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Storytelling in Istanbul: City of a Million Tales

October 27, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Photo by Ed Kashi / VII. At the gravesite of Necmettin Erbakan, who died on Feb. 27, 2011 at the age of 84, well wishers pray for the father of contemporary political Islam in Turkey, at the Merkez Efendi cemetery in Istanbul, Turkey on March 11, 2011. The current Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, leader of the AKP, is his political heir.

Instructors: Anush Babajanyan, Ed Kashi
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Cost: $2,200 USD
Duration: 8 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: All levels
Scholarships: No

About the workshop

During this eight-day workshop, each participant will photograph every single day, creating a story from this ancient city, with the support of Ed and Anush, who have years of experience in Istanbul. In addition to practical work, lectures on narrative development, the language of photography and the art of visual storytelling, there will be discussions about today’s constantly changing field of photography.

The participants will spend a lot of their time photographing in the city, together with local fixers, exploring the streets and homes of Istanbul, meeting strangers, and crafting their stories. The participants will continually return to the workshop location to review their images together with Ed and Anush, understanding how their story is moving forward and the directions they should be taking.

The photographers will present their newly created stories to the whole group on the last day of the workshop in a closing event, where fixers are invited, as well as anybody who contributed to the building of the story.

The creation of a concise body of work is one of the aims of this workshop, but the most important goal is the learning experience itself, and the beautiful process of overcoming the challenges while making a story happen.

This workshop will teach but also inspire you to become a better photographer and visual storyteller. We also believe in the importance of creating and expanding our community by sharing intimately and candidly our experience from being in the field for decades.

Photographers of any level of experience are welcome.

Preferred software – Lightroom or another quality digital asset management application to make the flow of editing and reviewing run smoothly. We can help answer questions or direct participants to various options.

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Anush Babajanyan

“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

Ed Kashi

“During the last five years as working as a freelance photojournalist, I have attended a wide variety of workshops and classes trying to improve my abilities as a visual storyteller. One thing I have learned is that being an outstanding photographer has no direct correlation to one’s ability to teach this skill to others. Some of the best creators in the world are also some of the most difficult to learn from.

Not so with Ed Kashi, who is as gifted an educator as he is a documentarian. Patient, approachable, and warm, learning from Ed is more like being mentored by a talented friend. While some workshop environments can lead to stress and anxiety over one’s future, Ed finds a way to bring out the best in his students in a supportive way. 

Make no mistake – a workshop with Ed is not a time to be lazy or self-congratulatory. He will push you to produce the best work that you’re capable of, and makes no illusions about the difficult nature of professional work as a photographer. Getting in a classroom with Ed will not be a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination, but the challenge will be one that you can leave feeling good about.” – Luc Forsyth

“While it is no mystery that Ed can capture inspiring moments through his lens, it is his immense heart, gentle soul and supportive spirit that make him such an amazing teacher.  He truly gets to know individuals he mentors and offers a perfect balance of real, constructive feedback, but also guidance to help his students reach their full potential, even when it is beyond what they can see for themselves.” – Amy Smith

“Ed Kashi is an inspiring photographer and teacher, he stands out because of his human values and sensibility which I consider the most important factors for a documentary photographer.” – André Novais

“I have taken two workshops with Ed Kashi.  Not only is he an inspiring photographer and great teacher, but he is an exceptional human being who makes you want to get out there with your camera and do good things for others in this world.  As he has done.  And so necessary in these times…” – Rudi Dundas

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Early bird special

Pay the full workshop fee by June 15, 2018 and enter this code at checkout to receive a 10% discount: Y58YCC7CT9P6


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