More than 50 photographers wanted to join big NJC project across Nordic-Russian borders. Participants from all the Nordic countries and from Russia are working together
By Joan Rask
“We’re seeing an amazing amount of talent coming from this region right now. Their stories and approaches are very different, but the selected photographers have one thing in common: a deep desire and commitment to tell important stories – to bring people closer. That’s what we’ll accelerate now with this workshop.”
Says Mads Nissen, the internationally acclaimed photographer who will lead the Masterclass for young Nordic and Northwest Russian photoreporters. The workshop will run from early October 2016 and continue through to 2017.
To choose among the best
Mads Nissen and fellow Master Class teacher Mads Greve have had a difficult task in choosing the 16 fortunate participants in the project ”Next To Me – photo essays on Nordic-Russian realities.”
More than 50 applicants from throughout the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia applied for the workshop. The project contains two workshops: one in Saint Petersburg, Russia and the second in Copenhagen, Denmark. The workshop will assist them in producing their individual photo essays from their neighbouring country. The work will be published in a book.
We must cooperate
“This project is extremely important in times like these when the political collaborations between the North and Russia are almost on hold,” says journalist Anders Lange, NJC.
This project is extremely important in times like these when the political collaborations between the North and Russia are almost on hold
– Anders Lange
“Honest and reliable reporting is a key in times like these. Also essential is getting to know each other better. With photography we can change the focus from the political scene to the ordinary lives we live across the different borders.”
NJC is supported by Nordic Council of Ministers and is a collaboration between Regional Press Institute, St. Petersburg, Danish School of Media and Journalism and Nordic Journalistcentre.
“With this workshop we aim is to build warm and respectful relationships in a time with coldness and mistrust,” says Anders Lange.
The chosen participants are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Christian Belgaux, NORWAY
Elena Mikhailova, RUSSIA
Evgeny Makarov, RUSSIA
Frederik Lerneryd, SWEDEN
Mary Gelman, RUSSIA
Katinka Hustad, NORWAY
Ksenia Ivanova, RUSSIA
Kyrre Lien, NORWAY
Lisa Morgenstern, FINLAND
Pavel Volkov, RUSSIA
Sofia Busk, DENMARK
Sofie Amalie Klougart, DENMARK
Svetlana Bulatova, RUSSIA
Tor Birk Trads, DENMARK
Vera Filippova, RUSSIA
Yaroslava Tarasova, RUSSIA
The course: Next to Me