May 27, 2020 - June 2, 2020$1700
Instructor: Anush Babajanyan
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Dates: May 27 – June 2, 2020
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 7
Scholarships: Applications will open on February 3, 2020. To be alerted when the call is open, please email email@example.com with your interest. (Applicants must be citizens and residents of Armenia to be eligible for a scholarship.)
Yerevan is a sunny and vibrant city, especially in the beautiful season of late spring. The magic of Yerevan is in its diversity; it is both active and peaceful, both modern and old. It is a place where the very welcoming Armenian and Caucasian tradition mixes with the Soviet and the European; a city where the liveliness of the central area starkly contrasts with the bucolic villages that surround it.
Anush Babajanyan has lived and worked in Yerevan for years. Still, for her, this city is always a place to explore and gain new understanding, and she would love to do that together with you. Anush will guide and support each of the participants of this seven-day workshop in the creation of a complete body of work.
This workshop in Yerevan will be very hands on. You’ll spend many hours every day exploring Yerevan with the help of local fixers and building your photo essay. Anush will work together with you ahead of the workshop to decide the theme of your story.
You’ll continually return to the workshop location to review the images with Anush — discussing individual photographs, addressing technical questions, toning, and selecting images, and also zooming out and understanding how the story is moving forward, and what directions should be taken to complete it. During these individual and often group sessions, there will also be general discussions on the industry, career advice, and conversations about social media.
All participants will present their newly created stories to the whole group on the last day of the workshop in a closing event, where fixers are also invited.
This workshop in Yerevan intends to give you an experience that builds you up — an experience of exploring Yerevan and Armenia, addressing challenges while working, and developing yourself not only as a photographer but as a storyteller, with Anush supporting you all along the way.
Photographers of any level of experience are welcome. The preferred software is Lightroom.
Every day will be a mixture of shooting and classroom time spent with Anush and the group. Your story will determine your daily schedule.
About the Instructor
Armenian photographer Anush Babajanyan is a member of the VII Photo Agency, focusing her work on social narratives related to women, issues of minorities, environment and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among others.
In addition to working extensively in the Caucasus, she also continues to photograph in Central Asia and around the world.
Much of Anush Babajanyan’s recent activity has been dedicated to peace-building processes between Armenia and Turkey. In 2016, she co-founded the #BridgingStories project that brings together young photographers from Turkey and Armenia, in an effort to bridge peace between the two nations.
Anush is currently working on a project on water management in Central Asia, supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society.
Her photography has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Foreign Policy Magazine. She has worked with UNICEF and various other international organizations. Anush Babajanyan is the winner of the 2019 Canon Female Photojournalist Grant.
Applicants must be citizens and residents of Armenia to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications will open on February 3, 2020. To be alerted when the call is open, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
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“Anush is an incredibly warm person, that made me feel so welcome and comfortable during the workshop with her in Sri Lanka. She is able to push you, and really inspire, in an environment where a lot of learning happens. In the 10 days working with her, Anush was able to transform me, as a photographer and storyteller. I discovered how I see the world, with her guidance, and am now able to present that through photography.” – Jordan Sirek
“Anush, you offered an ideal blend of encouragement, honesty, support and most importantly, professional criticism in our Sri Lanka workshop. You have a gentle way about you that allowed me to come into my own growth as a photographer and as a human. You are patient beyond words, and you juggled everybody’s questions with equality and respect, while never letting on if you were tired or possibly frustrated with hearing a question over and over. I sincerely hope I’ll be able to join you for another workshop, as I’m sure we’ll pick up where we left off and you’ll push, bend, stretch me even further.” – Tracy Barbutes
“In February 2018, I had the pleasure of attending the John Stanmeyer Storytelling Workshop in Sri Lanka facilitated by John Stanmeyer and Anush Babajanyan. It was my first time attending such an intensive workshop, and I was extremely anxious. Anush not only alleviated my anxiety but elevated my experience from day one with her considerate and immediate responses to my questions. Her thoughtful insights on my project ideas helped guide me on my journey before even arriving. From the beginning planning stages to day-to-day troubleshooting to the late-night editing sessions, Anush was an outstanding mentor—thoughtful in her criticism, giving of all her time and energy to ensure the success of the students, and dedicated to elevating the workshop experience by being present and available. There is no match for her professionalism, talent, and warm, sincere nature. I look forward to working with Anush again one day.” – Ghadah Alrawi