American. Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw, Poland. Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled “End Time City,” breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic – whose usage he renewed – to squares or rectangles.

In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks – and finds – in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book “End Time City” in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998.

Michael Ackerman is represented by Agency VU’ .

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In search of transcending photography


Professional photographers, advanced amateurs, artists.

Required assignment

Participants are required to work on the following assignment previously to the workshop: explore a subject – one person or a group of people or a type of person or a street, a neighborhood, a place, whatever. Any subject is ok. The point is that the photographer is truly connected and intrigued by the subject, that there is a real need, and dedicate a lot of time to it, visit repeatedly, really explore, dig, question. Not just do something quickly in passing. Photograph what you love, what you fear, what you’re obsessed with. And bring that, more or less in progress to the workshop.


“Who are you? What do you know to be true? What do you question? What are your obsessions?” When I’m confronted with a person’s work, this is what intrigues me. A Photography which is not about photography, or about style, or confined to a category but a photography that transcends all of this. Photography as a revelation of what it means to be alive – for the photographer and the life depicted. » Michael Ackerman

This will be a hands on workshop with shooting sessions, daily group discussion and editing sessions. Each participant will have to complete a specific assignment before coming to the workshop. The assignment will depend on the participant  and will be defined once the application is confirmed.

You’ll be expected to fully immerse yourself, take risks and push your boundaries in order to move forward into another level in your photography.

Day 1:

Masterclass – Projections
Michael Ackerman will spend time talking about his own work and the different projects he has worked on. He will share his photographic references with the group.

Portfolios reviews and projects definition
Each participant will receive and in-depth critique of their work and of the way the assignment has been produced, how it could have been better and how to keep improving it.

Days 2 & 3:

Portfolios & assignment reviews

Each participant will receive and in-depth critique of their work and of the way the assignment has been produced, how it could have been better and how to keep improving it. Each participant is free to go shooting his assignment during day 2 and day 3, it will allow him to have a direct feedback from Michael Ackerman on the way the assignment is being done. Participants who do not intend to shoot should have already worked quite a lot on the assignment and bring photographs to show at the studio. Through the selection and discussion of the best images, the participants will work towards developing their own photographic style and hopefully, see their overall approach improve.

Day 4:

Final portfolio editing
Each participant will work on a large edit of his images, then they are printed and laid down on a table (10×15 format). The final editing is made during a one-to-one session with Michael Ackerman, the other participants are encouraged to attend the sessions of the others. Once the final edit is done, the participants may work on the post-process and are then allowed to make A4 and/or A3 prints (2 max.) of their best images. They are then to write a personal statement on the work, which will be send to the evaluation committee member of their choice.

Final projections

Teaching language: English.

Workshop hours: 9h30 à 18h30.

You can view the workshop’s webpage of the 2013′s workshop with Michael Ackerman: november 2013.


Introspective Photography

Photographer: Michael Ackerman

Dates: From 25/06/2014 > 28/06/2014
Place: Barcelona
Duration: 4 days
Price: 850€

Submit your portfolio


- Only 9 students will be admitted for each session. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on a review of a selection of 10 of their photographs.

- The 850€ fee does not include transport, accommodation nor on the ground expenses. For participants coming from outside the European Union, please be aware that there is a bank fee when making the payments via bank transfer.

- However, for the workshops in Barcelona, Eyes in Progress offers a special price of 1.300€ including nights of accommodation, breakfast and lunches. Please send us an email for more details.

- In order to confirm your application, an advance payment of €100 is advised. Once the application is completed, we will send an email via PayPal to the participant in order to settle the payment. If the candidate is accepted, this amount will be deducted from the overall cost of the workshop.

- In case the participation is not confirmed, he will get a full pay back of the 100€ fee.

- If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his application by email.

- To confirm registration, the participant must return this contract to us, signed, within ten days, along with payment of 30% of the cost of the workshop.

- The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest. The participant will then receive a receipt.

- A dossier in order to get prepared for the workshop will be sent to the participant at least two weeks before the course begins.

- If you're willing to participate in more than one workshop, we do offer a 10% discount on the following workshops' price.


- Successful candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph.

- Participants working digitally should bring their own laptops, and everything needed for digital editing.

- Participants working on film can use external laboratories services to develop their films but at their own expense and within the given time. Eyes in Progress will provide a list of laboratories and prices and the workshop team will be able, whenever possible, to bring the films to the lab and back once they're developed.

- Participants are required to find their own accommodation in Paris. However Eyes in Progress will provide you with a list of affordable places . This also applies to places to have lunch near to the workshop venue.

Education material

- Photo books

- Projector and screen

- 1 MAC with photo editing software

- Professional A3 printer

- Negative scanner

- Photo paper

A technical assistant will be present during the workshop.

After the workshop

- The portfolios produced by each participant will be published on the site of Eyes in Progress.

- An evaluation committee comprised of professional photo editors, journalists, creative directors and gallery curators will then critique these portfolios. It will be published on the student's page on Eyes in Progress.

- In case the participant does not want a portfolio review after the workshop, the workshop price will be reduced of 70€.

- Video interviews in which the students discuss their work, their motivation as photographers, as well as what they learned during the masterclass will also be posted on the site. In case the participant is not willing to have his video online, we won't publish it, however, we do encourage to record the video anyways as a practical exercise on how to orally express himself as a photographer.

Social media modules will be available in order to share the page with friends and contacts.

- Each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.

- The participants will be required to evaluate the course when it has been completed, to show their level of overall satisfaction and the extent of their acquisition of new skills. These evaluations will help us to improve our courses.

- If the participant is not willing to have his profile online (portfolio, review, video), we will of course respect his decision and will not publish it.


- There will be two rounds of applications review:

> If you apply before April 30th, 2014: successful applicants will be informed via email by May 2nd, 2014.

> If you apply after April 30th, 2014: successful applicants will be informed via email by May 28th, 2014.

It is possible that the workshop is completed with the first round of applications, in that case, the second round of applications will not be processed.

Applications will be open until May 26th, 2014.

- In case the participant comes from far away and needs to make early travel arrangements regarding the workshop's date, we will study his request to review his application ahead of the official deadlines.

- Eyes in Progress reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 7 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice. Eyes in Progress reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

- If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing:

. Eyes in Progress will reimburse all the registration costs except for the €100 administrative fee, if the participant informs Eyes in Progress of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Eyes in Progress will charge the following:

. 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.

. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.

. All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of the participant need to be paid in full.

- Eyes in Progress is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.