Morocco:
A Photography &
Writing Workshop
Marrakech & Essaouira, Morocco 1 – 10 March 2024

Literature and photography, the verbal and the visual, words and light... they were destined to be together. 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Photography and writing are the perfect match, as exemplified by works such as the renowned "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by James Agee and Walker Evans, or "Long Story Bit By Bit: Liberia Retold" by Tim Hetherington, among many others. We could argue that the maximum exponent of visual storytelling is the ability to combine your photography with a powerful text to accompany it.

As authors, being able to expand on the nuances of your body of work, possessing the sophistication to offer different readings, and taking your audience even further into your story is every photographer's dream.

In this workshop, we are going to teach you and provide you with the tools to do both and create something unique.For this unique workshop, we invite photographers to join us in Marrakech & Essaouira, Morocco – two very different and fascinating cities – to create a reportage of their choosing. Participants will be mentored by the immensely talented Kayla Green to hone their writing skills and guide them in developing their story ideas. Simultaneously, resident mentor and co-founder Jorge Delgado-Ureña will work with them on the photographic aspect of their narrative. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a complete story: both written and visual.

Photographers of all levels are welcome to join this workshop, as are writers who wish to develop their photography skills.

YOUR MENTORS
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Jorge Delgado-Ureña

Renowned Spanish photographer, resident mentor and co-founder of The Raw Society, Jorge Delgado-Ureña has taught dozens of photography workshops all over the world.Jorge has over 15 years of experience in photography and an innate ability for teaching. He’s been published in several local and international magazines, including National Geographic, Ijsberg Magazine, La Vanguardia, Publico, Fisheye Magazine to name a few. His photographs have also been exhibited in El Colegio de Periodistas and Lomography Embassy in Barcelona, Lensculture Berlin 2017, The Independent Photographer Berlin 2018 and he is currently working on the publication of two books of his photography from Cuba and Morocco.

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Kayla Green

Kayla Green has worked in the trenches of local journalism for 14 years. She earned her journalism degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was born and raised. Starting as a reporter, she has worked her way up to her current role as executive editor. She is part of a three-person leadership team that has turned failing family-owned newspapers into profitable business models through advertising and newsroom makeovers, transforming traditionally print-only outlets into full-fledged multimedia companies. She currently serves in that role for two properties, The Sumter Item in Sumter, South Carolina, and Gulf Coast Media, in Baldwin County, Alabama, that publish a total of five newspapers nine times a week.
She has been awarded on the state and national level for her writing and newsroom leadership, including Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 Next Gen of News Professionals and reporting on topics ranging from art and entertainment to heroin addiction and child trafficking. A writer at heart, she finds fulfillment in working with rising journalists to hone their writing and reporting skills, helping them identify their strengths and use them to be the best versions of their individuality.
Kayla is a writer and the copy editor-in-chief for The Raw Society Magazine. She and her photojournalist husband, Micah Green, a Raw Society Pro Member, live in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Mastering Light.
PHOTOGRAPHY OVERVIEW

The objective of this part of the workshop is to create a photo reportage and will cover the following:

What is a visual story?

There are many interesting stories but not all of them are equally photogenic. We will find out how to approach a story and make it as visually powerful as possible.

Finding your personal style

Having a personal style is not an easy endeavor but it is critical. From your distances to the subject and intellectual interests as well as other influences, we will discuss and review your past sets of pictures and will work on location to recognize your unique style.

Developing a visual language for a Story.

It’s important to find the right tools to communicate a story properly, from the choice of monochrome or colour to how to maintain a personal voice and style in the process.

What to look for and techniques for a well-rounded narrative

There are parts of the process of developing a story that don’t follow any rules, but there are others that are absolutely necessary to have a cohesive body of work that will be understandable for the audience.

Working in tandem with a writer

Collaborating with a writer is one of the most beautiful and powerful ways of developing a meaningful body of work. It’s a great opportunity to elevate each other's work and create impactful stories but at the same time is challenging. 

Revision and constructive criticism

Both in groups and individually throughout the workshop.

WRITING OVERVIEW

The objective of this part of the workshop is to create a written piece to accompany the photographic story that you will be working on. All participants are expected to fully immerse themselves, push their boundaries and rise up to the challenges given.

What is literary non-fiction writing?

A good story opens your mind and teaches you something about the world you didn’t know before. A great story makes you feel. We will discover how you can incorporate journalism techniques and literary tools to elevate your storytelling.

Finding your voice

Are there writers or other artists who when you consume their work just know it’s theirs? We will explore the concepts of voice and tone and how you can develop your own.

The power of observation and active listening

It is important to enter a project with an open mind for seeing and listening. We will practice both and learn how to incorporate them into your work.

Revision and construction criticism

Learn how to edit your own work and how to go through the revision process with your photography partner. Both in the group and individually throughout the workshop.

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Puerto de Esauira
DATES

1 - 10 March 2024

LOCATION

Marrakech & Essaouira, Morocco

MEETING POINT

Marrakech Airport (pick-up & drop-off included in fees)

GROUP

6-8 People

PRICE

Single occupancy: 3,700€/person*

Double Occupancy: 3,550€/person*

 

MENTOR FEES, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & LOCAL TRANSPORT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.

*Members receive a 10% discount on the above prices. E-mail us before booking to get your discount code.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Please choose whether you would like to pay the whole sum now or just the deposit to make sure you secure your spot.

 

NOTE: If you choose to pay just the deposit, the remaining balance is due 30 days before the workshop begins.

WHAT’S INCLUDED & EXCLUDED IN THE FEES

Included

Not Included

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP?

Send us an email below or at info@therawsociety.org

DISCLAIMER

We reserve the right to improvise (always with the objective to improve your overall experience), and change the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Fun and safety are our number one priority.

We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met (which quite frankly, is highly unlikely. Who wouldn’t want to have this experience of a lifetime!?).

Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us. We wouldn’t want you roaming around unguided.

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