Photography & Poetry Workshop in Japan: Exploring the Connections with Stuart Franklin
Join photographer Stuart Franklin in the beautiful Japanese countryside to explore the connections between Photography and Poetry, and develop your photographic voice amongst the beautiful autumn foliage of the region
Join photographer Stuart Franklin over five days exploring connections between photography and poetry in Kawazu, in the Shizuoka prefecture. In the serene environment of the beautiful Japanese countryside, nestled in between the sea and the mountains, far from the noise and the pollution of urban Japan, Franklin will lead discussions, group reviews and shooting sessions. Explore the connections between Photography and Poetry, and develop your photographic voice amongst the beautiful autumn foliage of the region.
Focusing on the Japanese author and poet Yasunari Kawabata, Franklin will invite you to consider the relationship between these two mediums, and encourage new directions, conceptual approaches and an exploration of text and image within your artistic practice.
This workshop offers:
– Mentoring by Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin
– Lively group discussions on the medium of photography
– Shooting sessions
– Group portfolio reviews
– Exploration of the work of Yasunari Kawabata
Where & When
Izu Imaihama Tokyu Hotel
Imai 35-1, Midaka, Kawazu, 413-0503 Shizuoka, Japan
Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October.
We are monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 carefully. Participant safety is of the utmost importance to us and our students and community are at the heart of all that we do. At the moment the workshop is going ahead as planned. But please be aware that due to the ever evolving nature of the situation, we may need to postpone. We will share updates on these pages and via email directly to those who have applied.
The workshop will be held in English
Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.
Selection and Requirements
This workshop is strictly limited to 10 participants.
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Please note that upon booking participants are bound by the terms and conditions outlined below.
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About the Tutor
Stuart Franklin combines a direct documentary-style with a strong personal vision. He has photographed some of the most important news events of the 21st Century as well as producing many acclaimed personal projects, exploring subjects relating to the Anthropocene. Franklin says his practice “repaints the boundaries of documentary in order to create a sense of freedom”. His core interest today is in producing work, mostly about nature-society relations, that is open to multiple interpretations.
It was in 1989 that Franklin took his acclaimed photographs in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, where a demonstration for freedom ended in a massacre. After that, he began to move away from news into magazine feature photography. Between 1990 and 2008 he photographed about twenty stories for National Geographic Magazine. During this time, Stuart decided to pursue a better theoretical understanding of some of the issues he confronted, by embarking on a period of academic study in 1995. He graduated with a first class degree in Geography from Oxford University and went on to complete his doctoral thesis there in 2001. Franklin was awarded a professorship in documentary photography in 2016.
He has been published by numerous global publications including The Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Art Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, National Geographic Magazine.
Franklin joined Magnum Photos in 1985 and has been a full member since 1989, serving as the agency’s elected president between 2006-2009.
Terms and Conditions
– Full fees must be paid on application.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised
– The workshop fee does not include transport to or in Japan or ground expenses. We strongly advise participants to wait to hear confirmation that the workshop is going ahead before booking transportation.
– Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and we insist on participants having travel insurance
– Cancellations: Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop minus a £50 administrative fee. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.