DO YOU TRUST ME? A photography workshop 20-21 January 2017 – Apply now!

December 21st, 2016


A photography project by the Shaikh Ebrahim Center (Bahrain) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region


The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Heritage is pleased to announce the second event in a series of photography lectures and workshops under the title “DO YOU TRUST ME?

Please register and apply by contacting

Please find full details on the program below.


A photography project by the Shaikh Ebrahim Center (Bahrain) and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region

Designed by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in cooperation with expert photographers and curators for photographic art exhibitions, DO YOU TRUST ME? is a photography project that questions the authenticity and reality traditionally associated with the medium of photography. The concept refers to the highly developed and widely used technical means of editing photographs and critically examines ethical questions that arise in this context. DO YOU TRUST ME? has a critical look at photographs, questioning the credibility and rendition of reality in photography both in journalism as well as in art.  In times of social media and fast moving news, photographs and short videos are circulating at an uncontrollable speed. This development challenges and changes traditional journalism as well as the traditional understanding of art. Today the beholder of a picture has to ask more and more if one can trust what one sees. This leads to the workshop title DO YOU TRUST ME?, asked from the perspective of the picture to any beholder.


The project consists of a series of lectures and workshops and culminates in an exhibition:

  • a lecture and workshop in November 2016 with Stefan Stark and Julia Baier
  • a critique and feedback session with Camille Zakharia (one-on-one with each workshop participant, December 2016)
  • a second workshop weekend in January 2017 with Peter Bialobrzeski (20-21 January 2017, details below)
  • a critique and feedback session with Camille Zakharia (group feedback session, 3.00 – 6.00 p.m, 11 February 2017)
  • an exhibition with the title “DO YOU TRUST ME?” scheduled for April 2017


January 2017 workshop participation

Workshop participation is by application, selection and payment of a fee of BD50. This fee includes workshop participation plus one group feedback session with Camille Zakharia. Participation in the workshop does not guarantee participation in the exhibition. Please see the full workshop details below.


A two day workshop with Peter Bialobrzeski


“Contrary to public opinion, the “tools” of photography are not exposure time and aperture, but are the ability of the photographer to capture the mood of a space, or the sense of a person. Without those skills a photographer can’t create complex bodies of work.”          



Peter will be leading a photography workshop at the Shaikh Ebrahim Center on the 20 and 21 January 2017 on the subject of trust in photography.


What will the the workshop consist of?

Two days of reflecting how the history of photography informs, challenges and enables the artist and photographer to address the issues of trust, truth and credibility in photography.

The workshop will consist of conversations, discussions and reviewing participants’ own photographs.

You will leave the workshop with a better idea of how to engage with issues such as trust in your art and photography, and how other contemporary artists and photographers play with this concept.

Will I take photos during the two days?

No. However, you will be expected to complete a pre-workshop task (see below).

How much does it cost?

50 BD payable in advance.

How do you register?

To participate in the workshop on 20 and 21 January 2017, please send a 100 word statement on your reason for wanting to participate in this workshop plus one selected image which reflects the theme DO YOU TRUST ME to by 10 January 2017. You will receive notice if you have been successful.

What is the pre-workshop task?

Choose one of the following tasks:

  1. Tell a lie, or create a fiction using 5 photographs. The photographs can tell 5 separate lies, or can be a series that tells one lie. The images must not be altered using Photoshop.


  1. Tell a truth using 5 photographs. The photographs can tell 5 separate truths, or can be a series that tells one truth. The images must not be altered using Photoshop.


(Adapted from tasks set in the past by the photographers, Ron Jude and Gregory Halpern)

The photographs for either task can be taken inside, outside or in the studio. They can be portraits, landscapes, still life – be creative!

The photos must be printed A4 size. They do not have to be high quality prints. Simple colour photocopy versions are more than adequate.

You must bring your photos to the workshop.



 Peter Bialobrzeski studied Politics and Sociology before he became a photographer for a local paper in his native Wolfsburg/Germany. He travelled extensively in Asia before he went back to study photography at the Folkwangschule in Essen and the LCP in London. After having worked as a photographer for almost 15 years and published world wide, Peter started to focus more on personal projects.
In the last eight years he has published eight books. His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Australia. He won several awards including the prestigious World Press Photo Award 2003 and 2010. Since 2002 Peter is a professor of photography at the University of the Arts in Bremen/Germany. Furthermore he runs workshops around the world.
He is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, LA Galerie in Frankfurt/Germany and also shows with Robert Morat Gallery in his hometown Hamburg, as well as at m97 Gallery in Shanghai. In 2012 he was honoured with the Erich Salomon Award by the German Society of Photographers (DGPh).


Camille Zakharia ( graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University Halifax Canada in 1997 and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1985. Zakharia has exhibited prolifically across North America, Europe and the Middle East, including the Venice Biennale Italy, Victoria & Albert Museum London UK, Canadian Museum of Civilization Quebec Canada, FotoFest Biennial Houston Texas USA and Musee du Quai Branly Paris France.  Camille Zakharia has lectured widely and taught numerous highly acclaimed workshops on documentary photography, the history of photography and photocollage techniques.