Jeff Mermelstein: Street Immersion

26 October 2019 @ 10:00 – 27 October 2019 @ 18:00
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano MI
Giulia Zorzi
+39 02 4548 1569

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Street Photography workshop with JEFF MERMELSTEIN
25, 26+27 October 2019

Photography is best understood across time as a set of relations, and a way of engaging: with oneself, with the world, and with others.
– Nicholas Muellner*

Jeff Mermelstein (1957) is a street photography icon, raised in the epicenter for street photography: New York.
Mermelstein, who started taking pictures at 13 years of age, is faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York since 1988, beneficiary of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography.

His photography has influenced generations of authors.
One of his images is on the cover of ‘Street photography: a history in 100 iconic images’ (Prestel, 2019 – curated by David Gibson), and his work is included in various books and exhibitions like, for instance, David Campany’s ‘a Handful of Dust’ (touring exhibition, book by MACK, 2015, 2017)

He is obsessed with making photographs. He generally does not have a theme when in the act of photographing, shoots a great amount of images and is very rigorous with his daily editing routine. Over the last few years he put aside his Leica and has been using only his mobile phone (which he says is a ‘reinvention of snapshot’), posting images on his Instagram profile. A controversy arose from his practice of making private text conversations public by photographing them and then posting the results.

Mermelstein has a curious eye with which he will look for detail and composition. He is sensitive to what is particular in the banal, alternates photos taken very spontaneously with a paparazzi aestheteic and photos much quieter, much more sensitive.

He has released five monographs: SideWalk (winner of the European Publishers Award, released in Italy by Peliti Associati, 1999), No Title Here (Powerhouse, 2001), Twirl and Run (Powerhouse, 2009), Arena (TBW, 2019) and Hardened (Morel Books, 2019).

During this workshop, that accompanies the gallery exhibition ‘Hardened’ and the book launch, Jeff will talk about his own praxis and his influences.

The workshop is modeled after Jeff’s street photography class at the International Center of Photography in NY.


+ Friday, October 25th 7-9.30 pm
exhibition opening / book launch: HARDENED (Mörel Books, 2019)

+ Saturday Oct 26th
10am-1pm – essere uno street photographer a NY
1-2 lunch break
2-6 – the photographer at work in Milan / assignment

+Sunday Oct 27th
10am-1pm – the author’s influences / viewing assignments
2-6pm – viewing and talking about the assignment’s results

when: Oct 25 – 26+27
cost: 250€ + VAT
where: Micamera, via Medardo Rosso, 19 – Milan, Italy
maximum number of stiudents: 13
info: Giulia Zorzi / giulia@micamera.com / +39 02 4548 1569 / +39 335 6817 917


*From Lacuna Park. SPBH Editions, 2019


Statue, from Ground Zero, September 11, 2001