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Heiloo, The Netherlands, February 18, 2013

The Photographic Portrait - A Summer Class with Hellen van Meene and Jörg M. Colberg

A five day summer class workshop taught by photographer Hellen van Meene and Joerg M. Colberg, blogger, academic teacher and writer on photography. For professional photographers and serious amateurs. Held in Bergen (NH), Netherlands.

The participants will be led through five intensive days of looking, discussing, shooting, reviewing, editing, and group critiques. Each participant will work with both Jörg and Hellen, sometimes in two separate groups, sometimes all together. Every participant's portfolio will be reviewed by both teachers.

The location is a hotel in the dunes in the village of Bergen near the coast. It is 43 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), and 53 minutes from the center of Amsterdam.

This summer class event includes: 5 nights in a hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the evening of the last day there will a closing party. Travel expenses are not included.

More details about the programme of the 5 days will follow soon! The class will be held in English.

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at photographers who are dedicated to pushing their own personal photographic boundaries.


Facilities for developing and printing analogue film will not be available. It is therefore advisable to bring a digital camera and a laptop to the workshop. This way you will be able to show your work made during the weekend.

For more information and registration please go to


About Photographers Live

Photographers Live organises workshops, masterclasses and lectures by the world's greatest photographers. It was founded in 2012 by Hellen van Meene and focuses on contemporary fine-art photography.!/PhotogsLive

About Hellen van Meene

Hellen van Meene is an experienced public speaker, loved for her improvisational skills, her extensive reservoir of anecdotes and her sense of humour.

She was born in Alkmaar, The Netherlands in 1972, and lives and works in Heiloo, The Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the collections of major museums worldwide including the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, MoCA Los Angeles, Museum of Photography, The Hague, Guggenheim Museum, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

About Jörg M. Colberg

Born in Germany. After attending university and receiving a doctorate/Ph.D. in astrophysics he moved to the US, where he now works and lives.

Since 2002, he has been compiling Conscientious, one of the first and now one of the most popular blogs covering contemporary fine-art photography.

His interviews and articles have appeared in numerous magazines in the US, the UK, Holland, China, Singapore, Spain, and elsewhere, such as FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Creative Review, and others. He occasionally curates photography exhibitions, the last one being Bare at Michael Mazzeo Gallery.

He contributed introductory essays for Hellen van Meene's monograph Tout va disparaître, Greg Girard's In the Near Distance, and Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann's Conditions, the latter of which he also co-published.

He is a full-time faculty member of the International Limited-residency MFA Photography Program at Hartford Art School, and a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Press Kit

You can download hi-res versions of the Photographers Live logo and a photos of Hellen van Meene and Jörg M. Colberg here:

Other Photographers Live events for 2013:

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