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VII Interactive: Self-Reflection, Home and Everything Within with Anush Babajanyan

May 20, 2020 - July 15, 2020

$700

Instructor: Anush Babajanyan
Price: $1,000 Special Introductory Price of $700
Location: Online

Introduction

Spending time in isolation, many of us find ourselves in a moment of self-reflection. What does self-reflection look like, and how might we photograph it?

Exploring our surroundings and reflecting upon our own emotions is a challenge, but the results of the exercise can stretch our imagination and visual perception.

This workshop is introspection in practice and intends to support you in understanding and visualizing your own space, in and out. Participants will be expected to work close to their homes, workplaces, or confinement spaces on photographic projects that will be reviewed and critiqued in an interactive online environment by Anush over an 8-week period.

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: An introductory group session of 3 hours where Anush shares her work and approaches to visual storytelling, using photography and social media.

Days 2 – 4: Participants will have 3 days to prepare a written proposal for the work they will undertake during the following weeks which will be submitted to Anush.

Day 5: Anush will respond to the proposals in writing.

Day 6: A follow-up 3-hour interactive group workshop session where participants present their finished proposals for projects that will be executed in the course of this workshop. You will go over your concept, plan your projects, learn how to find the best collaborations (if appropriate) and identify the outcomes you desire.

Day 7: Participants will start to work on their projects.

Week 2

On even numbered weeks, at the same time every week and over a 6-week period, Anush will conduct live one-on-one online tutorial sessions with each participant to answer questions, review work and generally support the participants’ efforts. Each session will be 20 minutes long. 

Week 3

Anush and a guest photographer will host a 1-hour lecture followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Week 4

On even numbered weeks, at the same time every week and over a 6-week period, Anush will conduct live one-on-one online tutorial sessions with each participant to answer questions, review work and generally support the participants’ efforts. Each session will be 20 minutes long. 

Week 5

Anush and a guest photographer will host a 1-hour lecture followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Week 6

On even numbered weeks, at the same time every week and over a 6-week period, Anush will conduct live one-on-one online tutorial sessions with each participant to answer questions, review work and generally support the participants’ efforts. Each session will be 20 minutes long. 

Week 7

Anush and a guest photographer will host a 1-hour lecture followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Week 8

Editing during which each student will submit their work and collaborate on an edit with Anush. Each edit will be comprised of one written review and a 30-minute editing session.

At the end of the course, there will be a group presentation of participants’ work. Excerpts of everyone’s work will be hosted on the VII Instagram as a curated story.

 

Additional Information

Group presentation language: English

One-on-one languages: English, Armenian, Russian

12 Hours

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.

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Testimonials

“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

Details

Start:
May 20, 2020
End:
July 15, 2020
Cost:
$700
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