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Risky Business (Not Really): The Economics of Storytelling w/ Donald Weber
Workshop | 15 - 16.09. | 10:00 | Oris - House of Architecture

Donald Weber, a world famous documentary photographer and educator, offers a two-day workshop in Zagreb, first of this kind in the world! Learn how to write, present, elaborate and apply your project for a grant.
This workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Freedom creates opportunity. Opportunity makes your future. Attendees will focus on finding clarity of vision through the writing process, allowing you to create the stories you want in your own voice. As a photographer, Donald Weber has found his own unique vision of freedom, creating significant bodies of work in his own way and on his own terms. Using diverse methods of funding through grants, institutional and just plain resourcefulness, Donald has managed to work free and independently from the usual constraints. Learn from Donald over an intensive two-day workshop how to understand the grant writing process, from conception, to articulation and execution.

Day 1
Examination and investigation what makes a successful proposal. Attendees will use Donald’s as well as various photographers’ work as a basis of understanding. This will be an intense of practical information, demystifying the often-arcane process of successful proposal writing.

Day 2
The second day will focus on the students’ own proposals, crafting and creating story pitches. Donald and the rest of the workshop group will look at your oral presentation, understanding what makes a strong ‘pitch,’ being able to clearly and succinctly sum up your project in one sentence. Participants will ‘pitch’ their project to the group, gaining critical and insightful feedback to further develop the proposal.

This workshop will not only help you understand the critical need to begin writing, but also illuminates your need in clarity of vision to successfully find funding for your work.


Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Weber is the author of three photography books. His book Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has received much acclaim; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal The Photobook: A History, Volume III. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Scotia bank Photography Prize.
His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide. He is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto.
Currently Don is working on his next project War Sand, about historic sacrifice and the meaning of war in our modern world and teaches photography at the KABK Royal Academy of Arts in Hague, Netherlands.


Date: 15—16.9.2016.
Language: English
Fee: 215 EURO
(included coffee-snack, festival tote bag)

At the end of the workshop, every applicant will get a certificate of attendance.


Exact schedule and location of the workshop will be announced soon.


Workshop submission deadline: 31st August 2016. 10th September 2016.