FRI, Jul 20, 2018, 6PM

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July 21/22, 2018, 10am–6pm


Objects, materiality, memory, history, concept

Workshop schedule

Day 1: Meet at 10 am. Mendel will give a short introduction and present diverse photographic approaches. After the discussion, the group will begin making photographs.

Day 2: Meet at 10 am. The previous day’s work will be viewed and edited and further ideas will be discussed. At the conclusion of the workshop each participant will have produced their own set of images, but the dialogue within the group is crucial so the final output is also a group endeavour: a lattice of images and memory connecting all the people taking part.


Participants will be asked to bring a variety of items (these could be documents, objects, even non-physical like anecdotes and crucial memories) relating to their own emotional and social legacy. The participants should bring their digital cameras and laptops. Participants must bring 3 to 5 images in digital form which they can use to briefly introduce themselves or their past work.


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt

Language: English
Price members: 250 EUR
Price non members: 350 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 8 | max. 15 persons
Registration deadline: June 29, 2018

This workshop will focus on the depiction of objects, materiality, memory and history in direct relationship with family history, personal memory or feelings. Participants will be asked to bring a variety of items (these could be documents, objects, even non-physical like anecdotes and crucial memories) relating to their own emotional and social legacy. A wide range of approaches is equally valid, from deeply individual/personal engagement through to more social and historical approaches.

The collaborative engagement with Gideon Mendel will focus on visual responses to these items – and an interrogation of how they might be depicted photographically. In essence this will be an ‘anti still life’ workshop and a deeply personal process is anticipated. The focus of the workshop will be on finding ways to make these objects and the stories they represent meaningful to a wider audience.

This process is linked with Mendel’s personal photographic journey, working with a variety of documents relating to his father’s history of fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s along with the photo albums from his mother’s childhood, also from Germany in that period. So the workshop will be closely to his experience and current practice of working with objects and ‘interrogating’ their materiality.

This will be an active hands-on experience with a conceptual overlay consisting of a series of individual and group feedback sessions. All participants are asked to bring digital cameras and laptops to allow for rapid experimentation and assessment of work.

Gideon Mendel’s intimate style of image-making and long-term commitment to socially engaged projects has earned him international acclaim. Born in Johannesburg in 1959, Mendel established his career with his searing photographs of the final years of apartheid. In 1991 he moved to London, and continued to respond to global issues, especially HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, Mendel has been working on Drowning World, an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change. Solo shows of Drowning World have been shown at many galleries and public installations around the world, most recently at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. During 2016, Mendel received the inaugural Jackson Pollock Prize for Creativity and the Greenpeace Photo Award. Shortlisted for the Prix Pictet in 2015, he has also received the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, the Amnesty International Media Award and six World Press awards.

    Sign up now for the workshop with Gideon Mendel

    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.

    Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at anmeldung@fffrankfurt.org or telephone at 069 291726 if you have any questions regarding workshop schedule, registration or payment.

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