Empowering Visions: New Perspectives on Gender and Diversity in Photography

Symposium&Workshop Day Hannover, 10th of June 2022

3 Planten/Monde: Ankündigung für einen Workshop

Teaser Workshop: Empowering Visions, Hannover 10th of June 2022

Take the opportunity to join our Symposium&Workshop Day „Empowering Visions – New Perspectives on Gender and Diversity in Photography“ on the 10th of June! Finally, we can supply you with all the information necessary to participate in the lectures and workshops and what you need to do to sign up.

On this day we want to explore how documentary photography deals with concepts such as visibility, gaze, hierarchy, gender and diversity. Our idea is to facilitate discourse in a motivating and sensitising space that raises awareness of patriarchal, colonial and racist structures in visual journalism and photographic teaching.

We, a team of students, professors and teachers from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme in Hanover have been working hard to bring students and experts in the field together to discuss questions of legitimacy in image-making, of authorship and to promote awareness of gender and diversity-related questions.

To this end we will exchange ideas with people across the field of photography in order to hear from all participating sides on developing new perspectives on the medium and the practice!


On the Symposium&Workshop Day itself we will hear from:

Poulomi Basu, who will give a lecture focusing on ‘Self-care: The Heart of all Artistic Pursuits’ as well as a portfolio workshop with the title ‘The Personal is Political’.

Shorouk El Hariry, who will talk about the research practice on representation of Egyptian women in addition to leading her workshop ‘Enter/Inter’.

Julius Matuschik, whose workshop will focus on the often simplistic and biased perception of Islam in German media.

Anna Lena Mehr, who will give a talk about how the World Press Photo Foundation is trying to develop a way to become more representative of the ‘world’ in its name.

Ashfika Rahman, whose workshop will concentrate on the difficult question of ‘Exploitation or Advocacy? – Victims as Subjects of Documentaries/Fiction’.

Charlotte Schmitz, founder of the Journal Collective, a global photography collective, in her workshop about ‘Exploring new Narratives / New ways of Collaborating?’.



10:00 Welcome

10:15-11:00 Pouloumi Basu ‘Self-Care: The Heart of all Artistic Pursuits‘ (lecture)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 Workshops (Registration in advance is required.)

Poulomi Basu: ‘The Personal is Political‘

Shorouk El Hariry ‘Enter/Inter‘

Julius Matuschik ‘Picturing Islam‘

Ashfika Rahman ‘Exploitation or Advocacy? – Victims as Subjects of Documentaries/ Fiction‘

Charlotte Schmitz ‘Exploring new narratives / New ways of collaborating? / On Collectivity / The Journal Collective‘

12:45-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:15 Anna Lena Mehr ‘Focus on the ‘World’ – Context Matters‘ (lecture)

15:15-16:00 Shorouk El Hariry ‘Beyn Collective and the Quest for Feminist Storytelling‘ (lecture)

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:00 Panel Discussion


After the workshops and lectures, there will be a panel discussion where we reflect on the practice along with our invited guests!

Spoken Language: English


If you wish to participate in the workshops:


Write us an email with your FIRST and SECOND choice for the workshops: empoweringvisions@fotostudierende.com


The panel discussion and lectures, but not the workshops, will be streamed on YouTube.


See you at Expo Plaza 2 on the 10th of June!

The Team of Empowering Visions

10th of June 2022
10:00 am – 17:00 pm

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover
Expo Plaza 2, 30539 Hanover, Germany

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