The Mtkvari River: A Carrier of Life and Meaning

Workshop with Claudio Cambon

Claudio Cambon, Buddhist Festival in Bangladesh, 2011

Workshop participants will be asked to document the Mtkvari River to arrive at some sense of the relationship of the river to the city and surrounding environment. They will begin by asking themselves the basic question of what the river looks like and how to portray it to arrive at another sense of what the river means in a more personal and poetic sense to them and their fellow citizens. What role does the river play in people’s lives, incidental or fundamental, both within Tbilisi and the city’s outlying areas? How can photographs show the Mt'k'vari not just as a natural or geographical phenomenon, but also as a cultural locus? How ultimately is the river a site of human experience, a metaphor for time itself that the camera tries to arrest and describe?

This workshop is not restricted to the genre of landscape photography. Workshop participants will be encouraged to use all genres (for example, portraiture and even self-portraiture, or still life, among many others) and styles, and may focus on any particular aspect of the river that interests them.

The goal of the workshop is to create a collective mosaic of everyone’s visions that arrives at a more pluralist sense of the river’s many lives and meanings.



Claudio Cambon

Claudio Cambon has been a documentary photographer for over 25 years, since obtaining his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he studied with Richard Benson, Jo Ann Walters and Stephen B. Smith. He also studied briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute with Linda Connor and Jack Fulton. He has photographed all over the world: in Italy and Germany, where his parents are from and where he has lived for various periods of his life, across the American West, where he worked as a hand on cattle ranches, in Bangladesh, where he documented the last voyage, breaking and recycling of an American merchant ship, and in Mexico, where he photographed life in the rural, indigenous areas of the country. In 2011 he began a long-term project about religious festivals in Bangladesh and Eastern India under the auspices of a Fulbright fellowship.
Claudio has exhibited, lectured, and been published and collected internationally; in the summer of 2011, his work formed part of the Italy Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale, 81 years after his grandmother and 101 years after his grandfather, both painters, last exhibited there.
He lives in Paris, France.



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