Developing Your Personal & Long Term Projects

Level: Photography - Intermediate

Discussing her own projects and her unique path through photography, Tanya will share key insights, strategies and tools for participants to develop, sustain and publish their own personal and long-term projects.

 

The workshop will feature daily lectures from Tanya and a mix of short shooting assignments to be done at a near location in smaller groups, along with group editing and deconstruction/reconstruction of story/conceptual approaches to students’ personal projects.

 

Throughout the workshop, Tanya will discuss visual storytelling, photography as an intellectual pursuit, political photography as writing, and self liberation in new approaches to storytelling, docu-drama, finding the murky middle, creative non-fiction, photographers’ relationships with subjects, ethics, humor and personal vision. A key component will be the interdisciplinary approach, borrowing and merging practices from conceptual art, anthropology, theatre, diary writing,  and investigative journalism.

 

Saudi photographer Tasneem Alsultan, who's first earned fame for her wedding photography business and has grown into a well recognised and award winning photographer for her project 'Saudi Tales of Love', will be a guest speaker during the workshop to share her journey, her learnings and experience with you.

 

NOTE: Tanya would like to get to know you and your work a little, so she will be sending through some questions for you to respond to closer to the time of the workshop. 


Philosophy:

Be obsessed, utilize little love and little hate poems, and find the personal in your long term storytelling projects. Otherwise, what is the point? Liberate yourself from inane reductive titles (and liberate those whose story you tell/document) and approach photography as literature, theatre, anthropology, and investigative journalism.

 

Course Objectives:

To share key insights, strategies and tools for participants to develop, sustain and publish their own personal and long-term projects; to inspire and push participants to take a more expansive, creative view on documentary photography


Cauldron of inspiration:

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young


“It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power. It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader's spine - the source of artistic delight, as Nabokov would have it. That's the kind of writing that most interests me.” 

Raymond Carver

 

“If we're lucky, writer and reader alike, we'll finish the last line or two of a short story and then just sit for a minute, quietly. Ideally, we'll ponder what we've just written or read; maybe our hearts or intellects will have been moved off the peg just a little from where they were before. Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree. Then, breathing evenly and steadily once more, we'll collect ourselves, writers and readers alike, get up, "created of warm blood and nerves" as a Chekhov character puts it, and go on to the next thing: Life. Always life.”

Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

 

“Write what you know, and what do you know better than your own secrets?”

Raymond Carver

 
Type
5 day masterclass 

You are a very confident user of all the manual shooting modes for exposure control. You want to expand your photography into challenging creative, narrative and conceptual areas.


This course is for you if you want to develop/re-imagine a personal and/or long term photographic project and are open to explore new directions in visual storytelling.

 

 


Portfolio Review Required

Our sincerest desire is to ensure all participants are at the correct level of readiness for this workshop so that you and your fellow participants can get the most out of it. Therefore we ask that you submit a small paragraph about the narrative or project you’d like to develop in this workshop and a sample of images you’ve taken related to this story or any other narratives/themes you have shot in the past.

To submit the text and a selection of your images, click on 'Add to Cart', Agree to Terms & Conditions and then you will be prompted to do so.

We will review your images and respond to you within 1 working day. If we do not feel that your choice is appropriate, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

who should attend

You are a very confident user of all the manual shooting modes for exposure control. You want to expand your photography into challenging creative, narrative and conceptual areas.


This course is for you if you want to develop/re-imagine a personal and/or long term photographic project and are open to explore new directions in visual storytelling.

 

 


Portfolio Review Required

Our sincerest desire is to ensure all participants are at the correct level of readiness for this workshop so that you and your fellow participants can get the most out of it. Therefore we ask that you submit a short paragraph about the narrative or project you’d like to develop in this workshop and a sample of images you’ve taken related to this story or any other narratives/themes you have shot in the past.

To submit the text and a selection of your images, click on 'Submit Application', and then you will be prompted to do so.

We will review your images and respond to you within 1 working day. If we do not feel that your choice is appropriate, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

* Your camera and lenses

* A USB with a selection of 10/15 pictures you have taken, for review

* Your laptop.

What you should bring

* Your camera and lenses

* A USB with a selection of 10/15 pictures you have taken, for review

* Your laptop.

About the Instructor
Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan, 1975) is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. A member of NOOR, she approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 (winning her a World Press Photo award in 2014). She mentors young grantees from across the Arab region for Magnum Foundation’s “Emerging Arab Photographer Documentary Fund” together with the Prince Claus Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Tanya is one of the founding members of Rawiya, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East and she is currently based in East Jerusalem. 

Booking Closed

Wednesday, February 7
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 8
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 10
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday, February 11
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday, February 12
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Includes UAE VAT 5%

Cost $1200
This session is limited to 10 students only.
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  • You can cancel and/or exchange your GPP Photo Week 2018 workshop until January 7, 2018. No refunds or exchanges after January 7, 2018.
  • If you cancel your workshop before January 7, 2018, you get back 70% of the workshop value.
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