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VISUAL STORY-TELLING MASTERCLASS IN TBILISI WITH YURI KOZYREV / NOOR

YURI KOZYREV / NOOR

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28 აპრილი - 02 მაისი

 

 

TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS

 
with


 YURI KOZYREV / NOOR IMAGES

 
In Tbilisi, Georgia


Visual Story-telling

from April 28th - May 2th 2018

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

For its 9th  edition, Tbilisi Photo Festival hold its Original Masterclass in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

The Masterclass aims both to help photographers develop a personal photographic language and to discover Georgia by exploring one of its most enchanting place – 16 centuries old capital - Tbilisi.

 

This year, Tbilisi Photo Festival has invited YURI KOZYREV, an internationally-acclaimed photographer to conduct the Tbilisi Photo Festival Masterclass workshop. He has keen ability to communicate his profound knowledge of photography with others and is intimately familiar with Caucasus region and Georgia.


Yuri Kozyrev
is a NOOR photographer who started his career as a photojournalist twenty-five years ago, documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union and capturing the rapid changes of the former USSR for the LA Times throughout the 1990s. In 2001, Yuri began to cover international news, working first from Afghanistan and then from Iraq as a contract photographer for Time Magazine. Since the beginning of 2011, Yuri has been documenting the “Arab Revolutions” and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt and Libya in paerticular. Yuri has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards, the OPC’s Oliver Rebbot Award, the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism, the Frontline Club Award, the Visa d'or News and the Prix Bayeux-Calvados. In 2011 he was named Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition. In 2015, Yuri began covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the migrant crisis in Europe.



VISUAL STORY-TELLING MASTERCLASS IN TBILISI

WITH YURI KOZYREV

 

During the 5 days, Yuri will collaborate closely with each photographer on developing and refining their individual photographic stories. He will also share with participants his professional expertise and discuss the ethics of “getting close.” The workshop will include theoretical discussions, portfolio reviews and practical shooting assignments, making this workshop a fascinating learning experience.
 
At this Masterclass, Yuri will also present his stories produced for the world’s leading publications. He will focus on editing and image sequencing and discuss how to get into places, how not to run after spot news and tell the story that is unseen. He will also explain how to approach personal stories and stay human to the subjects of your story.



                                                                                     
© Yurki Kozyrev/ Noor. Kabul, Afghanistan. 2009


WHO CAN JOIN THIS WORKSHOP?

 

Anyone who has a passion for the still image: professional and amateur photographers, artists and students of photography and art.

 

We believe that every individual has the capacity to build their own visual language when passion for the imageco-exist with the proper guidance.

 

 

 FINAL PRESENTATION

 

Each participant will prepare a slideshow from the final selection of their work, with the assistance of their instructor. These slideshows will be publicly projected on the last evening of the Masterclass.

 

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

  • A portfolio of approx. 30 images, including few photographic stories and singles

Your images should be formatted, sequenced & ready for viewing on your laptop (and/or in print).

You will need to prepare tight & wide edits from one project / story you want to focus & work on during the workshop. Throughout the workshop you will be working on a new edit of this work & how to present it.

 

For this body of work we ask you to bring prints - at least 6 by 4 inches / 15x10cm. They don’t need to be professional prints, you will use them for selection & editing.

 

You will start to work with this body of work from the second day of the workshop.

A tight edit can be about 8-15 images; a wide edit can be upwards of 40 images.

 

 

  • Your digital camera, one lens only & its accessories (extra batteries, memory cards, cable for image transfer to a computer, USB key, external hard disk, etc).
  • A notebook or recording device to facilitate note-taking during the Masterclass.
  • Your personal computer, if possible.

 

 

You will also want to have all usable images from the project available on your computer or drive in case you want to come back to them when editing. It could be also writing, personal diary, research materials, video, audio or archive footage.

 

Additionally, we encourage you to bring other additional projects & work on your hard drive/computer so you have them on hand in case the tutor would like to see it.

 

In order to make our short time together most rich, please think ahead which questions & points you most want to discuss at this workshop, about your own work & projects, the experience & expertise of these particular tutors, etc.

                             

You will be asked to share the learning points you want to address through this workshop with the group during introductions on the first day.

 

 

 

 

SPOKEN LANGUAGES

 

English,  Russian

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Contact Elina Valaité,  Masterclass coordinator  (she speaks English, Russian and Georgian).

email: masterclass@tbilisiphotofestival.com

 

 

 

MASTERCLASS SPACE AND WHERE TO STAY IN TBILISI

The Masterclass will be held in one of the Fabrika’s conference halls. Fabrika is an old Soviet sewing factory that has been repurposed into a fabulously modern hostel and cool urban space in an old Tbilisi neighborhood.

http://fabrikatbilisi.com/hostel/

In Tbilisi, participants can stay at this modern, comfortable hostel conveniently located in the center of the city to be just near to the masterclass place. There are also some very nice small restaurants in the courtyard of Fabrika and it’s neighborhood where meals are attractive not only because for their taste but for the prices as well.

Participants can try other nice hotels or hostels in Tbilisi near by Fabrika as well as Airbnb suggestions in the same area.

As Tbilisi Photo Festival is partnering with Fabrika, we can get for all masterclass participants  corporate rates for staying in the hostel during the Masterclass.

 

 

PRICE

 

The cost of the 5 days of masterclass is 950 euros.

 

The accommodation ready package price is 550 euros including : *

 

  • Accommodation in Tbilisi
  • Transfers from and to Airport in Tbilisi
  • All the meals during the masterclass days including the first welcoming dinner

 

*The accommodation package is not obligatory in case participants prefer to take care of their accommodation and meals independently):

 

 

The number of workshop participants is limited to 10.

