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A new way to experience the Locarno Film Festival through the lens of photography.
This photography workshop is created through a collaboration between the Locarno Film Festival and the Manawa Foundation and will allow the 8 young talents who will take part not only to discover their own creative potential, but also to interact with other young talents and established professionals attending the event.
Through a dynamic mix of lectures, individual photographic practice, one-on-one exchanges with the tutor and photographer Sven Creutzmann as well as participation in meetings and events conjoined with participants of the Locarno BaseCamp and the Locarno Academy, the 8 participants selected for this workshop will dive into an in-depth experience of the Locarno Film Festival.
Sven Creutzmann was born in East Germany and trained as an advertising photographer in Hamburg. He worked in photo studios for 3 years, followed by 7 years as a news photographer for the British news agency Reuters. For the past 27 years, his main focus has been documentary photography for magazines, with an emphasis on Latin America, especially Cuba. He contributes to Getty Images in New York, Zeitenspiegel Reportagen in Germany, and is also a founding member of Jibaro Photos, a collective of international documentary and art photographers, founded in 2020. Creutzmann has published 4 books, gives lectures, shoots commercial productions, and teaches photo workshops in Latin America and worldwide.
The 8 participants selected for the workshop will work on a personal photography project while experiencing the Locarno Film Festival. The offer also includes accommodation, breakfast, networking events, screenings, exclusive meetings and more.
During the workshop, participants will take photographs with analogue instant cameras that will be provided by the organization. Each participant will have the opportunity to work on a personal project and choose the topic independently.
Each morning there will be group meetings with lectures on different aspects of professional photography and open discussions on the photos taken by each participant. In the afternoons, participants will be free to work on their own projects. This can be done in a group, alone or one-on-one with Sven. The important thing is that each participant finds their own personal style and voice and develops it consistently throughout the workshop.
On the final day, each participant will work on their personal journal, collecting all the snapshots taken over the days.
The offer includes a free pass to the Locarno Film Festival to attend all official screenings, including those on the Piazza Grande. It also includes invitations to exclusive events organised in collaboration with BaseCamp and the Locarno Academy, as well as access to special masterclasses.
This workshop is for photography and film enthusiasts as well as young creative minds from all over the world between the ages of 18 and 30.
No prior experience and technical equipment is required.
The participation includes:
The round trip to and from the Festival will be payable by the participants themselves.
For any further information, please write to