photowrap.org*

Progressive Documentary
Photography Workshop

About photowrap.org

Photowrap is a brand-new three weeks photography workshop, hosted by internationally renowned documentary photographer Mimi Mollica.

Using the power of new online tools I am offering an online photography course of three weeks in duration which will enhance your abilities as a documentary photographer.

This innovative workshop, which will enroll a maximum of 10 students at a time, is unique, reasonably-priced, and offers a one-to-one learning experience.

This course is for aspiring documentary photographers who would like to improve and to take their skills to a higher level. Over three very packed weeks and through intensive learning and personal tuition I will help you become more confident in your abilities and help you find the best way for you to tell stories using your camera.

Course Highlights:

  • This workshop is assignment-based and is structured to enrich your personal development as a documentary photographer. Relevant written and visual material will be supplied to accompany the course.
  • As participants shoot in response to the assignment, they will be given one-to-one tuitions over the internet and Skype. Progress will be discussed regularly over the course using Flickr as work base and photographers will be continually assessed.
  • For each workshop the photographers will be enjoying the presence of three special guests, experts of the field, who will review your work and answer your questions.
  • Finally, the work produced by the photographers will be published on a dedicated website (photowrap.org) where the participants can upload their stories.
  • As stated, this course will be highly-focussed by having each photographer working around a chosen theme which is pertinent to contemporary topics in modern-day documentary photography.

Things you will learn:

  • How to observe.
  • How to “read” a photograph.
  • What makes a good photograph.
  • How to produce a photographic story that reflects your vision of the world.
  • How to work ethically and be faithful to your vision.
  • How to edit your work and present it to agencies and possible clients.
  • The importance of key photographic concepts like light, exposure and composition.

As stated, this course will be highly-focussed by having each photographer work on a themed assignment which is pertinent to contemporary topics in modern-day documentary photography.

Workshop Structure

Duration: a workshop typically lasts 21 days*, and is split into 3 steps

Step 1 - Assignment build-up (typically day 1 to 5):

The first week will be devoted to find your own way to the theme assigned. You will approach the theme through different references ranging from photographic material to other visual arts, literature or else. You will leave the camera at home and learn to sharpen your observation skills. On Flickr you’ll share what caught your attention and what you would have photographed. Other exercises will involve other technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Through moments of one-to-one tutorials and open brainstorming participants will build, discuss, and structure their chosen subject/story benefiting from collective and individual advices and suggestions. At the end of the first step you will be ready to go shoot your own project.

Step 2 - Shooting (typically day 6 to 15):

During this step you will start shooting and progressively uploading your pictures on a dedicated members-only Flickr group. This will be our working platform. Here you will also post your comments, thoughts and issues that will arise as you shoot. Collective reflections will serve as a constructive and creative critical tool. Personal and tailored support will accompany your work throughout, by using Skype.

Step 3 - Editing and Presentation (typically day 16 to 21):

In this step you will work more selectively at the material produced. You will improve your editing and presentation skills. One-to-one sessions will help you give shape to your photo-essay as a final product.

At the end of the course each project will be uploaded into our website (www.photowrap.org), where the workshop outcome will gain public and world-wide visibility.

Special guest: Each workshop will benefit from the exceptional contribution by expert(s) from the field. Special guests will be taking part of the discussions and will give tips and suggestions on participants work.

*Please note: one-to-one tutorials will be done on Skype. In the unlikely event of any malfunctioning of Flickr or Skype the workshop would be extended or modified accordingly. This guarantees that the course is completed by all participants.

Requirements:

  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Skype account
  • Flickr account

How to enroll / sign up:

Send an email to enroll@photowrap.org
Follow the instructions for payment*

*Price per workshop £500