TUMO Center for Creative Technologies and the HALO TRUST are partnering to deliver a professional photography workshop to develop the skills of aspiring young photographers and raise awareness of the HALO Trust’s humanitarian work to clear landmines and cluster munitions in Nagorno Karabakh.
The two-week learning lab will be held at the TUMO center in Stepanakert. Led by eminent photojournalist Scout Tufankjian, who first taught at TUMO Yerevan in 2013, the lab will cover the fundamentals of documentary photography.
During the learning lab, the students will create photo stories illustrating the nature, life and people of Karabakh. The stories will focus on the areas cleared by HALO, the local people who have benefited and the dedicated staff involved in making Karabakh safe.
Commenting after the first day of the workshop, Scout Tufankjian said:
I am beyond thrilled to be back in Karabakh and at TUMO again! The most recent conflict has really underscored the vital importance of HALO’s work in making sure that the communities of Karabakh are safe, as well as how critical it is to show the world what an amazing place this is. I’m really excited to be working with such great and enthusiastic students to bring these two things into focus. I can't wait to see what they produce!
During the workshop the students will produce a portfolio of Karabakh photo stories. The best works will be exhibited further in Armenia and the US.
The workshop runs from 12 – 21 May 2016. On Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 pm, Scout will be giving a talk on her experience photographing for her book 'There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project'. The lecture will be at the TUMO center in Stepanakert (Knunyantsneri 2). It is free and open to the public.
For more information:
Zara Budaghyan, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies
Amy Currin, the HALO Trust