INTERNATIONAL MASTER IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
From reportage to independent project-making
Authors dealing with documentary photography start by observing everyday life and, out of it, they carve their own photographic representation. Those who want to move forward in this field need to know not only the photographic technique and the market rules but first and foremost, they need to develop projects in an independent and responsible way. Thanks to Davide Monteleone’s experience – one of the most internationally renowned documentary photographers – the Master offers a complete hands-on course in doc photography. Students will develop a strong working method facing issues such as project-making, field work, the publishing market and independent production, client management, new kinds of assignment and possible outlets for dp projects.
Editorial and “reportage” photography have changed a lot these last years; the market crisis and new forms of language have opened up new paths when telling stories about reality. Genres hybridation and the possibility to work on one’s own (not always following assignments) have fostered new ways to develop projects; at the same time, these new factors underline the need to build up an ethical, creative and personal sense of responsibility.
> photojournalism and documentary photography – distinctions;
> documentary photography – a history: photojournalism, reportage, contemporary trends;
> professional careers; from editorial photography to independent projects;
> themes and researching, all that needs to be done before embarking in a project;
> planning and field work;
> language and narration: finding a style based on the story;
> personal distance: think before you shoot;
> media, ethics and responsibility: the role of photography and the photographer’s responsibility;
> the documentary photography market: publishing, agencies, galleries.
Each student will put into practice all the steps included in the realization of a professional photo project. Sharing and confronting with the teacher and fellow students will be a key added value to the course. Review and critical analysis will play a great role, especially in the production-phase. The students will work on finding their own style through the development of their project and personal assignments.
Individual skype calls between Davide Monteleone and each student will take place in January and February 2018.
Lectures and guest speakers (photo editors, photographers, curators) will enrich the Master’s programme. The Master will be held in English.
Davide Monteleone (b. 1974) is an artist and a visual journalist working on long term independent project using photography video and text. He has devoted himself to the study of social issues, exploring the relation between Power and individuals. Known for his specific interest in the post-soviet countries, he published four books on this topic: Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, La Linea Inesistente, in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. His projects have brought him numerous awards, including several World Press Photo prizes, and grants such as the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award and Carmignac Photojournalism Award. He regularly contributes for leading publications all over the world, and his projects have been presented as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Saatchi Gallery in London, MEP in Paris and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He is engaged with educational activities, regularly lecturing at universities and teaching workshops internationally. He is currently based in Moscow.
The Master is reserved to photographers who already have an ongoing project or intend to develop it during the course. Other requirements: fluent English, strong knowledge of the photographic technique, good postproduction skills. Before officially enrolling in the workshop, each applicant will do an admission interview with the Spazio Labo’ staff who will thoroughly examine the applicant’s portfolio and projects.
For more information, or to book an admission interview (in person or via Skype), just send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALENDAR AND ATTENDANCE
November 3, 2017
April 8, 2018
Friday, November 3, 2017, 6-9pm
Saturday 4, Sunday 5, November 2017, 10am-6pm
Saturday 16, Sunday 17, December 2017, 10am-6pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – individual Skype call
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – individual Skype call
Saturday 3, Sunday 4, March 2018, 10am-6pm
Saturday 7, Sunday 8, April 2018, 10am-6pm
*some dates might change in accordance with the teacher and the students.