Photography: Eye on Athens Workshop

Eye on Athens

Photography Summer Course in Greece

July 11-16, 2016

Eye on Athens is a summer photography course that uses the vibrant city of Athens as inspiration to learn the art of photography.  Athens has much to offer: its unique light that has inspired artists throughout the ages; its seminal ancient monuments; the vibrant city center of a multicultural capital tucked away in Europe’s south-eastern corner; the sea and mountain landscape that surrounds it; and numerous hidden treasures of architecture and cultural monuments from throughout the ages up to and including modern times. Lectures and technical sessions for the course will take place at the Athens Centre in the Mets neighborhood of Athens, a short distance from many of Athens’ best-known monuments.

This course has two aims: to equip you with technical skills and photographic know-how and to guide you through the development and execution of a photographic project within a diverse urban context. You will have the opportunity to address your subject through a variety of approaches, including documentary, street photography, urban landscape, architecture, portraiture, etc.

During the first part of the course lessons will be held every day with lectures in the morning followed by hands-on technical sessions and on-site photographing.  Lectures will focus on the history of photography in Greece and its relationship to the development of the modern state.  We will also look at the important role photography played in archaeology and the promotion of its iconic monuments.  In addition to lectures relating to photography, participants will also go on field trips and museum visits to enhance their knowledge of Greek culture.  During the technical sessions participants will learn to take complete control of their digital photographic equipment and post-production editing.

In the second part of the course participants will take up their own personal photographic project on Athens. Technical sessions will become more specialized «clinics» and participants will have group critiques with their peers and personal tutorials with the program instructor.  By the end of the course participants will have completed and exhibited a personal project at a public exhibition held at the Athens Centre.

See below last yesr’s schedule.
New schedule for 2016 summer workshop will be annonced soon.

Arrival Day

Meet in the evening for a welcome reception and introductions at the Athens Centre.

WEEK 1

Day 1

Lecture: Course orientation & practicalities / introduction to the city of Athens

Technical session: Introduction to the camera I. Focus & exposure

Orientation tour: In the afternoon walk to the center of Athens.

Day 2

Lecture: Athens through the lens and through the ages

Technical session: Introduction to the camera II. Image settings

Homework: Complete shooting assignments

Day 3

Field work: Ancient Athens (Acropolis and Agora)

Homework: Complete editing assignment

Day 4

Group critique: Analysis of photographic assignments

Day 5

Lecture: Theory. Time and Space in Photography

Technical session: Controlling time

Homework: Complete shooting assignment

Day 6

Day trip to the island of Hydra.

