"Being on the road, traveling without a predetermined purpose, looking around me with visual curiosity and being surprised by what I encounter. While shooting, somehow, thinking is suspended. It is like playing a game with reality".
Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988 he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism in order to dedicate himself to photography. He joined Magnum in 1990, and his photographs started appearing in newspapers and magazines around the world. In the same period, he started traveling and photographing extensively around the Balkans. This won the "Mother Jones Award" (San Francisco, CA) for work in progress.
Upon the completion of his Balkans project in 1994, he became a full member of Magnum. His book "In The Balkans" was published in 1995 in New York (Abrams) and in Athens (Libro).
In the 1990s, he started working on borders and crossings, photographing the inhabitants of the "Green Line" in Cyprus, the irregular migrants on the Greek-Albanian borderline, and the mass migration of ethnic Albanians fleeing Kosovo. In the mid-1990s, he started photographing the Roma and other minorities. In 2000 he completed a book project on the Aegean islands storytellers, commissioned by the University of the Aegean.
A retrospective of his work titled "Economopoulos, Photographer" was published in 2002, and later exhibited at the Benaki Museum, Athens. Subsequently, he returned to Turkey to pursue his long-term personal project on the country, where he received the Abdi Ipektsi award (2001), for peace and friendship between Greek and Turkish people.
He has recently turned to the use of color. Currently, he is spending most of his time away from Greece, traveling (mostly in S.America and Africa), teaching and photographing around the world, in the context of his long-term “On The Road” project.
"ON THE ROAD"
Monday Dec 2nd - Friday Dec 6th , 2019
The aim of this workshop is to guide participants through technical theoretical and aesthetic issues towards developing their unique photographic style. The methodology is based on editing. During the day, the participants are expected to explore the city and shoot what interests them, either on their own or in pairs. Each one may choose locations freely according to what they are interested in and feel comfortable with. They all meet up early in the evening in order to go through the day's work and select the best photos
Nikos Economopoulos prefers to have a portfolio review with each one of the participants on the first day meeting, as a way of introduction. This way, and also by discussing with you, he can have a better understanding of your interests and plan the workshop accordingly, so that you can have the maximum benefit. So in this way, other than the city itself and the local lives of the people, the focus is geared to whatever interests you.
In the first meetings, Nikos Economopoulos prefers to see the full material that you shoot and select from that. Later in the course, he will ask you to do the first editing yourself and proceed to select from your own selection and discuss it with the group. There is a practical orientation and in this way, the participants also benefit from one another.
The equipment that you would need is a digital camera a laptop and a USB flash. Basic skill in camera technique is required for this workshop. If you'd like, take a look at the photos and comments of past participants in this workshop , you can check the Participants' Work page on Nikos' Website and you'll get the best idea possible, apart from participating, as to what the workshops can offer.
Dates: Monday, Dec 2- Friday, Dec 6, 2019
Location: HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, Fl 33130 (North Building)
Number of Students: 12
A $650 deposit is required to register and hold a spot. Fill out the registration form below to sign up. A confirmation will be sent once payment is received. Full balance payment is due by October 22nd, 2018
Cancellation: If cancelled more than 60 days in advance: Full refund.
If cancelled between 59 and 30 days: Full refund minus a $175 cancellation fee.
If cancelled within 30 days : No refund (If we can fill your spot with another student from a waiting list we will refund the amount paid minus the $175 cancellation fee.)