Archiving The Self: A Photography Workshop

Visual Arts
Photography
Workshops / Masterclass
Saturday, 2nd March 2024
From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (IST)
₹ 2000 + GST

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How often do you feel the urge to capture the essence of your inner world through the lens? Our mind is full of unexplored introspections and fascinating vignettes. How do we turn the camera on ourselves to reveal inner truths, lingering thoughts, or even aspirational scenarios?

Embark on a unique self-portraiture workshop with Photographer, Writer, and Educator Zahra Amiruddin where the camera becomes a vehicle for storytelling. From learning global perspectives through photobooks to making portraits outdoors followed by a review session and group discussion on the captured images, the workshop will guide you in turning your camera into a tool for self-discovery.

Whether you seek to visualize your internal landscape or craft imaginative narratives, join us to learn the art of self-portraiture that goes beyond just taking pictures. Beginners are warmly invited to join in!

Highlights:

1.     Learn about global approaches to self-portraiture through engaging with photobooks from the JOJO Library & Bookshop.

2.     Understand how self-portraiture serves as a tool for deep reflection.

3.     Move beyond typical documentary styles; learn photography styles that infuse your personal story into each shot.

4.     Uncover your unique style of expression, making your self-portraits stand out.



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Archiving The Self: A Photography Workshop
Archiving The Self: A Photography Workshop
Archiving The Self: A Photography Workshop
Archiving The Self: A Photography Workshop

Faculty

Zahra Amiruddin

Zahra Amiruddin

Photographer, Writer, and Educator

Zahra Amiruddin is an independent writer, photographer, and educator specializing in visual practices and contemporary art. Her interests include ethnographic studies, astronomy, personal narratives and family histories. Her work has been featured in national and international publications, and in solo and group exhibitions in India, Greece, South Korea and Indonesia. In 2021 her work was published as supporting text in Between Doors, a photo book about North Korea. She is currently developing a collaborative project with Eight Thirty, a women’s photography collective that works across different locations in India.

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Editions Jojo
Editions Jojo

Press Coverage

Archiving The Self

Archiving The Self

Sunday, February 25, 2024 Sunday Mumbai Mirror
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A self-portrait workshop with Zahra Amiruddin

A self-portrait workshop with Zahra Amiruddin

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Indian Express
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Brief History of Portrait Photography

The theme of portraiture was initially depicted through paintings. In the late 1800s, the tradition of self-portraiture emerged in the field of photography. Robert Cornelius, a self-proclaimed 'mathematician,' captured the very first example of a self-portrait photograph in 1839 using the camera obscura in his family’s store in Philadelphia. Louis Daguerre, a French painter, invented the Daguerreotype in the late 1830s. The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process and also the first permanent photograph, leading to an increase in the trend of portrait photography. The journey of portraiture gained momentum with the Kodak camera, and it continues to play a significant role in the 21st century in the digital world of selfies. Vivian Maier, Deana Lawson, Andy Warhol, Jun Ahn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Liu Bolin, Francesca Woodman, Carrie Mae Weems, and Trish Morrissey are some famous self-portrait photographers.

 

Self-Portraits - An Experimental and Creative Medium for Photographers

The practice of self-portraiture has proven to be an invaluable journey for photographers, fostering substantial growth and skill refinement. Beyond offering a platform for capturing individual perspectives, engaging in self-portraiture serves as a dynamic challenge, pushing photographers to elevate both their technical prowess and creative acumen.

One of the therapeutic aspects inherent in self-portraits lies in their capacity for introspection and self-expression. Through the lens of a camera, photographers delve into their emotions, identities, and lived experiences, forging a profound connection with both themselves and their subjects. This exploration often results in a heightened understanding of one's inner self, enriching the narrative woven into their photographic work.

However, self-portraiture presents its own unique set of challenges. Despite these challenges, it offers photographers the advantage of encouraging bold experimentation and risk-taking in the realms of editing and creative expression. With absolute control over the production process, photographers can manipulate images, explore novel techniques, and push boundaries without external constraints.

 

Photobooks -Tangible Representation of Photos

Photobooks have emerged as a new field of study and artistic expression in the realm of photography. Photobooks provide a platform for photographers to showcase their work and tell visual stories. The key element of a photobook is the presence of a visual narrative that originates from a specific intention and unfolds within the pages of the book. While text may or may not accompany the photographs, it is the visual storytelling that takes center stage. Photobooks serve as a source of visual inspiration, reflecting not only the photographer's technical skills but also their unique perspective and personality. Through carefully curated images, these books offer viewers an opportunity to understand and visualize the world around them through another person's lens. In today's age of digital dominance, where images are often consumed fleetingly on screens, photobooks provide a tangible representation of captured emotions. Holding a physical book allows individuals to engage with photography on a deeper level, fostering a connection between the viewer and the image that goes beyond fleeting digital encounters

 

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