Svetlana Bulatova: The photo class was a great start for my career

Svetlana Bulatova, documentary photographer, Russia.

Now I have a good platform to take part in other international workshops. These words are from the documentary photographer Svetlana Bulatova, who recommends other young talents, to go for the Master Class – Next to You.  

There is still time to send your application
for a ticket to the free-of-charge workshop
about photo and book  production on
Russian-Nordic relations. 
Deadline for
your application is between
January 21
and January 28, 12.00 AM (CET)

Nordic Journalist Centre have asked Svetlana Bulatova about her outcome of the course.

What did you learn from Next to Me last year?

“Next to me” was the first experience of an international program in my career. It was a great honour for me to take a part in this workshop.

The photography world is going to be multipolar and this workshop was a chance to share my point of view and improve my visual language. It is very important to me to learn more and find inspiration for future projects.

Of course, it was a challenge to make a photo story in an unfamiliar environment, in the short-term, but all participants of the workshop supported each other.

I am very thankful for our tutors, Mads Greve and Mads Nissen, because I didn’t feel any pressure and I felt myself as an independent photographer. I suppose the other participants felt the same. So, I try to maintain the independence in my ongoing projects. Now I have a good platform to take part in other international workshops. It was a great start for my career.

What did it mean to you after?

My picture story “Souna” is now an important part of my portfolio. It was a story about the search of personal identity. In my point of view, this is one of the main subjects for human being, for European society and I had the opportunity to explore this issue in Denmark.
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