Max Pinckers

June 19 -23, 2003

About the workshop


How can photography convincingly engage with the world while at the same time recognize its own shortcomings and blind spots? How can we be inspired by the paradox of attempting to approach reality with a documentary attitude while it continuously mutates and evaporates? With photojournalism and documentary photography becoming increasingly formulaic, how can we rethink the documentary attitude conceptually, formally and methodologically?

This workshop will explore how self-reflexivity, uncertainty, imagination and speculation are an inherent part of documentary making, however contradictory that may sound.

During this five-day course in this unique and diverse Aegean island, we will delve into documentary theory, discuss contemporary practitioners and experiment with a number of playful exercises that test the limitations and expand the boundaries of documentary photography. You are encouraged to bring along an appetite for discussion and existing work or ideas for future projects that you’d like to think through.


June 19-23, 2023



Open for applications

March 9, 2023

Early bird price

880 € until April 21, 2023 (VAT is included)

Normal price

980 € (VAT is included)

Submission's deadline

May 19, 2023




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 right after the submission deadline. Early bird admissions are limited and places will be sold in a first come basis.

All official regulations regarding the COVID-19 situation
will be taken into account.

Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers ( ̊Brussels, 1988) grew up in Indonesia, India, Australia and Singapore. In 2007 he returned to his native country Belgium to study photography at the School of Arts/KASK in Ghent, where he attained a BA, MA and PhD in the arts. His work explores the critical, technological, and ideological structures that surround the production and consumption of documentary images. For Pinckers, documentary photography is a speculative process that approaches reality and truth as plural, malleable notions open to articulation in different ways. His installations and books are exhibited internationally, having received the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, amongst others. Pinckers is co-founder of the independent publishing house Lyre Press and The School of Speculative Documentary. He is represented by Gallery Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp and Tristan Lund in London.


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.

You can send them via email:

please fill in the form below:

Special features included in the price!

  • We encourage participants to arrive one day prior to the workshop beginning as we are offering a welcome dinner with local delicious food and wine from our organic garden. It’s a perfect occasion to meet all and enjoy dinner during sunset time at our veranda.

  • Breakfast and drinks are served during all days of the workshop.

  • You are welcomed to pick up any veggies or fruit from our organic garden.

  • A wonderful dinner is offered on the last day as a farewell to all the participants of the workshop.

Accommodation and practical information

  • We will be delighted to accommodate you at our Residence, please visit our website:

  • As our Residence cannot accommodate all participants, we encourage you to make your booking on time. A list of recommended hotels and rent rooms for different budgets located close to the workshop will be provided too.

  • Information for places to eat and drink within the village area will be given as well as local buses time tables, taxis, rent a car or scooter services, transportation from and to airport and harbor of Santorini, etc. We are here to make to provide you with all the necessary tips and facilities so please don’t hesitate to contact us for further requests.

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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