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FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia
FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia
FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia


Fact & Fiction / Post-Documentary, with Viktoria Sorochinski

Kolya Yan, from the series POLTAVALAND: Ukraine’s Place of Power / Viktoria Sorochinski


Crossing boundaries between fact & fiction

The new photographic era has changed our perception of “documentary” giving rise to the new concept of “post-documentary” where reality and fiction do not contradict each other, but rather support each other.

Nowadays, photographers often use various visual techniques or even staged elements to talk about important social, political, or personal subjects. However, if we look back in history, we will discover that similar approaches to documentary have already been exercised by some of the most respected documentary photographers such as Robert Capa, long before it was regarded as an acceptable approach.

In this masterclass, which has a partnership with Leica, students will learn about various approaches to contemporary documentary and the possibility of crossing boundaries with staged or artistic interpretation in photographic storytelling through open discussions, practical assignments, readings, and slide presentations about photographers working in these intersecting genres.  

In addition, during in-class demonstration and hands-on practice as well as home assignments, students will learn useful techniques in managing lighting when shooting on locations (out of the studio). They will learn how to create an atmosphere using minimal portable equipment as well as non-professional lights available at the subject’s home/environment.

An overview of the basic principles of color theory in art and photography as well as an understanding of how to use color as a visual tool to create a particular psychological or physiological impact will also be part of the lectures.

Finally, participants will learn how to make concise editing to create a consistent and complete project with a clear narrative and a distinctive stylistic approach.

10:00 – 12:00 Meet and greet: getting to know each other / Portfolio review of the participants 
12:00 – 13:00 Presentation of Viktoria Sorochinsk’s work and her personal approach to documentary and narrative in photographic projects
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 17:30 Discussing various approaches to Documentary and the crossing boundaries between Fact & Fiction (including reading and slide presentation)
*Homework assignment is given to complete for the next day

15:00 – 16:30 Reviewing homework assignments.

16:30 – 18:00 Presentation about the use of color and light in photography (understanding the basics of color theory and how to use color and light to create a certain atmosphere in a photograph)

*Small homework assignment in preparation for the next day 

10:00 – 13:00 Shooting on location 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:30 Continue shooting 

15:30 – 17:30 Editing and selecting photos together to create a short narrative.


Applications by email

Early Bird Price: 150 EUR, for applications paid until July 14 2023.

Full price: 180 EUR, from July 15 2023 until the last seat is fulfilled.

Viktoria Sorochinski is an artist-photographer with Ukrainian roots and a multicultural background, currently based in Berlin, Germany. Since completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University in 2008, Sorochinski had over 80 exhibitions in 23 countries throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. Her work is published and reviewed in over 95 international publications including her monograph “Anna & Eve” published in Germany by Peperoni Books in 2013. She is also a winner and a finalist of nearly 50 international awards, fellowships and grants among which are, Arnold Newman Prize, Leica Oskar Barnack AwardLucie Award (Discovery of the Year)LensCulture Exposure Award/Emerging Talent Award, Critics Choice Award, Magenta Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, J.M.Cameron Award, Voies Off Arles Award, BluePrint Fellowship and Canada Council for the Arts Grant.

In addition to Sorochinski’s pursuit of an artistic career, she is also curating international exhibitions, giving lectures, workshops and talks in various institutions worldwide, as well as private coaching/consulting. 

Viktoria Sorochinski’s is an author of multiple long-term projects, that are dwelling between documentary and fiction testing the boundaries of Real vs. Fantasy. In her photography, she is investigating subjects of intimacy, family dynamics, traditions, culture, and mythology, often incorporating elements of narrative, performance, and installation. You may find most of her projects on her website:

Viktoria Sorochinski

This masterclass is only possible thanks to Leica Camera ♡

International Festival of Contemporary Photography

Kranj, Slovenia