Art Foto Mode (AFM) is offering an independent photography programme over a twelve-month period. The aim is for participating photographer students to produce strong, concise and meaningful projects, exploring the challenging process of creative and intellectual visual strategies.
The programmes emphasis is experiential, and to study the production of works within the broad spectrum of the ‘documentary’ genre, engaging with the predominant dialogues within the photographic medium including issues related to the: subjective/objective, social/private, document/expression. Understanding authorship, narrative and conceptual factors will be the key ingredients in finding the correct approach to the specific subject matter. Often over looked, is the human experience of how we see and perceive reality. Optics and how we visualise reality are key factors in building the foundation of photographic projects.
Over the course of the twelve-month period, there will be three physical seminars in three different European cities. Each seminar will be conducted by notable, renowned and experienced photographers, editors, and curators, as tutors. The aim of each seminar meeting is to make critical progress with the developing projects, both as a group and individual tutorials. Between the seminars, participants will be required to have monthly Skype/Zoom meetings with the AFM director, Michael Grieve, who will be the overseer of the entire programme, together with the project manager, Vivien Boronyak.
The three European cities will act as inspirational environments to aid in the creative process. The locations will be Athens, Berlin, Budapest and finally Berlin again for the final exhibition (gallery to be confirmed).
The AFM programme is purely independent, and recognises the importance, and growing necessity, for experiential and less formal mode of photography education.
10-14 February 2022
The first seminar will take place in Athens and will be taught by Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou
Second seminar in Berlin. Tutor to be confirmed
Third seminar in Budapest with Tim Cark, Curator and Editor/Founder of 1000 Words Contemporary Photography Magazine.
SUMMARY: Michael Grieve/Director of Art Foto Mode
Since 2010 I have been a senior lecturer at universities and taught at independent schools of photography. I now teach at the Ostkreuzschule, an independent school in Berlin. I have experienced the teaching of photography first hand and have concluded that independent forms of photographic education are the ways forward. Before universities began specific BA programmes of photography in the 1980’s, the teaching of photography was to be found at independent schools and workshops. In 1992 in England I began my studies in a BA and MA at the Polytechnic of Central London, which later changed to the University of Westminster. My education, at that time was free. Today it would be impossible for me study photography at this level. Today, fees alone are close to 30,000 pounds for the three years, with material costs and living costs on top. The consequence is such that photography has generally become a medium for the middle and upper middle class, which runs counter to the notion of photography as a democratic medium.