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Online one-to-one photography classes

PHmuseum’s online educational program aims to strengthen your skill set as a photographer. It motivates the development of your personal photographic vision as well as healthy self-criticism in relation to the production of your work. Our online one-to-one photography classes offer you a tailor-made dialogue to meet your specific needs and enjoy a unique learning experience. We encourage you to think of goals and questions and work on them together with the mentor of your choice.

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Federico Clavarino

PHM Photography Mentor - Federico Clavarino

Photographer

  • Editing
  • Photobooks
  • Research
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Federico Clavarino (1984) is an Italian photographer based between Madrid and Lisbon. After attending a Master Course in literature and creative writing at Alessandro Baricco's Scuola Holden, in 2007 he moved to Madrid where he started studying photography at BlankPaper School with Fosi Vegue. Two years later he was already working on his personal photography projects, and in 2010 he published his first short essay, La Vertigine. His first book, Ukraina Pasport, came out the following year, receiving the PhotoEspaña Honourable Mention as best book of 2011. At the same time he began working as a teacher for BlankPaper School, where he taught until 2017. In September 2014 the London-based publisher Akina Books brought out his second book, Italia o Italia. The work received good reviews from a number of critics and the original photographs were exhibited in 2015 at the International Photography Festival of Rome. In April 2016 Dalpine published his third book, The Castle, which was exhibited in various festivals (PhotoEspaña 2016, Les Rencontres d'Arles 2017) and galleries (Viasaterna in Milan, Temple in Paris) around Europe. Another of his current projects, Hereafter, received the La Caixa Foundation Fotopres grant in 2014. The work was exhibited for the first time at CaixaForum in Barcelona in February 2017 and will soon be made into a book. He currently teaches and lectures internationally, collaborating with schools, universities, institutions and festivals around Europe.

  • Portfolio Review /

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    This class can be dedicated to the discussion of one particular body of photographic work or set of images, and will consist of feedback regarding the solidity of its conceptual base and the consistency of its photographic strategy. Federico can also give you advice on possible ways of carrying on with the work, improving it, or encountering a form for it. You will also be provided with references and sources to look into so as to broaden your research.

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  • Consultancy /

    £340 + VAT

    4x1 hour

    This consultancy is preferably dedicated to one body of work and can be used for different purposes, depending on the state of the work in question. For example, Federico can assist you in a project that has just started until it is solid enough to only require more field work, while an advanced body of work can be deconstructed and re-focused entirely. For a more advanced project, editing and formalisation can also be the areas of attention.

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  • Mentorship /

    £1020 + VAT

    12x1 hour

    During this mentorship, Federico will guide you through the realisation of a particular photo project. In the different classes, the work you have produced can be periodically reviewed. You will be able to significantly advance in your project, ideally towards completion, but above all, you will be enabled to develop your own practice. For example, reading material will be suggested and references within the field of photography and the visual arts will be provided, as well as critical and methodological tools you might need to assess your own work.

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Katrin Koenning

PHM Photography Mentor - Katrin Koenning

Photographer

  • Editing
  • Narrative
  • Method
  • Meaning
  • Form
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Katrin Koenning is a German photographer and photographic educator based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2016 her first book, Astres Noirs, received the Australian Photobook of the Year Award and was shortlisted for both Prix Nadar and the Paris Photo/Aperture First Book Award. Katrin regularly exhibits in Australian and international solo and group exhibitions. She is a former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine, and her images are published widely in places such as The New Yorker, ASX, The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and many others. Katrin regularly teaches intensive conceptual and narrative-based workshops in photographic practice and thinking, working closely with institutions and festivals such as Angkor Photo Festival (Siem Reap, Cambodia), The Lighthouse (Calcutta, India), Photo Kathmandu (Kathmandu, Nepal), Photobook NZ, The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, Australia), Perth Centre for Photography and the Australian Centre for Photography among others. She has been a photographic educator since 2008, teaching documentary storytelling at the University of Queensland and Photography Studies College Melbourne. Katrin is represented by East Wing Gallery.

  • Portfolio Review /

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    In this class you can present Katrin a specific body of photographic work and receive critical feedback, as well to discuss possible future ideas, goals and directions.

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  • Consultancy /

    £340 + VAT

    4x1 hour

    This consultancy lends itself to the evaluation and discussion of multiple bodies of photographic work and their potential connectivity in method and concept, as well as a definition of your overall possible future visual challenges and strategies. Depending on the nature of the discussed work, a range of approaches to take the work further will be offered, or to conceptualise the beginning of a new work. Further discussion will address the role and importance of reading the visual within the field of expanded documentary practice, as well as image sequencing and editing and so forth.

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  • Mentorship /

    £1020 + VAT

    12x1 hour

    During this mentorship, Katrin will provide methodological and practical advice in relation to personal practice and the photographic industry. Katrin will guide you along a range of visual thinking and narrative storytelling, particularly in consideration of the photographic long-form and overall series-development. She will encourage you to critically question and regularly re-evaluate your own relationship to the images you make and the stories you tell, and thus your own visuality in relation to the world. Katrin supports the idea of developing an ‘honesty-practice’, both in relation to the self, the work, and the world. Inspirations and concepts may emerge for future projects. You can also be guided throughout the realisation and development of a particular photo project. Practical aspects of the industry such as how to get your work out there, self-promotion and social media, connection, awards and grants, the role of festivals in relation to photographic practice down to image-object related questions such as editioning and pricing of work etc. can be discussed.

