This three-day workshop is conceived as an intense communicative encounter for photographers and artists who are at the intermediate stages of conceiving and/or producing a long-term photographic project. It is aimed at both first-timers as well as more experienced participants and we are open to archival based projects too.

The participants will have ‘one-on-two’ sessions with photographer Yann Mingard, and Lars Willumeit, a curator with a background in arts education and photo-editing. During these sessions, participants will get feedback, advice, and inspiration and will be able to pose specific questions regarding the current status or potential future development of their projects. This format leaves room for finding individual methods and accommodating the needs of the individual participants. The dialogical process will reflect upon aspects of editing, sequencing, storytelling, conceptualisation, etc. as well as the processes of collaborating with others, and formatting a project for publication, exhibition, etc.

At both the beginning, and the conclusion of the workshop, there will be a half-day collective module; with the first introducing the approaches to, and forms of collaboration between Mingard and Willumeit in their own careers; and with the final module serving as a space for collective discussion, based around the developments, feedback, and new ideas emerging from the individual ‘one-on-two’ sessions that will have taken place in the meantime.


Yann Mingard (born 1973) is a Swiss photographer, who worked as a horticulturist-gardener before he studied photography at the Universities of Geneva and Vevey. Over the past ten years Mingard has worked predominantly on long-term projects that explore the politics of modern identity formation as contained in human interactions with nature and the built environment. His long-term projects include Deposit, a project documenting the way we as humanity collect and store human and biological samples, as well as electronic data; which was presented both as a book and a solo exhibition exhibited in more than twenty institutions and festivals. More recently, ‘Ligne de Fond’ also resulted in both book and exhibition formats and was conceived as part of the inaugural Enquête photographique neuchâteloise, exhibited at Musée des beaux- arts du Locle (CH) in 2015. Here, Mingard closely followed the intended route of a never realised transport project called TransRun; investigating the landscape, politics and identity of the Neuchâtel region.

Mingard has also worked in a number of regions of Central Asia and has completed projects in the Tuva Republic and the Kazakhstan oil industry. As well as having exhibited throughout Europe and in the United States, his work has been published widely in major magazines and newspapers globally.

Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has worked with photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures. Over the past 15 years he has worked as a photo editor & researcher for a number of photo agencies and publications in Germany, the UK, the USA and Switzerland, notably for magazines like GEO (2002-2006) and DU – Die Zeitschrift der Kultur (2008-2013). Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and festival presentations for East Wing (Dubai) and the FORMAT International Photography Festival (UK). He was also a contributing author to the photo-book ‘Deposit’ by Yann Mingard, and in 2016 he was chief curator of Krakow Photomonth in Poland.

He received his Master of Arts degree in Curating and Museum Education, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His thesis examined the future of photographic institutions in relation to changes taking place within photographic practice and theory. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Photographers and artists in the intermediate stages of planning or executing a long-term photographic project.


Date: 22 – 24 October 2016
Venue: Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Time: 10am – 2pm (22 – 23 October) and 2 – 6pm (24 October)
Language: English
No. of participants: max. 10


• To apply, please fill out this application form.
• Send us a selection of your work – your portfolio for this application process should be between 15-20 low-resolution images from an on-going body of work. Please note that each photograph should be 800 pixels on the longer side.
• Please email the above mentioned to [email protected]. The subject of your email should be the title of the workshop. If attachments exceed 10 MB in size, please send them via WeTransfer.


Rs. 4,000 + 14% VAT (for Nepalis) | US$ 100 (for Rest of World)


5 October 2016

With the support of

goethe-institut pro-helvetia