Documentary Workshop in Israel with Jan Grarup

 16 - 20 October 2013


"As photographers we have the duty to preserve a part of the visual memory of the time and place we live in. Each one of us, in their own way, documents fragments of our culture's reality." ( Punctum manifesto )

For the first time in Israel, Punctum will host the renowned photojournalist Jan Grarup who will lead a 5 days practice workshop, allowing motivated photographers and students to benefit from the vast experience of one of the most successful war and conflict photographers nowdays. 


"The Other Side of Conflict"


The workshop welcome all styles of photographers from the journalistic to the conceptual but is limited to 15 participants and will be held in English. The participants will spend five days developng visual language, photographic identity and the expertise required to complete in a changing marketplace. This workshop is not to learn technical skills but to improve each student's own unique photographic vision and ability to tell a story visually. 

The focus of this program is to not only teach visual story telling but give students a chance to fully experience photography in a conflict ambience that is often misunderstood. While media and films have glamorized the lives of photojournalists and foreign correspondents, the reality is that this is one of the world's most demanding and difficult jobs, both physically and mentally. We have designed Grarup's workshop to give photographers an opportunity to experience the true nature of international photojournalism and documentary photography.

During the workshop Grarup will explain how to research a story. How to plan for freelance projects, finding and dealing with fixers, finding subjects and getting close to them, editing and composing a story with a hands on approach to organizing everything with little financial backing.


Workshop structure:

On the first day participants will have the opportunity to present their existing work and portfolio. This portfolio review wil give Grarup the opportunity to see where a student stands in his or her development and what skills should be focused on during the workshop. During the program, each student will be expected to produce at least one photo essay within the same deadline and parameters of a working assignment for a publication or photo agency.

Grarup will also produce a photo essay during the workshop, which will give the students the ability to not only produce their own work and learn on their own, but to be able to observe the way Grarup works. Each student will be expected to spend several hours a day shooting on their own, with a review session of that work the day after.

The participants will visit on Friday the Palestinian town of Bilin which is located in the central West Bank. Since 2005, the village has been organizing weekly protests against the construction of the West Bank Barrier. The protests take the form of marches from the village to the site of the wall with the aim of halting construction and dismantling already constructed portions. Israeli forces always intervene to prevent protesters from approaching the wall, and violence usually erupts in which both protesters and soldiers have been very seriously injured. The weekly protests, which last a couple of hours, regularly draw international media and activists who come to support the Palestinian movement.

Participants will also visit during workshop the areas surrounding Gaza strip. They will have a chance to document the Gaza strip barrier and settlements located near the border and shoot the huge concrete structures  and the activity at the crossing gates with Gaza near the Egyptian border.

The class will be assigned an assistant who will facilitate the workshop and guide students with technical or logistical information and orientate students with the local are.



Photos Jan Grarup


Grarup is a Danish photographer specializing in war and conflict photography. Grarup has covered many of recent history’s defining human rights and conflict issues with his camera.  His work reflects his belief in photojournalism’s role as an instrument of witness and memory to incite change and the necessity of telling the stories of people who are rendered powerless to tell their own.

Grarup has been honored with some of the photography industry’s and human rights organization’s most prestigious awards, including two nominations for the W. Eugene Smith memorial fund for humanistic photography, eight World Press Photography awards, a special citation from the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, two UNICEF children’s awards, together with many other awards from POYi and NPPA. He has four times exhibited at VISA POUR L’IMAGE, and has won the VISA D’OR for his coverage of Darfur’s refugee crisis.

Grarup’s work regularly appears in major magazines such as Newsweek, The Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine (UK) GEO, Paris Match, Stern, Paris Match, L’Express, la Repubblica and other magazines worldwide.

Read full profile in World Press Photo

See Jan Grarup selected work

SeeSee Jan Grarup Jan Grarup involvementSee Jan Grarup involvement

Closing date for registration is 01 October 2013.

Price: 800 Euro

Full board and lodging excluded.


Send email to apply : workshop@punc-tum.comolas Ossard.



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