ICP-International Center of Photography

Summer Masterclass

Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

Turin, July 4th to 29th, 2016

Through this intensive one-month, short course program developed by ICP-International Center of Photography, in collaboration with CAMERA and Leica Akademie Italy, students will learn all the steps necessary to make a visual story that will make impactful imagery. The Documentary Seminar will guide the student through each step in realizing their project idea that may ultimately incorporate multi media, audio and data visualization. Learning to research, to gain access, and subject trust in a sustainable way is key to any photographer’s success. Through intensive editing sessions and exercises, students will see their work improve—developing style and meaning in their photography. Upon completion, every student will have a strong body of work and be prepared for subsequent steps that can propel them to the next level as a professional documentary photographer.

Each student will receive individualized attention to learn digital workflow, audio, and multi media as well as a choice to take various elective workshops on Business Practices, New Media and Ethics. Students will learn to edit and sequence their work.

Every student should bring their own digital camera, laptop and external hard drive and be prepared to work hard on a story of your choice in multi media, video or in print form.

Faculty will include: Alison Morley, Karen Marshall, Bob Sacha, Saul Metnick and more. ICP Alumni will also contribute perspectives on working in today’s new media marketplace.

This is a full-time program offering classes and shooting every day including weekends. Students should be prepared to work full-time while enrolled in this program.

The application submission must contain: 20 images and/or video or Multi media with a statement of purpose, a proposed project statement that is achievable during this program and a CV. Amongst all applications ICP will select the 24 students that will be admitted to the masterclass.

All student projects will be shown collectively as a final slideshow presentation and celebration at the end of the course.

All lesson, seminars, and activities will be in English.

Location: CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Torino
Class Times: 10am – 5pm; Lectures: 7pm.
Age limit: from 18 to 40
Number of selected students: 24
Application Fee: €50,00 (application fee will not be reimbursed to non selected applicants)
Tuition (including accommodation): € 2.200,00
Tuition (without accommodation): €1.800,00

Applications due by: May 31st
Selection of admitted students: June 15th
Orientation and Registration: July 4th
Final Student Presentations: July 28th
Diploma Ceremony: July 29th


The Summer Masterclass program will include classes in Multi Media and Audio Recording; Documentary Project Seminar; Digital Workflow and photographing in Public.

There will be guests and lectures on business and new media and more along the way.

Photographing in Public with Andrea Cattaneo and Saul Metnick

Trustworthy Journalism is about solid reporting. It’s not just about being there, but how you find and shape information drawn from the real world. In this one-day class, we will shoot together on the street to help build your photography skills and to work quickly with captions to edit and upload your imagery. A good journalist needs to get to the heart of a place, moment, person, and situation ethically. In this workshop, students learn how photographers establish contact with people and interpret situations with honesty and moral clarity.

Documentary Seminar with Alison Morley and Karen Marshall

This seminar is the foundation course for all students enrolled in the program. Conceiving, developing, and executing a photographic project requires an intimate understanding of subject matter. The ability to translate this knowledge into exciting visual material with strong storytelling skills helps refine the work into a creative form. Using the cultural and economic diversity of Turin as our subject and drawing inspiration from contemporary documentary practices, students will photograph, edit and sequence a short course project and meet weekly during the program to show work and discuss progress. Students are expected to go back to their subject on a continuous basis throughout the month. Projects may ultimately take the form of an essay, a documentary project, and/or a multimedia presentation.


To flourish in our wired world, photographers must be able to tell stories on multiple platforms. Audio is the backbone of strong multimedia, and photographing stories for multimedia (or video) means thinking about capturing images in a new way. In this four-day class, we focus on audio in the first two days and capturing visuals and creating a stunning multimedia story in the third and fourth days. We listen to examples of audio used in multimedia and discuss digital recorders, microphones, how to record clean audio, how to record ambient sounds, and how to conduct an effective interview that yields emotional content. Then we record an interview and ambient sound, learning to mix tracks, edit our interviews, and blend our tracks into a finished audio piece. We discuss in depth how to shoot compelling visuals for a multimedia story, then combine audio and visuals into a compelling multimedia piece. This workshop focuses on story, not software, so a basic understanding of Adobe Premiere Pro is required. The best way to learn Adobe Premiere Pro is through Lynda.com. After students are confirmed for the workshop, they will receive a list of Lynda.com Premiere tutorials; these should be viewed before the 4-day class begins.


