The first workshop of the DEDI / DMJX programme in Cairo has begun

This week, Søren Pagter is conducting the first of a series of four workshops for 12 Egyptian photographers in Cairo.

Søren Pagter instructing the students in framing and in how to approach people at the DEDI / DMJX Workshop in Cairo this first week in November. Photo: Islam Safwat

The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) and DMJX Photojournalism will run a series of four workshops at DEDI in Zamalek, Cairo. During the first workshop, Søren Pagter lectured about genres, story types, ethics and visual approaches. And he worked together with the students on different editing exercises to teach them visual story telling. The coming workshops will be conducted by DMJX teachers Gitte Luk and Mads Greve. Gitte Luk will teach writing for photojournalists and Mads Greve will run a workshop in portraiture. After these three workshops, the students will work on individual stories and in March, Gitte Luk and Søren Pagter will return to edit the final stories with the students.

As part of the workshop, each participant brought a broad selection of images from one of their stories. The images were used as examples of different variations of story telling and presentations. Photo: Islam Safwat.

Cropping images to achieve a better impact and a stronger visual composition.
Photo: Islam Safwat

The students worked in groups on edits of stories, they hadn’t seen before.
Photo: Søren Pagter/DMJX

The 12 participants at the DEDI / DMJX programme in Cairo are, sitting from left: Sally Gindy, Shrouk Ghonim, Lamees Saleh, Gilan Hefny and Nadine Khalife.
Standing in the back: Sahl Abdelrahman, Ahmed Mostafa, Eslam Gomaa, Moataz Zaki, Mohamed Anwar, teacher Søren Pagter and Islam Safwat.
Not present on the image: Sara Younes.
Photo: Pernille Bramming, DEDI

The programme is the second of it’s kind. The first one was held over a period of one year in 2019 – 2020 in co-operation with DEDI and Photopia.