Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHY: Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Istanbul (foundryphotoworkshop.org)

My friend Rena Effendi wrote me an email today with the offer for a Photojournalism Workshop. It takes place in Istanbul this year in June (more info on the site) and it will be a great group of internationally recognized photographers teaching together. Rena Effendi is very excited to be teaching with them too. There is reduced tuition for regional photographers (including the Caucasus region) so perhaps it will be interesting for people living in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The working language of the workshop is English.

RENA EFFENDI: Born in 1977 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Rena Effendi has been photographing since 2001. From the outset, Effendi has focused her documentary work on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her own country. As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work of six years was published in 2009 in her first book “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline”.

Effendi has won several international photography awards including the “Fifty Crows” Documentary Photography award, Mario Giacomelli Memorial Fund award, and Getty Images Editorial grant. In 2005 she participated in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2007, she was chosen by the Photo District News magazine as one of 30 emerging photographers to watch. In 2008 Rena Effendi won the National Geographic “All Roads” photography award. Her work was exhibited world wide including at the “Visa Pour l’Image” Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, at the 52nd Venice Biennale in Italy and at the Istanbul Biennial.

Rena Effendi’s work has been widely published in Newsweek, Time, The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire, L’Uomo Vogue, Courrier International, Le Monde, National Geographic and others. She is represented by the Institute for Artist Management worldwide and Agency.Photographer.RU in Russia.

About the workhop ... a little history >>>

Ron Haviv
Andrea Bruce
Stephanie Sinclair
David Gutenfelder
David Bathgate
Lynsey Addario
John Moore
Guy Calaf
Henrik Kastenskov
Eros Hoagland
Adriana Zehbrauskas
Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Tewfic El-Sawy
Rena Effendi
Jared Moossy
Jon Vidar
and more to be announced in coming weeks…*

* instructors and guests are slated to appear; however, the demands of international reportage and assignments may require lineup changes (

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