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’ .
In search of transcending photography
Professional photographers, advanced amateurs, artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.