Review: Berlin Night, Berlin Light: Exploring the Personal in Photography

Written on September 30, 2019, posted in Review

©Jiraporn Kuhakan

September 2-7, 2019
Berlin, Germany
Instructors: Linda Bournane Engelberth & Danny Wilcox Frazier

This five-day VII Photo Agency work­shop, led by Danny Wilcox Frazier and Linda Bournane Engelberth, was set in the his­toric metrop­o­lis of Berlin, a dra­mat­ic set­ting for stu­dents to explore the emo­tion­al land­scape of this sto­ried city. The work­shop taught par­tic­i­pants a new approach to their work, one root­ed in per­son­al con­nec­tion and emo­tion­al con­tent.

This was an intense, immer­sive shoot­ing work­shop that pushed stu­dents fur­ther than they hoped they could go in their pho­tog­ra­phy work. In just five days, they pro­duced in-depth pho­to­graph­ic essays. The focus of the pro­gram was to help each stu­dent find a unique per­son­al voice in their work and return home with a new way of see­ing their images and the world of pho­tog­ra­phy.

 

The pro­gram was hands-on; Danny and Linda guid­ed stu­dents through the rig­or­ous steps of research, choos­ing their visu­al approach, build­ing rela­tion­ships, nav­i­gat­ing eth­i­cal issues, edit­ing and pre­sent­ing their work. They also dis­cussed how to build inno­v­a­tive dis­tri­b­u­tion plat­forms for the work, har­ness the pow­er of social media, and suc­cess­ful­ly dis­sem­i­nate projects in this com­plex time of change in the pho­tog­ra­phy land­scape. Two stu­dents received schol­ar­ships from the VII Academy to par­tic­i­pate in the work­shop. A selec­tion of their images can be viewed below.

With Your Beautiful Eyes, You Will See So Many Things

Joe Aguirre writes: My series enti­tled, “With Your Beautiful Eyes, You Will See So Many Things,” is an explo­ration of Berlin, the peo­ple I met, and myself. Using visu­al lan­guage I start­ed off with the inten­tion of show­ing who, where and what, but instead I start­ed being asked why? 

Why and who am I? Who was I look­ing for and what am I chas­ing and why?

It’s easy to hide behind the lens, easy until more of me starts appear­ing in front, both phys­i­cal­ly and emo­tion­al­ly. The end of my time in Berlin doesn’t seem like an end to this series, but the begin­ning of answer­ing the ques­tion, “Who am I look­ing for?”

I don’t have the answers right now but I intend to find them. 

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German Nudity

Jiraporn Kuhakan explored her own curios­i­ty of how Germans per­ceive nudi­ty in unique way.

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