The Storyteller’s Cafe NGO, through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, organized a photojournalism camp led by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer and two co-teachers: Serra Akcan of Turkey’s Nar Photos and Anush Babajanyan from 4Plus in Armenia. The aim of the camp was to gather young photographers from Armenia and Turkey, joining the two groups through shared passions and hands-on learning of photographic storytelling techniques.
12 participants from each country have been selected for the project. Applicants from Armenia are Gayane Ghazaryan, Grigor Poghosyan, Hasmik Asatryan, Arpi Khachaturyanc, Christina Suciasova, Sasun Minasyan, Marineh Gevorgian, Shushan Sahakyan, Ruzanna Shahnazaryan, Hamlet Gyurjyan, Levon Mkrtchyan and Azniv Tadevosyan. Participants from Turkey are Hasan Eren Çalışkan, Şeref Artagan, Basak Yagmur Karaca, Bekir Emre Ögüt, Erhan Ozan Acidere, Ekin Su Birinci, Ege Batuhan Akgül, Zafer Yorgancı, Gamze Cidetli, Haydar Taştan, Elif Altuniç and Ekin Taneri.
The participants discussed and practiced the basic concepts of photography, storytelling, and self-publishing through social media. The camp concentrated on the creative storytelling power of photography, the ability to build narratives and create concise bodies of work. The images highlighted the similarities and parallels of interests and experiences shared by young people from both countries.