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The Lab

“The Lab emerges from the need for an unconventional approach to training emerging authors working with the medium of photography. Authors will develop their projects with a strong emphasis on research, language, and modern forms of storytelling.” 

Lab 2023-2024

LAB FOR  CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY – (English Speakers)
// registrations open

This workshop aims to develop and finalize photographic projects in their early stages or planning phases. Participants will be guided by photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni to personalize their visual vocabulary and build solid planning and practical skills.

In addition to project finalization, the workshop’s output includes creating a dynamic layout for various purposes, such as book creation, participation in photography competitions/grants and festivals, and submission to different press outlets.

The most outstanding project will be selected to be published, designed by Caimi & Piccinni, edited and produced by Yogurt Editions, and launched at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2025.

All workshop participants will have the opportunity to transform the final digital layout into a dummy-book.

Photographers/authors will receive support in all stages of work realization, including:

-Analysis and definition of the work’s foundational idea
-Comparison with other authors, influences/suggestions
-Identification of photographic and extra-photographic elements for storytelling
-Research and analysis of opportunities and feasibility
-Planning and methodology of fieldwork
-In-itinere control of material and editing as a creative tool
-Final editing and creation of dynamic layout
-Analysis of project outreach opportunities

Participants will be selected through portfolio review and interviews.
Applications can be sent to info@yogurtmagazine.com with the subject line “Documentary Workshop.”

DURATION
One year (April 2024 – March 2025)
18 meetings
/Bi-monthly on Saturdays

PARTICIPANTS
12

LOCATION
Online (Zoom)

LANGUAGE
the Lab will be conducted in English

COST
400 euro registration + 1000 euro course fee (payable in 3 installments)

INFO
info@yogurtmagazine.com

TUTORS
JEAN-MARC CAIMI & VALENTINA PICCINNI
Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni collaborate since 2013 for documentary and personal photography projects. They focus on contemporary subjects, paying particular attention to the human aspects of each story. Their work is regularly featured in the press and media worldwide, and their projects have been exhibited and awarded at several international festivals. 

They have published six books, the most recent being ‘Fastidiosa’ (for Overlapse) and ‘En Présence De L’Absence’ (for Éditions Bessard). Previously, they published the trilogy on cities in transition, which includes “Güle Güle” (for André Frère Èditions) on Istanbul, “Forcella” (for Witty Books) on Naples, and “RHOME” (Mas Matba/Fuam), which was shortlisted for PHotoespana Best Photobook of the Year 2019. “Güle Güle” received a special mention at the Kassel Dummy Book Award 2019, was a finalist at the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award in Arles, and was shortlisted for the Arles Author Book Award 2020 and the Prix Nadar 2020.

They provide intensive mentoring both in photography schools and by following photographers individually, working together to develop the idea and realisation of a photographic project through to the design of the dummy book. Several of the curated projects have been finalists in prestigious awards such as the Kassel Dummy Book Award, the Fiebre Dummy Book Award and PHotoespana.

LABORATORIO CURATORIALE PER AUTORI EMERGENTI – (Italian Speakers)
//posti esauriti

Il laboratorio, alla sua quinta edizione, è un percorso curatoriale dedicato ad artisti/e visuali che operano con il medium della fotografia.
Nel laboratorio gli autori e le autrici svilupperanno un loro progetto, strettamente seguiti dal curatore di Yogurt, così da creare un linguaggio personale che si prefigga di avere una valenza contemporanea.

Si andrà dall’ideazione della tematica alla creazione di una solida idea progettuale.
Sono previsti incontri dedicati all’editing del progetto e alla visione di case history di riferimento, per arrivare alla costruzione di una narrazione stratificata e profonda che sviluppi appieno le potenzialità di ogni autore.
Durante il Lab i partecipanti saranno anche affiancati da un tutor grafico, che aiuterà a portare avanti l’impaginazione del lavoro, per arrivare alla creazione di un dummy digitale.

Il Lab è aperto solo a progetti in fase germinale o che verranno pensati appositamente per il laboratorio.

Al termine, il progetto di un autore o autrice verrà scelto per diventare un libro, disegnato ed edito da Yogurt Editions.

I partecipanti verranno selezionati per portfolio e colloquio.

Le candidature si possono inviare a info@yogurtmagazine.com

DATE
da Novembre 2023 a Settembre 2024
16 incontri
/un sabato ogni 2 settimane 

LUOGO
Paper Room – Via degli Aurunci 19, Roma
/ il laboratorio prevede la possibilità di frequenza online

PREZZO
400 euro quota iscrizione + 1000 euro quota corso (pagabili in 3 rate)

Early bird: chi si iscrive entro il 15 luglio 2023 avrà il 15%  di sconto sulla quota corso.

INFO
info@yogurtmagazine.com

DOCENTE
FRANCESCO ROMBALDI (Reggio Emilia, 1981)
Editor-in-Chief e Curatore di Yogurt.
Cura inoltre le produzioni della casa editrice di Yogurt ed è Art Director della Yogurt Creative Agency: agenzia creativa che si occupa di design editoriale e comunicazione.

Dal 2021 è Direttore Artistico di Charta: a photo-book festival. Il festival di Roma dedicato al libro fotografico e alla fotografia contemporanea.

Books by The Lab