• Photojournalism workshop

    Korean teacher

Learn how to look beyond images

During the entire duration of the workshop every student will be encouraged to develop a personal idea of photojournalism that will slowly take shape in a true and real project which will be introduced at the end of the meetings.


  • What is photojournalism?
  • Differences between photojournalism and documentary photography
  • Basic terminology


The Photojournalism Workshop will have a total of 8 lessons.
The meetings will always take place on Tuesdays, from 19:45 to 22.00.



For further information please contact us at info@berlinoschule.com

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The teacher

Gianluca Pardelli is a famous italian photojournalist. He writes for The Guardian and other national and international magazines. He is specialized in Eastern Europe reportage and in Slavic studies. In 2013 he travelled to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also known as North Korea.

Here, in one of the most isolated and little-known countries of the world, he photographed a surprising ordinary every-day life hidden by the façade of the regime’s architecture. “North Korea can be considered one of the few realities of the Eastern Bloc who survived the fall of the Berlin Wall. The country developed a form of independent totalitarianism, different from the one embodied by Lenin or Castro”.

Portraying north-koreans is not a common task. “I have travelled with an organized tour. It couldn’t be otherwise. Residents are curious about foreigners, but they are also afraid of them. They are shy but happy at the same time. It is a strange mix, surely very interesting for a photographer”. Here some of his photos.

Gianluca Pardelli


Lesson 1 – Introduction to Photojournalism

  • Photojournalists are not photographers;
  • Photojournalism’s main character;
  • Photojournalist’s system of beliefs: the camera is just another pen;
  • Photojournalism brief history ;
  • Projection and group analysis’ first attempts about a selection of important photojournalistic’s projects;
  • Projection and analysis of any photographic o photojournalistic content that students will present on their first workshop’s approach (those who never shot similar subjects are invited to participate at the debate and share their ideas);
  • First group’s brainstorming about future projects that students will develop during the workshop.

Lesson 2 – Finding a subject

  • Defining the subject;
  • Subject and object;
  • Subject’s legitimacy and credibility;
  • Searching for a subject: a geographical and sociological study;
  • Subject’s projection and analysis of well-known photojournalistic’s project;
  • Group debate on past and present experiences on finding a subject;
  • Group debate and update on students’ developing projects.

Lesson 3 – Relating to the subject

  • The connection between photojournalist and photographic’s subject;
  • Personal involvement with the subject;
  • The right distance;
  • Approaching the subject;
  • Practical problems: language barrier, geographical distance, legal or bureaucratic obstacles;
  • Keep the record straight;
  • Reticence and distrust;
  • Honesty and clarity;
  • Working with the subject;
  • Short and long-term projects;
  • Following or going with the subject? It’s not only a semantic difference;
  • Reportage led by the subject;
  • Different techniques for different subjects;
  • Projection and analysis of the connection with the subject of well-known photojournalistic’s projects;
  • Group debate on past and present experiences concerning the subject’s connection;
  • Group debate and update on students’ development projects.

Lesson 4 – Building a story

  • From beautiful images to beautiful stories: the not-so-easy process of giving a journalistic meaning to a documentary or a photo series;
  • Beyond aesthetics: a sense of beauty’s limited importance in photojournalism;
  • Finding and following a central idea that gives meaning to the project;
  • How images interact between them;
  • Same story, a different point of view: context’s role in photographic’s narrative;
  • The underlying message and variables that influence its transmission;
  • Text and images. Can photos really communicate by themselves?;
  • Comparing other’s media photography to tell a story;
  • Projecting and analyzing a story concerning well-known photojournalistic’s project;
  • Group debate on past and present experiences on building a story;
  • Group debate and update on students’ development projects.

Lesson 5 – Multimedia

  • Beyond photography together with the photographer: media obstacles and integration;
  • Brief report on current and past trends on practical multimedia;
  • Advantages and disadvantages on using multimedia techniques;
  • Harmony and cacophony: the difficult connection between photography and other media;
  • Sound and photography;
  • Writing and photography;
  • Painting and photography;
  • New creative developments;
  • Projecting and analyzing multimedia of well-known photojournalistic’s project;
  • Group debate on past and present experiences on using other media;
  • Group debate and update on students’ development projects.

Lesson 6 – Photographic excursion

  • Visiting a Berlin’s location with high photojournalistic potential;
  • First photojournalistic shot;
  • Field training .

Lesson 7 – Workshop

  • Post-producing and editing photographic material (shot in the practical excursion);
  • Editing technique;
  • Basic Lightroom and Photoshop know-how;
  • Retouching ethics;
  • Writing texts and captions;
  • Group debate and analysis on editing performance put in place by students.

Lesson 8 – Photojournalistic career

  • Photojournalism: a professional path;
  • Motivations;
  • Photojournalistic career: brief history;
  • Photojournalism nowadays;
  • Marketplace;
  • Freelancer or under contract photographer?;
  • Financing your own photographic projects;
  • Kickstarter, Indiegogo and crowdfunding’s market;
  • Contests, scholarships and exhibitions;
  • Being published and auto-publishing;
  • Analysis and group debate concerning some auto-financed photojournalistic projects;
  • Group brainstorming on finding financial solutions for students’ projects;
  • Group debate and update on developing students’ projects.

Our contacts:

Berlin Italian Communication UG

Gryphiusstr. 23, 10245 Berlin
Inhaber: Andrea D’Addio

E-Mail: info (at) berlinoschule.com
Tel.: + 49 (0) 30 36465765

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