Participants & final works 2013
Workshop 1: Alternate Worlds: Photography and the Constructed Image
This intensive workshop was an opportunity for the students to explore the relationship between fiction and the photographic, examining how staging images and working with them as objects allowed to create alternate worlds. During the week the students have created images both inside the studio and on location, thinking about the construction of narrative fragments. The workshop also have explored the photograph as material and sculptural object, working on the image with collage and painting, and thinking about how new meanings are generated by juxtaposing images with one another.
Workshop 2: The Vicinity of Narrative: People and Spaces
By Todd Hido
Todd Hido works in rich, syntactical layers that he expertly sequences into simple, powerful narratives about relationships, home, and family that somehow ring true with universal memories. In this workshop the students were invited into his world as he made photographs alongside them. The students have worked with models and local subjects, and spent time shooting places to explore the narrative power that is activated when sequencing a person with a place.
Workshop 3: Storytelling: the Art and Politics of Photojournalism
By Yan Morvan
Images are everywhere – throughout the world, people communicate with photos more than with the words, for the good or the bad of it. In this sea of pictures, images on their own are worth nothing. Experienced photojournalist Yan Morvan invited his students to create a story based on the real facts that they have collected.
Workshop 4: Follow Your Conviction. Working with the Media
Even in these hard times when the printed media has partially lost its position as the "golden client" and chief consumer of photojournalism, it keeps on looking for great photography, untold stories and charismatic photographers willing to provide them. This workshop gave practical knowledge about a variety of the aspects of the photojournalistic industry. During the workshop, the students produced the photo stories in Kuldīga or its surroundings, defining the theme according to their interests and convictions.
Workshop 5: The Photobook: Going Beyond the Form
This workshop was an open dialogue with the students about the concept of a photobook as well as the practical aspects of creating it. A close collaboration between a graphic designer and a photographer is essential for the creation of a good photobook. As an experienced graphic designer, Teun van der Heijden took the role of a storyteller next to the photographer, daring his students to turn their projects into unique publications. The results of the workshop are individual handmade editions.
Agata Pietron (PL) www.agatapietron.com
Alessia Bernardini de Pace (IT) laleeye.blogspot.com
Alexander Bondar (RU) cargocollective.com/avbondar
Anna Laurinavichyute (RU) annlaurin.com
Elena Kholkina (RU) www.offonroad.com
Hirohisa Koike (JP) hirohisakoike.com
Ilze Vanaga (LV)
Jennifer Osborne (CA) www.jenosbornestudio.com
Lorenzo Palmieri (IT) www.lorenzopalmieri.it
Merlin Nadj-Torma (DE) www.throughmyeyes.de
Michela Palermo (IT) www.michelapalermo.com
Vesa Aaltonen (FI) www.aaltonenvesa.com
Workshop 6: A New Approach to Autobiography
Self-portraiture is a tricky and charged subject matter. In this workshop, Elina Brotherus and students discussed various aspects of the autobiography, trying to go beyond the ordinary self-depiction. Individual work alternated with working together in the group and sharing time, images and experiences with each other. The task was to select and illustrate special moments from the students’ recent personal diaries.
This workshop took place in frame of international Contemporary Self-Portraits project, bringing together students from the Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Estonian Academy of Arts, National College of Art and Design in Dublin (Ireland), Bildmuseet of Umeå University (Sweden) and ISSP (Latvia).
Final works video