BOLOGNA, ITALY – APRIL 26-MAY 2, 2019   


In the streets:                                                        afterword’s:

EXPRESSIVE                                                             INTROSPECTIVE

DIRECT/FAST                                                           SLOW

It’s going to be an intensive week walking the streets of Bologna, looking at movies, at our prints and at the contact sheets produced during the days of the workshop.

We’ll focus on that kind of photography that is straightforward, raw, instinct full, with no hesitation and no compromises.

With inspiration from the movies of Fellini and the everyday life in Bologna we are going to search for the unusual in the everyday life.

Transcending literal documentation to get a more magical truth about human condition.

Training on listening to our instinct, fast reactions with the camera, erasing the second thought. Keeping alive the contact with your inner self, your instinct. Afterword’s in the selection and in the printing we’ll put many thoughts and ideas, constructing a coherent series.

During this week the goal will be , as said, to focus on a straight forward/raw vision of reality/photography.

To save what we love before it disappears forever. Two hearts.


This is a Film Workshop !!!

When we started our workshop, back in 1994, it was a film world.

We had darkrooms where the film was processed overnight, while one member of our team was driving to our lab in Florence every morning with colour film rolls…

Then digital arrived , I can’t remember when I saw one of our students with a laptop for the first time… (1998?)

And, without even noticing it, digital was all around us…

It was much easier for daily critique, it saved a lot of time and energy, and everything was moving a bit faster, even in our small laid-back world.

With this workshop with Joakim Kocjancic we want to stop, take a deep breath, and go back to the rhythm of shooting with film.

For some of you this could be a new experience: load the camera, counting on 36 (or 12) frames before changing roll, thinking before shooting. Shoot. Deliver the film to our lab, wait, see the results, face the critique. A different way to think photography. No post-production, but more time to spend with the others…

We highly recommend to shoot film during this workshop (our assistants will take care of processing B&W every night and return the contact sheets the morning after).  For those of you who are interested in the workshop but still prefer to shoot in digital, no problem, but we will adapt our program and schedule to the lab times.



   Joakim Kocjancic was born Milan in 1975. He grew up in Italy but spent a lot of time in Sweden during his childhood and since 2006 he lives in Stockholm. 2002 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Italy and 2005 he completed his studies with a Master in photojournalism. Between 2001 and 2005 he lived and worked in several European cities: Carrara, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Antwerp, Dublin and London.

Between 2006 and 2012 he photographed the streets of Stockholm with the resulting book Paradise Stockholm published by Journal in 2014. The same year he received a grant from the Swedish Arts Council, the series has been shown at Galleri Kontrast in Stockholm, at FORMA in Milan and at Galerie Intervalle in Paris.

In 2014 and 2016 he self-published together with other eight photographers the black and white magazine OON n.1 and n.2. Book release was both times at Galleri RALF in Stockholm.

Through a grant from the Swedish Writer association he spent six months in Cardoso (LU), Italy, photographing the people in the village that resulted in the book “After the flood” published in 2018 by Pacini Editore.

His work has been published in various newspapers, magazine like La Repubblica, The New York Times, Dagens Arbete and ETC. And exhibitions with his work in Stockholm, Berlin, Genève, Paris, Milan, Bologna and Rome.

At the moment he is working on a project about European cities, which won the best prize for the documentary category at the Photo Festival in Rovinj (Croatia) in 2018. Book planned to be released in spring 2019.


The workshop will take place in Bologna.

Our meeting point will be in a studio in the center of the city, so please try to find accommodation within the city walls.

Bologna is not too big and you will be able to walk everywhere. In this way it will be easier to explore the city, day and night.

Usually we will meet in the morning for portfolio reviews, critique and classes, and use afternoons/evenings/night for shooting


Well, Bologna is known for being the World Food capita! So you’ll have no problems to find restaurants, trattorie, cafè serving food…We will try to get together for the evenings meals, to share the day experiences.


As said, this will be a film workshop, so you will need to bring a film camera with short lenses – from wide-angle to 50mm Joakim suggests to use the same type of film – Ilford HP5 set at ISO 800 –  this will make our lab assistants’ work easier and faster.  Bring an extra body if you have it,  in case something happens to your camera
You can also consider to shoot digital, if you can’t avoid it…maybe just for backstage shots!




WORKSHOP DATES April 26 – May 2  , 2019
WHERE Bologna, Italy
WORKSHOP FEE €  950 + taxes
LAB FEE €  100 APROX (depending on quantiy)