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

Born in Jordan and educated in the United States, Tanya Habjouqa resides in East Jerusalem and is a member of NOOR. A photographer, artist, and educator—her work stems from long-term investments and collaborative methodology, blending ethnographic research and investigative reportage. Examining details of conflict in the Middle East, Habjouqa addresses the presentation of these conversations by western media outlets.

In recent years, her projects have been commended by the likes of TIME, Smithsonian and World Press Photo.  Habjouqa is known for producing sensitive work underscored by the absurd.

She is a mentor for the  Magnum Foundation initiative, "Arab Photography Documentary Program” and teaches workshops internationally. She is trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media with an emphasis on Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is represented by East Wing and Ilex galleries.

Booking Closed

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%

Cost: AED 4625

This session is limited to 9 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.