Berlin, April 25th - 29th

675 Euros Early Bird Ends April 6th

775 Euros thereafter

5-Day Workshop with guest lecturers TBA

2-Session Zoom meetings ahead of physical workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to understand, intervene, and disseminate photography and its archival impulse by creating and using existing documents to disable or enable a concept. It may be considered as a point of genesis to get participants inspired by archival projects during the workshop and thereafter.

Participants will work with existing archival documents and will photograph in the city to create new bodies of work under the tutelage of Lisa Barnard and Mark Power. The emphasis will be on research, understanding documents/photographs, and archives as well as how using newly produced photographs shot during the workshop that can aid or conversely diminish an established series of narratives.

Participants will meet with the Nearest Truth team and the instructors before we arrive in Berlin via two Zoom sessions to discuss our proposals for how to begin to work in the city and will discuss the general conceptual framework of the workshop. These sessions will include cursory examinations of theoretical concerns regarding the archive and strategies for photographing in Berlin.

Existing projects that a participant may have will also be considered so long as it has archival potential. The workshop is open to a wide range of practitioners. We wish to encourage thinking about the role of documents in the production of rounded bodies of work. We also wish to encourage the production of new photographs. The base idea is to create work between the archive and contemporary photographic practice.

The course will be augmented by several lectures by local artists working with archives or with Berlin/Germany itself.

Curator Thomas Weski of Michael Schmidt Archive has welcomed us for a visit to see a contemporary archive and to speak on the artist’s work.

Artist Eva Stenram will discuss her appropriations of historic material

Artist Joachim Brohm will lecture about his practice.

Artist Arwed Messmer will give a lecture about his archival work.

Participants are encouraged to shoot with digital means. If you desire to shoot analog, this is possible, but you should have an alternate digital strategy that will not prohibit turnaround times. Shooting digitally also gives greater latitude for making images of documents.

We are very excited to offer this incredibly unique workshop.

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Barnard is an Associate Professor in photography and is programme leader of the MA in documentary Photography and also teaches on the BA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. She has three monographs two with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. The Hyenas publication was funded by the Albert Renger Patzsche Book Award, and nominated for the Prix Du Livre at Rencontres D’Arles in 2015. Barnard has a new publication The Canary and the Hammer, published by MACK. The project was funded by the Prestige Grant from Getty Images in 2015.

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Power joined Magnum Photos as a full Member in 2007 and is a Professor of Photography in The Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton. Power has been awarded the Terence Donovan Award and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

To date Power has published 11 books. Most recent Good Morning, America - Volume One (2018) and Volume Two (2019), part of a propsed set of five books published as work-in-progress, and spanning a decade of Power's work in the United States.