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CORINNE NOORDENBOS & FIORENZA PINNA: Intensive workshop on visual language and the photobook

Do It With Books; Do It Yourself With Others part I. | September 6 – 8, 2017

With Corinne Noordenbos and Fiorenza Pinna


For the first time in Croatia a workshop with Corinne Noordenbos, one of the best experts of photography and the photographic book. Awarded several times for her work as a teacher, she has been a reference for many of the most renowned photographers of the moment including Rineke Dijkstra, Viviane Sassen, Rob Hornstra and Wassink Lundgren. She has successfully collaborated with Fiorenza Pinna since April 2016 on several international workshops.

“What is really impressive about the collaboration between Noordenbos and her students is the professional standard of their work. The bar is set high. They devise good projects and make good photographs, and the presentation of these projects in book form has taken the students’ ambition and achievements to new levels.” (Martin Parr)

The three working days are meant for photographers who like to investigate their storytelling in a book and are ready to work with others. The workshop is an introduction to the photobook on a theoretical and technical level but with a large practical side to it. Visual storytelling is at the bases. It is meant for all those that have a project of visual (photographic) storytelling on its way, but not necessarily finished.
The workshop’s main aim is to extend the ability to find solutions and trigger new ideas through group work, sharing and exchanging. We will focus on the possible methods of transforming/translating a photography project into a book with examples, possibilities and images, storytelling construction schemes; training in all the main aspects of the development of the presented projects.

We’ll go deeper into the body of work presented in the workshop to consolidate and find the best balance between all the elements of the project. We will discuss and experiment in order to develop the project both in concept and design, new elaborations and possible solutions.

3 working days on:

– Reflection and analysis on visual language
– A project triangle:  author, objectives and audience
– Key-image and visual strategy
– Project and photobook concept
– Editing and structure of storytelling for the book project
– Different possibilities and methods of photobook construction

At the end of the workshop everyone will have produced at least 2 dummies, which will be presented at the festival.

WHAT to bring

– laser prints of the project (30-40 photos) in two sizes (2 sets A5 / 1 set A4)
– laptop/hard disk
– large selection of images of the project
– a notebook
– A3 paper sheets
– markers of different colours
– scissors
– cutter
– paper tape
– rule/square rule


Wednesday, September 6, 14:00 -­18:00
Thursday, September 7, 09:00 -13:00 & 14:00 -18:00
Friday, September 8, 09:00 -13:00 & 14:00 -18:00


The workshop is open to photographers with a project.
The early bird fee for the workshop is 200 € (until July 1, 2017).
After July 1 the fee is 250 €.
Minimum amount of participants is 8 and up to a maximum of 10.


Applications must be received no later than August 1 at midnight via e-mail: workshops@organvida.com
Please, send you personal details (name, surname, date of birth, country of residence, mobile phone, address) and your portfolio/your project you would like to work on, and a link to your website.


In Zagreb, CROATIA
Information about location will be announced on our website.

Corinne Noordenbos

Corinne Noordenbos is a photographer and educator. Her contribution to education in the Netherlands has impacted the development of photography internationally. Her former students are now at the forefront of contemporary practice and the development of the book form can be clearly celebrated in the work of former students like Rob Hornstra, Vivianne Sassen and Wassink Lundgren, amongst many others. Corinne was Head of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague until her retirement in April 2015. In 2014 she received an award from the Royal Photographic Society, followed by receiving a Royal Dutch decoration in 2016 in honor of her work. She is internationally known as an expert in photobooks and is a collector herself. She is currently working as a photographer and travelling around the world as an associate professor at many academies including the CAFA, the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, l ‘University of Ulster in Belfast and L’ Unicamp University Campinas in Brazil, as well as a frequent speaker at numerous international photography festivals giving presentations, workshops and conferences.


Fiorenza Pinna

Fiorenza Pinna, co-founder of 3/3 (treterzi.org), a studio dedicated to photographic projects, is an independent curator, photo book designer and consultant based in Rome. Since 2009, with 3/3 she founded Little Big Press, a library project dedicated to independent photobooks – and has been producing and curating exhibitions, books and photobook workshops – working with Rinko Kawauchi, Anouk Kruithof, Rob Hornstra, Joachim Schmid, among the others.
She collaborates with photography galleries, institutions and publishers both in Italy and abroad, for conferences, workshops and portfolio reviews. She is a member of various juries for international awards, such us the Kassel photo book Award and the Prix Pictet.


Refund/Cancellation Policy for Organ Vida Workshops
All fees are nonrefundable if you withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Organ Vida will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Organ Vida reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date if the workshop is under-enrolled, in which case a full refund will be issued.