Master Class Northern Lights 2011-2012

The next step in your photographic career

After a successful start in 2010, curator Marc Prüst and Lars Boering (Lux Photo Gallery) are continuing their cooperation with Noorderlicht with a unique one year master class for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers. It aims at developing their skills as photographers and as marketers of their own work.


The selected photographers will get together at the gallery space of Noorderlicht in Groningen, the Netherlands. Under the direct guidance of Boering and Prüst, they will work on a themed project, for one year, in three sessions of four days each. Each meeting will be attended by at least two professionals from the photography business to instruct the photographers on photographic skills, but also on issues like marketing the work and finding a gallery. Top names from the industry will be working together with talented photographers to help them advance in their career.

First session

The first session (15 through 18 September 2011) aims at getting to the heart of what it is all about: the image. The participants will also get to know each other’s work and reflect on it. Main points during this session are composition, structure of a photographic image, and how to read a photograph. Charlotte van Lingen, curator of the Dutch museum de Kunsthal (Rotterdam) and Financial Times photography critic Francis Hodgson will guide the students during this first gathering. 

Second session

The second session (26 to 29 January 2012) turns to the contents of the story: journalistic elements like story telling, ethics, research, and setting up a long-term project. During this session, Adriaan Monshouwer, who was the secretary for the World Press Photo jury for 12 years, will give his vision on visual storytelling. Magdalena Herrera, director of photography of GEO France magazine will go further into the practical runnings of today’s market.

Third session

The third and final session (from 24 to 27 May 2012) focuses on getting the story out there: preparing for publication or exhibition, introducing the work to the right people. DMB Media founder David Birkitt will join the group during this session to explain the workings of the marketplace.

Yearlong meetings with experts

Each meeting will be organized around group discussions and individual meetings aimed at developing the assigned project. For each session two guest lecturers are invited to work with the group. The last two names will be announced shortly. In between the sessions Prüst and Boering will be available to answer questions, to direct participants to the right people in the business and to assist participants in the creation of their projects.

This master class sets itself apart from most classes because of its long term setup. Not just a weekend, but a year long intensive assistance to become even better at what photographers should do: making the right image for the right story.

Costs for participating in this unique project are 1850 euro ex. 19% VAT. We can also organize stay for you in Groningen, for 70 euro per night.

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All names of guest lecturers are provisional.
The course will go through only when the minimum number of paying participants is confirmed.

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