Experiential Photography


21-25 October 2022
Zürich, Switzerland

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Experiential Photography: As a Tool of Emotional Communication

Tutors: Prof. Wulf Rössler and Michael Grieve

This is an experiential workshop, which offers unexpected perspectives to creative photography. Photography is a tool of communication to share thoughts and feelings and can help to document and reflect on your life. In this sense it is also a tool for change and empowerment. Photography has always been a tool, with which to interpret the world around us. Photographic activities can be used to increase your self-knowledge, your self-awareness and well-being, improve relationships and your communication skills. Not only does photography allow you to express yourself, but it also helps to focus on positive life experiences and can enhance your self-worth. This approach is more about photography as an emotional communication tool and less about photography as an art although good photography transports emotions in an understandable and accessible way for oneself and others.

During the workshop you may learn different skills; to enhance your visual literacy, to deal with personal photos and the feelings, thoughts, memories these photos evoke and deepen your personal insight, to tell your own story, perhaps about ageing, mental or physical problems, self-perception or another topic of importance for you personally

As these photo-triggered personal insights can bring up deep memories or powerful emotions, sometimes it may be required in pursuing, subsequently, a deeper therapy process.


Day 1: Introduction, what is visual literacy, show family pictures, snapshots or other pictures that are meaningful to you

Day 2: Show pictures of a meaningful event taken during the last two weeks prior to the workshop

Day 3: Show self-portraits and/or pictures which you think mediate your personal problems/issues

Day 4: Go out and make pictures of things that are meaningful to you

Day 5: A Summation and individual presentations of work made during the week







Prof. Wulf Rössler
Wulf Rössler is an internationally renowned psychiatrist and psychologist. His main focus is on social psychiatry, which deals with the social factors influencing the development and course of mental disorders. For many years he ran the Zurich Psychiatric University Hospital, one of the best-known Psychiatric hosptals in the world. After his retirement, he accepted various professorships, for example in Sao Paulo, and is currently Senior Professor at the Charité in Berlin. His experience in psychotherapy and psychiatric practice spans decades.  Wulf has been taking images for many years, especially on his numerous trips abroad. He also uses photography as a therapeutic tool in his practical work. He has attended several seminar classes at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin,  with photographer Michael Grieve, which gave rise to the idea of a joint workshop of Experiential Photography.

Michael Grieve
Founder and director of ArtFotoMode, and 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 for 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, Moroccco. Since 2011 he has been 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, and currently teaches two seminar classes at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. He is a regular writer and portrait photographer for the British Journal of Photography. His project No Love Lost gained wide recognition and was widely published. He continues to work on personal documentary photography projects.

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