- 1. TWO EXPERIENCED TEACHERS
TerraProject is a renowned documentary collective from Florence, founded in 2006 by four professional photographers. Coming from different educational backgrounds, the photographers complete each other in various aspects of their professional activity, from project managing to distribution.
The collective members regularly work for national and international magazines and have been awarded prestigious international prizes such as the World Press Photo (2012 and 2010) and the Canon Prize (2010). Furthermore they have a long-time experience in teaching photography in Istituto Marangoni, Florence University of the Arts, The Liberal Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, Accademia Europea di Firenze, Studio Art Centers International Florence, Rome Center of photography – Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams, along with numerous workshops in Italy and abroad.
TerraProject, being a collective of photographers who constantly discuss their work in group, will held the workshop in TWO in order to guarantee the necessary attention to each participant and valorize their work. We think it is important is to ensure every student has all the help and support they need. For some there is much learning to do, for others fine tuning existing skills and developing their own style.
- 2. INDIVIDUAL TEACHING APPROACH
Over the course of the first workshop edition in Saint Petersburg in 2012 eight different stories were produced under the supportive guidance of TerraProject, emphasizing the individual vision of each student: from documentary photography to conceptual project, from photojournalism to landscape, from intimist work to anthropological research.
The final multimedia, produced during the workshop, has been presented on a particular occasion in a prestigious creative space named Taiga, gaining the audience’s interest and enthusiasm.
- 3. HASSELBLAD BRAND – GUARANTEES HIGH QUALITY
Hasselblad, a manufacturer of the excellent photographic equipment and one of the most acclaimed brands of the history of photography, supports our workshop for the second time after the success of 2012 edition in Saint Petersburg. Hasselblad offers our students medium format digital cameras for extra exercises (held by TP photographers) in Portrait and Street shooting during the workshop.
Hasselblad lives up to the Brand Promise: “To Help Photographers Achieve Their Photographic Potential.”
The September issue of “Phocus on Hasselblad” magazine presented our workshop promoting the participants photography projects.
- 4. SAINT PETERSBURG – AN EXCELLENT LOCATION AT THE BEST TIME
Acclaimed as a one of the most beautiful cities and a cultural heritage, Saint Petersburg is well-known for the rich and exciting history, full of dramatic events and major historical figures: from the Tsar Empire to the Soviet Revolution to the modern-day Russia in full economic growth. The best travel destination for visual storytelling, indeed!
Nowadays the city of Saint Petersburg is, in the first place, a cultural capital with a great artistic ferment, where the contemporary art is being exhibited in a large scale. The city, proud of its numerous creative spaces, laboratories, lofts, ex-factories and industrial complexes, converted into cultural centers open to public, is often compared to New York in the 1960s and 70s during the art boom. New generation of artists coming up from the streets and the underground movements is making its way to the Russian and International contemporary scene.
Furthermore, the White Nights period (with the midnight sun) will allow you to keep taking pictures all night long!
- 5. LOCAL GUIDE
We believe, developing a personal photography project in a foreign city is a very inspiring experience, yet a big challenge. That’s why we always collaborate with the local photography associations during our workshops in Russia. In Moscow we work with one of the best photography schools – the Rodchenko School. In Saint Petersburg the foundation FotoDepartament is our partner. FotoDepartament is the most important non-profit photography platform in the city. Promoting foreign photography practices in Russia as well as promoting Russian photography locally and abroad, FotoDepartament combines the activities of several different initiatives. The Foundation organizes exhibitions, educational, curatorial and other large-scale projects on contemporary photography. The FotoDepartament will host our workshop in their gallery in the city center, offering us an opportunity to meet Russian photographers and curators, exchange opinions and why not, make plans for future projects.
Moreover, the workshop coordinator Yulia Tikhomirova, native of Saint Petersburg, will assist participants in identifying a strong subject for the week-long course, looking for the necessary contacts and translating from Russian. We think a local guide is vital to avoid the classic tourist routes and produce a successful photography project.
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