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Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Workshop December 2019

In Photography, Photography News, Workshop in Motion, Workshop News on August 26, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Workshop December 2019

When: 7th – 11th December 2019

 On the way to school. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap © Photograph by Jack Picone

 

Reportage Photography Workshops will hold its next roving workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s fastest-growing town and the jumping-off point for the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor. With a maximum of 12 participants, the 5-day event will provide an opportunity to explore the cultural riches and social dynamism of this exotic corner of the world.

With the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins on its doorstep, Siem Reap and surrounding areas offer endless photographic possibilities. The town itself has gone from backwater to boomtown in the space of a decade, and traditional Khmer culture coexists with the emergence of a new, hip generation of Cambodians. As well as the vast temple complex of Angkor, nearby are floating villages with traditional stilted houses, the rural beauty of Tonle Sap Lake and the flooded forest of Komplong Phhluk.

Celebrated photographer, artist and filmmakerStephen Dupont and Documentary photographer  Jack Picone  will work in tandem to deliver an immersive, insightful and enriching learning experience.

The workshop’s schedule will be engaging, energising and highly rewarding.

An introductory get-together will be held on the evening of the 6th of Dec. before the workshop’s formal start on the morning of 7th of Dec. Like any working documentary photographer, you will be given an assignment brief to interpret as you wish. (The brief will be announced two weeks before the workshop to provide you with time to research possible topics before you arrive.) The aim is to produce a documentary photo-essay with a striking visual narrative to be shown on the final evening of the workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 11th.

Stephen and Jack will hold one to one and group sessions to supervise, critique and edit participants assignments. Intensive dialogue is promoted on topics such as; photographic composition, portraiture, advanced camera techniques, how to research ideas and tell an original story, how to market a body of work and how to hone your personal style.

Early evenings are peppered with lively discussions concerning the aesthetics, philosophy and politics underpinning photography as a medium and with digital projections of both Stephen’s and Jack’s work and other noteworthy photographers.

 

“Enterprising.” A girl draws to glean donations from tourists en route to temples. Siem Reap, Cambodia  © Photograph by Jack Picone

 

Cost: US$ 1,955. Includes all workshop sessions. Workshop cost does not include travel costs to Siem Reap and accommodation.

Application: The workshop is strictly limited to 12 participants. A $US500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure a place.

Registration: To receive further information or to request a registration form, please contact: jack@jackpicone.com

Please Note: Siem Reap is a safe destination. That said and within a cautionary context, Reportage Workshops advise that all participants take out medical/travel insurance for the Siem Reap workshop. 


 

References and Links:

Stephen Dupont

Website

Netflix

World Press Photo

Jack Picone

Website

YouTube 

Wikipedia

 

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On Being A Fujifilm | X-Photographer

In Photography, Photography News on August 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM

As a Fujifilm AmbassadorI often get the chance to explore and author photographs with Fujifilm’s ‘thinking out of the box cameras.’ Chinese Opera actors on stage during a performance at Chiao Eng Biao Shrine, Bang Rak Shrine. Sathon Bangkok.
© Photograph by Jack Picone

Have a peek at recent photographs I made with Fujifilm’s X-T3 and X100S cameras.

The X100S was launched in 2013 and has now been superseded by the X100F. Even so, I continue to use it. It is small, ‘quite’ and unobtrusive, a trilogy of psychology in making photographs that is invaluable. Combine this with the legendary and brilliant Fujifilm film science, and it is as relevant today as the day it was released.

Fujifilm’s X-T3 is a triumph of science and art. It is liberating creatively for any photographer who picks it up and puts it to their eye.

Does being a Fujifilm Ambassador make my preceding comments bias? Clearly, ‘yes’ but it is worth keeping in mind if either of these cameras were other than the way I communicate them than you would be reading precisely that.

