Photojournalism Camp with John Stanmeyer
The Storyteller’s Cafe NGO, through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, is organizing a photojournalism camp led by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer. The aim of the camp is to bring together young photographers from Armenia and Turkey, joining the two groups through shared passions and hands-on learning of photographic storytelling techniques. Participation in the camp is free and all expenses are covered.
The overall project will take place in three phases:
· Photojournalism Camp, taking place from August 22 to 29, 2016, in Dilijan, Armenia
· Working Period, during which each photographer will take photos around their home towns and cities
· Exhibition in Armenia and Turkey to be held in January 2017
12 participants from each country have been selected for the project. Applicants from Armenia are Gayane Ghazaryan, Grigor Poghosyan, Hasmik Asatryan, Arpi Khachaturyanc, Christina Suciasova, Sasun Minasyan, Marineh Gevorgian, Shushan Sahakyan, Ruzanna Shahnazaryan, Hamlet Gyurjyan, Levon Mkrtchyan and Azniv Tadevosyan. Participants from Turkey are Hasan Eren Çalışkan, Şeref Artagan, Basak Yagmur Karaca, Bekir Emre Ögüt, Erhan Ozan Acidere, Ekin Su Birinci, Ege Batuhan Akgül, Zafer Yorgancı, Gamze Cidetli, Haydar Taştan, Elif Altuniç and Ekin Taneri.
During the camp in Dilijan, Armenia, participants will be taught by John Stanmeyer and two co-teachers: Serra Akcan of Turkey’s Nar Photos and Anush Babajanyan from 4Plus in Armenia. The participants will discuss and practice the basic concepts of photography, storytelling, and self-publishing through social media. The camp will concentrate on the creative storytelling power of photography, the ability to build narratives and create concise bodies of work. The images will highlight the similarities and parallels of interests and experiences shared by young people from both countries.
Following the camp this August, the participants will be expected to photograph around their home towns and villages. The participants will be provided with smartphones, for use in creating their photos during the project.
Participants will upload their photography on a joint social media platform, which will be outlined during the camp session. Mr. Stanmeyer will curate the participants’ works online, and by the end of the four-month period, he will edit a selection of photos to produce a photo exhibit that will be displayed in both Armenia and Turkey.
About John Stanmeyer
National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer has taught at photography workshops and camps around the world. He has also lectured in universities and high schools to students of all ages. He has received numerous honors, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award in 2000 and the Magazine Photographer of the Year, as well as numerous World Press and Pictures of the Year awards. Learn more on his website: www.stanmeyer.com
Serra Akcan is a freelance photographer working in Istanbul, Turkey, who has been producing documentary projects since 1999. Serra is a co-founder and member of Nar Photos agency in Istanbul.
Anush Babajanyan is a freelance photographer working on documentary projects and social issues and living in Yerevan, Armenia. Anush is a co-founder and member of the 4Plus Documentary Photography Center.