26th and 27th January 2019, Treviso, Italy
15th and 16th June 2019, Ancona Photo Festival, Italy
for informations, please write on: monikabulaj(at)gmail.com
Many people ask me for who is the workshop recommended and if particular requirements are needed. From the beginning I decided to open my courses to everyone. Thus at the same workshop for example can participate a professional photojournalist, a 9-year-old girl, people who bought the first camera a few months before, amateur fans who have always photographed.
I do not know any method other than to question ourselves every day, putting at the center of the vision the pure, almost childlike, deeply intuitive attention to reality. Photography is for me a matter of commitment, of practice (the téchne of the Greeks, therefore, “art” but also “know how”), meditation, sensitivity, knowledge, patience. We will start from the cardinal points of the image: Time and Space, in a philosophical, visual and technical sense. We will talk about how to cut out, frame, select the real, i.e. the subjectivity of our gaze.
The point of reference of the shared work will be the analysis of the photographs of your portfolio, of the masters and of my personal work. Your personal projects will be the center of attention, to study together their dramaturgy, composition, rhythm, sequences, counterpoints and graphic. Trying to find out a narrative score, we will analyze the links between photo reportage and cinema, poetry, theater and literary writing. We will talk about the truth and the mystery in photography, which can only be illuminated by yourself. You will be strongly encouraged to investigate your perceptions and your sensitivity, to look for possible developments within it. We will dig into the images, finding sometimes a thread, a fil rouge, a personal nerve. I will try to bring out from each one something, perhaps unexpected, of his/her own and give space to it, with indications how to follow and develop personal sensibilities.
It is a very intuitive process. I do not create or follow pre-established rules, because every work in progress has its own. It could be called a maieutic method.
We will reflect on the possibility of seeing reality without transforming it, without influencing it and without lying. Therefore, as a consequence, we will also talk about ethics in reportage, honesty and moral issues of post-production. But also the evolution of the reportage in the history of the image, of the journalistic and documentary investigation, of its nuances, transformations and languages. We will reflect on how the technical and intellectual choices may transform languages and the way of telling the stories of life.