WEEK 2

Day 1

Lecture: Photographic approaches and genres

Technical session: Controlling depth of field

Day 2

Field work: Monastiraki to Petralona

Homework: Complete editing assignment

Day 3

Group critique: Analysis of photographic assignments

Homework: Complete shooting assignment

Day 4

Technical session: Image Editing with Adobe Lightroom

Group discussion: Personal project ideas

Homework: Complete Lightroom assignment

Day 5

Technical session: Lightroom and image production

Individual tutorials: Meet with your instructor to review work and plan project

Homework: Complete Lightroom assignment

Day 6

Tour: Visit photographic galleries and museums with your instructor

WEEK 3

Day 1

Field work: Faliro to Alimos

Homework: Complete editing assignment

Day 2

Group critique: Analysis of photographic assignments

Homework: Complete shooting assignment

Day 3

Clinic: Meet with your instructor to troubleshoot technical issues

Individual tutorials: Meet with your instructor to review work and plan project

Day 4

Exhibition production

Homework: Prepare final presentation of your project

Day 5

Installing exhibition

Final Presentation: Present your photographic project on Athens

Exhibition: Public opening and farewell reception at the Athens Centre


Instructors: Jeff Vanderpool, Stergios Karavatos

Jeff Vanderpool is a photographer, curator and educator.  He received an MA in photography from Goldsmiths College in London and went on to a varied career in photography, working commissions (primarily architecture and built environment), organizing exhibitions and teaching the art of photography.  Based in London, UK, until 2010, he worked for clients such as the Wapping Project and the educational charity All Our Children, co-founding an artist-run arts center in Uganda.  Since relocating to Greece from London he taught and co-directed the education program at the Athens House of Photography in Metaxourgheio, Athens while he has collaborated on various projects with organizations such as the Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage and the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy in Eleusis.  Since 2012 he and Stergios Karavatos have co-organized a series of seminars, titled “Photographing Monuments” for the Greek NGO Monumenta and an extra curricular workshop for the students of the MA in Heritage Management (University of Kent & Economic University of Athens). Jeff Vanderpool’s own work has been exhibited in solo-exhibitions including the Athens Photo Festival 2009, Kythera Photographic Encounters 2011 and most recently at the Benaki Museum (Pireos) where he was one of three photographers contributing work to the Athenian Houses of the Modern Movement exhibition and accompanying book.

Stergios Karavatos is a photographer and researcher of photography with a multifaceted teaching experience. He studied Law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an MA in Photographic Studies from Leiden University, Netherlands. During 2002-2008 he collaborated with the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in exhibition production and as assistant curator. Since 2004 he has been part of the teaching team of ESP School of Photography (History of Photography 2004-2008 and Photojournalism 2009-2010 and 2013-2014). he has collaborated with the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (2011-2014) in the organization of photography workshops addressing socially sensitive groups, such as immigrants and the unemployed and with the Athens Photo Festival (2013) in organizing the workshop «Introduction to the Photographic Act» and in the coordination of exhibitions. Since 2012 he and Jeff Vanderpool have co-organized a series of seminars, titled “Photographing Monuments” for the Greek NGO Monumenta and an extra curricular workshop for the students of the MA in Heritage Management (University of Kent & Economic University of Athens). In his recent photographic work he explores local histories of small areas in Greece and abroad, combining photography with other narrative elements, such as sound, text, video and varied archival material.


Independent activities: Athens Festival events take place during the summer at the Herod Atticus theatre under the Acropolis, and most participants will choose to attend at least one of these performances. Weekends are free for independent activities or travel.  Many students elect to go to the  Peloponnese to visit Nauplion, Mycenae, or Epidaurus, or to islands such as Spetses, Mykonos, or Santorini. Others stay in the city to explore Athens in more depth, and take advantage of the many events and cultural activities which take place each summer.

ComputersParticipants are encouraged to bring their laptops with them. Most computers have built-in adaptors to use with the electric current in Greece, which is 220v. There are five computers and a printer available for student use at the Centre’s computer facility. Wifi covers the classrooms and courtyard.

Program Dates: June 15-July 5, 2015. Participants arrive on Monday, June 15. A reception for students and faculty of all the summer programs takes place that Monday evening in the Athens Centre courtyard. The Welcome Dinner follows in a local taverna. Classes begin on Tuesday morning at 9:30am.

Registration: To register for the Photography Workshop, complete the registration form on the Athens Centre’s web site, at Fees/Registration page. A detailed program bulletin will be sent to participants upon registration for the program and receipt of course deposit.

Fees: 1280 Euros

Housing reservation: Please contact Olympia Kappatou, at okappatou@athenscentre.gr
Housing fees: For a double accomodation: 480 euros per person. For a single accomodation: 850 euros. This includes all taxes, utilities, a/c, wi-fi, bed lines and towels provided.

Fees can be paid by cash or credit card at the Athens Centre office, by bank transfer, or Paypal.  Bank account information for transfers is available upon request.  (Double room accommodation available only if there is someone else who wishes to share).

A deposit of 250 Euros must accompany the application form. The balance of the tuition and housing fees must be paid by May 20th. (The deposit is part of the full tuition fee, and is credited towards the full amount.). Fees can be paid by cash, credit card, bank transfer. or Paypal Bank information is available for transfer payments upon request.

Refunds: Full deposit, tuition and housing fees are refunded if a participant cancels before May 20th. No fees are refunded after May 20th, but a tuition and housing credit valid for one year will be given.

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