How would you like to take part in a 10-month-long masterclass during which you will develop a project with the help of a mentor, consisting of 10 weekends of lectures and workshops in the charming city of Vienna and the possibility to communicate remotely with your mentor for the whole duration of the masterclass?
Submit your work to FotoRoom‘s new open call ‘Visual Storytelling’ and you may book your spot in the AnzenbergerMasterclass, a prestigious training platform for emerging photographers that will give you the opportunity to exhibit the project you will create as a result of participating in the masterclass. Read on for all the details:
The Theme — Visual Storytelling
“Even though the term ‘visual storytelling’ is quite new, the art of telling stories through images has been practiced since forever. Our earliest ancestors were already using visual arts even when they hadn’t developed a writing system yet; but never before had visual media (photography, picture books, films, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) become such an integral part of our lives. The ability of telling a story with images—be it in a single photograph or a series of pictures—has become fundamental to emerge from today’s flood of banal snapshots” — Regina Maria Anzenberger
You can participate in two categories: Single Image and the new Portfolio category (more on this below). No restrictions apply in terms of the chosen photographic genre, style or approach; in fact, in this instance ‘storytelling’ doesn’t necessarily mean real stories only; projects with a conceptual rather than strictly documentary approach are welcomed as well.
The Juror — Regina Maria Anzenberger
Regina Maria Anzenberger is the founder and director of the AnzenbergerGallery, which opened in Vienna in 2002. The gallery represents the works of established photographers like Roger Ballen and Andrew Phelps, as well as talented new artists like Danila Tkachenko, Brandon Thibodeaux and Alena Zhandarova. The AnzenbergerGallery is only one of the ways in which Regina Maria Anzenberger is involved with the world of photography: in 1989 she founded (and still directs) the AnzenbergerAgency; since 2013 she is the artistic director of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival; and in 2014 she launched the annual AnzenbergerMasterclass for emerging photographers.
The Special Prize — Participate in the AnzenbergerMasterclass and exhibit your work
Regina Maria Anzenberger will select a Best Single Image and a Best Portfolio from all entries submitted to the call. The winning works, as well as a selection of editors’ picks, will appear in FotoRoom.
Like the jurors of our calls always do, Regina is ready to put a special prize on the table: a bursary to attend the 2017/18 edition of the AnzenbergerMasterclass. The AnzenbergerMasterclass is a 10-month cycle of workshops, seminars, etc. (from September 2017 to June 2018) where 16 promising photographers are guided by 4 master photographers during the making of a long-term photographic project. The masterclass will consist of 10 weekends of face-to-face lectures and workshops with the 4 master photographers, to be held in Vienna at the AnzenbergerGallery; but the participants will be able to reach out to the master photographers (via phone, email, Skype, etc.) for the whole of the ten months.
The 4 master photographers are Eugenia Maximova, Andrew Phelps, Klaus Pichler and Reiner Riedler. During the weekends, guests lecturers like Gerry Badger, Martin Kollar, Simon Roberts and Laura El-Tantawy will also review the participants’ work.
Here are some of the things that you can expect to learn by attending the AnzenbergerMasterclass:
— develop ideas and concepts
— gather information and do research
— get started with your project
— implement your concept
— tell a story
— approach people and find places to photograph
— edit and sequence
— make a budget for your project
— present your work and promote your project
All the projects completed by the participants at the end of the masterclass will be exhibited at the 2018 ViennaPhotoBookFestival. Those in particular who will have worked on and completed a dummy book will be able to submit it to the 2018 ViennaPhotoBookReview and get a chance to be selected for the publication of their dummy.
The ‘Visual Storytelling’ call closes next 30 June 2017 at midnight (Central European Time). The juror Regina Maria Anzenberger will shortlist ten entrants by mid-July, and eventually choose a winner from the shortlisted photographers who will confirm that they will be able to attend the 10 face-to-face weekends in Vienna.
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