This technical course prepares students to work as digital photographers and addresses the applied skills of professional photojournalists working in digital media today. Topics include camera operation, file transfers, editing techniques, basic image enhancements, and proofing for the working photojournalist. Students develop a practical digital workflow to accelerate efficiency and productivity in the professional world. Students are placed after testing in a beginning or advanced level with a group lecture introduction.

New Media Lecture: Andrea Cattaneo, July 6th at 7.00 pm

Guest Lecture: Stefano DeLuigi, July 11th at 7.00 pm

Panel Discussion: Working in The Field Today, July 20th at 7.00 pm

Business & Marketing Lecture, July 26th at 7.00 pm


Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall’s Bio

Karen Marshall is a documentary photographer whose work examines the psychological lives of her subjects within the social landscape. An expert at visual story telling, she is a core faculty member in the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program where she has taught for the past two decades. In addition, Marshall is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at New York University, and has lead numerous workshops in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States.

Her seminal study, Between Girls: A Passage To Womanhood, is a three decade project which documents the coming of age of a group of urban middle class teenagers, following them from high school into adulthood 30 years later. The project includes video projection, ephemera, zines, and audio along with black and white photography

Marshall has an MFA in New Media and is the recipient of several artist fellowships. Nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2011, her work is part of several collections, including the Feminist Artbase at The Brooklyn Museum.  Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, GUP Magazine, and PDN , to name a few.

Saul Metnick

Saul Metnick’s Bio

Saul Metnick is a Brooklyn based photographer and cinematographer with a genuine, narrative, and approachable style.  He studied photography at Arizona State University and Rhode Island School of Design.  Past lives include roles as the general manager for Vice Magazine and as producer for Smuggler.  Saul currently works as a freelancer for a variety of commercial and editorial clients.  His work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, Brownbook, Mother Jones, and others.  He is also a faculty member at the International Center of Photography where he specializes in teaching students sound technical fundamentals and workflow for digital photography.

Alison Morley

Alison Morley’s Bio

Alison Morley is a photo editor, consultant and educator. She has been the chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York since 2000. As a photo editor, she has been the photography director of The New York Times Sophisticated TravelerAudubonLifeCivilizationEsquireMirabellaElle, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. Currently, she works as a consultant for photographers, agencies and magazines. She has edited several major monographs and has curated touring exhibitions for Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, both by Ron Haviv; I Am Rich Potosi: The Mountain That Eats Men by Stephen Ferry and The Ninith Floor by Jessica Dimmock. Most recently, she edited Urban Cave by Andrea Star Reese, and Frozen In Time by Sarah C. Butler, soon to be published by Glitterati Inc. — both with forwards written by her. Alison has written on photography for magazines and books and has lectured and led workshops in the United States as well as in Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Hungary, Peru, The Philippines, Spain, Thailand and Uganda.

Bob Sacha

Bob Sacha’s Bio

Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects.  In 2014 he shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming,  a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the the director of photography for the New York Times series, Living City about  New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot, produced with Kate Emerson, had its world premiere at DocNYC, the countries largest documentary festival. Bob has also directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundation, among other international clients. For several years he worked as a staff producer and editor at MediaStorm where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award.

Bob who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University, is now a Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches the wildly popular Video Storytelling for the Web and videoLab classes. He also mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on their interactive, hybrid and documentary film master’s projects. He’s lectured and taught workshops and classes at SVA, the International Center of Photography and for National Geographic Expeditions. Eight years ago, he leapfrogged into multimedia and film after winning a Knight Fellowship to Ohio University, where he studied web storytelling and documentary film and earned a master’s in visual communication.

In his past lives, Bob was a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine and a freelancer for more magazines than remain on newsstands. A few of his many, many clips, and prints for sale, can be seen at bobsacha.com.


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2) Pay the subscription fee of € 50,00 via bank transfer to:
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3) Send 20 images and/or a link to video or Multi media, together with a statement of purpose, a proposed project statement that is achievable during this program, and a CV. Each image must not exceed 2Mb. All material has to be sent via Wetransfer to didattica@camera.to

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