We started off with the Interview introducing dienacht and our approach to photography and photobook-making. What is dienacht all about? How to be picked by a publishing house or a gallery? Why to make a photobook at all? Is that always a good way to present/ finish your work? What if you don’t have access to high-end materials, equipment etc? Read the full interview on HAYP Pop Up Gallery website.
dienacht means “night” and we are indeed interested in everything hidden, shadowed, unknown. We seek to find and reveal it in the form of photobooks. That’s why we like to discover the new and unknown, which adds too our excitement of holding a Workshop in Armenia.
°Group Portfolio Review Session
Portfolio review offered an opportunity for Armenia photographers to present, question and get professional feedback on their body of work: photo series, ongoing documentary project, a body of work photographed over a certain period of time, (seemingly) miscellaneous photographs that they struggled to put together.
This online portfolio review format combined individual review and group discussion, which allowed participants not only to get individual professional feedback on their work but also to benefit from discovering and discussing other works, and a variety of mentors’ approaches to them.
-What advice would you give yourself as a young photographer?
- Nothing. Or: find what your difficulty is, and find solutions for it. There are too many advisors and too many wisdoms for one’s future out there. Everyone should go their own way. All we can do is guide or help out with what is now.
°Open Webinar: Meet dienacht. The Art of Photobooks.
In December we held an online webinar, where we introduced dienacht with its three main directions (Publishing - Magazine - °Lab) and photobook as a medium on its own, through dienacht experience. We showed photobooks published by dienacht, explaining the artistic decisions behind them, as well as photobooks made by other publishers, expanding the possibilities of the medium. We talk about design, choice of materials, binding, feelings, and even sound. Enjoy the full talk below.
°Editing and Sequencing with dienacht
For any photographer, the recording of images is the first part of their journey with a story. The process that begins after the camera has been put down is often more challenging. This workshop series, comprising 2 sessions, helped Armenian photographers select, sort, and sequence their existing archives for the purpose of publication (photobook, zine or portfolio). In the end every participant had an edited and sequenced project and the guidelines on how to develop it further or finalise. Below is the glimpse of their works.
Nazik Armenakyan's series is an ongoing project about her personal experience as a mother, witness and photographer of the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020.
Ed Tadevossian with his deep interest to various processes followed the reconstruction of one of Yerevan's major exhibition space into a contemporary art space.
Aram Kirakosyan captured the life of the vibrant city of Gyumri that was destroyed by the earthquake back in 1988.
Arpi Khachaturyanc's series is an attempt to capture the memories of her birthplace, the town of Charentsavan, in the faces of her relatives, objects and environment.
Milena Adamyan's work is a diary of her life, experiences, meetings, journeys full of youth vibe.