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Escola de Fotógrafos Populares

Founded by the documentary photographer João Roberto Ripper, the Imagens do Povo project began activities in May 2004. With daily classes at the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers) lasting over four months, the first edition totalled 320 hours/classes aimed at development in photographic documentation, editing, digitalisation and digital filing. The students who graduated from this first group (22 people, aged between 18 and 40) were residents of working class communities surrounding Maré, where there were links to different local institutions (NGOs, pre-university courses and others). Coordinated by photographers Ricardo Funari and João Roberto Ripper, the project counted on the support of FURNAS Centrais Elétricas and many students began to carry out paid photographic work.

At the beginning of 2006, the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares broadened its horizons thanks to the support of UNICEF, which allowed the acquisition of professional digital cameras, films and computers equipped for the editing of images. From there, the course increased its workload to 540 hours and began to be frequented by photographers from other working class communities of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói and the Baixada Fluminense area, as well as university students from other areas of the city, totalling 22 people. Through teacher Dante Gastaldoni, the School’s proposal was welcomed by the Dean of Extension of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), which provided certificates to graduates of the 2006, 2007 and 2009 courses. At ten months in length, the course began to be structured in three modules, each of 180 hours/classes: Photographic Language, Informatics Applied to Photography and Photojournalism. Pedagogic support was the responsibility of Dante Gastaldoni, who alternated with JR Ripper in the theory and practical classes, backed up by three permanent teachers and a group of guest speakers who were selected from a universe of renowned photographers, technicians and researchers.

With sponsorship in 2007 from UNESCO / Programa Criança Esperança, in April 2008 the school began its second term, also consisting of 22 students. In March 2008, the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares won the Faz Diferença Award, organised by the newspaper O Globo, after carrying out an extensive photographic essay about fun and enjoyment in the favelas of Rio, which resulted in the material “A favela se diverte” (The favela has fun), that was published on the front cover of the Rio newspaper’s Sunday magazine.

In 2009 the programme won support from Fundo Itaú de Excelência Social, which enabled the Escola de Fotógrafos to continue, and the project’s programme content began to incorporate the learning of new technologies in the field of digital photography, as well as the introduction to human rights and the study of themes such as critical analysis of the media and theory of social representations. In that year, 35 students graduated from the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares. The photos produced by the work that concluded the course gave rise to the first exhibition presented by Galeria 535: “Caçadores de Sonhos” (Dream Hunters) that was inaugurated in January 2010.

In 2012 we began yet another term of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares. This time, the project received financial support from the Ministry of Justice, through Pronasci (the National Programme of Public Security with Citizenship), directed Special Secretariat for Economic Development Outreach, of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro City Hall, which was designed as an action of unprecedented public policy directed at this type of project. For this edition, EFP counted on a partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Por: admin, em 16/06/2011


Artisan Photography Workshops (Pinhole)

The artisan photography workshops, run by the Imagens do Povo project, have taken place at Observatório de Favelas since 2005, when João Roberto Ripper invited photographer Tatiana Altberg to coordinate the institution’s pinhole centre. In 2006 the classes began to be run by photographer Bira Carvalho, himself a graduate of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers) and an ex-student of Tatiana Altberg, with the assistance of Fagner França, also an ex-student of the pinhole workshops. The workshops take place as a result of partnerships with public schools and institutions, stimulating creativity and the photographic eye of children and teenagers. Basic notions for the construction of a photographic image are presented from the starting point of homemade cameras fashioned from alternative materials, such as recycled cans or match boxes. The last edition of the project, which took place in 2012, counted on the support of the Criança Esperança project.

Por: admin, em 16/05/2011


Course for the Training of Teachers of Photography

Complementing the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers), the course presents teaching methods and advanced level content to the students, therefore training potential agents for the multiplication of photography teaching in deprived areas. The first term of the Training for Teachers of Photography Course, formed in 2010, was open exclusively to the photographers of the Escola Agency, as part of the programme’s monitoring and professional development project.

Por: admin, em 21/04/2011


Professional Development Course: Photography, Art and Market

Offered exclusively to ex-students of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers), the main objective of Training Course: Photography, Art and Market is to provide tools to students for the developing of their photographic projects and to offer a deepening in artistic scope through contact with the specifics of the field of visual arts and its respective market. The classes take place on Saturdays, over a period of 10 months, at the headquarters of Observatório de Favelas. The course programme counts on the participation of important names in Brazilian visual arts and content is focused on contemporary photographic production. The classes take place in the form of lectures and through guided visits to galleries, cultural centres, studios, museums, etc.

The first edition of Training Course: Photography, Art and Market took place as the result of sponsorship by Statoil.

Por: admin, em 19/03/2011


Photographic Workshops for People with Down Syndrome

Communication in all of its forms is essential in enabling anybody to exert their citizenship. The democratisation of access to a variety of forms of communication is one of the founding pillars of the Imagens do Povo programme, created by Observatório de Favelas. The Photographic Workshops for People with Down Syndrome broaden the public served by the programme, presenting a photographic language to young people and adults with Down syndrome. The workshops are the fruit of a partnership between Observatório de Favelas with Movimento Down and Ateliê Espaço Terapêutico along with sponsorship from Correios (the Brazilian postal service), and aims to offer students their first contacts with photography, arousing interest in the art and stimulating the development of these young people and adults.

Lasting ten months, the workshops are based on practical exercises and the experimental elaboration of images, aligning photographic technique with social issues related to people with intellectual deficiency and people with Down syndrome.

The workshops take place at Observatório de Favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro. They are coordinated by the renowned documentary photographer João Roberto Ripper, the founder of Imagens do Povo, and classes are taught by Elisângela Leite and AF Rodrigues, photographers of the programme and graduates of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers). All the classes are accompanied by specialised therapists from Ateliê Espaço Terapêutico.

Por: admin, em 20/10/2010


See Also:

> Agência Escola

> Stock Agency

> Galeria 535

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