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Laia Abril

PHM Photography Mentor - Laia Abril

Multidisciplinary artist

  • Research
  • Narratives
  • Concept-development
  • Photobooks
  • Installations
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Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism and studying photography in New York; she enrolled in a 5-year artist residency at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS magazine.

Her work has been shown internationally and are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur, FRAC and MNAC. In 2016 she was awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for her exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2016) A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion. She is the author of ""The Epilogue"", ""Thinspiration"", ""Tediousphilia"", ""Lobismuller"" and ""On Abortion"" -- published in 2017; and now she is currently developing the next chapters, On Rape Culture — recipient of the Visionary Award from Tim Hetherington trust and Mass Hysteria — current nominee of the Prix Elysée.

Abril also has a background as an editor and has collaborated in the Art Direction and editing of books such “The Afronauts”, “The Heavens”, “The Hunt” or “Miserachs Barcelona”. She has been offering workshops internationally for the past 5+ years and been an staff educator at Camera Arts University (Luzern), IDEP (Barcelona), a guest teacher at SVA (New York), The New School (New York), LCC (London), McGill University (Montreal); a lecturer at RISD (Rhode Island), University of Illinois (US), CUNY (New York), and she is a current teacher guest at the school CEPV (Vevey) and EFTI (Madrid).

Laia was very generous with her feedback and it gave me a lot to think about and work with which bring my project to a conclusion. Having a full hour in a private setting allows complete focus on our discussion unlike regular portfolio reviews.

Leslie, UK
© Laia Abril Fabiola Cedillo

Lisa Barnard

PHM Photography Mentor - Lisa Barnard

Photographic Artist

  • Editing
  • Contextualising
  • Research
  • Documentary
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Lisa Barnard (1967) is a British photographic artist and educator based in Cardiff. Her photographic practice discusses real events, embracing complex and innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Lisa connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate.

Sean O Hagan, Guardian Review of 'Chateau Despair': “Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”.

She is a Reader in Photography and Programme leader on the MA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. Lisa has two publications both with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Her new project, The Canary and the Hammer will be published by MACK early in 2019.

  • Portfolio Review /

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    In this class you can discuss a specific photography project. If at the beginning of a body of work, Lisa can advise you on research, technique, and contextualisation of the project. If your project is near completion or considered finished, then Lisa will provide additional advice on editing and possible outcomes for the work.

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  • Consultancy /

    £340 + VAT

    4x1 hour

    This consultancy is preferably dedicated to one photo project. The type of consultancy Lisa gives you depends on the state of the project in question. If your project is at the beginning, she will advise on ideas (such as making sure there is a ‘hook’; something innovative and engaging), visual approach, access, and possibilities for where the project can be placed and published. Lisa can give advice on how your project is developing and reflect on work produced during the consultation period. In addition, final editing and developing a contextual statement can be done which will help you in getting the project published, exhibited or shown at, for example, a festival.

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  • Mentorship /

    £1020 + VAT

    12x1 hour

    During this mentorship, Lisa will guide you through the realisation and development of a particular project. Examples of guidance she can give are: advice on the idea, the visual approach, style of work, technique and context. Together, potential visual outcomes such as a website, a web documentary, or an editorial publication can be explored. A finalised project can be edited to provide the most effective narrative and prepared for promotion and marketing to, for example, festivals and exhibition venues. Developing a strong contextual statement is key in this process. Finally, Lisa can give you more long- term advice on your career development.

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Max Pinckers

PHM Photography Mentor - Max Pinckers

Documentary photographer

  • Photobooks
  • Documentary
  • Storytelling
  • Concept-development
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Max Pinckers (1988) is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores documentary modes and their inherent power structures through various visual storytelling strategies in the form of self-published artist publications and exhibition installations. His works include The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), Trophy Camera v0.9 (2017) andMargins of Excess (2018). He is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent. He has lectured at various universities and art schools, including the Zurich University of the Arts, The University of South Wales in Newport, KABK Royal Academy of Art in Den Hague and the Capa Center in Budapest. Pinckers has been internationally awarded and has had major exhibitions at MOCAK in Poland, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States and the Centre for Fine Arts - Bozar in Belgium, among others. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press and was recently among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Arts.

  • Portfolio Review /

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    £85 + VAT

    60 mins

    In this class feedback is provided on a specific body of work or portfolio. Max will help you to define how to best develop it further, considering your goals and aims.

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  • Consultancy /

    £340 + VAT

    4x1 hour

    This consultancy starts preferably with a review of your work and portfolio, followed by sessions on various contemporary documentary strategies and the role of aesthetics and conventions in photography. Next to a tailor-made focus on your work, Max can provide an in-depth reflection on the medium based on diverse examples of work that define the boundaries and definitions of documentary practice today. Examples include the influence of fictional aspects in documentary, the importance of sequencing and structuring, how photobooks have defined the reading of documentary work, the power structures and ethics of image production and dissemination in the global media landscape today.

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  • Mentorship /

    £1020 + VAT

    12x1 hour

    During this mentorship with Max, you can perfect a body of work and its dissemination by looking into practical aspects of photobook making, such as funding strategies and sponsoring, timing of publications in relation to festivals and the cultural agenda, how to deal with awards, grants and competitions, and the importance of profiling, promotion and communication in relation to the development of a personal artistic discourse.

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I expected a session that would give me a lot to think about in terms of moving my work forward and that's what I got.

Gabriel Carpes, Brazil
© Lisa Barnard Fabiola Cedillo

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