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Photography introduction

by Mirsini Arvanitis     October 18, 2017

On Thursday, 12th of October 2017 we held the first Photo & Video Lab workshop with 20 participants at the Hellenic Red Cross’s multifunctional center for refugees. We started the session by presenting Solomon’s philosophy and main objectives. In the frame of a round table the participants had the opportunity to present themselves.

Afterwards we conducted a short input session on raising awareness of prejudices. The participants worked in pairs reflecting on which social groups [with respect to nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.] are associated with prejudices. This introductory session is the first of a series of short input sessions, which will be held during the workshops in order to enhance sensibility towards social inclusive approaches.

The trainer initiated the photography lessons by asking the students what is photography? A broad spectrum of answers were given – from capturing a real or contrived moment, holding certain feelings to technical explanations. The workshop continued with a short overview of the history and development of photography. The different genres of photography were presented, while lively discussion has taken place about taking pictures in public space. Furthermore a debate was launched by the question whether there exist good and bad pictures. After a lively discussion it was concluded that a photography has to comply with some main technical standards, but otherwise its perception is something personal and cannot be classified by any categories. The participants contributed actively to the exciting discussions and showed a high level of interest by raising a lot of questions and issues.

For the next workshop session the participants will have the opportunity to carry out tasks in pairs by bringing people with different backgrounds together in order to practice their photographical skills and to establish relationships among them.

We are looking forward to the next workshop sessions!


Mohamed Benghuzzi

// Chief Editor

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English translation by Gigi Papoulias
Photograph by Nadir Noori
Graphic design by Alexia Stamatelatou




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