“Rilke wrote: ‚These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
There is something in emptiness, but what it is cannot be clearly defined. This is a paradox, but an acceptable one. The Empty Image workshop is designed to push participants to produce a series of still, quiet and dissonant photographs that reveal an ominous space in reality, that convey more a psychological than a descriptive space. From the photographs of Paris by Atget in the 19th century, to William Eggleston, Michael Schmidt, Adam Broomberg/Oliver Chanarin, Margot Wallard and Bill Viola‘s video art, we come to understand that what is absent defines what is there in an image. The emphasis of this workshop is to think outside of the box and explore the uncertainty of an uncanny (unheimlich) relationship to reality that is defined as something strangely familiar to us.
The workshop is five intensive days and combined with a series of lectures and group discussions, the principle aim is that participants will produce a coherent body of work. Combined with theoretical awareness, visual strategies will be a key issue to realise concepts. During the process of this workshop participants will develop further their ability to produce work with a theoretical and aesthetic continuity with particular attention to narrative, editing and sequencing.
Michael Grieve is a British photographer, writer, and educator currently based in Berlin. After completing a BA and MA at University of Westminster he became a reportage and portrait photographer for publications worldwide and represented by Agence VU. For five years he was the deputy editor of 1000 Words contemporary photography magazine and is a regular writer and photographer for the British Journal of Photography. He was a senior lecturer of photography at Nottingham Trent University, a lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Warsaw and a lecturer at Berliner Technische Kunstschule teaching documentary, portrait and the history of photography. He is the co founder and director of Berlin Foto Kiez-International Photography Workshops. In 2017, his photobook, The Foriegner (sic), will be published. He teaches at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin.
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
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
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 email@example.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.