Workshop 30/9 - 4/10 2019 - in Málaga, Spain

“What do you take pictures of?”
- Learn how to present and think in a more focused way about your own photographic practice.

This workshop will help you dive deeper into your own photo project and lead you to a better understanding of your own work. We will have a focus on discussing the participants individual projects. We will go through practical methods for developing ideas and how you use these methods to talk about your work and improve your practice.

The workshop will be centered around a series of project presentations by invited guest photographers and the presentation of your own work to them. Together we will at how you can develop your ideas and your photo project further and in a more focused way.
In addition, homework assignments will open you up for new lines of thought in your personal work, and talks on photographic method and philosophy will improve your work process and prepare you to take your project to the next level.

The workshop is led by photographer Stig Marlon Weston, an experienced photo artist, teacher and curator.

Place: Apertura Photo Centre, in Málaga, Spain
Stig Marlon Weston
Time: 30/9 - 4/10 2019

Guest speakers:
Míchelo Toro
Javier Hirschfeldt
David Villalba

max 8 participants

****You must be working on a photo project or series that you want to share and discuss during the workshop. All participants must bring both a digital and a physical portfolio of at least 10-20 prints to receive feedback on.

Sign up will be advised after submitting up to
4 images and a few sentences describing your own project and photography background

Stig Marlon Weston is a photographer, artist and manager at the studio collective CYAN studio in Oslo. Over the years he has developed his own visual and philosophical form of expression. In his opinion a well made photo project is just as much about the way the photographs are created and how the intention behind the work comes through, as what the physical subject matter is.

He comes from a varied background where he has been showing both at venues like the Norwegian State Annual Exhibition and Shoot Gallery in Oslo. As well as in Berlin and as a prize winning photo-artist in New York. He is currently working on an experimental photo project in the Amazon Rainforest, taking a closer photographic look at the scientific viewpoint of the natural landscape.

Míchelo Toro is a photographer and director of Apertura Photo Centre, in Málaga, Spain. He has been working and teaching photography for 25 years. After working as a professional advertising photographer he quit to focus on personal projects.

For the last ten years he has also worked as a curator on several projects, organizing exhibitions, photobooks, magazines, art fairs, etc. He is always trying to inspire and expand the photography scene in Málaga and the rest of Spain.

Javier Hirschfeld is a Spanish artist, curator, and Photo Editor, working mainly in London, Málaga, and Dakar. He studied History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, during this same time, he developed his interest in portrait photography.

His work has been presented in Spain, United States, Brazil and France, As a curator he has worked with artists such as Omar Victor Diop, Eugenio Merino and Edouard Taufenbach. His photographic projects include, The Sheltering Pixel, Miguel de Moreno, and Once Ideal Senegal (Senegal 11 Best). Javier is interested, in the role and responsibility of photography in the representation of “one and the other”.

Javier is the Photo Editor at BBC Culture and BBC Future in London.

David Villalba holds a Master's Degree in Teaching, has directed the Imagen Collective from 2008 to 2016, which holds the important task of training and disseminating contemporary photography. He is currently undertaking two Master's degrees in Artistic Professions and Artistic and Narrative Documentary Photography.

In his latest work, he tackles golf courses as devices that generate a displacement in the notion of territory. In the golf courses there is an objectification of the landscape, in which a sort of ready-mades are generated at different scales. The development of the project itself is understood as a testing ground to investigate new forms of photographic language. This inserts logics of painting, installation or performance.

David has been selected for different prizes and grants such as the IAJ Photography Contest, the artist residence of the Antonio Gala, and Foundation, Descubrimientos PHE.

The workshop is located on the Andalusian coast in the beautiful city of Málaga in Spain. Connecting the workshop to the professional local and national photography community is important to us. We are excited to be holding the workshop at Apertura, a photo centre in the centre of Málaga.

The photoschool and gallery Apertura is located in the centre of town next to the Plaza de la Merced, close to the Roman ruins and the Picasso Museum. With a busy schedule of workshops and classes, talks and exhibitions, Apertura is an important part of the thriving photo community in southern Spain. We will have our daily lectures and reviews there, and Apertura will also host the final public presentations of the workshop participants.


The capital of Costa del Sol dates back over 2800 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Located on the coast of Andalucía in southern Spain it is the southernmost city in Europe, boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine a year and orange trees lining the streets. The 6th largest city in Spain still retains the charm of beachfront town while also keeping it´s cultural cool as the site of both Phoenician, Roman and Moor ruins as well as being the birthplace of Picasso.
In short, Málaga offers a choice of sunny days at the beach, long museum tours, historical walks, relaxing hamams, a wonderful food market with fresh seaside tapas and a vibrant nightlife in the historical centre.

Workshop participants travelling to Málaga will be staying at Guesthouse Alicia, located in a 20th Century Villa located near the historic town centre and Apertura. This guesthouse is well situated, charming and reasonably priced. We have chosen the cozy guesthouse to be the central meeting point to spend shared downtime, late night terrace meetups and a beautiful view overlooking the city. Breakfast is included daily.

The workshop gave me a lot of feedback to take in and I have already improved the editing of my portfolio a lot.
Andreas Helland - former workshop participant

It was a very useful workshop that helped me develop my photoproject further. I received several eyeopeners, useful feedback to lift my work and not the least a lot of inspiration. The approach of the teacher to all the projects was very good and he gave a lot of himself.
Solveig Grande - former workshop participant

Images from the latest workshop, at the photo collective CYAN studio in Oslo, Norway - Spring 2019

Overview of program