15th April 2017     XVA Art Hotel and Gallery,   Al Fahidi district

Join Tasneem for an intensive one-day practical workshop, ‘Stories not Selfies: Shooting Beyond the Obvious’

Discover the importance of anticipating moments, regardless of cultural barriers and language differences in an environment. Tasneem will explain her photographic practice, share her experiences and tips and teach how photographing in different aesthetics and spaces can all be used as an advantage, instead of a weakness.

Tasneem lived in Dubai for 6 years and will take participants on a shoot around the historic Al Fahidi district and the souks in old Deira. There will be an edit and feedback session after the shoot. Award-winning photojournalist Andrew Quilty, will also speak about his photographic experiences and assist during the shoot and final critique session with the group.

Participants can shoot on either a smartphone or digital camera. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants and is suitable for all levels.

When: Saturday, 15th April 2017.    10.30am – 7pm.     Lunch and refreshments included.

Cost:  1,200 AED       Please email info@annaseassau.com for more information and to enrol.

 ©Tasneem Alsultan. Hover or click on images for full captions.

Workshop Outline

10.30am. Meet at XVA Art Hotel and Gallery in the historic Al Fahidi district, the oldest residential part of Dubai.

In the morning session you’ll learn about the creative and technical skills that make an image powerful through Tasneem’s presentation of RAW and edited examples of her own work. Tasneem will also explain the way she approaches portrait subjects and the importance of body language. You’ll also learn the importance of capturing scenes with the utmost efficacy in-camera and using post production software to only subtly enhance your photographs.  Tasneem will discuss her recent work and experiences in documentary projects and also the daily images she takes during her frequent travels. Her principle is to always find narratives that are respectful, yet evoke thought.  Tasmeen will also give feedback on each participants’ photographs that they have brought to share with the group and find challenges for each participant for the shoot.

After lunch, award-winning  Andrew Quilty will give a presentation of his work and experiences as a photojournalist.  Tasneem will then lead the group out to practice newly learned skills and be challenged on the shoot. We’ll leave the Al Fahidi district for the five minute walk to the  The Creek, the bustling heart of old Dubai. We’ll stop by the Texile souk and vibrant alleyway, Hindi Lane and then take an abra to old Deira and visit the Spice, Perfume and Gold souks. Both photographers will be present during the shoot.

We’ll return to the tranquil XVA Art Hotel for the the edit and feedback session of your shoot. You’ll select your three best images of the day with Tasneem and Andrew’s help and the workshop will finish with a presentation of everyone’s work.

Tasneem Alsultan

Tasneem is a freelance Investigative Writer/Photographer working in the Middle East for international media on hard news as well as long form features. She Covered the first women’s voting and elections in Saudi Arabia, which took place in different cities across the country, for National Geographic. Tasneem’s work has also been published in Saudi for Speigel, Amnesty International, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Lens Blog, Nat Geo’s Proof, and Time’s Lightbox.

Tasneem was born in the US and educated in England, returning to Saudi for her undergraduate studies. Her masters focused on the ethnographic study of Saudi women abroad, receiving an MA from Portland State University. After years of teaching in universities between Saudi and the United States, she ventured into photography. After shooting weddings, she now uses her story telling experience to document topics focusing on human rights specific to gender and social issues in Saudi and the Arab Gulf region. Selected as one of the 10 grantees of the Magnum Foundation/ Prince Clause/ AFAC grant in 2015, she began working on her project ‘Saudi Tales of Love’ which was published in Time’s Lightbox, and later exhibited in PhotoKathmandu, Paris Photo Focus Photo Festival in Mumbai, Gulf Photo Plus Dubai, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts in Texas, Middle East now in Florence, Aperture in New York, La Quatrieme Image in Paris, Tiblisi Photo Festival in Georgia and among the slideshow at the prestigious Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan in 2016.

In 2015, Tasneem received an honorable mention in the Getty Instagram Grant, awarded to users documenting underrepresented communities across the world. In 2016, Tasneem was selected by British Journal Photography as among the best 16 emerging photographers to watch, and PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2017. She is a finalist in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards in Contemporary Issues. She is also a member of Rawi’ya, a Middle Eastern photography collective.

Follow Tasneem on Instagram here.  Click here for the gallery of Saudi Tales of Love from the Sony World Photography Awards.