City Spirit

A multi-level workshop program on the depiction of life in a city full of contradictions, Athens. Though courses on photojournalism, street photography and photowalks in selected places of special interest, participants will explore known and unknown corners of the city and will converse through their lens with its inhabitants. Atmosphere, light, each place’s characteristics and each person’s quirks offer a unique photographic experience, while the different teaching approaches of the experienced instructors offer new exiting viewpoints to look at our city again.

The workshops aim to teach participants to observe and interpret the environmental elements but also to approach people so that they can capture the “portrait” of a place in their own personal way. Anyone from an experienced photographer to a beginner with basic technical knowledge can participate. For each workshop, the option to buy the corresponding book (in English) for further studying is available.

In a hurry to be a photographer? Early entry in all workshops one month before the end of registrations, with a 15% discount.

Giannis Larios

11 & 12 MAR

The heart of Perama hits next to the sea, in the shipyard repair zone. Where the inhabitants have devoted their lives to work in yards. Where refugees, breadwinners and ‘rebetes’ wrote their story next to the boats. Today, Greek and foreign workers, shipmakers, blacksmiths, welders, electricians, paintbrushes, engineers, continue to give their soul to the shipyard.

Nikos Menoudarakos

11-13 FEB

For years, the thousands of refugees and immigrants in our city have been praying and practicing their religious rites in makeshift temples located in the basements of apartment buildings, apartments, makeshift structures, and even in former popular nightclubs. On the weekends, Indians in colorful costumes, Ethiopians dressed in white, Nigerians in patent leather and white jackets and devotees of all denominations and nationalities flood the places of worship to praise their god, while giving the city its gray color.

Thanasis Pantelis

Between night and day, a small community of sellers, buyers, workers, enlivens with its voices a huge covered area, where the fish that feed the markets of Attica are gathered. Unloading boats, refrigerated trucks coming and going, people moving between crates looking for and haggling over the price, create a buzz that lasts until morning.

Fred Boissona

25, 26 & 27 NOV

Refrain from only looking at the surface and listen to the story of Ilisos, the ancient river flowing invisibly under the city of Athens after having been paved over decades ago.The aim of this three-day workshop is the emergence of the sacred river of the city of Athens, both its underground part and its true history, in the eyes of the residents.

Aliki Seferou

The neighborhoods in the city center with their diverse communities and cultures, offer an array of endless photographic subjects. Within a few blocks ethnic hairdressers, grocery stores, restaurants gather while every kind of activity takes place that reflect the diversity of everyday life.