lecturerphoto: Mustafah Abdulaziz


Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986, New York City) is a Berlin-based photographer & director.
For over ten years his work has focused on the human impact of climate change by bringing vital stories to the public through large-scale installations around the world.

He is the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, a grantee of National Geographic, and a former fellow of the Alicia Patterson and Bertha Foundations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times, TIME, and Der Spiegel. His work has been collected by the Mercedes- Benz Collection in Berlin and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Mustafah Abdulaziz
weekend seminar

“Concept to Completion” will explore the work and creative methods of making long-term documentary photography projects.

This seminar will explore how creating meaningful projects are a reflection of the individual’s unique experiences, their evolution across a period of time, and the fostering of personal vision and humanistic understanding of the subject matter creates a photographic voice that can be applied to the world around them.

We will begin with a combination of conceptual theory and the selection of topic, followed by research and development with practical organization and logistical skills. We will endeavor to combine the conceptual with the day-to-day challenges and apply what we discuss and learn actively in the work each participant creates. We will touch on how communication, sequence & narrative editing, grant writing, and unorthodox project pitching can form a project’s backbone for gathering support in a saturated market.

Participants are encouraged to bring existing projects or use this seminar as a jumping-off point for new work. The goal of the year is to assist participants in developing practical techniques that are specific to their style and direction, whilst helping to reveal where future work needs to be done.

This seminar will be held in english language.

The seminar will include visits to studios of colleagues and culminate in a curated public presentation of the work created during the seminar year.

sat 10am – 6pm

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