The Red Pill: Uncharted Territories of Personal Narrative Liberation

Level: Photography - Intermediate

"You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." - The Matrix


For those photographers who are comfortable with their technique with the camera and looking to challenge themselves conceptually, this workshop is designed to clear any creative blocks and help you dive headfirst into your project. With NOOR photographer Tanya Habjouqa, you and your workshop participants will take your mental process and approach to documentary work into uncharted territories of personal narrative liberation. In other words, you are choosing the red pill.


In this four-day workshop, you will explore the ways you can move beyond a linear narrative and create a "felt experience" for your audience. Tanya’s work digs deeper into the politics of a place as she blends competing narratives, overturning and playing with them, through the use of evidentiary and metaphorical approaches.


The goal of this workshop is to transcend traditional documentary, moving into a new terrain of documentary photography by incorporating the humane, personal, and collaborative into the unexpected. You’ll explore critical theory around issues of representation, community engagement, participatory approaches, and the ethical considerations of using storytelling as a tool for social change. The workshop will focus on awareness and nurturing of personal vulnerability in developing an individual series.


As a portfolio submission is required for this workshop, you will receive a brief portfolio review at the beginning of the workshop, and a consultation focused on a long-term project you’d like to address.

Together with Tanya, you will re-conceptualize, plan, and explore alternative methods of executing documentary projects through discussion and photo critiques. From alternative approaches to research and access, to photographic strategies for storytelling, this workshop will expand your notion of what photography is and give you a profound insight into its transformative powers, as you develop your own personal style.


 

TYPE

Four day workshop

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 maintain a consistent level of photographic proficiency so that you and your fellow participants can get the most out of this workshop. Therefore we ask that you submit a sample of images that demonstrate your experience is at the defined level of the workshop.

To submit a selection of your images, click on 'Add to Cart', Agree to Terms & Conditions and then you will be instructed to upload them.

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 maintain a consistent level of photographic proficiency so that you and your fellow participants can get the most out of this workshop. Therefore we ask that you submit a sample of images that demonstrate your experience is at the defined level of the workshop.

To submit a selection of your images, click on 'Submit Portfolio', and then you will be instructed to upload them.

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.

* Wear comfortable clothes

* Bring your laptop and a charger

* A USB stick and/or external hard drive with your image files

You will need to prepare one tight edit  and one wide edit from this project / story you want to focus and work on during the workshop. Throughout the workshop, you will be working on a new edit of this work and how to present it. A tight edit can be about 8-15 images; a wide edit can be upwards of 40 images.

For example you can see this tight edit from Yuri Kozyrev on NOOR website. 

You can click through to the wide edit on the archive here

* Prints of the work you will be editing - at least 6 by 4 inches / 15x10cm. They don’t need to be professional prints, you will use them for selection and editing.

What you should bring

* Wear comfortable clothes

* Bring your laptop and a charger

* A USB stick and/or external hard drive with your image files

You will need to prepare one tight edit  and one wide edit from this project / story you want to focus and work on during the workshop. Throughout the workshop, you will be working on a new edit of this work and how to present it. A tight edit can be about 8-15 images; a wide edit can be upwards of 40 images.

For example you can see this tight edit from Yuri Kozyrev on NOOR website. 

You can click through to the wide edit on the archive here

* Prints of the work you will be editing - at least 6 by 4 inches / 15x10cm. They don’t need to be professional prints, you will use them for selection and editing.

Notes

 

Prepare your specific portfolio of a project that you’re currently working on or researching or even an ongoing project you’re troubled with.

You will present it to the group on the first day (you will have 10 minutes incl. introduction). Your images should be formatted, sequenced and ready for viewing on your laptop or put into presentation.

It’s your opportunity to show the project you would like to work on during the masterclass. 

You will also want to have all usable images from the project available on your computer or drive in case you want to come back to them when editing.

Think outside the traditional photojournalism! It could be also writing, personal diary, research materials, video, audio or archive footage, material from characters you’re documenting etc. 

Additionally, we encourage you to bring other additional projects and work on your hard drive/computer so you have them on hand in case the tutor would like to see it.

In order to make our short time together most rich, please think ahead which questions and points you most want to discuss at this workshop, about your own work and projects, the experience and expertise of Tanya, etc. Imagine how would you like to disseminate the work (as a book, installation, interactive platform etc.).  You will be asked to share the learning points you want to address through this workshop with the group during introductions on the first day.


NOTE ON CLASS TIMINGS

On day 3 of the workshop, part of the day will be a class session and the rest of the day will dedicated for 1 to 1 review sessions for each of the students. Times and slots will be scheduled and agreed with you on day 2.

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. 

Monday, February 4
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 6
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 9
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Includes UAE VAT 5%

Regular Price: AED 4625

Early Bird Price: AED 4162.5

This session is limited to 8 students only.
Workshop Location
  • You can cancel and/or exchange your GPP Photo Week 2019 workshop until January 4, 2019. No refunds or exchanges after January 4, 2019.
  • If you cancel your workshop before January 4, 2019, you get back 70% of the workshop value.
  • If you want to exchange your workshop for a different one, it must be of the same or higher value, providing that you pay the difference for a more expensive workshop.