© Piergiorgio Sorgetti

Attraverso Lo Sguardo / Basic Photography Techniques and Theories Course

When : From 4 October to 29 November (every Monday)

Where : PhMuseum Lab, Via Paolo Fabbri 10/2a, Bologna

Language : Italian

Full Scholarship : 1 (apply by 7 September)

Early Bird Fee : € 180 (book before 14 September)

Standard Rate : €230

Participants : Min 6 Max 14

Recommended For : Beginners

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MEETING # 1 | Introduction to the course and definition of objectives

Monday 4 October 6.30pm-8pm

MEETING # 2 | Discovery and evolution of the photographic image

Monday 11 October 18.30-20

MEETING # 3 | The device and the photographic technique

Monday 18 October 6.30pm-8pm

MEETING # 4 | Orienting the gaze: first field trip

Monday 25 October 6.30pm-8.30pm

MEETING # 5 | Basics of post-production

Monday 8 November 6.30pm-8pm

MEETING # 6 | Contemporary photography

Monday 15 November 6.30pm-8pm

MEETING # 7 | Orienting the gaze: second field trip

Monday 22 November 6.30pm-8:30pm

MEETING # 8 | Final brainstorming on the produced material

Monday 29 November at 6.30pm-8.30pm

What to expect

The course includes a theoretical and practical program of 8 meetings oriented to transmit fundamentals for creating and understanding how to read images. Unlike more traditional basic courses, our sessions provide a concrete and modern approach to the grammatical basis of the photographic language and offer a point of introduction for the development of a conscious authorial point of view.

The course

The first few meetings of the program includes lectures aimed at introducing participants to photographic aesthetics through a study of the history of 20th-century photography and its main authors. Through the use of slides, practical exercises made in the studio, and specific exercises we will then go on to illustrate the basic technical notions necessary for photographic composition.

The central part of the curriculum includes two field trip. All participants will be asked to photograph in predefined locations and subsequently present the images produced. The intent of the shooting days is to start mastering the photographic device and then get introduced to some visual storytelling methods.

In parallel, there will be a meeting dedicated to post-production where participants will work on photographs they have previously taken. Then there will be a lesson on photographic style with some theoretical analysis of projects, exhibitions, and books by various authors, protagonists of the contemporary photographic panorama.

The course will then conclude with a final review of the produced photos. Here the goal will be to opening a discussion and an initial study on each individual photographic style which can serve for identifying one's own personal visual path.

Who the course is for

For the first time a basic course aims to offer participants not only the opportunity to get to know the photographic medium through the fundamentals of the technique but also and above all to offer unique tools in order to start developing your own visual language. No previous preparation or experience of any kind is required to participate. We aspect people with a strong interest in photography who are wishing to learn its language in a constructive and informal environment.

The teacher

Piergiorgio Sorgetti is an Italian photographer who lives and works in Bologna. In 2021 he released “The Missing Eye” - his first photographic book in collaboration with Mattia Parodi and published by Witty Books.

His personal work has been exhibited in various exhibitions including “Abitare il Deserto” curated by the Photographic Observatory (Ravenna); “Step, Neel, Rub, Touch, Look, Grasp, Repeat” at Page Blanche (Paris); “The Sky Open Twice” at Jest (Turin); at The Print Space Gallery (London) for the Palm Photo Prize.

During 2018 he took part in the collective project "Cuore di Pietra" organized by the Conero Park Authority together with the Skinnerboox publishing house. In the same year, he was selected for the artist residency curated by Ardesia Project "In Between Shores".

Piergiorgio studied Visual Arts at the University of Bologna and holds a master's degree in Photography of Cultural Heritage at ISIA Urbino. Alongside his personal projects, he works with photographic commissions related to the world of publishing, fashion, and architecture.

What to bring

A digital reflex camera for field trips and exercises. A laptop for post production and editing classes.

Travel and accommodation

Students coming from outside Bologna are invited to organize their travels independently. Upon request, our team will be happy to offer you tips and advice on where to stay and how to enjoy your time here in Bologna.

About the PhMuseum Lab and the city of Bologna

PhMuseum Lab is the first physical space of PhMuseum. It is based in Cirenaica, a beautiful urban neighborhood just outside the historic center of Bologna. During the course, you will also be able to enjoy the vibrant scene offered by the city and the peculiar personality of the neighborhood. You will also have access to our library of photo books, water, and snacks and at the same time take a look behind the scenes of the PhMuseum.


What happens in case of red zones or new anti covid regulations?

Our large spaces and the limited number of participants will allow for face-to-face teaching in complete safety and with the appropriate distance. In the event of new restrictions, all meetings that cannot be organized remotely will be postponed and held on new dates by mutual agreement with the students.

How can I reserve my seat and pay?

You can reserve your seat by simply clicking on the Book Now button. If you have any doubts or questions, or you wish to understand if this course can do for you, feel free to drop us an email - info@phmusuemlab.com.

Until when can I book my place in the course?

You have until 14 September to take advantage of the early bird price, while we will accept registrations until 30 September.

Is there the possibility of receiving financial aid?

If you wish to be considered for 1 total scholarship, please apply by 7 September. Send us an email - info@phmusuemlab.com - taking care to share a motivational paragraph explaining why you will benefit from participating in the program. If you book your seat by 14 September you can still take advantage of a discount and pay € 180 instead of € 230.

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