Storytelling Workshop in Nerehta – Documentary & Fiction

This week photographer Chris Bethell and I are teaching a visual storytelling workshop at the International Youth Centre in Nerehta, Russia, so I will share few highlights from the four-day training.

To illustrate different approaches to documentary storytelling, we started the workshop by sharing the work of image-makers that inspire our practice. We discussed the limitations of factual reporting, looking at documentary projects that go beyond the who, when, where, what and how, embracing objectivity of photographic representation and showing not only what is, but also what it feels like:

Alec Soth

Alec Soth

We continued by looking at examples of staged documentary projects, telling non-visual stories (addressing events that happened long time ago or never at all or documenting feelings and emotions), using examples of Cristina de Middel and David Favrod:

David Favrod

David Favrod

Cristina de Middel

Cristina de Middel

Finally, we looked beyond conventional photography to see other ways of telling a documentary story with images, looking at Broomberg and Chanarin and Mishka Henner as examples:

Broomberg and Chanarin

Broomberg and Chanarin

In the evening, we looked at participants’ own work and set the goals and themes for the upcoming three days – exciting!


About Tina Remiz

I am a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin, currently based in the UK's capital.

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