YarT Photography and  Hasselblad  present Saint Petersburg Photo Workshop Summer 2013

Second edition – 13-20 July 2013

Saint Petersburg, a major European cultural center, with its significant historical heritage, is an ideal destination for visual storytelling, in particular during the White Nights period (the season of the midnight sun). One week full immersion workshop offers an alternative way to explore the city, outside of the classic tourist routes.

Over the course of this workshop, students will learn from TerraProject Photographers (a documentary collective from Florence) the way to tell a story that advances their personal vision and builds their professional identities.


The photographers will assist students in identifying a strong subject, transforming their ideas into a visual style, and executing a strong photographic essay. Practical tips on how to build a portfolio and present yourself to agencies and editors will also be emphasized. During the workshop, students will meet with professional Russian photographers to exchange ideas, discuss current work and make plans for future collaborations.

The Saint Petersburg Photography Workshop is organized in a simple way: every day the students will meet TerraProject (3-4 hours) for collective discussions on the on-going projects of each participant, starting from an idea, moving on to create a story, edit and 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 face-to-face portfolio reviews.

The workshop partner Hasselblad will offer students medium format digital cameras for extra exercises (held by TP photographers) in Portrait and Street shooting during the workshop.

The first edition of the St Petersburg Workshop with TerraProject was held in July 2012. Click here to view the final multimedia presenting the students projects and to read the workshop diary.

TerraProject Photographers

TerraProject Photographers is an Italian collective of documentary photographers founded in Florence in 2006. TerraProject currently has four members: Michele Borzoni, Simone Donati, Pietro Paolini and Rocco Rorandelli. Coming from diverse educational backgrounds, the photographers of the collective complement each other in the various aspects of their photographic work, from project managing to distribution. In addition to being a promotional tool for its members and their individual works, TerraProject Photographers is also a platform for collective engagement and growth. The experimentation of novel narrative structures within documentary photography is one of the main concerns of the collective, and this is achieved with collective projects and multimedia productions. The members of the collective also work independently on assignments and personal research. Collective projects are produced by the members with constant group discussions, right from the conception of the idea to the definition of the topic to the final editing of the work. The stylistic and journalistic approaches are defined a priori, leaving to each photographer the individual freedom to interpret the story, without forgetting the need for a stylistic unity and a common passe-partout. The objective is to build a strong, unified body of work where the views of the individual are an instrument to realize the work of the collective. Photo reportages of TerraProject Photographers have been published on the pages of numerous mainstream national and international magazines, including Newsweek, Der Spiegel, GEO, D di Repubblica, Io Donna, Vanity Fair, Magazine del Corriere della Sera, Financial Times Magazine, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Le Monde Magazine, Paris Match, TIME and many more. The collective members have exhibited their works in New York, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo and many venues in Italy, and have also been guests of numerous national and international festivals. The photographers of TerraProject have received prestigious international awards such as the World Press Photo (2012 and 2010) and the Canon Prize (2010).
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