This workshop explores the theme ‘Behind the Postcard’ and how to move beyond the surface when capturing the city. During the one-week course, participants are guided through a series of exercises and techniques that provide different ways of building and developing stories based in around Penang.
Participants will learn to grow confidence when establishing a unique voice, and given the tools to express themselves clearly through their work. The course is largely interactive with lots of experimentation, helping to get people out of their comfort zones, within both the field and editing process.
Miti Ruangkritya (1981) is a Thai based photographer and visual artist. Miti was a Selected Winner by the Magenta Foundation for Emerging Photographers (UK) in 2011. He was featured as an emerging artist at Bangkok University Gallery in 2014. Additionally, he was shortlisted for Kassel Book Award in 2015 and nominated for Prix Pictet in 2015-16. In 2016 he was selected as one of the finalists of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.
Exhibitions in 2016 include Omnivoyeur – a visual and sound project (Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre), Dream Property (Bangkok CityCity Gallery), The Archive as Conversation (Singapore Photography Festival), Urban Reflections: Contemporary Thai Photography (Otterbein University, US) and Landscape: Hotel Asia Project, (University of the Arts, Tokyo). In 2017 he was part of Arts Initiative Tokyo/Backers Foundation Residency Programme. Exhibitions in 2017 include Shaping Voices, Silent Skies (Tomio Koyama/8, Tokyo) and After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art (Samstag Museum, Australia). In 2018 his exhibition includes Sathorn Sunset (WTF, Bangkok) as part of exposed up-and-coming artists project by the Art Centre of Silpakorn University. He is currently working on a book for onestar press (France).
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
The Backers Foundation, Japan
Obayashi Private Collection, Japan
Tomio Koyama Private Collection, Japan
Yoyo Maeght Private Collection, France
Library at Tate, UK
Library at Tai Kwun, HK
The OBSCURA Festival Workshops and Masterclasses bring world-class industry practitioners to nurture a new generation of photographers seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding, while simultaneously expanding their network with the photography industry and community. Led by a faculty of award-winning photographers and mentors, the programme is an intensive experience for amateurs and seasoned professionals alike.
Objective & Methodology
The OBSCURA Masterclasses and Workshops aims to nurture the latent talents of photographer to become good storytellers who are able to create work that resonate with and are relevant to the world today.
The masterclass is delivered through a combination of in-class lectures, discussions, practical & theoretical sessions, peer-learning and review, one-to-one consultations with the instructor, as well as field shooting and in-class editing and processing.
Over the course of an intense week, participants will find their knowledge and expectations tested to their limit, as they hone their photography, editing and storytelling skills, overcome various challenges and further develop a personalized vision and approach to their photography. At the end of the OBSCURA masterclass, the participants be empowered and connected to a wider network of fellow photographers, editors, curators and cultural managers.
Participants of the masterclass are required to:
- Be able to attend the masterclass for its entire duration of August 18-23, 2018.
- Bring examples of past or ongoing projects for in-class portfolio review. Sample works should be as closely representative of your photographic interests and direction as possible.
- Provide for your own food, accommodation and transport fees, in addition to any costs from hiring fixers or translators.
- Produce a photography series over the course of the programme, which will then be projected during the festival. Participants are highly recommended to research on and have several possible topics to shoot prior to attending the masterclass.