24 – 28 October 2018

Erik Kessels Workshop

Submission Deadline:
15 September 2018

link to your website:

Or send at least 10 images to info (at) berlinfotokiez.com

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer, publisher and curator with a particular interest in photography. He is also the creative director of KesselsKramer, the legendary advertising agency based in Amsterdam known for its unorthodox advertising campaigns. Their first advertising campaign was the Worst Hotel in the World for the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. Together with Johan Kramer they own the publishing house KesselsKramer Publishing in Amsterdam.

Erik specialises in books using found and vernacular photography, and his long running series of books, Useful Photography and In Almost Every Picture, are particularly well known, using humour and absurdity as the essential method of communication. Erik is an obsessive collector of photographs finding them in flea markets, fairs, junk shops and online, and then via appropriation, he re-contextualises them


Identify the visual language of each participant, and to define individual photographic strategies. Emphasising the importance of meaning via technique.

Encourage participants to engage with their subject and push personal limits.

The discipline of daily critiques and group discussions focusing on theoretical, aesthetic and practical issues.

Editing, sequencing and more editing and sequencing.

To have achieved the satisfaction of having produced a coherent and honest body of work.

14 people maximum

Technical details:
For this workshop it is recommended to use digital

Pre workshop preparation:
Each participant must prepare a short presentation of their work and bring printed photographs (min 6 max 20) on the first day



900,- EUR


Please send by email:

  • One or two paragraphs about yourself and your reason for wanting to join
  • Some ID with photo
  • a short written presentation of your work
  • A selection of 10-20 images (JPG, 72DPI, 1024 large maximum)

If you have any questions please contact us on info@berlinfotokiez.com

The price does not include production and travel. A 50% deposit by bank transfer is required once you have been accepted to the Berlin Foto Kiez workshop.