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.
American. Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Berlin. 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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“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