We invite you to join us on a 10 day journey in Myanmar, where you'll be introduced to a culture quite unlike anything you've experienced before. The workshop will take place primarily in Yangon, a city overflowing with stories to tell and great photographs waiting to happen. You'll learn:

Photography

Refresh your knowledge on the use of composition and light, and move on to more complicated techniques such as layering. Together we will work towards discovering your personal vision and style.

Storytelling

Photojournalists and documentary photographers strive to move beyond the realm of "pretty pictures." We strive for beauty to be the result of narrative in both single and sequential images. In this workshop, learn to use photographic techniques to tell the stories that are important to you.

Field Ethics

How can we protect the people that we photograph, or respectfully gain entry into the private lives of others? What practices are acceptable in the field and on the screen? Together we will discuss these topics and more, so that as individuals we can approach photojournalism and documentary photography responsibly and with the utmost integrity and respect for the people and situations we come in contact with.

Safety

We cannot produce good work if we do not take care of ourselves. This is an open ended discussion on a range of topics from assignment preparation to returning home and decompression.

The business

This is perhaps the hardest aspect of being a freelance photographer. We will cover difficult topics such as how much to charge, pitching, contracts and the ever present dilemma we face, when is it ok to work for free?

Editing & Post Production

Everyone has a different workflow, but as a group we will learn to critique each others images constructively and talk about sequencing and post production. A least two group critique sessions will happen in addition to a private session with the mentors.

Plus:

2-Day Excursion: The workshop will also include a 2-day excursion, to either the famous Inle Lake or the stunning Ngwe Saung beach, where we can relax and unwind together.

Professional Collaborations: Any discussions, lectures or example works will be held and shown at Myanmar Deitta, a photo gallery focused on documentary work in Yangon. Participants will also be treated to the current work on display and get to hear from the proprietor, Matt Grace.

Additional Instruction: Beyond the two instructors, we will be inviting local photographers, journalists and filmmakers to come and give guest lectures. All of them have produced work that is nothing short of amazing and gone on to win numerous awards, including local journalist Esther Htusan whose work on the Thai fishing industry's use of Myanmar slaves won a Pulitzer in 2016.

The Teachers

The workshop will be guided by two award winning photographers who lived in Myanmar for over three years and who are now based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lauren DeCicca

Lauren graduated from Ithaca College in 2011 and went on to assist Ashley Gilbertson, a member of VII Photo, one of the top three agencies in the world. She then spent time in Cambodia prior to living in Myanmar from 2013-2016. Lauren was selected for Getty Emerging Talent in 2015 and Photo Boite's 30 Women Under 30 to watch in 2017. She is a Getty Images stringer and her work has appeared in: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Geo France, Der Speigel, Stern, and The Guardian, among others.

Andre Malerba

Andre is a graduate of the documentary photography and photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York City, where he received ten months of intensive training in all aspects of photography from ethics and image making to post production and printing. He was named one of Magnum Photos 30 Under 30 photographer to watch in 2015, Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2015, and received the Documentary Project Fund's Emerging Vision Grant 2016. His work has appeared in: The Washington Post, Time.com, BBC, Al Jazeera America/English, Global Post and Pro Photographer Magazine, among others.

Details & How to register

Dates: January 6-16 2018

Cost: $1100

Accommodation for 10 days in Myanmar and local transport are included. The costs and organization of traveling to Myanmar are your own responsibility.

Ideal Participant: We are seeking Juniors, Seniors and recent graduates interested in documentary photography and photojournalism, who want the chance to experience a new country with some guidance. The ideal candidate will be mature, self-motivated, responsible, and open to learning and new situations. Previous international travel experience is not necessary, but participants will be required to get to Myanmar on their own so they should be comfortable doing so. Participants must have a strong interest in documentary photography and photojournalism, but are not required to have any direct experience. This workshop is perfect for beginners and those with a small amount of experience who are considering working abroad or want a new experience. Participants should have at least a working knowledge of how to use a digital camera, their own equipment, and some basic knowledge of composing an image.

To apply: Please send us a short message below with information about yourself, your experience, and your interest in the program to request an application. Applications are open through October 30, 2017.

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