Personal Stories — CARLA KOGELMAN

1-2 Dicembre 2018


A two days workshop about finding/making/creating your own personal stories. Tell a story with your photographs. Capture the moment and improve your photos. Use natural light and movement. Find your style and signature.

Personal, intimate, individual, visual, closeby

Day 1

– Before noon: Presentation of Carla Kogelman’s work and Portfolio readings of participants

– After noon: Shooting photography

Day 2

– Discussing photos

– Shooting, editing and final discussion

The workshop will be held in english (Italian translator available)

Requested equipment: digital camera, laptop, printed personal portfolio ( 5-12 photos).

Costs: 250€. Room and board not included.

10% discount if you sign up for two or more workshops.


Carla Kogelman (NL, 1961) has worked in the theatre industry for 25 years. In December 2011 she graduated at the Foto Academie Amsterdam. She won five awards at the Zilveren Camera , the national dutch contest. Her strong and intimate black and white work has been often awarded. She won the SO (Selection Of dutch photography) Award 2013. With the series ICH BIN WALDVIERTEL she won first prize at World Press Photo 2014 – People Observed Stories, the Cortona on the Move 2014 Happiness Award and first prize at World Press Photo 2018 – long term projects. She was twice the winner of the Alfred Fried Photography Award. In 1985 she finalised her study as social worker with children. After working in the theatre industry for almost 25 years as an independent producer it was time for a switch and so she started at the Foto Academie Amsterdam. Since her graduation she is fascinated by how children live, how they grow up. She is fascinated by the daily life. A small white and a big coloured family in a big city, a farmer’s family in a rural area. The situation of the children in her own back yard. The different dynamics and the social relations between each other.

In her work she captures the daily life of people, and focusses especially on children. Being around the same people for a long time, she becomes invisible. This gives her the opportunity to get a good insight into the lives of the subjects and to reach the real story behind what is observed superficially. Most fascinating to her is how the children in different circumstances interact with each other, how their bodies communicate, and how the relationships emerge and evolve. Personal, closeby and intimate. She grew up in a big family myself and she might be reflecting on her own childhood while capturing the life of these children. Creativity and positive focus and energy are for her the base and the ingredients for growth. To develop, to grow, to have a richer live as a human being. As a social worker she was always interested in the creativity of a child. How they play, move, create, live. As a theatre producer she loved to travel the world, not being a tourist but working and networking with the global festivals and companies. She sold stories other people created. As a documentary photographer her camera gives access to different worlds again. And it gives her the possibility to create her own stories. She is interested in the daily life of the children and young people. In her documentary work she always likes to get close to people. She is interested in developing a visual language with leaves room for fantasy and interpretation. she wants to show a world with no dead end, but with an open end, a story with hope and creativity. A human interest focus for optimism. Looking for cultural context and content.

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