Photography as revelation / July 14 – 20, 2014
“Who are you? What do you know to be true? What do you question? What are your obsessions? When I’m confronted with a person’s work, this is what intrigues me. A Photography which is not about photography, or about style, or confined to a category but a photography that transcends all of this. Photography as a revelation of what it means to be alive – for the photographer and the life depicted. “- Michael Ackerman.
The third edition of Saint Petersburg Photo workshop will have one of the most relevant photographers, Michael Ackerman, as a mentor for the seven days course. During this workshop, the students will explore the photographic medium in order to express what is truly important to them and develop their own personal vision.
Using the evocative surroundings of Saint Petersburg the participants will follow Ackerman on their way to striking and personal photography.
The teacher will assist students in identifying a strong subject, transforming their ideas into a visual style, and executing a unique photographic essay all the way through shooting sessions, daily group discussion and editing sessions. Each participant will receive and in-depth critique of their work and will learn, how to keep improving it.
The point is to deeply explore the subject (a person, a street, a neighborhood, an emotion) that you are truly connected to, to dig, to question and to photograph what you love, what you fear, what you’re obsessed with.
What’s more, Saint Petersburg, one of the most suggestive cities, with its significant cultural and historical heritage, is an ideal destination for visual storytelling, in particular during the White Nights period (the season of the midnight sun). Our 7-days full immersion workshop offers an alternative way to explore the city, outside of the classic tourist routes.
The Saint Petersburg Photography Workshop is organized in a simple way: every day the students will meet Michael Ackerman for collective discussions on the on-going projects, starting from an idea, moving on to create a story, to edit and to finally develop a multimedia project. The rest of the time will be dedicated to the execution of the personal essay on the city. Additionally, there will be time for group and face-to-face portfolio reviews.
The second edition of the St Petersburg Workshop with TerraProject was held in July 2013. Click here to view the final multimedia presenting the students projects and to read the workshop diary.
The workshop is open to all nationalities and ages. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly suggested as the class size is small and fills quickly.
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Michael Acherman / BIO
Represented by Gallery VU’. American. Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw.
Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled “End Time City,” breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic – whose usage he renewed – to squares or rectangles.
In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks – and finds – in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book “End Time City” in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998.
In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series “Departure, Poland”.
His last book “Half Life” has been published in 2010 by Robert Delpire and is Michael Ackerman’s third opus. After “End Time City” (1999), a crazy journey through the city of Varanasi, India, and then “Fiction” (2001), where unity of place is shattered into a sequence of images that seem to have been made in haste between New York and Europe, “Half Life” fills in the outlines of a territory that Michael Ackerman has depicted as his life has progressed, in recent years focusing on Poland and Berlin.Portraits and landscapes emerge from pitch darkness and the kind of surreal lighting only Ackerman knows how to achieve. They reveal a mindscape that borrows from reality just enough to feed itself. Michael Ackerman’s approach involves no documentary intentions, apart from demonstrating his own way of looking at the world, made up of feelings of tenderness, love, loneliness and anxiety, but also underscored by doubts and obsessions.
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