Fez Photography Workshops.
Fez Photography Workshops are part of the Morocco Photography Workshops and Expeditions.
Announcing the Fez Photography Workshop, April, 2015
Fez Photography Workshop 2015 - Sponsored by FUJIFILM
Saturday May 9th to Friday 15th, 2015
The Fez Photography Workshop takes place in the medieval medina in the darkly romantic and evocative city of Fez, Morocco.
The 2015Â workshop will run for a full seven days from Saturday 9th May to end of Friday 16th May 2015 and include an overnight stay in Chefchaouen (the blue city in Rif Mts).
The workshops are run by The Compelling Image founder and Corbis photojournalist David Bathgate and John Horniblow photographer, founder and editor in chief of Photojournale and is sponsored by FUJIFILM, the makers of XT1, X Pro1 cameras and XF lens.
The workshop participants will receive specific instruction and get to use and compare the FUJIFILM cameras with there own equipment.
The workshop will be an intense experience lasting seven days and will consist of up to 10 participants. The backdrop and the experience is Fez, undoubtedly the symbolic heart of Morocco; it’s intellectual and spiritual centre. Set in historical cross roads adjacent to the Rif and Atlas mountains Fez was the city of the great Imperial Moroccan dynasties. They have all left their indelible mark on the city while retaining its Arab identity. The medina, Fez el-Bali, is the largest living medieval city of the Arab world and the world's largest pedestrian city. Its narrow, winding alleys and covered bazaars, intricate and detailed in their design, are awash with brilliant colors and buzzing with a lively pedestrian hubbub of the Farsi daily business and life. It’s truly a veritable seduction of all the senses. The colours shapes, sights, sounds and smells of this jostling city will envelope you and carry you on a magic carpet journey through the lively labyrinthine medina. From the dye makers, hills of spices, tanneries, old palaces of merchants and royal courtesans, artisan workshops, traditional tradesmen, remarkable architecture, muleteers and mule teams, to bustling souks, Fez its secrets, and inhabitants provide an endless variety of interest and opportunity for photographers.
The Fez Photography Workshop , now in its third year, is based in the beautiful and charming boutique riad, Dar Finn, a traditional Moroccan style house, ideally located in the heart of the medina.Â We are looking for a diverse range of participants, from the advanced amateur to the budding professional whose photography will benefit from this compelling workshop.
The workshop will cover portfolio reviews, story development, individual photography projects, where we encourage group participation in looking, critiquing, developing ideas and image making. Each participant is expected to shoot a specific idea, story or theme and present it at the end of the workshop.
The week will start with an introductory dinner, will be punctuated by evening talks, an over night trip to Chefchaouen , and a side trip to Azrou , Volubilis and Moulay Idriss, or Seffrou. The schedule will allow participants time to discover and photograph projects in Fez and will wrap up with a slideshow and presentation of the projects produced. The workshop promises to be memorable, creatively challenging and Â¨experientialÂ¨.
A review of our first workshop in 2013 was published by the renowned english speaking Moroccan news blog The View From Fez
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Morocco Photography Workshops and Expeditions
The Fez Photography workshops are part of the Morocco Photography Workshops and Expeditions which centres developing photography programs around significant Moroccan cultural events of interest that reveal the diversity of Morocco's tribal and imperial roots. Â Each is designed around an itinerary that gives photographers an unfettered view into Morocco's past and present day life. Where the ancient, the mystical, the traditional and today's modern world often sit side by side in situations that seem of another time.
The Morocco Photography Workshops and Expeditions provide instruction in story creation and techniques, mixing traditional photography and multi media. The workshops and expeditions are intimate small groups of no more than seven people for expeditions and 12 for workshops, lead by some of the worlds leading photojournalists and photographers. The days are part instruction, project and idea review, Â onsite , travel, and peer reviews, talks and slideshows.
We have taken time to make sure the itineraries mix the travel to and from these cultural events through places of significant interest and history. Morocco is a world apart from Europe or Africa and distinctly Moroccan in character, a mix of Arab and Berber worlds with deep roots that extend far into Africa. Geographically divided by the Atlas mountains, almost north to south, Â its culture has been influenced by invasions from north and the great camel trains crossing the Sahara through Algeria, Mauritania, and Mali. Resilient to change and time the tribes of Berber people have maintained their separate identities living in their high mountain strongholds, or living nomadic shepherders lives with the goat and sheep flocks , or herds of camelsÂ on the lesser slopes or as the Desert Berbers who Â still make their home in the oasis' and vast wastes of the Sahara desert.
Fez Photography Workshops Leads
David Bathgate studied anthropology and journalism at the Pennsylvania State University in the U.S., earning a doctorate and master’s degree, respectively, in those two disciplines. Thereafter, university teaching and visual journalism followed as parallel career pursuits. First photographing and writing for local magazines and newspapers, David eventually took his co-careers to Australia and worked on photographic projects in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
In 1993 he closed the door on academia to become a full-time visual story-teller, covering social and environmental topics he knows best. Represented by Corbis Images, David works regularly in Asia and the Middle East, as well as Europe, for publications such as Time, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Focus and The London Sunday Times Magazine.
In addition, he regularly conducts workshops and seminars on photography, photojournalism and visual communication in places like Dharamshala, India and Ladakh and at institutions like, Pathshala â€“ South Asian Institute of Photography, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, AINA in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. David is also the founder and owner of The Compelling Image, an online and interactive school of photography, video production and multimedia storytelling for the digital age. You can view more of David's work on his personal website http://www.davidbathgate.com/
John’s photography has been published with Time publications, Geo Mundo, National Geographic, Penguin books and many other periodicals. He commenced his photographic career as media and documentation officer on Expedition to Circumnavigate South America including voyaging in Antarctica. He has worked on assignment for National Geographic with leading wildlife photographer Franz Lanting and has produced documentary stories on a range of subjects. He is the Founder, Editor in Chief and publisher ofÂ Photojournale. In 2010 he published Photojournale’s first anthologyÂ “Photojournale â€“ Connections Across a Human Planet “, a virtual, web 2.0 global publishing collaboration with Photojournale’s global community of photographers.
John also trained as a cinematographer and has shot, directed and produced award winning short, television documentary and industrial films working with broadcasters such as BBC, SBS, and ABC. His documentary and drama work has also been screened at International film festivals and on network television.
In digital media John is a multi award winning communications professional who has worked with some of the world’s leading media entities and most respected companies as a digital / convergence media expert. He has been working as a multimedia producer for 14 years.
He is also an intrepid traveler and taken part in many expeditions to remote parts of the world. John lives with his family in Casablanca, travels and speaks at leading festivals, digital media and photography workshops, and is working on a photo documentary and multimedia projects in Morocco.