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World Press Photo workshop day
Raphael Dias e Silva

Raphael Dias e Silva an Exhibitions Manager and Curator at World Press Photo, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Originally from Brazil, he has a background in International Security with a focus on conflict resolution and local-based approaches to peacebuilding. At World Press Photo, he manages a portfolio of 25 global cities organizing annual and thematic exhibitions for a wide array of audiences.

Photojournalism: past, present and future
Presentation lecture by Raphael Dias e Silva - World Press Photo Press freedom
Panel discussion
Panel Guests:
Zeina Daccach Ethics in visual journalism
a. Ethics and manipulation
b. Ethics and consent
Presentation lecture by Raphael Dias e Silva - World Press Photo
Representation in visual journalism
a. Gender
b. Regionality

Panel discussion
Panel Guests:
Laura Boushnak
Rana Al Huseini

Friday 2/9
10:00am - 4:00pm

Torwa wa Tarwa
Omnia Sabry

We are pleased to invite you to join the experimental-research group //Torwa wa Tarwi//, a working group that will host a series of four sessions that study the chlorophyll printing process with plants. The working group is run in collaboration with the Amman Image Festival, the MMAG Foundation, and is facilitated by Omnia Sabry.
Emerging from an avid curiosity for alternative image-making processes and a gratitude for the gifts of fostered creatures of the earth, the working group seeks to develop possibly more eco-friendly processes to factory-dominant image-making practice. Together the group will unfold a working methodology that looks at the structure of light-sensitive surfaces, film, and plants to experiment with the possibilities of image making.
The working group will take as its starting point a series of questions that are part of Omnia’s ongoing research and body of work:

  • How can we actively consider plants as film surfaces, living archives that document and remember events?
  • How do plants “gaze” back, and how do they sense their surroundings? Could plants speak of the knowledge they’re carrying?
  • How are erased histories and archives traced in relation to policies of uprooting plants?
  • What are the mechanisms of learning and memory that plants have? Can this knowledge be translated to another language —perhaps visual–as images?
The four sessions will consist of investigations on the skin of plants as film surfaces and experiments with image making through the chemistry within each leaf, using the chlorophyll involved in the photosynthesis process. We will examine the influences of the different conditions in the exposure process and how this will reflect on the resulting imagery. As well as notice individual differences between resulting images, either captured through the eyes of different trees or different leaves within one plant with different living conditions. The working group aims to create a space of ongoing knowledge production. Previous experience in photography or art is not necessary; all nature and plant lovers, researchers, thinkers, and workers in different disciplines, in addition to professional and amateur image-makers are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The working group is limited to ten participants. If you would like to apply, please fill out the following form by 28 August 2022 and results will be announced on the 30th. Research material and working plan will be shared with the accepted participants.

Omnia Sabry is interested in exploring language, addressing surfaces as archival bodies, sites of memory, learning, time and the everyday. Focusing on the relations of light-sensitive surfaces: their ability to sensitize, desensitize, erase memory, give agency to, or take agency from other surfaces, beyond human influences in the processes of documentation or witnessing. Omnia’s ongoing investigation examines plants’ materiality in conjunction with their cognitive behavior, growth mechanisms, social histories and interrelationships. Engaging with plants as active witnesses and collaborators of histories.

Friday, Saturday 2 - 3 September 2022
11am - 5pm
Wednesday, Thursday 7 - 8 September 2022
6 pm - 9 pm
Deadline for applications is 28 August 2022

Hidden Oases
Amélie Losier

As one of the greatest master photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson used to say: « To photograph is to put the head, the eye and the heart on the same line of sight. A photograph is for me the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second, on the one hand of the meaning of a fact, and, on the other, of a rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express this fact. »

What makes an image to being Street Photography? Is it the light? Is it the silence, the noice? Is it the space or place where the image was taken? Is it that one moment captured from the flow of everyday life? The composition? And what should a Street Photography series look like? In this 4-day-workshop, we will reflect on what makes an image a Street Photography picture and several pictures to be a series, and you will produce a series yourself. Participants will develop an eye for the individual, hold on to it and capture that certain "something" in the moment. The workshop is aimed at those who are already familiar with their camera and who wish to photograph their fellow human beings and city. A personal approach to your topic will be necessary in order to create an individual photographic work.

For the the work to be produced during the workshop, the suggested topic will be "Hidden Oases". An Oasis is in the direct meaning a place of beauty and peace. In the figurative meaning, an oasis is a place that feels good to be at, which gives strength and is an enrichment for someone. It is a very subjective feeling. Is such a place hidden because no one or only few people know it or have access to it? Or is it "hidden" in the sense of not easy to see for others, because it is a personal, an emotional place? Emotions are not always to see... How can photography show this? Who can participate? Young photographers from Jordan or elsewhere with a big heart and a curious eye! You have knowledge in photography and own a camera. Participants will produce a series of 5-10 images, with a selection of prints to be published in an exhibition format. On the 1st day, participants are asked to introduce themselves and bring in paper-form a street photography-series (5-10 pictures) they have already produced OR a street photography-series (5-10 pictures) of a photographer they like.

