LORENZO CASTORE

LOST IN MOSCOW

Moscow, Russia • April 27-May 3, 2020

I have never been to Moscow – or even to Russia –  but for a long time I’ve wanted to. So I don’t know anything about the place. We’ll just have to dive in and work it out. We’ll have to make it up as we go along.

To give ourselves some reference points, we will have dedicated guides who will show us the city from the inside – local friends that have been in touch with TPW and Carlo for years.  We’ll be guided by models, artists, designers, tattoo artists and just regular Muscovites, who are accustomed  to living at the fast pace of the capital.  

Our goal for the week will be to work as much as possible, with all our energy. We will focus on many genres of photography, from portrait to nude, from street-photography to landscape, still-life, day and night life, colour, black and white.

 For the first time in a workshop, I will be shooting too, on my own and together with the participants. Each day we will plan our program specifically to the needs of the individuals and the group. This workshop will appeal to those who want to want to immerse themselves in the act of making photographs, no matter what their level of skill.

So this is all about doing it. There will be no brain-storming, no long critical or philosophical conversations about the meaning of photography. It’ll all be about gut-instinct and the spontaneous inspiration for the work.  We will keep the cerebral and the rational to a minimum – mainly to prepare the final slide-show of the work produced.

Please keep this in mind when – I hope – you decide to join us in this workshop. Be ready to jump into a new experience, and out of your comfort zone.

At the end of the week, I want you to feel like you have lived in Moscow, rather than  merely visited it…”

Lorenzo Castore, 2019

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This will be a very special workshop.

We will explore Moscow with new eyes, and at our own pace, with the help of our local friends who will help us see Moscow from the inside.

We’re unlikely to spend much time in Red Square or at the Kremlin, or visiting the classic spots. The idea is  to see the city from a unique perspective.

We will spend time with our new friends, listen to their suggestions, and try to stay away from the clichés as we follow their daily routine.

Celebration of May First will occur during that week, too.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

We have asked our local guides to help us to find a hotel in a good area of Moscow, where we can stay and have a meeting space for our classes. We have some options, please contact us and we will suggest you some.Of course is also possible to find your own accommodations. 

In the evenings we will be out together, having dinner in different places. During the day, we will be out shooting, so lunches will be independent. Meals are not included in the workshop fee.

TRANSPORTATION

Moscow has three major International Airports.  Keep this is mind when choosing your flight

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BIOGRAPHY

1973.
Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence on June 22nd.
1981.
Moves to Rome with his mother.
1992.
Lives in New York where works at Bob Seligman’s TV production office. Begins to photograph in the streets.
1993.
Returns to Rome where studies Law and in the meantime photographs Termini Railway Station and Casilino 700 gipsy camp.
1997.
Travels in India with his friends Giorgio Mortari and Saverio Costanzo: this trip marks an important step. Goes by chance to see Exils, Josef Koudelka exhibition. This show causes a deep and strong impression on him: it changes his perspective on photography and much more, it is a real starting point. Studies photographic and dark-room technique privately.
1998.
Wins the Dintorni dello Sguardo Award and realizes a commission for it photographing the west coast of Genova.
1999.
Immediately after his degree in Law goes to Albania and Kosovo where photographs elderly Serbians imprisoned in an orthodox monastery under siege. Comes back with a frustrating feeling of disillusion regarding the News and photojournalism. Decides of not going anymore where things are happening – at least not before understanding more about himself and his own inner pushes – but where things happened. First trip to Silesia, Poland. His base is Gliwice, the town where Hitler attacked the Radio Station provoking the beginning of World War II.
2000.
Back to Poland where photographs especially in the coal-mines and to India where photographs the routes to Gange’s and its tributaries sources.
2001.
Again India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, then Poland and New York where photographs Ground Zero and the 9/11 impact. Joins Grazia Neri Agency. Starts to document the construction of many buildings for Gregotti Associati International. Meets Michael Ackerman that becomes one of his closest friend and partner of many adventures.
2001-02.
Realizes the color series Paradiso in Havana, Cuba and in Mexico City, Mexico. Meets film-maker Adam Cohen. Starts to document the work of the sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
2003-04.
Meets Christian Caujolle and joins Agence/Galerie VU’: in Paris meets Anders Petersen, a mentor and a important source of inspiration. Works on Nero in South-western Sardinia. Won the Mario Giacomelli Award. Starts giving workshops regularly, activity that continues regularly till today. His first book Nero is published by Federico Motta Editore.
2005.
Works at Present Tense in Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Germany. Won the Leica European Publishers’ Award. The book Paradiso is published by six European publishers.
2006.
Moves to Krakow. Travels and works around Europe. Starts to edit years of his diary work Present Tense: the process is still on today.
2007-08.
He’s in Hungary, Italy, Germany and Greece. Starts to photograph middle aged brother and sister Ewa and Piotr Sosnowski and works on Ultimo Domicilio, a project in chapters about interiors of abandon houses.
2009.
Shoots and directs with Adam Cohen his first short film No Peace Without War.
2010-13.
Continues to work with Ewa and Piotr, at Ultimo Domicilio and Present Tense. He’s one of the ten Italian photographers selected to realise a personal work in occasion of Confindustria century anniversary: he photographs some of the most important Italian industrialists in their home’s living rooms.
2012.
No Peace Without War wins the Golden Frog as Best Short Documentary at Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland.
2011-13.
Documents the demolition of the former Fair area and then the construction of buildings by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind in Milan.
2013.
Works on Sogno #5, a photo-theatre-sound project realized with bipolar patients in the former Mental Institution Leonardo Bianchi in Naples.
2014.
Realizes his second short film Casarola, a childhood memories dreamlike fairytale taking place in the Bertolucci’s family house in the mountains close to Parma: the pictures of this house constitute Ultimo Domicilio sixth chapter.
2015.
Photographs his grandmother’s house just after her death: this is the seventh and last chapter of Ultimo Domicilio. Works at the development of Luz Network. After many years of preparation starts to work with perseverance on a transvestite community in Catania, Sicily: he goes there till 2018 four times per year for long stays. The book Ultimo Domicilio is published by L’Artiere.
2016.
Continues to work in Catania. Begins to work with Eloi Gimeno on the book concept and on the editing of more than 20 years of black and white photography. Collaborates with the choreographer and director Enzo Cosimi at two new pieces, Estasi and Corpus Hominis.
2017.
Works in Catania with growing intensity and commitment. Realizes a series in memory of his dear friend and great sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
2018.
Finishes his photographic work in Catania that will be titled And you shine instead: from now on the editing work starts. He’s included in the historical group exhibitions 100 years of Leica and Eyes Wild Open. Back to India after 17 years and there works with Michael Ackerman at a common project still in progress. He’s invited by the Museum of Gliwice for an artistic residency about Silesia. The book Ewa & Piotr – Si vis pacem, para bellum is published by Editions Noir sur Blanc.

 

PRACTICAL INFO

WORKSHOP DATES APRIL 27-MAY3, 2020
WHERE MOSCOW, RUSSIA  
WORKSHOP FEE €  1100
HOTEL  FEE  € 80/100 (DEPENDING ON TYPE OF ROOM) per night – SINGLE ACCOMODATION