Jessica Backhaus

25 - 29 November 2024

About the workshop


Daring Abstraction

Jessica Backhaus, who has been described as “one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography,” returns to Palm Tree Workshops this November to launch our new Athens-based workshop program.

A distinctive feature of her work is a fascinating interplay between the depiction of reality and enigmatic abstraction, with an emphasis on form, light, color, and other elements. Her workshop, “Daring Abstraction,” is designed to establish a playground for experimentation and inspire participants to work outside of their creative comfort zone. What happens when one approaches a new body of work with the power of their own intuition?

The workshop will be a journey into the unknown and a space for creative exchange. Participants will be supported and encouraged to find and develop their very own visual language. At the end of the workshop, there will be a small presentation featuring the resulting works.


5 days



Open for applications

1 – 12 – 2023

Early bird price

700e until 2-9-2024
(price include vat)

Normal price

(price include vat)

Submission's deadline

20 October 2024


To be announced soon




Fees will be payed in two installments.
A 50% deposit by bank transfer is required once you have been accepted in the workshop, (you will be notified by email) and the remaining 50% must be deposited 10 days before the submission deadline. Early bird admissions are limited and places will be sold in a first come basis.

Jessica Backhaus

Jessica Backhaus is a German-American Visual Artist. She was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied from 1989-1992 Photography and Visual Communications. Here she met Gisèle Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009. Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her photographs are in many prominent Art collections.
She is represented by various galleries in Germany, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States. To date, she has nine publications to her name; Cut Outs, Far away but close, A Trilogy, Six degrees of freedom, Once, still and forever, etc. In Spring 2024 her new publication Plein Soleil will be released by Kehrer Verlag. All books are published by Kehrer Verlag, except Far away but close that was published by Another Place Press. Since 2009 Jessica Backhaus lives and works again in Berlin. In 2012 FOAM Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam produced a short documentary Wonder Jessica Backhaus, by Willem Aerts.
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In order to apply for a placement in the workshop, please send us a zip file with:
1) a short cv,  2) up to 10 images (jpg format, maximum size 1024p, 72dpi) and  3) a statement.

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Terms and conditions

  • There is a limited number of spaces on the workshop, the places will be sold on a first come basis.
  • We reserve the right to cancel this event when we do not reach the minimum number of participants. In the unlikely event of cancellation, participants will be given at least 1-week advance notice and a full refund.
  • If you decide to cancel for any reason, and notify us at least 40 days before the starting day of the workshop, we will reimburse all fees. After that time frame, you will lose your deposit.
  • The workshop fee does not include transport, accommodation or ground expenses.
  • Every participant has to bring it’s own equipment (camera and laptop).

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