Time Magazine dubbed Cédric’s photography method ‘slow journalism’, and it has led the photographer to conflictuous places, and his native country Belgium. During a two-day workshop in Ghent, World Press Photo winner Cédric Gerbehaye helps you to formulate the right questions, and to determine the practical approach (and even to decide on the financial sourcing) of your next documentary project.
‘Rather than a technique, photography is about communicating with the people you want to photograph’, Cédric states. ‘During the series on the Israelian-Palestian conflict for example, I’ve smoked a lot of cigarettes with soldiers on both sides. My body is an instrument of communication too, when other language fails.’ The relationship between photographer and subject needs time to grow.
The aim of the two-day workshop on May 11th and May 12th is to set the scene for something extraordinary to happen: how to iniate, how to prepare, how to execute and how to promote your documentary series. Wether you start from scratch, or you’re working on a particular documentary series, Cédric directs and assists you in taking the next big step.
Cédric kickstarts the two-day workshop with reconstructing some of his own work , after which he will propose each of you a couple of individual practical exercises, depending on your individual challenges and level of experience. The following days will consist of a mix of individual meetings, group discussions, active photographing and intense coaching. At the end of the day, there’s French wine and Belgian beer :-)
Am I good enough? Yes, you are if you know your (digital) reflex camera inside out, and if you’re interested in telling a bigger story. The number of participants is limited to 12, so we can tune in to the invidivual skills of each participant.
What gear do I need? Your digital reflex camera, and your laptop with editing software.
What’s included in the registration fee? The workshop itself, and strong coffee :-) Lunch is optional (+€24). Travelling costs, breakfast, dinner and hotel fees are excluded from the registration fee and need to be booked/provided for by the participants themselves.