The final workshop in the Egyptian Language of Photojournalism programme was held at DEDI – The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative in Cairo last week. The workshop concluded with a very succesfull exhibition in downtown Cairo, where 11 of the 12 participating Egyptian photographers showed their final stories.
Back in November 2021, DMJX photojournalism held the first of four workshops for 12 selected Egyptian photographers. The educational programme was initiated and sponsored by DEDI – The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative.
The first three workshops focussed on visual story tellling, portraiture and writing for photojournalists. After these workshops, the participants worked on their final stories. At the final workshop that was held last week, the final stories were edited, the texts were written and finally the programme concluded in an exhibition at Kodak Passageway in downtown Cairo.
In the following images, we take you back to the days of the final part of the programme that happened from the 12th to the 18th of June in Cairo.
Sunday, June 12th and Monday, June 13th During the first two days of the workshop, all picture stories were edited in co-operation with Søren Pagter and the students received feedback by Gitte Luk on the first versions of their texts and worked on their second versions.
Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th After the first two days of feedback and editing, the students worked individually on finishing their stories. They made post production on their selected images and wrote the final versions of their text. During both days, the two teachers, Gitte Luk and Søren Pagter, were present and available to assist the students. All images and texts had to be ready for printing by Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, June 16th Late Wednesday evening and Thursday, the images and texts were printed and cut to make them ready for the exhibition. The pictures were printed at CIC – Contemporary Image Collective and the texts were designed and printed at DEDI.
Friday, June 17th All students and teachers met with the technical team at Kodak Passageway at 10am in the morning getting ready to hang every story according to the designs that were made in the class room. After nearly 16 hours of work, around 2am in the morning, the exhibition was almost ready. Two prints needed to be reprinted and hung before the opening the following Saturday.
Saturday, June 18th On the opening day, around 300 people visited the exhibition. Teacher Søren Pagter held an opening speech and together with teacher Gitte Luk, the two of them handed out diplomas to the 11 photographers, who had graduated the programme.
Sunday, June 19th till Tuesday June 21st On the second day, 150 guests came to Kodak Passageway and both television and vloggers came to cover the event. In total, 1,000 visitors from different backgrounds: from professional photographers to amateurs to passer-bys came to see the show. Due to the succes, DEDI and the owner of Kodak Passageway decided to extend the show with one more day.