© Alessandro Penso

Alessandro Penso

Photographing our times

September 30/ October 1 2017

The workshop focuses on developing a photographic project, editing photos, selecting the appropriate narrative structure to suit the intended outlet, exhibiting the work, publication, and entering competitions and awards. The workshop also includes a personal portfolio review session for each participant.

Alessandro Penso

Alessandro Penso

Alessandro Penso is an Italian freelance documentary photographer.He studied clinical psychology at Rome’s La Sapienza University. In 2007, he received a scholarship to study photojournalism at the “Scuola Romana di Fotografia”

In 2014, he won First Prize - General News Singles in the World Press Photo contest for his work on a Bulgarian refugee camp; he received a prestigious Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant to continue his work on the issue of refugees and asylum seekers in Bulgaria; and he won the Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund for his work on the situation of young migrants in Greece, for which he previously won the Terry O’Neill Tag Award. In 2015, Alessandro Penso is TIME’s Pick for Photo Story of the Year. His work from Greece was also the focus of a major exhibition entitled “The European Dream: Road to Bruxelles”, which travelled through Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and Belgium to the European Parliament.

Alessandro works regularly with Italian and international publications and his work has been widely published, including in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, TIME, The Washington Post, Businessweek, Stern, The Guardian, BBC, Human Rights Watch, L’Espresso, D di Repubblica, Vanity Fair Italy, El Periodico and Le journal de la Photographie. His images have been widely exhibited at festivals in Europe, and he regularly conducts photographic workshops and seminars.

Deeply committed to social issues, Alessandro has made the issue of immigration in the Mediterranean and Europe his focus in recent years. During this time, as well as working in Greece and Bulgaria, he has photographed detention centres in Malta, the exploitation of migrant workers in the agricultural sector in the south of Italy, and the situation of migrants in Northern Africa, Spain and France.


Summary details:

Date: September 30 / October 1 2017
Time: 9.30am-1pm/3pm-6pm
Price: 249€
10% discount: FIAF members, students, Canon newsletter subscribers, IED students, Eizo clients, students of photography schools, Visura members
15% discount: 15% discount if you acquire more than 3 workshops
Minimum number participants: 8
Maximum number participants: 15
The workshop is addressed to: professional photographers
Language: Italian / The presence of a translator is not provided.
What you need: a laptop, your project (digital or printed)
Where: Fortezza del Girifalco, Cortona

Registration to the workshop

  • Booking and payment details: after filling in your workshop application form you will receive an email with paymentinstructions. If you apply for a discount, we may ask for additional proof to show you are eligible.
  • Info: for enrollment, further details and help to find an accommodation in Cortona, write to Jonathan: summerschoolcotm@gmail.com.
  • Cancellation: full reimbursement of the course fee is only possible if the tutor is unable to attend.

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