Up Close: Photography as a Way of Seeing

2017/18 photographic study group

You are kindy invited to join the study group "Up Close: Photography as a Way of Seeing", or to attend any of the two-day photo workshops - to train your eye and to be able to face the mission implemented through photography..

Jun 2018
Time: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Location: Jakopič Gallery
Adults, Seniors, Students
© Metod Blejec

"At a time when any excuse will do for taking pictures and circulating them, it is important to offer young people an education for the eye. To get them to think of the world in images, to become conscious observers." (Raymond Depardon)

In 2018, the Jakopič Gallery will celebrate the first decade of following new programme guidelines that have transformed it into a key venue for extensive exhibitions showcasing the best Slovenian and international photographers. In this period, our vision has been evolving alongside our desire to contribute to a wider social understanding of photography as one of the most expressive media in fields of art, communication and creativity.

Based on considerations of the necessity for both the contemporary viewer and creator of the photographic image to be visually literate, we have developed a year-round informal education programme. It is intended for people whose view of the world contains the concept of photography, to help them as sensitive individuals face from up close the mission implemented through this medium. It introduces approaches to taking photographs and disseminating their message that are based on training the photographer's eye and personality rather than technically perfect equipment and skill. A small group of participants will be taken through the course of five two-day workshops by a competent expert team. In a dynamic dialogue between theory and practice, they will be exploring interesting topics, guiding the participants to use their individual original expressions, and encouraging them to think critically about diverse genres in narrative photography and art, and about presenting their photographic work. What the participants are offered by the programme is knowledge as well as creative growth and encounters with guests, specialised photographers of international renown and even global fame.

Expert team: Marija Skočir, photography curator; Matevž Paternoster, photographer; Saša Kralj, photojournalist and lecturer; Metod Blejec, photographer and artist; Janja Rebolj, museum adult trainer.

Workshop Dates and Locations: Friday Evening (6 pm–9 pm) and Saturday all day (9 am–1 pm and 2.30 pm–6 pm); Jakopič Gallery and other locations; in the open air and in studios.

Workshop Dates and Contents:

  • 20-21 Oct 2017: The Thinking Eye: Visual literacy through looking and seeing the photograph.
  • 17-18 Nov 2017: Analogue Magic: B&W analogue photography. From a photographic series to an exhibition. (During the Tihomir Pinter retrospective exhibition.)
  • 19-20 Jan 2018: The Whole World is My Studio: Photographing people – in and outside of photographer’s studio. Photography as/and art.
  • 16-17 Mar 2018: The Concerned Photographer: photojournalism and documentary photography between a snapshot, a document and a photo-essay. (During the Mario Magajna retrospective exhibition.)
  • 1-2 Jun 2018: Beyond Beauty: Finding engagement and subject matter in travel, nature and landscape photography. Creating a photo book. (During the Marc Riboud comprehensive exhibition.)

Terms and conditions: The study group can comprise up to 13 participants who wish to attend the entire programme. Each workshop allows for three additional participants to attend. In case of international participants, the programme will be held in English.

Attendance fee: entire study group programme: 400 €/person (the fee comprises the year-round programme of workshops with renowned Slovenian and foreign photographers, support and consultations with members of the expert team during workshops and by arrangement also on-line in periods between workshops, all the required materials, rental of photographic equipment); single workshop: 95 €/person – only a few spots available for each workshop.

For additional information and to apply please contact us at prijava@mgml.si or +386 (0)1 24 12 506. 

Marija Skočir, art historian and literary comparativist, is a senior curator and head of the Jakopič and Match galleries within the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana. She has curated or co-curated more than 20 photographic and other visual arts exhibitions (many of those retrospective, by Slovenian and world renowned photographers, including Josef Koudelka and other Magnum photographers, Roger Ballen, Lee Miller, Sebastião Salgado) and managed more than 70 exhibition projects. In parallel to her work, she is currently a researcher and a post-graduate PhD student in Art History at the University of Ljubljana, focusing on the significance of Magnum Photos agency for Central European photojournalism and photographic histories.

Matevž Paternoster is a freelance photographer working in various fields of photography. His works mainly fall in categories of commercial/commissioned and museum/documentary photography, and also independent original projects, and have been showcased in photography exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. Occasionally he also works as lecturer.

Saša Kralj is a renowned Croatian photojournalist and lecturer. In his extensive career, he first worked for Večernji List, Vjesnik, Večer, Dnevnik and for eight years also for Associated Press, and later as independent photojournalist for numerous international agencies and media. He has been sharing his knowledge and experience in numerous workshops and lectures, and has also lectured in Shantou (China) and Sulaymaniyah (Iraq). As mentor, he has assisted the operation and development of the Indonesian Pannafoto Institute of Photography (Jakarta). Kralj is also a co-founder of the Zagreb-based Živi Atelje DK not-for-profit art organisation and coordinator of the collection of artworks by Vera Dajht Kralj.

Metod Blejec is a multidisciplinary hybrid-producer in art, design, photography and education working on experimental and engaging process-based projects. His work crosses boundaries in media, scale, modes and concepts both in personal and collaborative practices. He is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia and works internationally. 

Jun 2019
Jakopič Gallery • Adults, Seniors, Students