 


                                                                                ©Yuri Kozyrev/Noor. Zurah, Iraq, 2007

 

 

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

 

Provisional Schedule

 

** Please note the schedule is subject to change & will be adapted to best suit the workshop group

 

 

Day 1

 

9:15

Welcome & introduction from Tbilisi Photo Festival Team

Review workshop program & schedule

Short introductions - Participants introduce themselves amongst the group sharing their background, photographic experience and their learning goals for the next four days


10:00

Presentation by Yuri Kozyrev – His work, his experience

12:30

Lunch


14:00

Start one on one portfolio reviews, participants 1-5

(20 minutes each)

 

Participants review each other’s portfolios while waiting for their tutor-review

 

15:40

Coffee Break

 

16:00

Start one on one portfolio reviews, participants 6 – 10

 

(20 minutes each)

 

Participants review each other’s portfolios while waiting for their tutor-review

 

Tutor recap, reflect & share after portfolio reviews. Are there some common trends, comments, questions? What can we focus on in coming days together? What are strengths? And what are weaknesses? Share feedbacks & tips for effective portfolio reviews.

 

What has been participants’ experiences of the reviews?

 

18:00

Q&A

 
18:30

End of day one

 

19:00

Welcome dinner

 

Location TBC

 
Day 2

 

9:15

Recap & plan for the day

 

9:30

Start one on one portfolio reviews, participants 11 - 15

(20 minutes each)

 

Participants review each other’s portfolios while waiting for their tutor-review

 

11:30

Q & A

 

11:30

Tutor recap, reflect & share after portfolio reviews. Are there some common trends, comments, questions? What can we focus on in coming days together? What are strengths? And what are weaknesses? Share feedbacks & tips for effective portfolio reviews.

 

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Yuri presentation

-       Working on long-term projects: conception to dissemination

-       How to choose the subject/topic, finding funding, finding the right partner, preparations, editing, the importance of coming back to the places and meet subjects at different moments along time, outlets, grant proposal, approaching editors

 

15:30

Q&A

 

16:00

Break into three working groups

Each participant will introduce their project verbally & showing their tight edit to their peers  (each participant has about 5 minutes to introduce their work, with 5 minutes to discuss)

 

These introductions will be refined & re-presented on the final day of the workshop to the entire workshop group, so it’s a good moment to take feedback not only on the content, but also the presentation & introduction

 

18:00

Finish for the day

 

Day 3

 

9:00

Coffee, settle in

 

9:15

Recap plan for the day

 

10:30 – 18:00

Shooting Day

All the material shot during the day must be upload and ready for editing the next day

 

Day 4

 

9:00

Coffee, settle in

 

9:15

Recap plan for the day

 

09:30

Break into small groups for rapid-fire editing exercise:

 

The group edits one participants’ work based on that participants’ wide edit (they already seen the tight edit yesterday). They have 20 minutes to come up with a new tight edit. They should cut about 25% of their photos within the first 10 minutes & then use the rest of the time to complete the new edit. The participant whose work is being edited doesn’t make the edit, but can make an argument to keep photos in the edit.

 

 

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Break into small groups for rapid-fire editing exercise:

 

The group edits one participants’ work based on that participants’ wide edit (they already seen the tight edit yesterday). They have 20 minutes to come up with a new tight edit. They should cut about 25% of their photos within the first 10 minutes & then use the rest of the time to complete the new edit. The participant whose work is being edited doesn’t make the edit, but can make an argument to keep photos in the edit.

 

 

17:30

Q&A

 

18:00

End of day

 

Break into small groups for working on presentations for the final day: editing, working on introduction, putting together presentations  - Announce expectations for the final presentations

 

19:00

Artist’s Talk by  Yuri Kozyrev  - at Fabrika conference hall

 

 

Day 5

9:30

Coffee, settle in

 

10:00

Final projected presentations:

 

Each participant will screen their finalized project edit - contextualized by a project/story title & a brief, effective introduction given verbally

Present group by group. Each participant has 5 minutes to present their work & then the group has 5 minutes to give feedback & discuss each presentation

 

13:00

Lunch

 

14:00

Discussion and Q&A

 

17:30

Closing

 

 


© Yuri Kozyrev/Noor.  Ras Lanuf. Libya, 2011







THE TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL

 

The Tbilisi Photo Festival was launched in 2010, in partnership with Les Rencontres d’Arles. It is the first annual international photography festival in the Caucasus and has proven to be not only the most respected festival of photography in the region but one of the most highly esteemed cultural events in the Caucasus.

 

The festival is significant for being a central meeting point for photography from the west, along with Asia, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the Arab world. Each year, the Tbilisi Photo Festival attracts internationally renowned photographers, curators, photo editors and leaders of other major photo festivals to the Georgian capital, along with thousands of photography fans. Tbilisi is fast becoming a hub for new ideas in photography.

 

Artistic Director Nestan Nijaradze has co- founded the festival  with Lionel Charrier - French photographer and currently Photo Editor at Liberation. Trained in Paris, Nestan has curated many major international exhibitions and reviews portfolios in prestigious festivals around the world.

 

She has tapped into Tbilisi’s long-standing distinction of being an east-west crossroads by inviting both internationally famous photographers and those who are virtually unknown in the western world, yet are equally committed to photography and produce world-class images.

 

 

www.tbilisiphotofestival.com 

https://www.facebook.com/tbilisiphotofestival/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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