* * APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED * *
3-DAY WORKSHOP WITH GREG GIRARD
“PHOTOGRAPHING WHERE YOU DON’T BELONG”
FRIDAY JAN 31 + SATURDAY FEB 1 + SUNDAY FEB 2, 2020
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Photographing where you don’t belong is the best way to know how far photography can take you!
Join us and acclaimed Vancouver-based photographer Greg Girard for a most exciting journey in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, spending three full days with him exploring his phenomenal 3-decade rich experience working in East Asia – an unparalleled visual account of urban transformations and street photography prowess – and sharing his unique artistic insights through portfolio reviews and a directed assignment. Participants will have a selection of their assignment images featured in a special edition publication printed by FotoFilmic.
Greg Girard is a noted juror of the FOTOFILMIC18 exhibition, scheduled to open in Seoul at The Reference on January 30, 2020.
© Cover image: Greg Girard, House on Huashan Lu, 2006. From the series Phantom Shanghai.
ABOUT GREG GIRARD
Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer who has spent much of his career in Asia. His work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia, especially in its largest cities, for more than three decades. He is the author of several photographic books. City of Darkness Revisited, published 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their influential book, City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City (Watermark, 1993). Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, his photographic monograph, Phantom Shanghai (Magenta, Toronto, 2007), with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, looks at the rapid and at times violent changes in China’s largest city as Shanghai raced to remake itself at the beginning of the 21st Century.
Other recent titles include Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983, (Magenta, Toronto, 2019), Hotel Okinawa, (The Velvet Cell, Osaka, 2017); Under Vancouver 1972-1982 (Magenta, Toronto, 2017); Hanoi Calling (Magenta, Toronto, 2010); and In the Near Distance (Kominek, Berlin, 2010), a collection of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986.
The International Centre of Photography in New York featured his series “Half the Surface of the World”, a survey of US military bases and their host communities in Asia, in 2012. His work is in the collection of National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, M+ Museum Hong Kong, and other public and private collections. He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, and is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.
How possible is it to make meaningful work in a country you’ve never been? In an environment where you can’t verbally communicate? In a place you’ve only experienced second-hand via social media, mainstream media, film, books etc? Or in a city you know next to nothing about but where, for one reason or another, you find yourself?
Greg Girard will present work from his thirty-year career living in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, photographing across Asia, including Korea, from the 1970s until now. He will discuss the approaches that have served in producing books like “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City”, “Phantom Shanghai”, “Hotel Okinawa” and other bodies of work about places where in one way or another Girard began as an “outsider”. In a globalized world where images are untethered from geography, what does it mean to be a photographer from “elsewhere”?
Participants will present portfolios of current work for review and & photograph an assignment in Seoul. A small publication featuring works from the participants produced during the workshop will be published by FotoFilmic. Participants will each receive a copy.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Morning: guest artist Greg Girard presentation + assignment hand out
Afternoon: participants’ portfolio reviews
Evening: participants start shooting their assignment the first evening
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
All day: participants’ portfolio reviews
Evening: participants continue shooting their assignment the second evening
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
All day: assignment critique + final editing for FotoFilmic publication
EARLY MARCH 2020
Seoul Limited Edition FotoFilmic Print Publication copies mailed to participants
WORKSHOP LOCATION: SEOUL 서울
The workshop will take place in the heart of Seoul in the bustling Jongno District at The Reference, a new media publishing platform and exhibition space launched in 2018 and founded by Kim Jeong Eun. Kim has been a top Korean photography curator and publisher since 2007 as editor-in-chief of the contemporary art magazine IANN, and the chief curator of DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE 2012 and curator of SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010. The Reference aims to introduce the best of the contemporary photography scene of Asia to the rest of the world, and will be hosting in a reverse role the FOTOFILMIC18 traveling exhibition from January 30 to March 7, 2020.
44 Jahamun-ro 24gil, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea (03042)
3-DAY WORKSHOP TUITION
(early bird applications closed Oct. 25)
FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE (REVISED)
Final applications for the last workshop seat must be received by Sunday November 10, 2019 at Midnight PST.
All applications are free of charge (no fee). Up to 15 participants will be selected to attend. Early bird selected participants will be contacted after October 25, with the remaining open seats to be filled on a first-come first-served basis. The workshop is open to both film and digital photographers and will be conducted in English.
WORKSHOP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
A $400 deposit will be required upon being selected to confirm participation. Registration balances will be due in full by Dec.5, 2019.
SEMINAR LOCATION & TIME
Hosting Venue: The Reference
Location: 44 Jahamun-ro 24-gil
Seoul, South Korea
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Flights and accommodations are not included. Detailed transportation directions & lodging information will be provided upon registration.
Complimentary coffee, tea and small snacks will be provided every morning.
CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS
Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted before Dec 5, 2019 at the latest to receive a refund. Please note all deposits are subject to a $250 USD cancelation fee. Cancelation requests received after Dec 5, 2019 will be declined. In the event the workshop was not meeting minimum enrolment or needed to be canceled for any reason, deposits will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refund if the workshop gets canceled. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.
For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at firstname.lastname@example.org