Art Foto Mode is an educational project that produces creative and experimental photography workshops with some of the most influential contemporary photographers as teachers and inspirational mentors. Workshops by Art Foto Mode have taken place in Berlin and have been conducted by photographic auteur’s including, Michael Ackerman, Anders Petersen, Antoine d’Agata, John Gossage, Brad Feuerhelm, and with Todd Hido at Chateau de La Salle in Burgundy, France. The aim of Art Foto Mode is to provide participants with a unique and productive experience that will enhance their creative output beyond the workshop, in locations that always provide context and inspiration. Previously Art Foto Mode was called Berlin Foto Kiez, founded in 2016 by Michael Grieve and Vivia de la Chesnais.

Michael Grieve is the director of Art Foto Mode, who is currently based in Athens and Berlin. He graduated with an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster in 1997. He has been a photographer commissioned by magazines and publications internationally and represented by Agence VU in Paris. In 2010 he became the deputy editor of 1000 Words Contemporary Photography magazine, when he also co-organised 1000 Word workshops in Fez, Morocco. Since 2011 he has been an educator, as a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, a lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Warsaw/Krakow, a lecturer at the University of Art and Design in Berlin. He currently teaches documentary photography at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin.  He is a regular writer and portrait photographer for the British Journal of Photography. He continues to work on personal projects, and his first photobook, The Foriegner [sic], is soon be published.


The aim of this programme is to produce a body of work to be exhibited at a gallery in Berlin. The programme works within the broad spectrum of the ‘documentary’ genre.  During the year there will be three physical meetings in three different European cities with three different renowned and experienced photographers and curators as tutors.

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