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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Meet French Photographer, Bénédicte Kurzen: Facilitator of Days of Dorcas Photography Competition

French Photographer, Bénédicte Kurzen will be at the Days of Dorcas Photography Workshop to share her vast knowledge on photography.


Bénédicte began her photography career when she moved to Israel in 2003, covering hard
news as a freelancer in the Gaza Strip, Iraq and Lebanon. In 2004, her photography developed from hard news to a more documentary style with her work on the lives of volunteer suicide bombers and widows in the Gaza Strip. Bénédicte contributed her work to the “Violence against Women” group project, in collaboration with Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Bénédicte holds a master’s degree in Contemporary History from the Sorbonne, Paris. She wrote her final essay about the “myth of the war photographer”, which inspired her to become a visual storyteller herself.

In the past ten years, Bénédicte has been covering conflicts and socio-economic changes in Africa. In South Africa, where she was based, she explored some of the deepest social challenges of the post-apartheid society producing “Next of Kin”, “The Boers Last Stand” and “Amaqabane”, on the life of former anti-apartheid combatants. The latest was produced for prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2008. In 2011, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center, which allowed her to produce a body of work on Nigeria, “A Nation Lost to gods”. Her work has been screened and exhibited at Visa pour l’Image and was nominated for the Visa d’Or in 2012.

After becoming a NOOR full member in 2012, she decided to move to Lagos, from where she could pursue her coverage of Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. This resulted in 2015 in the exhibition “Shine Ur Eye” with Robin Maddock and Crisitina de Middel, which traveled from Photo London to Lagos Photo Festival and more places. Alongside, she became an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Nigeria in journalism.

Benedict’s photography workshop at the Days of Dorcas Photography Competition is open to the top 25 participants of the competition. To register, send in your entries on the theme “The Elegance of the African People” via the website: www.art635.gallery/daysofdorcas

Sponsored by foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, the Days of Dorcas Photography Competition is a platform for talented female artists between the ages of 18 – 35 years, to enhance their career in visual arts and photography.

Registration is FREE!
Entries close on Thursday, 17th May 2018. Click HERE to register.

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