VARANASI & HOLI Reportage Photography Workshop March 7 - 11, 2020

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Reportage Photography Workshops is a series of photography workshops on location in the most fascinating cities and outposts of Asia. Interacting closely with world-renowned photojournalists with long experience in the region, participants take on assignments aimed at advancing their photographic skills and vision. The intensive dawn-to-dusk courses involve challenging fieldwork, formal and informal critiques, editing sessions, evening projections and open discussion. In a stunning Asian setting, participants fully engage with the local culture and environment, and learn how to create photographic reportage to the highest standard.

Varanasi And River Ganges

Reportage Photography Workshops will hold its next roving workshop in Varanasi. Varanasi is one of India’s most enigmatic cities situated on the west bank of the legendary River Ganga (Ganges) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is arguably one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India. 

One of the world’s most breathtaking rivers the Ganges sleepily snakes past Varanasi’s vast number of Ghats as Hindu’s dispatch their loved ones to the Lord Shiva. Varanasi sears an unforgettable experience and is a rich vein for images. Mark Twain wrote: "...crammed perspective of platforms soaring stairways, sculptured temples, majestic palaces, softening away into the distances; and there is movement, motion, human life everywhere, and brilliantly costumed - streaming in rainbows up and down the lofty stairways..."

HOLI

The workshop will coincide with India’s and Varanasi’s kaleidoscopic Holi Festival (The Festival of Colors) taking place on Mon 9th & Tues 10th. Workshop participants will be able to dive right into the Holi festival and document it. Holi festival signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love. For many it is a time to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day)  which falls around the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. Though essentially a Hindu festival, in recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors. 

The aim is to produce a photo essay with a striking visual narrative, to be shown on the final evening of March 11th. Tutors will hold individual and group sessions to supervise and edit the assignments, and dialogue intensively on topics such as photographic composition, portraiture, advanced camera techniques, how to research ideas and tell an original story, how to market a body of work, and how to hone your personal style.


The workshop’s schedule will be demanding but highly rewarding. Tutors and field assistants will be on hand constantly to help navigate any areas of difficulty and discuss all your photographic concerns. Interpreters can also be arranged where necessary.


With a maximum of 12 participants, the 5-day workshop event will provide an opportunity to explore the cultural riches and social dynamism of this exotic city and river. Award-winning documentary photographer Jack Picone will lead the workshop together with acclaimed photojournalist artist and filmmaker Stephen Dupont. Both Stephen and Jack  will be there to critique and edit participants’ work one-on-one, and also take part in evening projections and discussions.


Cost: US$1,950. Includes all workshop sessions. Workshop cost does not include travel costs to Varanasi and accommodation. 

Application: A $US500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure a place.

To receive further information or to request a registration form, please contact: Jack or jack@jackpicone.com or Stephen, stephendupont1@mac.com

  Links: www.jackpicone.com / www.stephendupont.com

Please Note: We advise that all participants take medical/travel insurance

            for all our workshops.  

AFGHANISTAN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2020

We are currently taking bookings for the 2020 Afghanistan photography workshop. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the most stunning and fascinating places on earth. I will guide and mentor participants through this ancient wonderland, a country that I have personally dedicated much of my life to. This is a must for the adventurous photographer and history buff unveiling some of the most iconic locations and cultural events on offer. See Link below for details.

https://fotoworkshops.com.au/explore-afghanistan-photo-tour-2020/

Tea House, Jabal Saraj, Afghanistan, 2002

Tea House, Jabal Saraj, Afghanistan, 2002

Lost Dogs

My latest essay about my artist books and journals in a new book called Freedom of the Presses out now.

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PILGRIMAGE

Working away on my new book collaboration with Jacques Menasche on the trail of Mark Twain’s original journey through Palestine 150 years ago. Using liquid emulsion printing by Chris Reid we are about one third through producing the first 4 books that will eventually be a limited edition of 12 only.

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Chris Reid with on of the prints.

Havana Workshop 2018

Malecon, Havana, Cuba, 2018

Malecon, Havana, Cuba, 2018

Thanks to all the students who attended our workshop in Havana and produced compelling photographs and essays. Thanks also to Arien Chang, Raul Canibano and Leysis Qesada our wonderful Cuban photographers for showing their work and inspiring all of us.

