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1 June, 2016
10 – 13 June, 2016
Benaki Museum

As part of the Athens Photo Festival’s 2016 educational programme, the internationally acclaimed photographer, Simon Norfolk, will lead a four-day intensive, practice oriented photography workshop, offering to a limited number of participants the opportunity to absorb the experience he has amassed over his long and distinguished career. The workshop will be held at the Benaki Museum from Friday 10 to Monday 13 June, 2016.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in an comprehensive program, involving shooting sessions, technical instruction, group critiques, daily reviews and monitoring/guidance. Norfolk will approach this class as if it is an assignment. Pre-planning and pre-shooting themes will be also discussed.

“I’d like to go out looking for some light. This is what I do when I’m working, so I think it might be useful for intermediates and advanced level photographers to come with me and see it in practice. As a
landscape photographer, the light itself is the most important part of the story telling. Finding light is what I spend most of my time on when I’m in the field. For photographers, learning to think about light divides three ways: you need to see the need for it, know how to find it, and know how to capture it”.
(Simon Norfolk)

This workshop involves working four days alongside Simon, beginning with classroom sessions in the daytime, then a photography shoot in the evening light (until approximately midnight) and then back out again for a bright and fresh 5am start for the dawn light. Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.


1st day: 9:00am – 5:00pm
2nd day: 9:00am – 5:00pm
3rd day: 9:00am – 5:00pm
4th day: 9:00am– 12:00am


Simon Norfolk is a landscape photographer whose work over the last ten years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’ in all its forms. As such, he has photographed in some of the world’s worst war-zones and refugee crises, but is equally at home photographing supercomputers used to design military systems or test launches of nuclear missiles.

His work has been widely recognised: he has won Le Prix Dialogue at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2005; The Infinity Prize from The International Center of Photography in 2004; the Foreign Press Club of America Award in 2003: and he was winner of the European Publishing Award, 2002. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the Citibank Prize now known as the Deutsche Böurse Prize.

He has produced four monographs of his work including ‘Afghanistan: chronotopia’ (2002) which was published in five languages; ‘For Most Of It I Have No Words’ (1998) about the landscapes of genocide and ‘Bleed’ (2005) about the war in Bosnia. The most recent is ‘Burke+Norfolk; Photographs from the War in Afghanistan’ (2011). He has work held in major collections such as The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Getty in Los Angeles and the collection of Tate Modern.

He has been described by one critic as ‘the leading documentary photographer of our time. Passionate, intelligent and political; there is no one working in photography that has his vision or his clarity.’


380 Euros for four days. Tuition covers the cost of the workshop, 24 hour help from the APhF:16 team, snack-coffee. Participants will be provided with a printed copy of the festival’s general catalogue.


· Photographic equipment
· Laptop (optional)


Athens Photo Festival partner hotels set aside a limited number of rooms at discounted prices for participants from other cities or countries.


For registration, please fill in the online form or contact the Hellenic Centre for Photography by e-mail at or phone at +30 210 9211 750 (Monday to Friday 10:00-20:00 EET / Standard GMT+2).

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