tunis masterclass: impressions
“If this masterclass did not exist, it would have been necessary to initiate it. I lived an intense week in which I saw and heard many new things. I learned how to build a story, how to defend a subject, and to objectively review my work and the work of my colleagues”, said Harandane Dicko from Mali at the conclusion of the NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Tunis last Friday, 22 March 2013.
Harandane was one of fourteen participating photographers of the masterclass. With his colleagues from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia he was given the opportunity to share and talk photography for five days with NOOR photographers Pep Bonet, Stanley Greene, Yuri Kozyrev and NOOR’s managing director Evelien Kunst.
Some memorable quotes from the participants of the masterclass:
“My way or the highway!” Zara Samiry | Morocco.
“Intense.” Douraid Souisi | Tunisia.
“This workshop helped me changing my vision on documentary photography. I found answers to a lot of questions that were unanswered until this week.” Nawel hadj Abdelhafid | Algeria.
“I was very happy to be part of this masterclass. It was an amazing experience, a professional and a human experience. I was impressed by the performances and works of the NOOR photographers and they inspired and motivated me to continue this path.” Sabrina Belkouja | Tunisia.
“It was a unique experience to be with the NOOR photographers who shared with honesty and care, with a real interest for our work and a big involvement.” Hannane Bouzidi | Algeria.
“Coming from Niger, this masterclass was an important opportunity for me to discover and learn. During this week, I learned to make a good selection of images, build a portfolio, and create a story with my photographs. The experience and the availability of the trainers gave me great visual openings and new methods to choose and build my work.” Tagaza Djibo | Niger.
“There are those moments when you find the enlightenment and the inspiration you have always been looking for and you can’t find the right words to explain those moments …well, the NOOR-Nikon masterclass 2013 workshop was one of those moments.” Nader Elgadi | Libya.
“Talking photography with Yuri Kozyrev, Pep Bonet and Stanley Greene is like to talk about Fender guitars and Woodstock with Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin.” Salim Gora | Algeria.
“The week was very intense and filled with information that will be priceless for continuing with my photography. Gaining insight into the working methods of the NOOR photographers and sharing experiences with them has been a great privilege and will definitely help me in the future.” Yassine Hakimi | Tunisia.
“Before this workshop I had the light in my eyes, but after this workshop I have NOOR in my brain and my heart.” Amine Landoulsi | Tunisia.
“It was a good opportunity for me to be part of this workshop with other photographers and to be trained in a professional way by highly experienced photographers. I’m proud and happy and I have learned so many things just in five days.” Abdurrauf Madi | Libya.
“With the advice of trainers I learned a lot of things I did not know about before, like how to prepare a topic and develop a story, how to edit my work and tips to succeed in photojournalism. This workshop was beneficial for me because it deepened my knowledge and I gained first hand professional experience.” Hassan Ouazzani | Morocco.
“With the advice of trainers I learned a lot of things I did not know about before, like how to prepare a topic and develop a story, how to edit my work and tips to succeed in photojournalism. This workshop was beneficial for me because it deepened my knowledge and I gained first hand professional experience.” Nadjib Mouloudj | Algeria.