This workshop aims to look at the possibilities of creating “A sense of Place”. Contrary to public opinion the “tools” of photography are not exposure time and aperture but the abilities of the photographer to capture the mood of a space or the sense of a person. Without those skills, a photographer can’t create complex bodies of
work. Participants will shoot with digital cameras and will create images that will feature a personal perspective looking at a chosen place within the vicinity of the area where the participant lives. The question of “truth” will be an integral part of the debate in the workshop. Images might be altered on the computer as an extended darkroom tool. Unaltered images can look so strange, that we hardly believe in their authentic state. This will not be a workshop that teaches technical side of digital manipulation, but will also discuss the extended possibilities of the digital image making and the way it changes our perception of a photograph. Previous research about the subject is at least recommended. How is a place being represented in contemporary photographic practice?
How was it represented by painters?

Peter Bialobrzeski studied Politics and Sociology before he became a photographer for a local paper in his native Wolfsburg/Germany. He traveled extensively in Asia before he went to study photography at the Folkwangschule Essen and the London College of Printing. Within the last 16 years he has published twelve books, “XXXholy”, “NEONTIGERS”, “HEIMAT”, “Lost in Transition” , “Paradise Now”, “Case Study Homes”,  “Informal Arrangements”, “The Raw and the Cooked”, “Nail Houses” and recently “Cairo Diary” , “Athens Diary” and “Wolfsburg Diary”.  His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Afrika, and Australia. He won several awards including the prestigious World Press Photo Award 2003 and 2010. Peter Bialobrzeski has been a visiting professor for photojournalism at the University of Essen in 1998/99. Since 2002 Peter is a regular Professor for photography at the University of the Arts in Bremen/Germany. Furthermore, he has been running workshops in India, Thailand, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Vietnam, Bahrain and of course in Europe. In 2012 he was honored with the Erich Salomon Award by the German Society of Photographers (DGPh).

26th August 2018
10.00-11.00 Talk: Understanding a Sense of Place
11.00-13.00 Participants introduction and Portfolio Part 1
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Participants introduction and Portfolio Part 2
16.00-16.30 Project Brief
16.30-19.30 Shooting


27th August 2018
05.30-07.00  Shooting
10.00-12.00  Briefing, Introduction into Lightroom, organizing and editing files
12.00-13.00  Participants select 6 images each for presentations
13.00-14.00  Lunch break
14.00-16.00  Presentation of shooting results and group discussion
16.30-19.30  Shooting


28th August 2018
05.30-07.00 Shooting
10.00-11.00  Downloading files, Participants select 6 images each for presentations
11.00-13.00  Presentation of shooting results and group discussion
13.00-14.00  Lunch break
14.00-16.00  Individual consultations of participants with Peter, resulting in final edit
16.00-18.00  Final project presentations and farewells


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.



Event Details
  • Start Date
    August 26, 2018
  • End Date
    August 28, 2018
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