zack Arias as he walks you through various lighting scenarios to show how you can quickly modify light to create different moods.
This session will include a discussion about exposure, directing models, and picking the right light modifier for the job at hand.
Light, Composition, Moment: Take Your Photography Forward
Do you want to establish your own photography style? Kevin Mullins will talk about how he has matured as a wedding, family and street photographer over the years and how his style has become more identifiable since he began shooting with mirrorless cameras.
During this session, Kevin will show you some of his very early work and talk through the lessons he specifically learned as a wedding photographer over the last seven years. He will help you understand the relationship between Light, Composition, and Moment and how you can take your own photography forward.
Let Kevin Mullins use his experience to help you elevate your shots.
Unlazy Yourself: 10 Assignments for Lazy Photographers
Experiment fearlessly while keeping the technical aspects of photography in mind to express yourself through your work. Sara Lando will talk about how she structures her assignments and will guide you through your personal projects. She will also present you with several assignments that you can work on at your own pace.
This session will serve as a controlled and constructive environment where Sara will urge you to experiment with photography until your photos fall apart, you learn that pixels don’t feel pain, and that you will learn a lot in the process.
Make your projects even better by understanding the power of post-processing software! Join RC Concepcion as he shares how Photoshop and Lightroom can help you grow as a photographer.
In this 90-minute talk, discover how these computer programs will make your artistic life faster, more organized, and complete. From simple solutions to photographic problems and pushing the edge of creativity, you'll get proven tips you can apply to your projects .
This panel discussion will bring together Tasneem Alsultan, Shannon Ghannam, and Kevin Mullins to discuss the state of contemporary photography regionally and internationally in light of the social media revolution.
Topics to be addressed include:
How social media is affecting the artistic practice of photographers around the world.
The over-saturation of the market (and how to stay relevant).
The evolution of the medium both in how work is created (DSLR vs iPhone) and how it is distributed (agency vs self-publication).
The need for social media fasts and taking time away from the internet to spark creativity.
How to create quality over quantity in a field where the number of “likes” you receive may not correlate to the artistry behind the work you’re creating.
The impact of social media on photojournalism and the concept of “fake news”.
"The Secret Garden is where I am free and wild. Here I am the maiden standing on the hilltop, the wind blowing through my hair as I wait for the ships bearing treasures to roll in on the waves. I am the wild horse running across open plains that extend without borders. I am the eagle flying over the land of my ancestors, my wings spread full as I float high on the wind. This is where my animalistic wild creative spirit resides and where I am the happiest at this important pivotal point in my creative life."
In this session, Maggie Steber will discuss the concept behind her project, "The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma", where she discovered her own dark side, her own fears, and how she has let her imagination run free. This project has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Finding a Niche in a Crowded Market - A Personal Story
The world of fashion and commercial photography is dazzling, enviable, and - for better or worse - absolutely ruthless. Few photographers have the chops to push through and shine in such a fast-paced and over-saturated market, but Toufic Araman is one of them.
Join Toufic as he shares his journey through the trials and tribulations of becoming a world class fashion photographer. Drawing from personal experience, Toufic will touch on how he navigated the challenges of the industry and how he built Araman Studio, a fashion and commercial photography brand recognized from the Middle East to New York City, the gold standard when it comes to creativity, fashion, and photography.
Toufic will then draw from his 9 years of expertise in the industry to address how he has handled the ongoing need to reinvent himself in a way that keeps his work relevant while allowing him to stay true to his personal style.
While Toufic's session is framed in photography, the lessons are applicable across a myriad of creative fields.
What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, burlesque dancers, and nudist golfers have in common? They’ve all been photographed by Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith.
In this session, listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Smith as he shares the stories behind his photos of the rich and famous and the lessons learned in 30 years of photographing people of all walks of life, particularly celebrities. He’ll talk about the many ways he connects with his subjects to get the winning shot, convincing them to do what he wants and that it was their idea to do so.
Cancellation & Exchange Policy
SONY PhotoFriday tickets are non-refundable.
If you find out you can’t attend a session at the last minute, give your seat to a friend and make their day. SONY PhotoFriday tickets make a great gift!