Visual Narrative: How to Build a Story with Images – Workshop with Justin Maxon

 

India – With the advent of digital technologies, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of photographers in the world, and all trying to distinguish themselves in a diminishing field. Operating within the pressures of the current media landscape, where immediacy is paramount, is not conducive to sustainable individual success within the medium.  It is imperative that photographers search to find their own approach: aesthetically, conceptually, and socially. To achieve this only comes from long-term investment in one particular space. Where photographers have the creative mobility to explore and develop their own signature.

This workshop will address individual creative direction and give the students an opportunity to have comprehensive dialog about how to structure the direction of a particular project in order to realize its full potential.

 

DETAILS AND APPLICATION

LONG TERM STORY TELLING: How to find your own niche aesthetically and conceptually within a long-term project.

Workshop with Justin Maxon.

EMAHO MAGAZINE invites photography students and young professionals to apply for a 4-day workshop to be held in January, Kolkata from 15-18th January and New Delhi from 21-24nd January,2014.

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The workshop is addressed to students and young professionals who have been working or wanting to work on a particular project  and wish to expand their approach to the project in the search of finding their own creative niche. Projects can be of any nature: personal or social in scope.

The purpose of the workshop is to advice and nurture individuals to find their own distinctive approach in the representation of a particular project. Students will have their work thoroughly broken down and dissected in order to rebuild it into a more compelling and historically relevant body of work. Leaving the workshop students will have a better grasp on the direction they will take in order to carve their own unique path in the world of photographic storytelling.

   Slow down…breathe…only this Life © Justin Maxon

 

Kolkata 

Dates: 15,16,17 18th January,2014

Location – 

Studio Pomegranate
4 C Wood Street
2nd Floor
Calcutta 16
New Delhi

Dates:21,22,23,24th January,2014

Foreign Correspondents Club of South-Asia

AB-19,Mathura Road,

Opp gate no 7

New Delhi – 110001

 

Seats: 12 + 1 (Scholarship Seat has already been offered to deserving candidates)

Minimum Seats required for the workshop – 9

Tuition fee Rs. – 15,000

Application Deadline – 25th December, 2013 (Extended from 15th)

Please Note

•Chosen applicants will be notified by 26thth December,2013.

•Fees and costs must be paid in advance by 28th December,2013

•Chosen participants are expected to bear their own travel and stay costs.

Please note that your final participation is subject to realisation of fees and is non-refundable. 

HOW TO APPLY

Send an email to MANIKKATYAL@EMAHOMAGAZINE.COM with “WORKSHOP APPLICATION:VISUAL NARRATIVE”  written in the subject line of the email and attach the following:

From 20 to 30 low-resolution JPEG photos. Bodies of work / projects are preferred.

(Please note that each photo should be 800 pixels on the longer side saved in a zip folder. Maximum size of the zip folder should not be more than 5 MB).

•A Brief description of your project (not more than 300 words)

•A CV or a short biography

Proof that you need scholarship, if you are applying for the same.

 

Slow down…breathe…only this Life © Justin Maxon

 

 

COURSE STRUCTURE & WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 

Day 1: INTRODUCTIONS

1 HOUR-Presentation of work by Justin Maxon,“When the Spirit Moves”and “Heaven’s Gain.”

Detailing the many directions the body of work has taken in the 6 years of working on it: from still photography experimentation, video, social engagement components, and final presentation to the outside world.

1 HOUR- Presentations of other bodies of work that serve as a reference point.

Self-introduction of the participants.

4 HOURS-Through break-down of individual projects in-group setting, with class critique a significant aspect of the process. Students will have 15-30 each for individual presentation of their work in front of the class.

Wide edits of the project are required for presentation.

 

Day 2: DEFINING THE NARRATIVE AROUDN THE ISSUE BEING EXPLORED

**Students when applying will have to describe the particular project that they are bringing to the workshop.**

1-2 HOURS- Presentation of work that has been done before on the specific topics that the students are exploring.  In order to find photographic individuality, one must know what has been done before so has not to simply regurgitate the same representation.

