Leonard Pongo

NOOR at ImageSingulières | Workshop

This intensive 2-day workshop, led by NOOR authors Alixandra Fazzina and Leonard Pongo, will allow emerging photographers to develop their documentary project – from conception to dissemination.

This workshop will provide both relevant industry insights as well as individual feedback and advice for each participating photographer. This workshop will take place in English.

© Alixandra Fazzina / NOOR

© Alixandra Fazzina / NOOR

The workshop will take place on May 30th & 31st 2019, at the Ancien Collège Victor Hugo, Sète, France

Our March Monthly Newsletter is out!

Our March Monthly Newsletter is out now, so make sure to check out the latest activities and opportunities to engage with us here!

Link to the newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/noorimages/march-2019-monthly-newsletter-v2

Under Arabic graffiti that reads “You cannot search for the beauty of love, it comes to you” armed fighter jets have been drawn on the opening of a canvas tent in Obock Camp. Sketched by Yemeni refugee Mohamed Al Abid, the drawings depict the bombing raids in Taiz from which he fled with his pregnant wife.

Our January Monthly Newsletter is out!

Our January Monthly Newsletter is out now, so make sure to check out the latest activities and opportunities to engage with us here!

Link to the newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/noorimages/january-2019-newsletter

 Congo DR, Kasai Central, Luemba, 16 March 2018

A field outside of Luemba that has been slashed and burnt. Despite the conflicts and the destruction of many fields in 2016 and 2017, people who have returned to their homes started planting again and although malnutrition is still a problem, people are finding solutions to find food. Central Kasaï Province.

Léonard Pongo / NOOR

NOOR showcases 2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Second Session Students' Projects

NOOR is proud to share the projects of 2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Second Session students.

NOOR visual-storytellers Benedicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde, Francesco Zizola, Sebastian Liste, Jon Lowenstein, Tanya Habjouqa, Kadir van Lohuizen and Leonard Pongo led 49 students in the masterclasses held in Italy, Hungary and Switzerland. During four intensive days of the Nikon-NOOR Academy, each group reviewed and shared their portfolios, listened to presentations by the photographers, held in-depth discussions on practical and creative issues, and edited their visual stories.

The masterclasses have been made possible thanks to the generous support of Nikon Europe.



2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Second Session

Participants in Italy:

Alessia Rollo
Camilla Ferrari
Camilla Piana
Camillo Pasquarelli
Elias Holzknecht
Elisabetta Zavoli
Emilienne Malfatto
Francesca Volpi
Giulia Frigieri
Lucas Bäuml
Marco Tiberio
Michele Spatari
Stefano Sbrulli
Valeria Cherchi


Participants in Hungary:

Aleksandra Bardas
Andras Polgar
Andrea Alai
Elena Anosova
Elipe Mahe
Istvan Bielik
Istvan Juhasz
Jeanne Frank
Marton Monus
Nik Neubauer
Pavel Bogolepov
Pavel Nasadil
Pavlo Bishko
Stanislava Novgorodtseva
Tamas Soki
Viktoryia Gerasimava
Zsolt Balazs
Zuzana Gogova


2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Second Session



2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Second Session

Participants in Switzerland:

Anne Ackermann
Charlotte Hooij
Claudia Schildknecht
Florian Spring
Hugh Kinsella Cunningham
Kristina Steiner
Lukas Kreibig
Marion Bernet
Matthieu Zellweger
Meinrad Schade
Nadia Natascha Horsted-Narejo
Nathalie Taiana
Nicholas Constant
Olivia Sasse
Ronald Pizzoferrato
Tamina-Florentine Zuch
Tim Rod

NOOR December Newsletter is out now!

Our December Newsletter is out now, so make sure to check out the latest work at NOOR, as well as education opportunities, and all the upcoming exhibitions!

Talk with NOOR’s photographers Tanya Habjouqa, Jon Lowenstein, Léonard Pongo

Photo by Keystone

Keystone-SDA, NOOR Foundation and Nikon Europe invite to join for an evening with NOOR’s award-winning photographers Tanya Habjouqa (JO/US), Jon Lowenstein (US), Léonard Pongo (BE).

« Intimacy of place and the tools of telling »

NOOR photographers will share key insights used to develop personal projects and their unique paths through photography. They will share previously unseen work and explore how to move beyond a linear narrative. Join us for an evening conversation to transcend what has been strictly documentary into a new terrain of documentary photography by incorporating the humane, personal, and collaborative into the unexpected.

The conversation will be hosted in English by Agata Bar, Editorial Director at NOOR Images. Afterwards there will be the opportunity for personal conversations at the Daizy Bar.

Public event – Please register your participation by email marketing@keystone-sda.ch.

