In the Streets of Tbilisi

Workshop with Wolfgang Zurborn

Wolfgang Zurborn, untitled, Tbilisi 2012

In this workshop we want to get ourselves into the experiment to look for a new view on everyday life, which is not only confirming what we have known before. The photography gives the chance, to react immediately on situations in urban life, to find the intense moments, the surprising constellations of people, objects, signs and architectural spaces in the streets. The choice of the themes is totally open and only based on the individual interests.

Every photographic perception is creating a subjective image of the world. In dialog with the others we can learn to understand our own photographs, which is the basis for developing a fresh and personal visual language. It’s the main target of this workshop to force this productive dialog. The get-together of photographers from Georgia and guests from other countries make it possible to discover the different cultural imprints. With this knowledge it’s getting much easier to reach a liberty for a self-conscious perspective on the world.

The participants were requested to bring portfolios with selected photographs.

Day 1: Meeting at 10 a.m.
The workshop is starting with the intense review of the portfolios. This is the basis for developing ideas for the personal photographic projects, which will be realized by the participants during the workshop in Tbilisi.

Day 2 :
Taking photographs in Tbilisi and reviews of the results.
For this purpose the participants will be divided in three groups. Every group has two hours during the day to show the new images and the rest of the day for working in the streets of Tbilisi. Wolfgang Zurborn will react individually on the different photographic approaches of every participant.



Wolfgang Zurborn

Wolfgang Zurborn is born 1956 in Ludwigshafen/Rhein. Very early he realized his fascination for photography and so he studied at Bavarian State School of Photography in Munich from 1977 to 1979 and at the Technical High School in Dortmund by professor Hans Meyer-Veden from 1979 to 1984. 1985 he got the Otto-Steinert-Fellowship of the German Society of Photography (DGPh) as support for his project People Pictures – Picture People, which he presented 1987 at the Folkwang Museum in Essen. Beside his own art work he is continuously interested in communicating the richness of contemporary photography. Together with Tina Schelhorn he is running the Gallery Lichtblick in Cologne since 25 years, showing international photography in more than 150 exhibitions. The Lichtblick School was founded in 2010. Since 1998 he is in the board of directors of the German Photographic Academy (DFA). He is also teaching photography in Berlin, Braunschweig, Florence and 2006 as a guest professor at the academy in Bremen. Solo shows of his work has been presented all over the world. In 2009 Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg showed a retrospective exhibition including black&white work from the 80th and colour photographs from the series China! Which China? and Drift (German Photo Book Prize 2008). He also participated in important group shows, like On the Body and other Things – German photography of the 20th century. About all the different photographic projects of Wolfgang Zurborn like dressur real, In the Labyrinth of Signs and In the Centre of the Speed are existing book publications.


Workshop Information:

For detailed information ( also infos on flights and hotels) please contact
Tina Schelhorn:, +49 176 63426448


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