Paolo Woods – Stories!
I believe that photography is a proper language. So, to be a photographer you must know and master this language, its vocabulary and its grammar, evidently. I believe that today a photographic work is interesting and necessary when the images become a story and when you can find a story in every image.
So, firstly, we must learn to tell stories through the right syntax, tone, rhythm and conclusion. Then we can go looking for stories. They are all around. We must learn to recognize, interpret and take them. We must learn to make them ours and respect them.
The workshop is for advanced photographers that want to take their photography to an upper level and show it to a wider public.
In this two-days workshop we will look at and talk about the participants’ portfolio and future projects, trying to understand how to develop and structure them. In the final stage we will analyze all the possibilities of how to show a work (publishers, galleries, museums, web).
Paolo Woods was born of Canadian and Dutch parentage. He grew up in Italy and lived in Paris and Haiti.
He is devoted to long-term projects that blend photography with investigative journalism. After a long work on oil business and a detailed reportage on American war in Afghanistan and Iraq, he concentrates on the rise of the Chinese in Africa. The book Cinafrique, cosigned with Serge Michel, has been published in France and translated in eleven languages. In 2010 he completed the project Walk on my Eyes, an intimate portrait of Iranian society. The book and the exhibition has been presented at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France.
He lived in Haiti from 2010 to 2014 and in 2013 he published STATE and PEPE, the two books related to his work in the island. The related exhibition has been produced by Musée de l’Elysée, Losanne.
His projects are regularly published on international newspapers and magazines. His work has been exhibited internationally, in France, Italy, USA, China, Spain, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands and belong to several private and public collections. He received several international awards, among others two World Press Photo.