4-5 HOURS – Group brainstorm session. Students with have 20-30 mins each. Critical analysis of individual projects. Discussion of ideas on where the project is headed both ascetically and structurally. Students will be asked specific question on motivation and future manifestation of the work. Questions such as: Why is the project important to the photographer? What are the social or personal goals of the work? What visual language and are you trying to embody and how is different then what has been done before? How can speak in a more articulate voice given the historical context of the project? What other artistic or social components can be incorporated into the project to elevate it? How can working with organizations enhance the reach and impact of the work? ETC…

HOMEWORK: DUE ON DAY 4. WHEN STUDENTS WILL DO FINAL PRESENTATIONS TO THE GROUP.

1) STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF THE ISSUE THEY ARE EXPLORING. THEY WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH A CREATIVE WAY TO COLLABORATE AND THEY MUST CONTACT THEM VIA TELEPHONE TO PRESENT IDEA.

2) STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COME UP WITH NEW IDEAS OR DIRECTIONS FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS.

 

Day 3: WHAT OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT? COMPETITION AND GRANT RESEARCH. EDITING PROJECTS. **Students must bring their archive to have access to images that are not part of the edit for presentation.**

1-2 HOURS- Discussion of the array of opportunities available. How to look for them? Students will be presented with a take home document/data base of competitions and grants organized by date.

1-2 HOURS- Discussion on how to craft an effect grant proposal. Justin Maxon has received 4 grants in the last few years for the same grant proposal. He will share the format that has worked for me and discuss how the proposal has grown in complexity over the years of applying.

2-3 HOURS- EDITING FOR COMPETIONS. Normally there are three different types of edits that are required for applying to the various opportunities out there.

Discussion and then practical execution of editing. Students will have time to edit their bodies of work for each style of submission. STUDENTS WILL THEN PICK A SMALL NUMBER OF GRANTS OR COMPETITIONS THEY WANT TO APPLY FOR ON DAY 4.

HOMEWORK: STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO CRAFT A PROJECT SUMMARY OR EDIT AN ALREADY WRITEN ONE SPECIFIC TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF A GRANT OR COMPETITION THEY WANT TO APPLY FOR ON DAY 4.

 

Day 4: APPLYING AS A GROUP TO COMPETITION FINAL PRESENTATIONS.

1-2 HOURS- STUDENTS WILL APPLY TO SELCTECTED COMPETITIONS IN GROUP SETTING.

2-4 HOURS- FINAL PRESENTATIONS BY STUDENTS. Students will have to have their homework done and present their new ideas and current or future collaborations to the group. Goals by the end of the workshop have a clear idea of direction for the project; what unique niche will the project embody? What are the social engagement components that will be utilized; what are the new ascetically decisions that will make the body of work special?

Justin Maxon from World Press Photo

ABOUT Justin Maxon

 Justin Maxon (1983) was born in a small town in the woods of northern California. While attending journalism school at San Francisco State, he began exploring projects that held greater social implications. His desire now is to reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence.

He has received numerous awards for his photography, from competitions like World Press Photo, UNICEF Images of the Year, and POYi. He won the Deeper Perspective Photographer ofthe Year at the 2008 Lucie Awards; the same year he was named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. He was selected to participate in World Press Photo’s 2010 Joop SwartMasterclass. He received the 2011 Cliff Edom “New America Award” from NPPA. He was

Also selected as one of Magenta’s 2012 Flash Forward Emerging Photographers. In addition, he has received grants from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, FotoVisura, the AlexiaFoundation for World Peace, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation,He has worked on feature stories for publications such as TIME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek,Mother Jones Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fader Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.

He has lectured at the New York Photo Festival, the opening of the 2009 World Press Photo exhibition in Los Angeles, the Photoville Festival, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Bermuda National Gallery, the Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the New York Film Academy. He also recently spent two weeks lecturing and giving workshops in South Africa with a US State Department sponsored program, where he gave a dozen or more addresses to Universities and High Schools throughout the country.

His work has been exhibited at the Musuem de Arte Acarigua-Araure in Venezeula, Second FloorGallery in London, 25CPW Gallery in New York, the Bermuda National Gallery, the Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Photoville Festival in New York, the Project Room in Chicago, the Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, the Singapore International Photography Festival, the LOOK3 Festival in Charlottesville, the Chobi Mela Festival in Bangladesh, the Lodz Fotofestiwal in Poland, the New York Photo Festival in Dumbo, and the Fotopub Festival in Slovenia. His work has been screened at the LookBetween Festival in Charlottesville, the Ankor Photo festival in Cambodia, and the Photography Days in Istanbul.

Slow down…breathe…only this Life © Justin Maxon

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