Dates: 1-5 April 2013
This five-day workshop will be conducted in Marrakesh, Morocco. Known in the world also thanks to the homonym movie, the city is shaped by its colonial history, economical & business growth and especially by the diversity of inhabitants.
This workshop focuses on a critical documentary-like approach of photography. The participant photographer will be able to identify social issues of existing subjects and have a window on a social reality.
During the workshop you will be photographing on the streets of Marrakesh and documenting its ever-changing social inner or outer landscape, creating images that get to the heart of a moment, a person and a situation. Your images will be discussed during the workshop. Visual presentations and discussions will provide an overview of documentary photography, as well as references for further exploration.
The aim of the workshop is for the participant to produce a short visual essay that creates a feeling of curiosity, attention and reflects a deeper and intimate understanding of a person, a community or situation. Subjectivity and approach are important for the individual style since a personal point of view is key for creating an impact on the project.
The presence of a Moroccan photographer in the Visual Experience team will help the group to get closer to the locals, and to discover part of the cities not well known to the regular tourist.
Thus the workshop is not only a documentary photography course but also an unparallel opportunity to discover one of the most vibrant cities of North Africa.
DAY 1 – Welcome breakfast
Mehdi & Massimo will talk about their work and how they approach subject matter and the role of subjectivity & self consciousness in producing images.
One to one discussion and portfolio reviews
Introduction to the subjects matter that every photographer will be covering during the next days
Morning – The participants engage and start working on producing their project. This will involve photographing on location. While the work is being carried out, Mehdi & Massimo will be visiting the photographers to guide , advise and help resolve any issues whether technical , logistical or conceptual .
Afternoon – Mehdi & Massimo meet with the participants to review and discuss the progress of their respective projects.
Morning – Follow to day two , the participants continue with the production of the project. This is a good opportunity to act on the feedback from the previous session time and get more focused on the subject matter. While the work is being carried out, Mehdi & Massimo will be visiting the photographers to guide , advise and help resolve any issues whether technical , logistical or conceptual .
Afternoon – Mehdi & Massimo meet with the participants to review the projects. First editing on laptops. By the end of the session the participants will have a better idea of what direction they will take and images they will need to produce.
Morning – Follow to day three, the participants continue with the production of the project. This is a good opportunity to act on the feedback from the previous sessions and time and produce those last images to finish the project. While the work is being carried out, Mehdi & Massimo will be visiting the photographers to guide , advise and help resolve any issues whether technical , logistical or conceptual .
Afternoon – Mehdi meets with the participants to review the projects final editing and preparation for the next days presentation.
Morning – Presentation of the individual projects to the rest of the group and guests . Feedback will be giving under the form of an open discussion. Free time for enjoying the town.
The cost of the workshop will be €1000 for 5 days. Participants will be expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of €300 within February 28. Participants can then pay the rest of the fee within March 17th. Participants are encouraged to arrive the day before the workshop begins for a welcome dinner.
What is included or not
Tuition from Massimo Cristaldi and Mehdi Chafik (including defining each participant’s project; shooting; editing sessions; creating a coherent body of work; creation of a slide show; projection of the images of the participants.)
A Farewell dinner
What is NOT included
Travel by plane to Marrakech Airport
Food and beverages
Lunches and dinners except Farewell Dinner last night
Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements and find accommodation, which in Marrakech can range from €150 upwards for the week. We can advise on finding the accommodation that best suits you.
Millions of people love photography but not necessarily your immediate family! That means two things, either you come on your own or you bring some of your immediate family with you. Both solutions are just fine for us. We love you and your family, but if you decide to come with your husband, wife, companion or partner, please let us know. We don’t have space in our vehicles for everyone so you’ll have to rent a car and we can surely help you with that. You’d also have to upgrade to a double room, so if you decide to come with “friends” who aren’t taking our workshop, remember to let us know so we can help you program the trip and find offers and discounts on rental cars and hotel accommodations.
Teaching is a method of sharing knowledge. We do that on many levels during our workshops: in conversation, critiques, conferences and general discussions. The continual exchange between us all is a very important part of learning. For instance, if it gets too hot outdoors, we can retreat to a local café to have a refreshing drink and discuss our work. Most of our critiques are done on a laptop, so it’s highly advised that you bring your own. When we’re all out shooting, the teacher will first explain what we’re trying to do and why, and then he or she will remain at all times with the group for continuous counseling and advice. We never leave you alone unless you want to be! The daily critique sessions are at the heart of our learning process so be prepared to grow as we understand your work and yourself.
Is it for me?
This workshop is what we call a ‘Photo Travel’. This means that it is open to all skill levels. All of our workshops and Photo Travels are designed to get to the heart of your photography. Travelling together is one of the best ways to see how you work and get to know you. In that way we can delve into areas of conversation which are often left out of traditional workshops. Also, our itinerary is designed to be unusual and exciting. We work on creating a tour which allows us interesting subject matter in out of the way places so we can relax and discuss what we’re doing. Obviously, traveling is part of the package but you don’t have to be an intense traveller in order to enjoy our Photo Tour. For those with energy to burn, there will be plenty of opportunity, but for those who like a relaxed atmosphere, we’ve spent special attention to finding places where we can work at a slow pace. It’s always a rewarding experience to be in a group and work and think about images and life together. Being together allows us to share ideas, hopes and perplexities. What brings us together is our love of photography and of imagery. We hope you’ll be with us on this wonderful opportunity discovering Marrakech.