New Perspectives masterclass Giath Taha
Giath Taha gives a unique masterclass, for amateur photographers who are new to Amsterdam and eager to gain experience and inspiration.

For the New Perspectives project, Foam brings together residents of Amsterdam and newcomers to the city through a variety of workshops and activities. 

Please note: this masterclass is in English.

THEME: The Human
The theme of this masterclass is very much open to interpretation. Throughout history, the human form has been a source of inspiration for photographers in countless ways. Whether within street photography, portraiture or journalism, the depiction of people is a common link. During this masterclass you will focus on the methods and practices of Giath Taha, and how he approaches his subject. After learning about his working methods, as well as seeing examples by the likes of Sebastiao Salgado and Eugene Smith, you will photograph and discover your own way of approaching the human subject. On 1 May – two weeks after the initial session – we will host a follow-up of the masterclass where the results will be evaluated.

Giath Taha is a Syrian photojournalist, born in Damascus in 1982. He studied applied arts and photography at the Waled Izzat Institute in Damascus. Taha previously worked for many different newspapers in Syria, and for the last few years has worked for a number of NGO’s and international news agencies, including Reuters. His images have been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

13.00 Artist talk: Giath Taha
13.45 Historic view on documentary photography by Mirjam Kooiman (Foam curator)
14.45 Portfolio review
15.30 Photography assignment
16.45 Evaluation and assignment
Extra: Attend opening and meet artists of Collectivism

15.30 Evaluation of assignment
16.30 Production Zines
18.00 End

A portfolio of about 10 photographs via email to before 17 April. You will then be notified if selected. Please note that this masterclass is only for newcomers/status holders/refugees.

Admission to the masterclass is free of charge.

New Perspectives is sponsored by Kansfonds.

Foam is supported by the BankGiroLoterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and VandenEnde Foundation.

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New Perspectives masterclass Giath Taha