Projects / Workshops - Commerce & Culture offers a number of individually designed workshops to local partners worldwide. The workshops teach local photographers how to produce images that can answer to the demands of the international market, giving them opportunity to expand their market reach and generate a stable source of income.
October 2012 we launched a workshop with New York Times staff photographer Jan Grarup in Kabul. This workshop marked the first step towards the creation of the new online resource for Afghan photography, Afghan Photography Network. By uniting and showcasing photographers, agencies and institutions it seeks to raise awareness of what is happening in the field of photography in Afghanistan. Together with Commerce & Culture, several Afghan photo agencies and leading independent Afghan photographers where involved in the preparations. Afghan Photography Network is supported by Danish Centre for Culture and Development and the Embassy of Denmark, Afghanistan.
Since February 2010 we have been conducting various workshops in Bamako. The workshops have been a part of our ongoing educational and income-generating program for stock photographers in cooperation with the Malian photography school CFP Bamako. Through a continuous effort the Commerce & Culture Stock Program helps Malian photographers grow their own sustainable businesses. The program is supported by Danish Centre for Culture and Development and the Embassy of Denmark, Mali.
In May 2013 we went to Freetown to conduct a workshop for the most talented local photographers in cooperation with the National Photographers Union. The National Photographers Union has more than 10.000 members throughout Sierra Leone, many of them former combatant from the civil war. The overall purpose of the mission was to gather information about the photography industry in Sierra Leone and identify and analyze the market opportunities. The mission was made possible with support from the LO/FTF Council.
In May 2015 we went to Banjul, The Gambia, and conducted a week long workshop on visual storytelling with an emphasis on how to prepare and execute a photography assignment. Through theoretical teaching and practical assignments followed by sessions of teacher and peer criticism, the workshop trained the students in research, on location shooting, and editing. The workshop was offered in collaboration with Gambia Media Support and The Gambia Press Union.
January 2014 we were invited by the Photojournalists Association of Kenya to conduct a photography workshop in Nairobi. The workshop was held at the arts and education centre PAWA254, Nairobi's unique social enterprise through which innovative professionals from diverse artistic fields explore their creative genius to foster social change. The workshop was part of the Kenya Photography Awards prize for young up coming photographers, and put a particular focus on developing their skills in photojournalism.
At Commerce & Culture we have always worked with the implementation of online tools in our different educational programs. Based on this experience we are currently developing a complete online platform for distance education that will be ready for deployment by the end of 2015. The online training platform will give students access to a full online educational program, online workshops, video tutorials, trend reports and mentorship programs.