Master Class: Next To Me - photo essays on Nordic-Russian realities

Next To Me – Master Class on Nordic-Russian realities 2016/ 2017

We are looking for the brightest young talents for a unique, free-of-charge, workshop and photo book production on Russian-Nordic relations. If you have the right talent and curiosity – we’ll support you with logistics and mentoring by World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen and DJMX teacher Mads Greve. Apply now.

Russia and The Nordic countries are neighbours, but how well do we really know each other?

Next To Me aims to build relations and curiosity across the borders at a time when things seems more difficult than in decades.

The selection of highly talented young photojournalists from North West Russia and the Nordic countries will be invited to join forces and through guidance produce outstanding photo essays from each others countries.

If selected, you will be invited for workshops in Copenhagen and St. Petersburg where World Press Photo-winner Mads Nissen and Mads Greve, teacher at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, will help you become a stronger visual storyteller using your distinct photographic voice. Using the groups unique knowledge and network in our different cultures we will support each other in producing photo essays from our different countries.

The Masterclass is free of charge and expenses will be covered. The final work will published as a photo book under the theme Next To Me.

The book “Neighbourhood” from the course in 2014.

The fall of Ajdabiya, Libya, 2011. Photo: Mads Nissen/ Politiken/ Panos Pictures

The fall of Ajdabiya, Libya, 2011. Photo: Mads Nissen/ Politiken/ Panos Pictures

Programme – Next To Me

Part One

Workshop:
St. Petersburg, October 3.-7. 2016 for the Russian participants and 5.-7. October 2016 for the Nordic participants.

We will kick-start the Masterclass in St. Petersburg. Over the course of several days, we will analyze picture stories, conceptual documentary photography, different journalistic approaches and look into how various photographic languages can be used as a tool to convey your personal vision. In group-sessions we will develop story ideas so everyone feels inspired and equipped to go out and explore each others countries with the cameras.

Photo: Mads Greve

Photo: Mads Greve


Part Two

Field work:
After the start up workshop it’s time to start working on your story. The Nordic participants will work in St. Petersburg directly after the first workshop. The Russian participants will work in the Copenhagen-region prior to the workshop in Copenhagen in April 2017. The Masterclass will include a budget that covers at least one week of field work for each participant.

Mads Nissen and Mads Greve will be available for coaching and support between the workshops.

Workshop:
Copenhagen, April 2017: All participants meet again, this time at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen, Denmark, where we engage each other in our different stories, and learn about the importance and different methods in editing a large body of work. You are the author of your work, but together we might be able to make your voice clearer.

The stories will subsequently be made into a photo book.

Jon and Alex in an intimate moment. From the series: Homophobia in Russia. Winner of World Press Photo 2015. Photo: Mads Nissen/ Politiken/ Panos Pictures

Jon and Alex in an intimate moment. From the series: Homophobia in Russia. Winner of World Press Photo 2015. Photo: Mads Nissen/ Politiken/ Panos Pictures

 

How to apply

Participants must be photojournalists or documentary photographers from North West Russia or from one of the Nordic countries – Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Aaland. Up to 16 participants will be selected.

Participants must be under the age of 35.

Students, as well as participants in the 2014-NJC Masterclass “Next Door” cannot participate. Participants must speak English at a good level.

Participants must be able to work independently in a foreign country and to plan the practical aspects of their field work.

Participants are required to participate in the two workshops and invest time to produce their picture stories. Participants must be prepared to spend the time needed for visa application for the exchange visit (it is vital to be in good time with visa applications). Other inquiries related to the Masterclass must be expected, and will need to be answered to professionally and within deadlines.

The Masterclass is free of charge for the participants. Travel expenses, accommodation and meals will be covered during the workshops. Each participant will be given a budget to cover at least one week of field work.

You need to submit:

  • Your CV
  • A short description of your photographic interests and motivation (maximum ½ page)
  • 20 selected photographs – stories or singles is your choice – which shows your voice, talent and interests. Must be jpg. and approximately 5 mb each

The application will be sent via WeTransfer to mg@dmjx.dk between August 1 and August 8, 12.00 AM (CET).

 

About the tutors:

Photographer Mads Nissen says:

To me photography is all about empathy. Creating understanding. A closeness. An intimacy –  so we don’t just see it – but fell it.

So I strive to build that connection while focusing on contemporary social issues such as individualism, human rights violations and man’s often-destructive relationship with nature.

Mads Nissen. Photo: Morten Rode

Mads Nissen. Photo: Morten Rode

In 2015 my image of Jon and Alex – a gay couple from Russia – was selected Picture of the Year at World Press Photo.

I’ve been a participant at the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and my work has received three awards from the World Press Photo, five at the Picture of the Year (POYi) as well as 16 prizes at the Danish Picture of the Year incl. Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year, both twice.

I’ve published two books: My long-term personal project ‘Amazonas’ (2006-2013, Gyldendal) and  ‘The Fallen – Danes killed in the Afghan-war’ (2009-2010, Peoples Press).

TIME, Newsweek, Stern, Der Spiegel, Geo, The Guardian,  Sunday Times and Internazionale are some of the publications I’ve worked for, but also NGO’s such as MSF and HRW. I am represented by Panos Pictures and by Prospekt Photographers in Italy and laif in Germany. And currently work on contract at POLITIKEN.

Mads Nissen was also part of the 2014 “Next Door” project with North West Russian photographers which resulted in release of the book “Next Door – 12 photo essays from Russia” and the supporting exhibition “Next Door”.

www.madsnissen.com

 

Mads Greve says:

“I am an associate professor in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism and has been a member of Prospekt Photographers since 2005.

Mads Greve, associate professor in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

Mads Greve, associate professor in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

Earlier I worked as a staff photographer at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten and as a freelance photographer.

I have published two photographic books, Man kan ikke engang græde (Ajour 2008) portraying Danish holocaust survivors and Blind Date (Ajour/Postcart 2012). I have won two first prizes at the Danish Picture of the Year and have exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Today I work with photographic projects in addition to my teaching.”

www.madsgreve.dk

 

 

Next To Me – photo essays on Nordic-Russian realities

NJC Masterclass for young Nordic and North West Russian photojournalists 2016/2017.

The project is supported by Nordic Council of Ministers. The project is conducted by Nordisk Journalist Centre/Danish School of Media and Journalism in collaboration with Nordic mediateachers and Regional Press Institute, St. Petersburg.