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June 25, 2010
Noorderlicht has teamed up with curators Marc Prüst and Lars Boering of Lux Photo Gallery to design a one-year master class for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers. The aim is to assist participants in developing their photographic skills and in marketing their own work. This master class sets itself apart through its long-term format and intensive assistance throughout the year.
With the master class the organisers want to enhance the educational framework of the photography industry. There are relatively few substantial opportunities for photographers who have reached a professional level to develop themselves further. Northern Lights aims at those photographers who want to actively widen their approach of photography and develop critical skills for larger-scale projects. The program focuses on the art of photographing and editing work, with traditional photojournalism and social documentary photography as the basis.
Selected photographers will convene at the gallery space of Noorderlicht, in Groningen, The Netherlands, for the first time from 9 to 12 September, 2010. Successive meetings are scheduled in January and May, 2011. Participants will work on a themed project for a period of one year, in three sessions of four days each.
Each meeting will be attended by at least two professionals from the photography industry to instruct the photographers on photographic skills, but also on issues like marketing the work and finding a gallery. Top names from the industry will be working together with young talents to help them advance in their careers.
Among the masters are:
Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin
Financial Times photography critic Francis Hodgson
Former board member of World Press Photo Adriaan Monshouwer
DMB Media founder David Birkitt
More masters and guest lecturers are to be announced.
For more details, see noorderlicht.com. There are still a few open spots for serious photographers.