The three NOOR photographers will be in Zurich from 3 to 6 December, 2018 on occasion of an international Masterclass program, run by Keystone-SDA’s partner agency NOOR and graciously supported by Nikon Europe. Read more about the 2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy.


The Uncanny projected at the ICP

Photo by Leonard Pongo / NOOR

Leonard Pongo's long-term project The Uncanny long-term photography project shot in the D.R. Congo will be projected at the International Center of Photography (ICP).

During the day, The Uncanny can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset.

 D.R. Congo, between Kikwit and Kananga, 24 October 2011

Drivers rest after a day on the road on the national 1 from Kinshasa to Kananga.

Léonard Pongo / NOOR

Announcing the 2018 Nikon-noor Academy masterclasses Second Series

NOOR, the NOOR Foundation and Nikon Europe are delighted to announce the second series of the 2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclasses. This autumn, the tuition-free Nikon-NOOR Academy will take place in Italy, Hungary and Switzerland.


During each of the 4-day trainings the 15 participants will work together with 3 NOOR photographers as tutors, to share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to create more impactful visual stories. NOOR and the NOOR Foundation are committed to encouraging young, aspiring photojournalists and documentary photographers. Masterclasses are provided free for all participants, made possible with the continued support of Nikon Europe.


The Nikon-NOOR Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment. 


Participants can get the most out of the experience when they come to the masterclass with a body of work they are currently developing, editing, working on and/or thinking about how to share with audiences. Thus, applicants are encouraged to include this work and indicate what they want to explore in relation to the work in their application portfolio and motivation statement. Below you will find more information on each masterclass.


  • Teaching in Turin, Italy: Bénédicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde, & Francesco Zizola
  • Teaching in Budapest, Hungary: Tanya Habjouqa, Sebastian Liste & Kadir van Lohuizen
  • Teaching in Zürich, Switzerland: Tanya Habjouqa, Jon Lowenstein & Léonard Pongo


Participants can look forward to intensive communication with NOOR photographers and their peers on subjects ranging from how to develop and edit a photographic story or project, to the nuances of the international photo market.


The NOOR-Nikon Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment.


Each masterclass is led by a diverse and unique combination of three NOOR photographers. All experienced teachers and lecturers, NOOR photographers are actively engaged in their own documentary practices, current debates in the field and in the development of the next generation of photographic talent.


Since 2009 NOOR and Nikon have partnered on education programs encouraging and supporting young photographic talent around the world. We have built strong collaborations with an international network of young photographers, photography professionals, cultural organizations, journalism and educational institutions. NOOR-Nikon educational programs have successfully trained more than 250 students from more than 64 different countries and counting.


*Deadline for applications to all masterclasses: Sunday 16th of September, 11:59pm*


About the Masterclasses:


Turin, Italy

Tutors: Bénédicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde & Francesco Zizola.

Duration: 12th – 15th of Nov

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link: http://bit.ly/2Nrl3Jm


Budapest, Hungary

Tutors: Tanya Habjouqa, Sebastian Liste & Kadir van Lohuizen

Duration: 26th – 29th of Nov

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link: http://bit.ly/2PeKVbT


Zürich, Switzerland

Tutors: Tanya Habjouqa, Jon Lowenstein & Léonard Pongo.

Duration: 3rd – 6th of December

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link: http://bit.ly/2MBCD10


For any questions please contact education@noorimages.com.

Reactions from previous NOOR-Nikon educational programs:

“Photography is part education and part evolution of one’s talent. This was my first workshop and it was an enriching experience. I learned more in these days than probably I could have learned in a year working in the field.”   – Bogdan Chesaru, Romania (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Bucharest, Romania)

“The workshop was fantastic! Meeting with NOOR photographers and very talented people from our region is a great opportunity. You should continue organizing programs for regional cooperation among young photographers. I got great tips about storytelling, editing, grants and bookmaking!”  – Ozge Sebzeci, Turkey (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Istanbul, Turkey)

 “The masterclass helped to draw an overall picture of my career. The experiences shared by NOOR helps to make a long-term plan.”  – Elyor Nematov, Kyrgyzstan (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

UNFRAMED Exhibition from 15.06.2018 to 19.08.2018, Brussels

On the roads of the entire world, photographers testify to the realities and stakes of an era. With the exhibition Unframed, Brassage Photographique and NOOR wish to offer a new event to these visual change makers thanks to whom photography continues day after day to forge our representation of the World. Unframed is an exhibition, crossed-visions of international committed photographers, who by their singular writings, decipher the great issues of our time. At the heart of this program, women, victims of violence and inequalities but also empowering, leading revolutions reshaping our societies and reinforcing ou desire to take action.

 Gallery Nova,  Zagreb Croatia