This workshop is a unique experience delivered by MAPS, a creative laboratory combining the assets of a photo agency and the strengths of a collective. To know more about MAPS, please visit their website: www.mapsimages.com
During three days, three photographers and three creatives will join forces to lead an exclusive workshop in Brussels for the third edition of the Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF). The trainers will form pairs (one photographer and one creative) to guide their students in different subjects related to photography and beyond. Each pair of trainers will work each day with a different group of students, so all students get a chance to meet and discover new subjects every day of the workshop.
The pairs of trainers and their specific subjects are listed below.
Improve editing and presentation skills for your photographic projects
Gaël Turine & Chiquinquira Garcia (Wednesday, October 3)
The workshop seeks to improve the editing and presentation skills of the students who are working on photographic projects. The program aims to improve the editing and sequencing skills and additionally seeks to help the participants to reflect on the importance of a coherent dialogue between the content of their stories and the formal choices to be made to present them. Students will gain a better control on the way their stories are shown and ultimately improve the impact and visibility of their work.
In the morning, the workshop trainers will take the students’ work as a starting point to discuss the different aspects that help reinforce and support the photographic language and its intention. Together they will work on the editing and sequencing of the series. The visual language and storytelling elements will be discussed. In the afternoon, the focus will shift to different ways of presenting the work. Practical exercises will be done to work on concepts such as composition, rhythm and balance.
Presenting your photographic stories to magazines
Dominic Nahr & Barbara Stauss (Thursday, October 4)
The workshop focuses on how to present a story to a magazine and what considerations the picture editor makes when publishing it. In the morning Dominic presents the work from South Sudan that was used in Reporter without Borders that Barbara edited. From a day’s work to the selection, captioning and filing the large selection to the editor. Barbara will take over the work and show how she works once receiving the images. This includes being mindful of the text, layout and picture selection.
In the afternoon, students present their story and present it so it can be used for a magazine. Barbara and Dominic will comment on their project pitch and images and give advice.
Introduction in publishing your photo book
Cédric Gerbehaye & Fabienne Pavia (Friday, October 5)
This workshop aims to introduce participants into the craft of publishing a photo book. The book has become a must in contemporary photography, which no doubt explains the growing number of photobooks published or self-published. The book makes it possible to create a narrative which constitutes a real reading proposal of a photographic series or a long term work. However to make a selection among images and to organize them in a coherent narrative is not so simple: it is necessary to know how to separate from photographs to which one is attached but which will not find their place in a book, to master at the same time the content and the form, to become familiar with the chain of the book and its actors. This workshop will touch upon these different aspects.
In the morning, the program will make the participants aware of the basic principles of publishing a photo book, (format, graphic design and layout, link between text and image, production vocabulary and printing) and to consider its feasibility (budget, search for financing, self-publishing or publishing via a publisher) as well as its distribution.
In the afternoon, editing exercises will be done in order to help participants select images for a book publication and find an appropriate design.
From Wednesday, October 3, 2018 until Friday, October 5, 2017
Brussels city. The location will be provided to participants once they register.
Limited to 16
Overview & Considerations
The workshop starts every day at 10 in the morning (10:00) and finishes at around 6 in the afternoon (18:00). There will be coffee breaks and a lunch break each day.
This is an intensive workshop and every day will be different. This workshop is more about learning in the classroom and not about going out to take pictures. For a full experience, students are advised to bring a portfolio of their pictures to the workshop (between 10 to 25 images).
Please consider all this before applying to the workshop.
- – A laptop with software to edit/tone your images.
- – A notebook to take down notes during the workshop (optional).
- – A portfolio of your pictures (10 to 25 images).
- – Lots of energy and will to learn!
This workshop will be conducted in English
Early bird only at 350 EUR (Until July 18th).
After July 18th: 400 EUR.
Travel & Accommodation
Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation. Check our Visit Brussels page for more information about the city. Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. The BSPF can provide letters of support where necessary.
Conditions & Cancellations
Payments are not refundable. For special cases please contact us.
Participants need to enroll in order to confirm their spot. First come first serve basis. Pay below to secure your spot on time.
The BSPF is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.
The BSPF reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be given at least 10 days advance notice.