Two short photo-essays with the X100S and X-T3:

The X100S Chinese Opera in Bangkok

The XT3 Revisiting Rwanda 

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RWANDA PEACE VII/F The VII Foundation

In Photography, Photography News on April 16, 2019 at 12:58 PM

April 2019 is the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
As you read this, Rwandan people are midst 100 days of mourning.
The final number of people who died (and maimed) in the most violent, base and horrific of circumstances has never truly been quantified. Educated estimates place the death toll, conservatively, at one million people. Previously unknown mass grave sites are still being discovered, today. The depth and breadth and vast scale of death solicit inevitable comparisons of the wholesale slaughter of the Jewish community during the second world war and the Cambodian genocide in South-Esat Asia.

In 1994, I documented and reported on the genocide as it unfolded. After crossing the border illegally from Uganda with fellow photographer and friend Stephen Dupont we quickly realized that we had easily, too easily, walked through a door into hell on earth. In front of us was; a burnt, blighted, broken, bomb and a bullet-scarred landscape peppered with the dismembered dead. We ricochet across Rwanda in the back of pick-up gun trucks with the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). At times we crossed paths and interviewed the RPF’s leader Major General Kagame (now President Kagame) as he led his men and pushed towards the capital Kigali to regain power, he saw was theirs. During the battle for RPF to regain power, Rwanda spiralled into a politically toxic and human abyss. Rwanda almost fell off the edge of the world. Such was the heightened level of destructiveness, horror and carnage dispensed by both Tutsis and Hutus it is not implausible to suggest that Rwanda may have never been seen again. It was on the cusp of annihilation.

Fast forward >> to the Twenty-First Century; The VII Foundation is examing countries now at peace (like Rwanda in this case) critically and with rigour and by dispatching leading photographers and writers of war to those countries where they first reported from during the conflict to consider them contemporarily.
Some of the other countries and regions included in the series include; Iraq, Cambodia, Bosnia, Colombia and The Middle East.

I have recently returned from Rwanda working with The VII Foundation VII/F documentary film crew making a feature-length documentary film re-tracing the dark journey I made in 1994. I was assigned by VII Foundation Directors Gary Knight, Ron Haviv and Directed and collaborated with Fiona Turner. On the
ground in Rwanda, I collaborated with the erudite VII Cinematographers and photographers, Christopher Morris and Maciek Nabrdalik our translator and Rwandan all things cultural ambassador was Gadi Habumugisha. Peter Klein the legendary Producer, Director and Founder of The Global Reporting Centre kept us all flying at a high altitude and being the best we could be.

As quintessentially important and necessary as it is documenting war, media is often absorbed with documenting wars as they unfold. The distinction here is, the VII Foundation Peace Project is innovative in adjusting the balance by extending the documentation and the conversation to be more inclusive of the aftermath of war. It is an exploration of countries previously ravaged by war, considering the legacy and impact of war upon their specific culture and country. It is rooted in reflectively making an attempt to quantify the ‘quality of peace’ in post-war time and most importantly – maintaining peace.

Our Rwanda at Peace documentary is in the editing suite for a while yet but as soon as I hear of a release date. I’ll make a post about where and when it can be viewed for those interested.
I have attached a random précis of photographs made during the 1994 genocide (as historical documents) and some contemporary photographs of Rwanda in 2019 – at Peace.

 

Rwanda April 1994

 

An RPF rebel soldier advances towards Kigali during the Rwandan genocide, Rwanda.

 

Rwanda February 2019

Alice Mukarurinda (right) and the genocidaire Emmanuel Ndayisaba (left). Emmanual viciously attacked Alice during the genocide cutting her hand off and leaving her for dead. Against all odds, both have reconciled with each other and now teach reconciliation to fellow perpetrators and victims caught up in the 1994 genocide.

Ecotourism (above and below) is a major contributor to Rwanda’s growing economy. In these photographs, Rwandans perform for foreign tourists at The Guardian Village an Eco lodge in Ruhengeri.

Belancila (Laurencie Nyirabeza’s close friend who was murdered during the genocide) Taba, Kigali.

