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The Documentary Photography and Storytelling series of online workshops gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of documentary photography and visual storytelling. The course is useful both for those who already own a camera as well as for beginners who have never held a camera in their hands and only have a mobile phone.

The course explores different types of documentary photography, photography techniques and methodology, how to develop the photographic eye and mindset, creating and conceptualising visual storytelling, promotion and much more.

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The advantage of an online course:
Studying remotely gives you an individual approach, with the opportunity to communicate with other course participants, and an opportunity to communicate with the facilitator at your convenience. The course includes homework and a final project which you can then add to your portfolio and offer for publication.

Beginning of workshop: 15 February 2021
Workshop duration: 4 weeks
Places available: 15
Workshop price: Free

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3 hours – Meet the participants, introduction to documentary photography, representatives of the documentary photography genre over the last 80 years, types of documentary projects. Homework.

2 hours – Photography technique and methodology, photo composition. 

2 hours – Discussion about identity and belonging in society, reviewing homework. Brainstorming – how to find a topic for a story. Homework

2 hours – Analysis of the photo, photo story and story planning, reviewing homework. Extra time for story development and planning.

Start independent story development.

2 hours – Extra time for story development and planning. How to edit photos. The order and sequence of photos in a story.

Review story progress.

2 hours – How to write text and photo story captions.

2 hours – Completion of projects. Presentation of projects online – social media and portfolio.

2 hours – Questions, answers, feedback.

1 hour – If necessary to complete the project, decide what to do next.

You will learn:

– different types of documentary photography projects;
– photography techniques and editing and sequencing;
– find and choose topics for visual research/stories;
– understand how you can create and develop photographic stories;
– different ways of promoting your work;
– write strong accompanying texts for photographic stories.

The workshop series will be useful for women who:

– wants to learn about documentary photography;
– wants to acquire knowledge that can be used to further publicise social issues in your region;
– work in media, NGO or as an educator with women and girls.

Facilitator

Jekaterina Saveljeva was born in Narva, Estonia. Jekaterina started her career in Ireland, working with local newspapers. In 2012 she started working as a freelance photographer for the New York Times. Her work has been published in the Irish Times, FairPlanet, Metro Eireann, Folk er Folk (Norway), Vision Magazine (China), Photojournale and has also been used by AP and Reuters. She has worked as an editor at Reuters and as a studio photographer at Freepik and Studio Tomas Saraceno. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been recognised in several international contests. Jekaterina graduated from Dublin City University in 2014 with a degree in Media Production Management and a diploma in print journalism.

Jekaterina is the founder of femLENS, a non-profit association specialising in documentary photography workshops for women. In 2016 she spoke at TEDxLasnamäe in Estonia with the topic “Invisible women in documentary photography” at TEDxLasnamäe in Estonia. In 2018, for International Women’s Day, femLENS launched their first documentary photography magazine, We See.

Jekaterina works on documentary projects using internet platforms, print books and multimedia.

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