Amélie Losier was born in Versailles, France. She lives and works as a free-lanced photographer in Berlin. She studied German literature and civilization in Paris and Berlin and documentary photography with Arno Fischer in Berlin. Her photographic work focusses on portrait, street photography and photo-film, and her main thematic concerns are gender issues and stories about individuals and their lives. Her photographic projects received several grants (Academy of Arts Berlin through her mentor Barbara Klemm, VG Bild-Kunst, “Grenzgänger”) and have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France and other countries. Her book publications include “Wenn die Nacht schläft" (Lehmstedt), "Just like a Woman, New York City" (Nimbus), and "SAYEDA, Women in Egypt" (Nimbus). Losier has worked for cultural institutions and for newspapers and magazines such as Die Tageszeitung, Le Monde, Témoignage Chrétien, Die Zeit, Marie-Claire. Amélie Losier . Photographie . www.amelielosier.com . instagram.com/amelie_losier


Introduction, topic discussion, first pictures taking

Taking pictures, each on their own

Discussion about the first pictures, Taking pictures
Edit. Discussion about the presentation, final pictures taking

Preparation of presentation. exhibition opening

3-7 September

To participate in the workshop, please send a short letter of motivation and a portofolio by 1.September to email darataltasweer@gmail.com

Emotion and Self-Discovery through Photography
Tariq Dajani

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye” - from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Gain new inspiration and insight, as well as practical methods to further your personal artistic development through photography. Tariq recognises the need for quality and technical excellence, but above all he strives for emotional content to enrich his art work with depth and meaning. We will explore ideas and practices to help us connect with our authentic, inner voice. By examining different artistic approaches, and re-examining our own, we'll learn how to be more effective in transmitting feeling and emotion through our work. This series focuses on photography, however the methods and ideas we will be exploring can be translated to any form of expressive art - visual, performing, or written.

What to expect
  • Case studies of well-known photographers in photojournalism, reportage and art
  • Mindfulness ideas to focus on the "here and now”
  • Identifying the emotion and message
  • Pre-visualisation techniques
  • Considerations for the final photographic image
  • Developing a sense of self and artistic growth
  • Choosing photographic equipment
  • Feedback and discussions
  • Photographic assignment
  • Presentation of work (1-3 final images/prints)

Tariq Dajani, Born to a Palestinian father and English mother, Dajani learned his craft over a period of 25 years working as a photographer-printmaker in Europe and the Middle East. Recurring themes in his work relate to identity, belonging, and his Arab heritage. He continues to work on art projects and teaches photography and printmaking in his ancient farmhouse studio in Spain, combining his creative interests with a healthy lifestyle connecting to nature, working on his organic farm, and being with his partner and their family of Saluki dogs and Arabian horses.

4 and 9 September

To participate in the workshop, please send a short letter of motivation and a portofolio by 1.September to email darataltasweer@gmail.com

People of Amman
Heinrich Völkels

A portrait is a representation of a person, in which the face and its expressions are predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. This workshop will introduce the participants to the various forms of portraiture in photography and the various uses as applied and artistic form of expression. Beyond conceptual thinking in creating a series of portraits, the students will be learning about different technical aspects of this form of photography. A hands on approach will teach in the use of light, location and lenses to create portraits. „People of Amman“ is aiming at beginners and advanced photographers, willing to create for themselves and as a group a piece of work, which will represent the individuals living in this beautiful city and place. The exhibition will show this approach in appalling and innovative pictures.

The photography of Heinrich Völkels (born in 1974 in Moscow) is characterized by his ability to improvise and adjust to adverse situations, which seems to be the key issue of many of his works. Völkels photographed extensively in the Gaza strip covering the stark contrast between the destruction of urban landscape by the Israeli troops and the immense will of the Palestinian population to continue to live in this environment. His work fascinates through incorporating the past and the future in moments of rest, pain and hope. In his immense dedication to the object of photography, Völkel never forgets the subject, the people, and always catches the unique surrounding of each person in the work he is assigned. In addition to his personal projects, Völkel’s work has been published by a number of magazines. He currently works and lives in Wiesbaden.


Introduction and idea finding

Taking pictures and technical aspects of portraiture

Presentation of first results and editing techniques lecture
Final editing work and group discussion

lecture on innovative approaches to publishing your owns work and exhibition opening

11-15 September

To participate in the workshop, please send a short letter of motivation and a portofolio by 6.September to email darataltasweer@gmail.com

Visual Storytelling Photography Workshop
Laura Boushnak

Workshop objectives

  • Improve visual storytelling skills, and help participants convey strong narratives.
  • Strengthen the editing and sequencing skills.
  • Discuss photographers current or future projects to explore creative and unconventional approaches to visual storytelling.
  • Portfolios Review.

Laura Boushnak is a Palestinian documentary photographer based in Amman, Jordan. Her work focuses mainly on the Arab world, looking at issues that stem from her personal experience related to gender, education, and the impact of conflict on society. In addition to her work for the New York Times and other publications, Laura has remained committed to her on-going projects, “I Read I Write” and “Survivor”; the former revolves around Arab women’s education, while the latter highlights the aftermath of war and its impact on individuals long after the war has ended.

19-20 September

To participate in the workshop, please send an email to darataltasweer@gmail.com

How to create a photo essay
Mona Boshnaq

Mona Boshnaq is a London-based photo editor at The New York Times with more than 16 years' experience in visual storytelling and photo editing. She has been at the center of covering international breaking news throughout her career. In addition to assigning and editing special projects and features in Europe and the Middle East, she ensures that daily international coverage and live briefings have the most relevant, appropriate and impactful photographs.
Before joining The Times, she worked with Agence France-Presse covering the Middle East and later covering the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.

22 September
5pm - 7pm