Under the framework of continuing education and the supervision of the Special Account for Research Grants (SARG), the Athens School of Arts introduces a new educational program in photography. Our team includes members of the ASFA faculty and independent scholars with high academic qualifications and a long experience in teaching and research on the theory and practice of photography. The distinguished career paths of the staff serve as a guarantee for the educational quality of the program, as does the long tradition of ASFA which is inextricably linked to the history of Modern Greek art.
The practice of photography is an extremely important one worldwide, both in terms of its professional applications and in the domain of the arts, where it holds a prominent place since the 1960’s. Especially in our days, it serves on a daily basis as a means of communication and creative activity for people around the planet. Paradoxically, the current situation –where most people can, in theory at least, shoot a good photograph with their mobile phones, edit it and share it with their friends— instead of canceling the need for the systematic study of photography, makes it even more pressing. When most people possess the basic skills for the production and analysis of photographic images, in order for any photographic endeavor to be noticed and distinguished, it must bear the marks of exceptional technique and individual taste. These are precisely the qualifications that our program aims to offer, by providing, on the one hand, the technical infrastructure and, on the other, the cultivation of individual perspective and the sharpening of critical perception through a historical and theoretical study of the photographic medium.
In the course of the academic year additional seminars will be offered on more specialized topics, whose duration will vary according to the needs. Subscribe to our NEWSLETTER to be informed about our program news.
Expanding Personal Vision: A Creative Photography Summer Workshop on Hydra Island
This intensive workshop provides a unique opportunity for practicing photography on a daily basis in a supportive environment adopting thus new or refining existing shooting and portfolio editing skills. Participants will be able to expand their personal vision under the supervision of experienced photography instructors in one of Greece’s most impressive islands.
The workshop includes daily photo – practice, reviewing in depth and editing the work produced each day, attending lectures on contemporary photography and portfolio reviews of work in progress in such an idyllic environment with all the necessary ingredients for a lifetime creative experience.
Instructors: Kostas Ioannidis, Stig Marlon Weston, Eleni Mouzakiti, Lambros Papanikolatos, Lila Zotou.
Workshop dates: July 8 – 15, 2017
Application submission period: February 23 – May 7, 2018
In collaboration with Photometria International Photography Festival, Asfa Photo Courses makes its home for a week at the ASFA artistic station of Tspelovo in the Zagori region of Ioannina for the summer workshop “Postcards from home”.
Participants of “Postcards from home” will explore the concept of home from their own perspective, selecting from a number of options: return to the family home or the country, immigration, familiar homes and uncanny, nature as a home, etc.
Instructors: Lia Nalbantidou, Photini Papahatzi
Workshop dates: August 11 –17, 2018
Location: ASFA Artistic Station, Tsepelovo
Application submission period: June 1 – 29, 2018
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A two-semester intensive seminar in photography as a contemporary artistic practice.
The seminar will aim to encourage experimentation with the language of photography and its possibilities and to cultivate the skills of critical perception. Co-teaching and the involvement of more than one instructor in the teaching of a class will be used as means of providing participants with multiple feedback on their work, which will be of considerable benefit to them. The classes will combine theoretical instruction with practical work.
Instructors: Kostas Ioannidis, Eleni Mouzakiti, Lambros Papanikolatos, Alexandros Voutsas, Nikos Vassilakis
Second semester begins: February 2018
Application submission period: 5 – 21 January 2018
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A series of 7 lectures in the framework “Topics in the Theory of Visual Arts and Photography”
The topic in this series of lectures will be what is (often carelessly) called landscape. We will examine the concept from a historical and theoretical perspective, showing that the space human beings inhabit has not always, and self-evidently, been viewed as an image, that is as an object to be discussed and critically assessed on the basis of aesthetic categories. Photography inevitably holds a prominent place in such a historical and theoretical investigation, since its technology was pivotal in the proliferation of the mode of seeing which the concept of landscape presupposes: the isolation and framing of a part of the whole.
A series of 7 lectures per semester.
Instructors first semester: Andreas Giakoumakatos, Nikos Daskalothanasis, Kostas Ioannidis, Giorgos Xiropaidis
Instructors second semester:Yiorgis Yerolympos, Kostas Ioannidis, Yorgos Karailias, Anthony Hatzimoysis.
Seminar (second semester) begins: February 26, 2018
Application submission period: January 19 – February 8, 2018
Academic supervisor: Kostas Ioannidis, Assistant Professor ASFA
Andreas Giakoumakatos, Nikos Daskalothanasis, Anthony Hatzimoysis, Lila Zotou,
Kostas Ioannidis, Yorgos Karailias, Eleni Mouzakiti, Lia Nalbantidou, Lambros Papanikolatos,
Yiannis Papatheodorou, Photini Papaxatzi,
Nikos Vasilakis, Alexander Voutsas, Yorgis Yerolympos