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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Documentary Workshop.”
One year (April 2024 – March 2025)
/Bi-monthly on Saturdays
the Lab will be conducted in English
400 euro registration + 1000 euro course fee (payable in 3 installments)
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.