Photography from a female perspective and a masterclass “Stadt-Geschichten”

FFF Academy programme 2020 – first quarter

30 workshops and lectures make up the programme of the FFF Academy 2020. Highlight in summer: a photo excursion to Sicily. The focus at the beginning of the year is on internationally renowned female photographers and the female gaze in photography.

Women in photography, renowned female photographers and the female gaze will shape the programme of the FFF Academy in the first months of the new year 2020. In her workshop “UNFAMILIAR/FAMILIAR – FINDING INTIMACY” at the beginning of February, World Press Photo winner Simona Ghizzoni (IT) deals with the question of how photography can create personal closeness and intimacy. Photography has often been a kind of therapy for her, says the Italian photographer, who deals with her psyche and inner worlds. She became internationally known with “Odd Days”, a work about eating disorders and the self-portrait series “Rayuela” about the ambivalent relationship between man and nature. (Workshop, Saturday, Feb 1st, 2020, 10 am–5 pm; register now)

Alessandra Capodacqua (IT), experienced and accomplished smartphone photographer for many years, conveys in her workshop “THE ART OF MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY” a wealth of know-how and tips on taking pictures with the smartphone camera and on how to use image editing apps. In addition, the Italian photo artist and curator shows how to produce high-quality artistic images with iPhone or Android devices. (Workshop, Sunday, Feb 2nd, 2020, 10 am–6 pm; More information)  

Donata Pizzi, Italian photographer as well passionate collector, will give numerous guided tours and two lectures about “COLLEZIONE DONATA PIZZI”, one of the few collections worldwide with works exclusively by women photographers. To date, Pizzi has collected more than 200 works by some 70 female Italian photographers from 1965 to the present day. The collection encompasses a wide range of conceptual and artistic positions, reflects contemporary history as seen from a female perspective, and uses numerous examples to illustrate aesthetic, iconographic and technological developments within the history of photography. (Lectures, Saturday, Feb 1st and Mar 14, 2020, each 6 pm).

Around 150 works from the “Collezione Donata Pizzi” will be shown at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt from 01.02.–26.04.2020 in the exhibition RESISTANCE & SENSIBILITY. The show focuses on the lives of women. Expressive photographic moments of female diversity, women behind the camera and five decades of photography are on display.

Starting in February, Heinrich Voelkel (DE), multiple award-winning Ostkreuz photographer, will explore photographic narratives about the city with a masterclass at the FFF Academy, observing STADT-GESCHICHTEN” (TALES OF THE CITY). In four meetings, the participants will deal with urban space, its inhabitants, its architecture and its spheres – telling the stories with pictures. (Masterclass is starting on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020, 10 am–6 pm; register now)

KRITISCHE LANDSCHAFTSFOTOGRAFIE” (CRITICAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY) is the topic of the workshop of the renowned photographer Olaf Otto Becker (DE) at the end of April. Over two weekends, the workshop will focus on the conception and production of your own series, as well as tackling questions about working the landscape with large format cameras, medium and small formats and digital techniques. (Workhop, Saturday/Sunday, Apr 25/26, each 10 am–6 pm; and Oct 31/Nov 1st, each 10 am–6 pm; Register now)

Workshops with Delphine Bedel (FR), Uwe H. Martin (DE), Alison Nordström (US), Emily Schiffer (US) and many others will follow in theyear. As a highlight of the summer programme, a photo-workshop excursion to Sicily with renowned female photographers is planned.

The programme of the FFF Academy 2020 includes 30 workshops and lectures as well as various events, which will again convey current positions and issues in photography. The workshops, most of which last two days, focus on dialogue and practice. The lecturers are internationally renowned photographers who discuss the participants' work on the basis of the respective topic and develop ideas and concepts for photographic projects together with them.

For photographic equipment please note: FFF sponsor Olympus provides all workshop participants with high-quality cameras for testing. Lending is free of charge. 

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