The programme cycle lasts for one year. During this period, the participants meet 3 times, for two intensive workshop sessions in Kuldīga (Latvia) and a mid-term review in a partner location in Europe. These are combined with regular online feedback sessions with the masters in between. 

PROGRAMME FOR MASTERCLASS 2016/2017:

SESSION 1: TRAINING WORKSHOP

6 days:  23-30 October 2016 in Kuldīga, Latvia
During the introductory session, the focus is on developing the concept and figuring out the best way to tell your chosen story, as well as developing your skills and knowledge. In group presentations and discussions, you will receive feedback on your portfolio and crucial input on your initial project idea. The rest of the week will be based on practical exercises in groups, serving to build up creative and editing skills. The week will be completed with a presentation of the work done during the week in Kuldīga.

SESSION 2: MID-TERM REVIEW

3 days: 21-23 April 2017 in Menfi, Sicily 
In the mid-term session, the participants will present their progress, receive feedback and critique, and discuss the next steps in developing their projects towards the best possible outcome. The session takes place in cooperation with our partners MINIMUM studio in Palermo.

SESSION 3: EDITING WORKSHOP

7 days: 22-29 October 2017 in Kuldīga, Latvia
The final session focuses on shaping the final form of your work - whether it's a photographic series, a book or multimedia. We will also focus on how to get your work out there, and we'll be joined by several invited industry experts - editors, curators, critics - offering individual feedback and consultations on your projects and ways of promoting them. The week will be completed with a public presentation or an exhibition of the final work. 

External experts 2016/2017: 
Emma Bowkett - Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine
Lars Willumeit - curator, writer and educator
Teun van der Heijden - photobook designer and editor

External experts 2015/2016: 
Ann-Christin Bertrand - Curator, C/O Berlin 
Simon Bainbridge - Editorial director, British Journal of Photography
Brad Feuerhelm - Director and managing editor, American Suburb X

2016/2017

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