Photography and publishing for organizations

This workshop revolves around creating from scratch an actual publication, ready to be distributed and shared with its target audience. Depending on the project’s needs, the preparation of the participants, and the budget available, this publication may be online, digital, printed, or multimedia.

The seven main phases of managing a community and social narrative project:

1. completeness: search for information and access to sources;

2. concreteness and conciseness: produce only the contents that are really needed and include only the material relevant to the project;

3. consideration: focus on you and they rather than on me and us. The “heroes” are the others: forget your ego;

4. respect: building the trust necessary to relate to subjects. Explore and learn about the customs, limits, taboos, and possibilities of the place that hosts us;

5. technical: how to make the best use of the equipment at one’s disposal by transforming limits, technical or financial, into creative opportunities;

6. clarity: construct legible and understandable sentences, paragraphs, and image sequences;

7. correctness: verify the accuracy of facts, words, and images.

Responsibility toward individuals, social groups, and communities.

Documentary or social editorial projects often deal with sensitive topics concerning disadvantaged or vulnerable individuals and groups of people.

At this stage, we will therefore discuss the challenges and ethical considerations that such works pose. We will do this above all by examining the mainstream media stereotypes when dealing with humanitarian issues.

Finally, we will try to understand how to interact with the people and communities that welcome us to make them the story’s driving force rather than mere passive subjects.

Photography in the field.

Based on the script and working together with Ayzoh! instructors, each participant ― following their own sensitivity and using their own camera (whatever it is) ― creates the images they deem most appropriate to give life to the story we are interested in telling.

Editing the pictures.

Based on the script and working together with Ayzoh! instructors, each participant ― following their own sensitivity and using their own camera (whatever it is) ― creates the images they deem most appropriate to give life to the story we are interested in telling.

Post-production of the images.

The chosen images pass to the post-production phase. Here we will make all the corrections necessary to publish the photographs on the medium of the project (paper, digital, web).

To do this, we will use two of the most used software in the industry (Capture One and/or Adobe Lightroom), following the ethical standards of quality photojournalism.

Design and production of the publication.

The images are assembled appropriately and coherently with all the other elements that make up the story: texts, graphics, diagrams, maps, etc. Considering the nature of the project, the objectives to be achieved, and the tools available, we will use the most suitable systems to create a quality editorial product in the simplest possible way.

This is perhaps the most technical part of any laboratory. The difficulties to be faced vary, from time to time, according to the degree of preparation of the participants and the specificities of the medium we intend to use ― print, digital, or web (in descending order of difficulty and experience required) ― or of the distribution platform.

Project distribution.

We examine the most suitable distribution channels for an independent and low-budget publishing project, known or not known, free or paid.

Tailored to the real needs of the organization.

The workshop is fully customizable and is structured to offer practical solutions to the organization’s actual needs. It is, in fact, possible to combine the didactic part with the realization of a finished project that has a concrete use for the organization itself.

The workshop is held in the places where the organization operates or in a location indicated by it. That’s why each workshop is unique and must be organized in close collaboration with the organization and the people involved.

For these reasons, all agreements must be made at least three months in advance. For more information, please write to [email protected] or use the form below.

What is Ayzoh! World

Ayzoh! World is a global platform that tells and connects the stories of people who — worldwide — build a genuine sense of community through arts, culture, education, sciences, technology, activism, and entrepreneurship.

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