Athens, Greece • September 6-12, 2020
We had planned a workshop in Moscow last spring, then postponed to nest September due to the Covid 19 emergency.
Considering the news from Russia, we think it is a smart move to avoid any risks in a travel to Moscow: even if we can get in – not 100% guaranteed – we don’t know what to expect, probably a limited experience, like driving with your hand-break on.
We both agreed that we should preserve the spirit and motivation, which made us think of this type of workshop.
Athens is the best choice: after months of forced isolation, everybody wants to stay out, live on the street, eat it, get lost in the docks or in the small alleys around the Acropolis, in the less known areas, where different types of humanities get together when the sun goes down.
Lorenzo and Carlo
Athens has been in our mind for a while: everybody has studied about it and its glorious past of course, but when you ask friends “have you been there”, nine out of ten reply “yes, on my way to…some island!”
It raised our curiosity, to understand what is beyond a place you usually just cross in a hurry from the airport to the harbor to catch a ferry…
Asking friends who live there, and reading about Athens, it seems, as this will be the right city to run our workshop.
Faster becoming the place to be, full of tourist interested in its past, and younger international visitors enjoying the night-life in the many cafes. The 3000 years old city on one side, and one of Europe’s higher concrete concentration on the other; its cafes, and the rooftop bars, areas such as Anafiotika, a village within the city, the flea markets. And of course the sun!
But as often happens in the Mediterranean countries, people make the difference. Greeks are open to new changes, and welcome visitors with open arms.
We will explore the city, with the help of some local assistants, will be able to find our own ways. English is widely spoken, and even if we will try to get lost there will always be a way to go back home!
Together with our local contact, we are looking for a small-medium sized hotel, where we can all stay together. Of course, you are free to find your own accommodation and meet the group for daily critiques, and lessons.
Eating out will be another way to explore the city, and get deeper into the local culture.
Are you ready???
We will get together everyday, either at the hotel we are staying at or in a studio. There will be time for showing your work, critique of the work produced on location, time to discuss topics related to photography, book-making, profession, exhibitions. But most that everything else, we expect you to be out and look for interesting stories to develop. Use your heart and stomach more than your head!
It is usually nice to meet in the evening, to grab some food together and talk about the experiences of the day. But if you are chasing an idea, or meeting someone to photograph, you can skip it!
We will meet in the afternoon of the 6th, in order to have an introduction, and plan the week.
Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence on June 22nd.
Moves to Rome with his mother.
Lives in New York where works at Bob Seligman’s TV production office. Begins to photograph in the streets.
Returns to Rome where studies Law and in the meantime photographs Termini Railway Station and Casilino 700 gipsy camp.
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.
Wins the Dintorni dello Sguardo Award and realizes a commission for it photographing the west coast of Genova.
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.
Back to Poland where photographs especially in the coal-mines and to India where photographs the routes to Gange’s and its tributaries sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moves to Krakow. Travels and works around Europe. Starts to edit years of his diary work Present Tense: the process is still on today.
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.
Shoots and directs with Adam Cohen his first short film No Peace Without War.
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.
No Peace Without War wins the Golden Frog as Best Short Documentary at Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland.
Documents the demolition of the former Fair area and then the construction of buildings by Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind in Milan.
Works on Sogno #5, a photo-theatre-sound project realized with bipolar patients in the former Mental Institution Leonardo Bianchi in Naples.
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.
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.
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.
Works in Catania with growing intensity and commitment. Realizes a series in memory of his dear friend and great sculptor Giuseppe Spagnulo.
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.