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Fictional Storytelling Through Photography With Cristina De Middel at Open Eye Gallery

Workshop and practical sessions over 2.5 days

Thursday 17th July, 10am-5pm
Friday 18th July, 10am-5pm
Saturday 19th July, 10am-2pm

Tell fictional stories using photography and create your very own ‘dummy’ photobook under the guidance of self-publishing expert Cristina De Middel in a special masterclass at Open Eye Gallery.

The workshop will mix fact and fiction; participants will learn how to use photography in a non-documentary way, instead using their cameras as powerful new tools in fictional storytelling.

Places are limited and participants are required to use their own digital camera equipment. If you would like the opportunity to work with De Middel please forward a selection of up to 6 (lo-res) images to together with a short covering letter (350 words max) explaining your interest in self-publishing and how you feel this opportunity would benefit your practice. Applications must be received before 2nd July at 10am. Successful candidates will be chosen by Open Eye Gallery’s Director Lorenzo Fusi and Cristina De Middel and contacted on 3rd July.

This fantastic, competitive workshop is a collaboration between Open Eye Gallery and LOOK, organisers of the Liverpool International Photography Festival. It is delivered as part of the International Festival For Business 2014 with thanks to Liverpool City Council.

Cristina De Middel is a Spanish Artist best known for her self published photography book The Afronauts. The book, published in 2012, is a fictional record of the Zambian space program in South Africa. In 2013 she was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and exhibited The Afronauts at The Photographer’s Gallery, London. In the same year De Middel also received the Infinity Award from the International Centre for Photography, New York.

We are excited to present a new commission from Cristina De Middel as part of Open Eye Gallery’s Biennial exhibition, Not All Documents Are Records. De Middel reinterprets the history of the Liverpool Biennial and imagines its possible future developments.


17 July – 19 July 2014, 10am-5pm (2pm Saturday)

Tickets£250/£220, Booking required