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About the workshop

Documentary photography is a field in development. Its role and position, the medium, the market and photographers are all changing, and new narrative methods and strategies are emerging. Instead of simply illustrating an event, we are seeing more and more examples of documentary photography that follows its own, autonomous logic to tell a story. Though still rooted in reality, the images are shaped to a large extent by the signature and vision of the photographer.

In the Documentary photography workshop you’ll produce a coherent photograph series over the course of one month, which presents an expressive and personal visualisation of a subject of your choice. You will be supervised by the workshop instructor and photographer Herman Wouters.

The lessons will combine classroom teaching with plenty of time for personal guidance. An important and recurring component of the lessons centres on each participant’s selection and editing of photographs to shape a documentary. To support this process, each lesson will also explore the many dimensions of documentary photography, using photography books and other visual material.

About the teacher

Herman Wouters is a freelance photographer for The New York Times, working mainly on commission for the foreign, arts and travel desks on topics connected with the Netherlands. He also spent many years working as a photojournalist for the daily newspaper Trouw and weekly newspaper HP/De Tijd, and before that for several years as an ad hoc photo editor for de Volkskrant. He is represented by Hollandse Hoogte.

Workshop details

Level: 1, solid basic knowledge of photography

Teacher: Herman Wouters

Teaching method: on location

Length: 1 month

Pace: 4 lessons of 2,5 hours from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: €395,-

Payment method: single payment

Admission: selective, based on submission of a digital photo portfolio

Language: English



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