World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass

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Reviewing student’s work at this year’s JSM at World Press Photo in Amsterdam. Today students will present final works on their projects around the theme of ‘Generation Y’. Twenty five years ago I was selected in the first ever JSM producing work around the theme of Generation X.

On the road with The Number 4 Band

This month I return to continue shooting my documentary film about The Number 4 Band as they tour country NSW and beyond. You can also follow me on Instagram as I regularly post updates with this film and other projects.

The Number 4 Band (Tim Oxley, Geoff Morrell and David Field) near Goolagong.

The Number 4 Band (Tim Oxley, Geoff Morrell and David Field) near Goolagong.

Australians in PNG at MGA

My Piksa Niugini exhibition showing now at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne, August 8 - October 8, 2017. It is part of a group show titled Australians in PNG alongside artists Eric Bridgeman and Sonia Payes. 

Melbourne Writers Festival

Stephen Dupont, Don't Look Away show at MWF

Stephen Dupont, Don't Look Away show at MWF

Thank you to all who came along to see my one man show on Wednesday night in Melbourne. Thank you Melbourne Writers Festival for the opportunity to present my work and to Canon Australia for your support. 

Book Now Kathmandu Workshop

Go on...take a plunge.

Go on...take a plunge.

September 3 - 7, 2017

Reportage Photography Workshops will hold its second roving workshop in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. Even as urban chaos encroaches, this “city at the top of the world” retains its unique aura of magic, mysticism, and tradition. Over the last decade its roughly one million inhabitants, who are squeezed tightly into the Kathmandu Valley, have also been experiencing a period of major social and political turmoil – from a fierce Maoist insurgency, government curfews, and censorship to mass demonstrations against royal rule and killings of protesters. Democracy was restored in 2006 amid jubilation, and the Maoists have since joined an interim government. Today, many Nepalis believe their country has entered a new era of hope and peace.

Workshop Overview: Award-winning documentary photographers Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont will critique and edit participants’ work one-to-one, and also take part in evening projections and discussions.

An introductory get-together will be held on the evening before the workshop’s formal start. Like any working documentary photographer, you will be given an assignment brief to interpret as you wish. (The brief will be announced before the workshop to give you time to research possible subjects before you arrive.)

The aim is to produce a documentary photo essay with a striking visual narrative, to be shown on the final evening of the workshop. Tutors will hold individual and group sessions to supervise and edit the assignments, and dialogue intensively on topics such as photographic composition, portraiture, basic camera techniques, how to research ideas and tell an original story, how to market a body of work, and how to hone your personal style. The workshop is very project based as opposed to technically driven.

The workshop’s schedule will be demanding but highly rewarding. Tutors and field assistants will be on hand constantly to help navigate any areas of difficulty and discuss all your photographic concerns. Interpreters can also be arranged where necessary.

During the workshop participants will have an option to produce a completed photo essay within documentary tradition or in a more contemporary context, a multimedia. In both cases, tutors will be on hand to guide you through the respective process.

 

Cost: USD$1,950.00. Includes all workshop sessions. Does not include travel, accommodation or insurances. 

Application: The workshop is strictly limited to 12 participants. A $500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure a place. This is one of our most popular workshops, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To receive further information or to request a registration form, please contact: Jack Picone: jack@jackpicone.com

Don't Look Away at MCA

Performing Don't Look Away at Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Sydney. Photo by David Sark

Performing Don't Look Away at Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Sydney. Photo by David Sark

Only three performances left in Sydney at MCA.

Where: Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Cost: Free

When:  June 6,  15, 16 from 7pm – 8:30pm

To Book: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/dont-look-away-stephen-dupont

Don't Look Away at MCA

UNITA rebels in Quito, Angola, 1993.

UNITA rebels in Quito, Angola, 1993.

Where: Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Cost: Free

When:  May 27, June 5, 15, 16 from 7pm – 8:30pm

To Book: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/dont-look-away-stephen-dupont

A theatre performance from multi-award winning conflict photographer Stephen Dupont as he takes you on a rollercoaster ride through a world of humanity, inhumanity and a little insanity. Taking his art into a different direction with this new concept of live performance, Don't Look Away combines live scripted and ad lib moments with stunning film clips, still images and music. Stephen has produced this in partnership with Canon.

