18.10 - 20.10.2019


Workshop with Simon Norfolk


Date: 18-20.10.2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Place: Instytut Fotografii Fort (The Fort Institute of Photography, Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka st., Warsaw)

Price: 1620 PLN

Group size: 12

Application deadline: 10.10.2019 (Thursday)

Announcement of results: 11.10.2019 (Friday)

Payment deadline: 14.10.2019 (Monday)

We are thrilled to invite you for a three-day photo workshop with Simon Norfolk, scheduled for 18-20.10.2019.


I want you to learn how to improve the complexity and sophistication of your photographic projects. I bring a lot of historical research and inspirations from art history to my own projects and I will explain to you why I do that and how that improves the look of my photography. I'll teach you some tips and tricks, talk a ittle philosophy, show you how I get work, and how I’ve built a 20-year career as a photographer.

In addition, 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 photographers to come with me and see it in practice. As a landscape photographer, light is not the story, but it 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.

This masterclass involves working three days beginning with classroom sessions in the daytime, a photography shoot in the early evening light one night and then back out again for a bright and fresh 4.30am start for the dawn light. We will go out as a group and I will be with you all the time. I will teach you how I pre-plan and pre-shoot them like a National Geographic shoot.

The three days are flexible - we will fix our own timetable based around the weather. For those of you booking travel home, we'll finish about 5pm on Sunday.


  • the optimum size of the group (limited to 12)
  • the certificate of completion of the workshop.


  • camera,
  • tripod,
  • laptop.


  • understand the role of light in landscape photography
  • know how to look for a perfect light, depending on a changing weather conditions
  • be experienced in shooting at different times of day and night
  • be able to catch the light in a pre-planned way
  • create elaborate, sophisticated projects
  • work with historical material freely as well as do relevant research
  • know contexts from the history of art, understand its meanings and use them in your practice.


If you are interested in taking part in this workshop, please fill in and send us the application form.

Candidates chosen for the participation will be informed via e-mail with payment details.


Simon Norfolk - born in 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria. Lives in Hove and Kabul. Simon Norfolk is a landscape photographer whose work over twenty 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 the test-launching of nuclear missiles. Time’s layeredness in the landscape is an ongoing fascination of his.

His work has been widely recognised: he has won The Discovery Prize at Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2005; The Infinity Prize from The International Center of Photography in 2004; and he was winner of the European Publishing Award, 2002. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the Citibank Prize now known as the Deutsche Börse Prize and in 2013 he won the Prix Pictet Commission. He has won multiple World Press Photo and Sony World Photography awards.

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. His 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 as well as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wilson Centre for Photography and the Sir Elton John Collection. His work has been shown widely and internationally from Brighton to Ulaanbaatar and in 2011 his 'Burke + Norfolk' work was one of the first ever photography solo shows at Tate Modern in London.

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.' He is currently running at a pretty nifty Number 44 on 'The 55 Best Photographers of all Time. In the History of the World. Ever. Definitely.'

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