THE CAMERA AS POLITICAL APPARATUS: AN UNROMANTIC TAKE ON DOCUMENTARY PRACTICE
This masterclass invites participants to reflect, discuss and challenge their beliefs on what critical documentary photography is and can be. As photographers, how does our point of view and engagement affect how and what we photograph? Is documenting enough in today's world? Are we in danger of succumbing to a certain aesthetic laziness in the way we photograph pain and misery, and is there an alternative?
Documentary photography still has an important role to play in critiquing, exposing and otherwise actively catalysing change in today's world. How we as photographers approach our work can make the difference between visual tourism, a cry of outrage or effective critique.
From planning and developing to promoting and funding a project, the participants will have the opportunity to clarify the next steps for their existing long-term work.
This masterclass is part of Photo Atelier's offering. The organization was founded in 2023 with a basic idea: providing straightforward, high-quality, experience-based photography courses accessible to all, led and designed by esteemed practitioners professionals from the contemporary artistic field of photography.