Based in Sydney, Stephen has over the past two decades produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. He skilfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy and often in some of the world’s most dangerous regions including Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, and much more. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into the people, culture and communities that have existed for hundreds of years, yet are fast disappearing from our world. 

Stephen Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the Olivier Rebbot Award for Photography from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the Australian Walkleys, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. 

Performance by Canon Master, Stephen Dupont

Workshop Kathmandu 2017

September 3 - 7, 2017

Reportage Photography Workshops will hold its second roving workshop in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. Even as urban chaos encroaches, this “city at the top of the world” retains its unique aura of magic, mysticism, and tradition. Over the last decade its roughly one million inhabitants, who are squeezed tightly into the Kathmandu Valley, have also been experiencing a period of major social and political turmoil – from a fierce Maoist insurgency, government curfews, and censorship to mass demonstrations against royal rule and killings of protesters. Democracy was restored in 2006 amid jubilation, and the Maoists have since joined an interim government. Today, many Nepalis believe their country has entered a new era of hope and peace.

Workshop Overview: Award-winning documentary photographers Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont will critique and edit participants’ work one-to-one, and also take part in evening projections and discussions.

An introductory get-together will be held on the evening before the workshop’s formal start. Like any working documentary photographer, you will be given an assignment brief to interpret as you wish. (The brief will be announced before the workshop to give you time to research possible subjects before you arrive.)

The aim is to produce a documentary photo essay with a striking visual narrative, to be shown on the final evening of the workshop. Tutors will hold individual and group sessions to supervise and edit the assignments, and dialogue intensively on topics such as photographic composition, portraiture, basic camera techniques, how to research ideas and tell an original story, how to market a body of work, and how to hone your personal style. The workshop is very project based as opposed to technically driven.

The workshop’s schedule will be demanding but highly rewarding. Tutors and field assistants will be on hand constantly to help navigate any areas of difficulty and discuss all your photographic concerns. Interpreters can also be arranged where necessary.

During the workshop participants will have an option to produce a completed photo essay within documentary tradition or in a more contemporary context, a multimedia. In both cases, tutors will be on hand to guide you through the respective process.

 

Cost: USD$1,950.00. Includes all workshop sessions. Does not include travel, accommodation or insurances. 

Application: The workshop is strictly limited to 12 participants. A $500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure a place. This is one of our most popular workshops, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To receive further information or to request a registration form, please contact: Jack Picone: jack@jackpicone.com

Theatre of War

Injured Israeli soldier near Ramallah, West Bank, 2001.

Injured Israeli soldier near Ramallah, West Bank, 2001.

Mark Mordue's review of my one man show "Don't Look Away" with performances coming up at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art starting May 27th and dates during the VIVID Festival.

http://neighbourhoodpaper.com/culture/stephen-dupont-theatre-of-war/

My Australians on show in Wollongong

Tim Page, the artist and Wombat Man. Some selected white sheet series works on show.

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Here There & Everywhere features photographic works from three separate projects, brought together by common threads: visual storytelling and a deep connection with people and their places.

‘The Australians’ by Stephen Dupont reveals life beyond the usual official portraits, literally throwing off the white backdrop on his subjects, including David Field (actor), Anthony Mundine (boxer), and Ben Quilty (artist).

‘Dream Summer’ by Tom Williams captures gentle scenes of humanity, taken spontaneously with a simple plastic-lens camera on a road trip around his hometown of Wollongong and surrounds.

Lastly, a retrospective of the Head On Portrait Prize features all of the winners, plus some of the best entries, from 2004 to 2016. These are images from both emerging and professional photographers that tell a story – evoking emotions without ever prescribing to the viewer what or how to feel.

Open daily from 5th to 31st May at Wollongong Central during centre trading hours, the exhibition is free of charge and is complemented by two free workshops with Tom Williams (13th May) and Stephen Dupont (20th May).

Here There & Everywhere is curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented with Wollongong Central as part of Head On 2017.

 

Visit www.ambushgallery.com or www.wollongongcentral.com.au for more information.