Poignant and pervading photographs installation at the Kigali Genocide Memorial of Rwandans who were slaughtered in the 1994 genocide.

Ruth Mukankuranga mid-class at Karushaka, Prefecture, Kigali. Pre the 1994 genocide many teachers imparted discrimination against ethnic Tutsis via anti-Tutsi writings within school textbooks.

Agnes Nyiransabimana (red headdress) Pyrethrum flower farm owner with her workers harvesting Pyrethrum flowers outside of Ruhengeri (or Musanze) a city in northwest Rwanda.

 

A one on one interview (Jack Picone green jacket) with The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame (blue windcheater). Producer, Peter Klein (far right).

Dairy cow shepherds care for their cows, Rubavu (former Gisenyi), Rwanda.

“Bringing in the wheat” (and below) outside of Ruhengeri (or Musanze) a city in northwest Rwanda. It’s the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.                       

 

This is “Umuganda,” a community cleanup held on the last Saturday of every month. It is the reason that Rwanda is known as the cleanest city on the African continent. Kigali, Rwanda.

Daily life in and around Kigali’s CBD.

Daily life in and around Kigali’s CBD.

Dairy cow shepherds care for their cows, Rubavu (former Gisenyi), Rwanda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Workshop December 2019

In Photography, Photography News, Workshop in Motion, Workshop News on January 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Workshop December 2019

When: 7th – 11 December 2019

 On the way to school. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap © Photograph by Jack Picone

Reportage Photography Workshops will hold its next roving workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s fastest-growing town and the jumping-off point for the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor. With a maximum of 12 participants, the 5-day event will provide an opportunity to explore the cultural riches and social dynamism of this exotic corner of the world.

With the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins on its doorstep, Siem Reap and surrounding areas offer endless photographic possibilities. The town itself has gone from backwater to boomtown in the space of a decade, and traditional Khmer culture coexists with the emergence of a new, hip generation of Cambodians. As well as the vast temple complex of Angkor, nearby are floating villages with traditional stilted houses, the rural beauty of Tonle Sap Lake and the flooded forest of Komplong Phhluk.

Celebrated photographer, artist and filmmaker Stephen Dupont and Documentary photographer Jack Picone will work in tandem to deliver an immersive, insightful and enriching learning experience. 

The workshop’s schedule will be engaging, energising and highly rewarding. 

An introductory get-together will be held on the evening of the 6th of Dec. before the workshop’s formal start on the morning of 7th of Dec. Like any working documentary photographer, you will be given an assignment brief to interpret as you wish. (The brief will be announced two weeks before the workshop to provide you with time to research possible topics before you arrive.) The aim is to produce a documentary photo-essay with a striking visual narrative to be shown on the final evening of the workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 11th.

Stephen and Jack will hold one to one and group sessions to supervise, critique and edit participants assignments. Intensive dialogue is promoted on topics such as; photographic composition, portraiture, advanced camera techniques, how to research ideas and tell an original story, how to market a body of work and how to hone your personal style.

Early evenings are peppered with lively discussions concerning the aesthetics, philosophy and politics underpinning photography as a medium and with digital projections of both Stephen’s and Jack’s work and other noteworthy photographers.

 

“Enterprising.” A girl draws to glean donations from tourists en route to temples. Siem Reap, Cambodia  © Photograph by Jack Picone

 

Cost: US$ 1,955. Includes all workshop sessions. Workshop cost does not include travel costs to Siem Reap and accommodation.

Application: The workshop is strictly limited to 12 participants. A $US500 deposit will be required at the time of booking to secure a place.

Registration: To receive further information or to request a registration form, please contact: jack@jackpicone.com

Please Note: Siem Reap is a safe destination. That said and within a cautionary context, Reportage Workshops advise that all participants take out medical/travel insurance for the Siem Reap workshop. 


 

References and Links:

Stephen Dupont

Website

Netflix

World Press Photo

Jack Picone

Website

YouTube 

Wikipedia