We are excited to announce the tutors for 2017 Nikon-NOOR Academy Workshop in Paris, France taking place at the Loft Roquette from 20 to 23 March 2017. NOOR photographers Pep Bonet, Robin Hammond & Benedicte Kurzen will lead the workshop, sharing their expertise and working together with participants to develop their visual stories and projects.
NOOR and Nikon Europe invite young aspiring documentary photographers and photojournalists living and/or working in France to submit their applications before 22 January 2017. The workshop is free of charge. Read more about the workshop and how to apply here.
Pep Bonet is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has travelled extensively capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live. His longer-term projects focus on African issues, with his most well known project being “Faith in Chaos”, a photo essay on the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone. He is also know for a long-term reportage on the rock ‘n roll band Motörhead. Pep was a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Humanistic Grant in Photography in 2005 and of the Horbach Award in 2015, and won three different World Press Photo Awards in 2007, 2009 and 2013. Pep frequently lectures on photography, multimedia and film, and lives in Mallorca, Spain.
Robin Hammond is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects.
He was the recipient of the W.Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism. In 2013 he won the FotoEvidence Book Award for Documenting Social Injustice and the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Robin is the founder of Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advance humans rights through highly visual storytelling. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, television and social media. He is currently based in Manchester, UK.
Bénédicte Kurzen began her photographic career when she moved to Israel in 2003, covering hard news as a freelancer in the Gaza Strip, Iraq and Lebanon. For the past ten years, Bénédicte has been covering conflicts and socio-economical changes in Africa. Her body of work “Amaqabane”, on the life of former anti-apartheid combatants was produced for prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2008. In 2011, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center, which allowed her to produce a body of work on Nigeria, “A Nation Lost to Gods”. Her work has been screened and exhibited at Visa pour l’Image and was nominated for the Visa d’Or in 2012. After becoming a NOOR full member in 2012, she decided to move to Lagos, from where she could pursue her coverage of Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. Alongside, she became an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Nigeria in journalism.