Rising Fast: Africa’s changing urban spaces
November 11, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Photo by Nichole Sobecki / VII.
Instructors: Nichole Sobecki, Danny Wilcox Frazier
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Cost: $2,000 USD
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 20
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
About the workshop
Rising Fast explores the changing realities of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world’s fastest growing urban spaces. Contrary to reductive stereotypes of Africa, Kenya is riding a strong economy, a youth-driven cultural awakening and a dynamic tech scene coined the “Silicon Savannah.” Huge challenges remain however: widespread poverty, poor infrastructure, human rights abuses and political tumult. Does the “Africa Rising” narrative hold up, and how are people’s lives being impacted on the ground?
During the week, you will use Nairobi as a canvas, to produce an in-depth photographic essay on the aspect of Nairobi’s dynamism that most engages you. In this hands-on workshop, Sobecki and Wilcox-Frasier will guide the you through the rigorous steps of research, pre-planning, building relationships, ethical issues, and varied visual approaches. We will also examine how to build different distribution platforms for the work, harness the power of social media, and successfully disseminate documentary work in this complex time of change in the photography business.
Target audience: advanced amateurs and professional photographers who want to refine their personal vision and expand their photographic skills.
8am-12pm: Introduction to workshop and confirmation of project approach
12pm-dark: Begin shooting
8pm: Group dinner
Shooting begins at sunrise
11am – 3pm: editing and one-on-one critiques
Presentation and group critique
*Group critiques are required if not shooting.
Day 7: Workshop Screening
8am-4pm: editing photographs for public space presentations
6pm: Public screening and drinks
“Nichole is a passionate and dedicated educator and a great teacher. She has a talent for breaking down the complexities of photojournalism for students of all levels, and she draws on her extensive experience as a photojournalist, videographer, and editor to help students understand the basics while also reaching for their own personal vision. A class with her will no doubt help prepare students for the working world of photography, and to help them tackle longterm projects as well.” – Peter DiCampo, photographer and Co-founder of Everyday Africa
Terms & Conditions
To reserve a space on a workshop, a deposit of 25% of the full workshop fee is required. Final and full payment of the balance is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. A participant’s reservation will be canceled if full payment has not been received by 120 days prior to departure. The deposit if not refundable. We strongly advise participants to take out trip cancellation insurance.
The workshop fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.
If, under exceptional circumstances, such as health or accident, the instructors are made unavailable they will be replaced with another VII photographer.
All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship application.