Saturday, November 07, 2020, 10 am–6 pm


Writing, photography and language, critical review

Workshop schedule

November 07: Meeting at 10 am. In an exclusive small group situation, the participants will work on texts for titles and captions, the “elevator speech”, the artist’s statement, etc. The participants will receive a review of their photographs and a critique of their current texts.


The participants are asked to bring small prints (10–30 images) from an existing project and any current texts about you or your work.


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32

60311 Frankfurt.

Language: English
Price members: 400 EUR
Price non members: 500 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 4 / max. 6 persons
Registration deadline: Oktober 02, 2020
Duration: 1 day

As photographers, you are visual people, yet you are dependent on words to describe, explain, strengthen and promote your work. In this workshop you will spend a day with American curator and writer, Alison Nordström, to improve and clarify the way you use words in relation to your photography with an emphasis on international practice. We will consider titles and captions, the “elevator speech”, the artist’s statement, exhibition wall texts, social media, press releases, photo books, working with writers, and conversational gambits for portfolio reviews. Participants will receive a review of their photographs and a critique of their current writing.


Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, writer and curator specializing in photography. Her long career in the field includes positions as Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), and Senior Curator of Photographs, Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House (NY). She has worked extensively with photographers and photographic institutions in Europe, Asia and the Americas; Her essays have been published by Aperture, Dewi Lewis, Kehrer Verlag, Steidl, Radius, Daylight, Routledge and University of Texas Press, among others. She has curated over 100 photographic exhibitions in nine countries, including Lewis Hine, Truth/Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945, and Ideas in Things: Photography and Materiality. In 2015 and 2016 she was artistic Director of Fotofestiwal Lodz, in Poland. She was the curator of Joan Fontcuberta: Crisis of History for the Hamburg Photographic Triennial in 2018, and is the curator of Findings: Photographs by Torben Eskerod opening at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in October 2020. She is currently a Research Associate in Photography at Harvard University.

    Sign up now for the workshop with Alison Nordström!

    After the submission of your data we will send you a confirmation by e-mail. This e-mail also includes the bank information for the transfer of the workshop fee. Your payment should reach our account fourteen days before the start of the workshop and is necessary for the participation. In the event of your absence without prior notice of at least 14 days we can unfortunately not refund the fee of the workshop.

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    Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at or telephone at +49 (0) 69 291726 if you have any questions regarding workshop schedule, registration or payment.

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