Art Foto Mode (AFM) is offering an independent photography programme over a twelve-month period. The aim is for participating photographers 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 four physical seminar sessions in three different European cities. Each series of sessions 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. Importantly, 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.
The three European cities will act as inspirational environments to aid in the creative process. The locations will be Athens x2, Berlin, Budapest and finally Berlin again for the final exhibition (gallery to be confirmed). During the exhibition participants will be required to make a presentation of the work and explain the process. The exhibition is a focal point to work towards and it is not expected that participants will finish their projects at this point. It is essentially an exhibiton of work in progress.
The AFM programme is purely independent, and recognises the importance, and growing necessity, for intensive, experiential and less formal modes of photography education.
ATHENS, 10-14 February: First session series with photographers, Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou.
BERLIN, 23-27 May: Second session series with Magnum photographer, Rafal Milach.
ATHENS, 01-05 September: Third session series with AFM director/photographer, Michael Grieve.
BUDAPEST, November: Fourth session series with Tim Cark, Curator and Editor/Founder of 1000 Words Contemporary Photography Magazine.
Profiles of all the tutors are featured in the CONTRIBUTORS section.
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 way forward. The AFM programme is offering new possibilities, built and inspired by the old forms of photography education, such as the Werkstadt in Berlin during the 80’s, conducted by Michael Schmidt, that brought many great photographers to teach in its humble abode, and the Stockholm School of Photography, directed by Christer Stromholm in the 60’s and 70’s. Contemporary alternative schools of photography can be found in Europe, each with their unique vision, including Ostkreuzschule für Fotofrafie in Berlin and Atelier Smedsby in Paris. The ethos is for photographers to come together with a shared belief in the medium, and produce meaningful projects within an intense yet informal framework. Even if the camera is directed away from oneself the emphasis is always on the subjective experience.