Project South Africa 2012
Photography as a Force of Change
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Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: June 3 - 16, 2012
Cost: $4650 for Dual Occupancy. Single supplement cost: $585.
Please contact our office for itinerary and travel information.
- Momenta provides each student with a detailed questionnaire to match that student's interest with a nonprofit in South Africa
- Each student will get their own nonprofit to work with, based on feedback from our pre-workshop student questionnaire
- Momenta will handle all pre-workshop logistics for nonprofit assignments including introductions to each nonprofit occuring about 1-2 weeks before the workshop
- Student work benefits small, local nonprofits in their need to publicize and project their activities to new audiences
- Momenta presents an intensive instruction on Photo Mechanic and photo asset archiving
- Students receive daily personal reviews with lead instructor and Momenta staff
- Regular slideshows, lectures and group critiques
- Daily mentoring and story development editing
- Voluntary multimedia instruction for interested attendees
- Lectures on narrative storytelling, elements of a photo story and history of documentary photography
- Final slideshow and party hosted by Momenta for all students, nonprofit staff, general public and members of the photographic community
The "Mother City" is calling you! As you embark on this journey with us, our wonderful hosts, the nonprofits of South Africa will welcome you with open arms. As a city of contrasts and contradictions, Cape Town is an ideal place to experience the thriving modernity of Africa city life and the small, rural townships just on her outskirts.
Momenta takes great pride in the organizations we have cultivated for this workshop. You will find inspiring photographic opportunities while working with these small, local, underfunded nonprofits in the city center and the townships.
Cape Town is one of the most comfortable Project Workshop destinations. The hotels are of a much higher caliber, the modern amenities the city offers are astounding and the nonprofits are amazingly organized and functional. This level of comfort clears the way for you to focus on challenging yourself to make the best pictures possible for your personal goals.
We work with NGOs of varying specialization and scale. From agriculture to animal rights to outreach to street children, there are so many fascinating documentary images to find in Cape Town. Workshop attendees will be given the task of creating a compelling visual or multimedia narrative in conjunction with their assigned nonprofit.
Each nonprofit assignment is chosen based on an extended questionnaire from each student on their goals for the workshop and their own personal photographic vision. Each photographer's answers are taken in to account to help us pair you with the best nonprofit to help you achieve your goals.
Our NGO / nonprofit Project workshops allow for the freedom in scheduling based on the photographer's and nonprofit's vision. Each student will meet with the instructors on a one-on-one basis to discuss their photography, their assigned nonprofits and develop a strategy based on the student's aspirations for their photography growth.
A wonderful new addition to our curriculum in 2012 is the collaboration of Momenta Workshops and Leica Camera during our Project Workshop series. All photographers on this trip will have the opportunity to borrow and demo the digital Leica M9 camera bodies and lenses to use in their nonprofit photo stories. We will have a special lecture during orientation about the use of Leica cameras and their great history in documentary photography.
During the workshop, our staff and instructors stand at the ready to help attendees navigate their way to the successful conclusion of their narrative project. We tailor this workshop specifically to each student on a personal level so you leave with the best international workshop experience and the strongest portfolio of nonprofit work possible. Email our offices today at email@example.com for an itinerary or call us at 202 688 1448 to speak to someone directly about this workshop.
Workshop fees include: hotel accommodations including a hot breakfast each day as indicated on the itinerary, nonprofit coordination and assignments, one-on-one access to an instructor for daily critiques, personalized portfolio reviews, a custom student handbook, all workshop materials, daily slideshows and lectures, software and equipment training as well as an opening night and closing night dinner hosted by Momenta to celebrate the start and close of the workshop!
Workshop fees do not include: international airfare, early arrival or late departure accommodations, meals visa fees (if applicable), travel insurance, medical costs, items of personal nature including phone calls, laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
About your Instructors
Jeff Hutchens was chosen as one of "PDN's 30" and he has been awarded POYi, NPPA and WHNPA awards for his work. Jeff is also the host of a six-part travel/adventure series airing on the National Geographic Channel. The show follows him and his filmmaker brother as they document far-flung regions of China through their respective lenses.
Jeff will be joining co-instructor Jamie Rose, our Director of Workshops. Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography and has lead this particular workshop for the past two years. She has been interviewed by Photo District News, News Photographer Magazine and numerous online publications about the importance of nonprofit photography for documentarians. In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations' IPC's Photographers Leadership Award. She has won numerous awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work including the prestigious White House News Photographers' Association Project Grant for her portfolio of nonprofit work from Africa.
Learn more about your instructors by visiting Our Instructors page.
For More Information
Please email our staff for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach Director of Workshops Jamie Rose between the hours of 9:00 a.m - 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at our offices at 202.688.1448.
This trip is amazingly fun and inspiring but it is not easy. You will work long hours. Your instructors will give you daily challenges and push you to new heights with your photography. We will encourage you to stretch and think creatively. You may encounter people who are challenging to photograph. You may have to shoot in dark rooms or outside at high noon. You may have stressful days of tough logistics. While we will be there to help you, support you and give you tips on the best way to handle a situation as a professional, you will need to take as much responsibility for your progress as much as we do.
Also, please note students need to provide their own equipment, including laptop, cameras and software. We recommend having Photoshop or Lightroom on your computer when you arrive. We also arrange for a two month downloadable trial version of Photo Mechanic for all our students and we have arranged with the software company so you can purchase the program at the conclusion of the workshop at a discounted rate. We will send you a detailed packing list to this nature before the workshop so you will be prepared for your trip.
Please contact us for more information about this workshop today.