Workshop with Jérôme Sessini: finding the right balance between being a journalist and an author.
Riva Tre Novembre / Angolo Via Mazzini - Trieste
Saturday 28 October 2023
10.00 - 16.00
Long-term photography projects: finding the right balance between being a journalist and an author.
“I don’t like rigid categories. Sometime there is art in journalism and journalism in art. Conscience, heart, beauty, balance and loss of balance are essentials for me.”
Jérôme Sessini, special guest at Trieste Photo Days 2023 festival, will offer a not to be missed workshop for 12 participants.
Appointment on Saturday, 28th October 2023, at Trieste Photo Days for a unique experience with one of the world’s most prolific and respected names working in the sensitive field of conflict zones, who prefers to define himself as a “storyteller” instead of a “war photographer”.
The workshop aims to reflect about how to find your place and maintain the appropriate distance with the subject.
Storytelling Approach, Ethical considerations, Objectivity vs Subjectivity will be the topics discussed during a collaborative workshop that combines theoretical and practical approach to photography.
The workshop will consist in:
– presentation and review of the students works, analysis and personalized constructive criticism of each portfolio.
– presentation of Jérôme SESSINI projects (Ukraine or Mexico ongoing project TBC), practical explanations and discussion.
Saturday 28th October 2023 – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location to be announced.
» Participation and equipment
Participation is reserved to Exhibit Around APS members (registration by filling out the workshop registration form).
The workshop is open to everyone. However, participation is suggested to those who have a medium knowledge of photography (no beginners).
To do. Each student must bring his portfolio as a PDF, edited in a sequence, in a good resolution for screening, in a USB pen drive, and a text describing conceptually the project, the stage of your creative process and the way you would shape it.
» Enrollment fee
Special promo Trieste Photo Days 2023
400€ 250€ + membership card Exhibit Around 2023 (20€)
Watch out! Limited number of participants: if you are interested, enroll immediately!
- PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.paypal.me/ExhibitAroundAPS (+10 €)
- Bank transfer to Exhibit Around APS – IBAN: IT34P0306909606100000186758 – BIC/SWIFT: BCITITMM (Banca Intesa – Milano, Piazza Ferrari, 10 contrassegno filiale: 55000). Reason of payment: “Your Name + Workshop Sessini”)
- Cash on premise of Exhibit Around APS headquarters: via San Francesco 6, Trieste, Italy (appointment requested by calling the following number: +39 040 372 0617)
» Teacher: Jérôme Sessini
Magnum Photographer Jérôme Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes and the daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Mark Cohen, in mind).
In 1998, although nothing predicted he would turn to journalism, Sessini arrives in Paris. Gamma photo agency gives him the opportunity to cover the ongoing conflict in Kosovo.
Sessini has since then covered most of the international current events: Palestine, Iraq (from 2003 to 2008), Aristide’s fall in Haiti (2004), the conquest of Mogadishu by the Islamic militias and the war in Lebanon (2006).
Sessini’s work is immediately internationally acknowledged. It is published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.
His photography also leads to single exhibitions at the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture.
In 2008, Jérôme Sessini started the Mexican project “So far from God, too close from the US” a dive into the drug cartels’ war in Mexico. This still-ongoing project has already been awarded twice with the F-Award and a Getty Grant.
From this direct confrontation with violence, Sessini has recognized a state of things which is at the heart of his work, “Ordinary fellows are always those losing, either it being in Iraq, Mexico or France”.
Evolving within an uncertain balance of cynical realism and upset, Sessini is very careful with the “rightness” of his photographic work. He rejects idealism and otherworldliness, which do not take into account some pieces of reality.
Read more about Jérôme Sessini:
– Magnum’s Jérôme Sessini on finding your photographic voice, interview by Rachel Segal Hamilton