Mathieu Asselin

30 September - 4 October 2024

About the workshop


An Unromantic Take on Documentary Photography

Mathieu Asselin, an award-winning artist in the documentary space, designed this thought-provoking workshop for those eager to use photography to shape impactful narratives in today’s socio-environmental context.

The workshop will consider both the potential and limitations of the medium and emphasize the importance of personal vision and an individual approach. Participants will be encouraged to take a critical stance that challenges established norms of storytelling, especially in social and environmental projects, and that goes beyond merely documenting the consequences in order to examine underlying power dynamics.

There will be discussions about “truth” and “objectivity,” as well as an argument in favor of a photographer using their subjective point of view as a narrative device. You’ll explore the role of aesthetics and its problems, as well as its potential to solve complex representational challenges.

Participants can bring their own project or explore new ideas in the beautiful but complex landscape of Santorini.


5 days



Open for applications

1 -12 -2023

Early bird price

700e until 8 – 7 – 2024 (price include vat, daily breakfast and 2 dinners)

Normal price

(price include vat, daily breakfast and 2 dinners)

Submission's deadline

26 August 2024




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.

Mathieu Asselin

Mathieu Asselin (FR/VEN, ̊1973) lives in Arles, France. He began his career working on film productions in Caracas, Venezuela, but shaped his photography practice in the United States. He obtain his Masters’s degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP, Arles) in 2017. His work mainly consists of long-term investigative documentary projects, such as his latest book ‘Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, which received international acclaim, winning the Kassel FotoBook Festival Dummy Award in 2016, the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017, and has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2018. Les Rencontre d’Arles in France, Photographer’s Gallery in London, Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg are amongst recent venues where his work has been exhibited. Since 2018 he become a member of the editorial committee at Disclose, the first NGO dedicated to investigative journalism in France. Actually, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK. Gent, Belgium, and co-founder of double-dummy studio, a platform that creates a space for producing and showcasing critical reflections on documentary photography. He is represented by The Ravestijn Gallery, Netherlands.
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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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