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TerraProject students get to grips with Hasselblad cameras on the streets and rooftops of St. Petersburg

31/07/2013 A cosmopolitan mix of photographic students from North and South America, Russia, Italy, Belgium and Japan gathered in
St Petersburg in mid-July to shoot with Hasselblad cameras as part of a week-long ‘City Vision’ workshop programme.

The photo-students were sent out into the city armed only with their imagination and a Hasselblad. They returned to base with a highly original body of work – a collective photo-collage of city life that included studies of urban creativity; the lifestyles of city punks; a snapshot of inner city poverty; reportage portraits; life on the streets; in restaurants and on rooftops – and even a session at ‘The Golden Bullet Shooting Club’.

The nine students whose work was turned into a stunning slideshow presentation were: Cassandra Giraldo, Evgeniya Remizova, Gaia Squarci, Gen Matsueda, Juan Felipe Rubio, Juan Jose Gomez, Karen Nachtergaele, Mino Togna and Theo Zierock.

Hasselblad sponsored the photo-workshop, organised by YarT Photography, the Italy-based cultural association that provides resources for the development of photography, photojournalism and fine art – and in conjunction with TerraProject Photographers – a collective of documentary photographers founded in Italy seven years ago.

TerraProject mentors taught the students how to ‘tell a story that advances their personal vision and builds their professional identities.’

Students met with TerraProject each day for ‘collective discussion’ regarding ongoing projects – starting with the idea and then moving on to create and edit the story, and finally to the development of a multimedia project.

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Andrea Mariani, Hasselblad’s Area Sales Manager said: “We were delighted to be part of this latest TerraProject
St Petersburg - a city with a prodigious heritage and a perfect destination for visual storytelling. We had students working with Hasselblad cameras on an exclusive ‘group shoot’ practice and then across the city as part of their mission to express their own individuality and creativity.”

“The ultimate result, after many hours of meticulous editing, was MULTIPLI•CITY, a public multimedia presentation showing the nine photography projects.

(http://www.terraproject.net/en/journal/2013/07/22/saint-petersburg-photo-workshop-final-presentation#.UfPJJBhwZ9A)

*Leading Magnum Agency photographer Peter Van Agtmael also presented his past and current photography projects for the workshop students.