MeMo

  • MeMo Masterclass

    Documentary photographers and videographers from around the world are invited to join the first MeMo Masterclass

    Deadline to apply 31th August 2016

    MeMo Masterclass is a six month mentorship program with the aim to develop personal projects in photojournalism and videodocumentary in all stages from the concept to promotion, led by the award-winning photographers of MeMo: Manu Brabo, Fabio Bucciarelli, José Colón, Diego Ibarra Sánchez and Guillem Valle. The Masterclass will explore the tension between truth and interpretation, the personal vision of the storytelling process, the strategies for creating effective visual stories, the overview of those elements needed to produce a documentary photo and video project.

    What it is about

    The MeMo mentorship program will focus on photojournalism and videojournalism and their evolution as visual languages in order to improve the personal view and style of each student and to provide the necessary skills for high quality documentary projects. Through the experience of the five photographers of MeMo, in addition to the study of photography techniques each participant will be guided in all stages of the production of a reportage: starting with the development of the concept, the documentation and the organization of what is needed to work on the field, techniques of working in sensitive contexts and the final stages of editing, post production and distribution of the work.

    Mentorship Program

    MeMo Masterclass is a six months mentorship with the five MeMo authors, open to 20 photographers and 5 videographers from around the world. Once the participants have been selected, MeMo authors will mentor the students in five groups of six people composed according to different backgrounds, styles and visual languages. In this way MeMo will be able to guarantee the best supervision and professional growth for its students.

    Mentorship Grant

    We are glad to announce that five free scholarships will be provided to talented freelancers photographers/videographer who are living in conflict areas. MeMo will provide streaming access for the Masterclass traineeship in Turin and Barcelona in addition to online tutoring. To apply for the Mentorship Grant please specify in the motivation letter your work in your home country.

    Structure

    The MeMo Masterclass is organized in three stages:
    - The First stage takes place from November 2nd to November 4th 2016 at the MeMo Factory in Turin, Italy. In this phase under the guidance of the five MeMo authors, the participating photographers and videographers will discuss the ethical and visual aspects of their work, as well as their role as photographers. All the trainees attending the first stage of the Masterlcass will be hosted at the MeMo headquarters. MeMo Photographers (Manu Brabo, Fabio Bucciarelli, Jose Colon, Diego Ibarra Sánchez, Guillem Valle) will review all the trainee’s work before starting the tutoring process. After the first day, the participants will be divided into five groups by the MeMo tutor and they will start focusing on their own projects. The five mentorships will be different depending on the MeMo tutor.
    -The Second stage takes place between December 2016 and April 2017. In this stage, the selected photographers and videographers will be followed by their tutors in order to monitor the development of the project. During the six months mentorship’s program, MeMo tutors will follow and edit (through Skype) the work in progress of the selected photographers. The mentorship’s program has been scheduled with the selected participants in the first stage of the Masterclass.
    - The Third stage takes place in May 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The last stage of the Masterclass will be focused on the editing, postproduction and printing techniques. The selected photographers and videographers will work with their tutors on the final edit of their projects. The last day of the workshop will be dedicated to a special session with the Addretouch laboratory who will focus on post production and printing techniques, moreover the participants will have the opportunity to print three pictures of their work. The last day will end with the public presentation in Barcelona of the works produced during the Masterclass.

    How to apply

    Send a zip folder via WETRANSFER to info@memomasterclass.com with: – A Bio and CV submitted as a PDF – no more than 2 pages - (lastname_firstname.pdf). Remember to include your personal details, mail and website – Photo portfolio: Applicants must submit one or two projects with up to 30 images in total, representing the candidate’s vision and his or her ability to execute the project commissioned during the Masterclass. The images must conform to the following specifications: JPEG files with 3000 pixels on the long size, 72 dpi. Files names must include a sequence number starting with 01 (lastname_firstname_01.jpg) or Video portfolio: A max. of 3 minutes .mov video in HD 720. It can be a teaser, a short story or in case of non previous experience in video, the applicant might send a max. 2 background, personal abilities and qualities that will differ you from the other candidates. Its baseline should emphasize you goals and prospects about your future career. (lastname_firstname_motivationletter.pdf) All applicants should send all the required files (Bio and CV, Photo or Video Portfolio and Motivation Letter) in a zip file through wetransfer to info@memomasterclass.com
    Deadline
    Applicants should send their proposals before midnight (Central Europe Time) August 31, 2016. MeMo photographers will start the selection process on the 1st of September and the official list of the participants will be public announced the 15th of September. The selected photographers and videographers will have 2 weeks to accept the MeMo Masterclass participation. After this week our team will select another participant.
    Fees
    The fee to attend the six months’ MeMo Masterclass is 1000 €, payable through Paypal or bank transfer. Once selected, the applicants will have two weeks to pay the Masterclass fee.
    Contacts
    For further information please contact Domenico Camarda to: info@memomasterclass.com
    You can download the MeMo Masterclass pdf Here

  • RISC Training

    MeMo is thrilled to announce the new partnership with RISC Training. We’ll host the four’s day training at our new headquarter in Turin from the 26th to the 29th of July

    RISC  was founded after the death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington in 2011. Hetherington died from wounds he sustained in a mortar attack while covering the war in Libya, because none of the journalists around him knew how to stop the bleeding from his wounds to save his life.

    This terrible episode has prompted to start a medical training program for freelancer journalists so that the next tragedy can be averted. The course lasts three days and covers basic procedures for saving someone’s life on the battlefield: clearing air passageways, stopping or slowing bleeding from wounds, stopping air leakage into the chest cavity from a chest wound and transporting the injured person to a medical facility. Each graduate receives a combat medical kit with our RISC logo on the side and is expected to keep it on their person at all times while in a war zone.

    RISC until now has held 11 courses in New York, London, Kosovo, Ukraine and Kenya , training 264 freelance journalists in these skills.

    for more info check RISC website

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    Community 

    Me-Mo is an initiative that aims at setting trends. It is not only a response to the current situation of photojournalism but a natural evolution within the profession. 

    Technology and journalism have not yet come into accordance on depth and rigour. Saturated with information broadcasted in real time, we are drowning in data that has no meaning or context. Whilst the demand for news increases, conditions are trickier and the work more competitive within the profession. The Me-Mo platform uses technology to present a unique opportunity for dialogue between professionals and readers, establishing a much needed link between the media and its consumers. 

    Me-Mo strives to create a shared platform for a human community where thought, respect and commitment to storytelling is valued. Me-Mo will use digital media in favour of a more complete journalistic report, highlighting the necessity to change the current state of immediacy and fast news delivered through technology. Me-Mo aims for quality, not quantity, in media’s thoroughness of information. 

    Supporting fellow freelancers to voice their dedicated stories which might not fit mainstream news outlets, Me-Mo is made by freelancers and for freelancers. We wish to give journalism the respect and importance it once had, as the voice of the unheard and telling the stories in historical context. 

    The Me-Mo website content will be a platform of exchange. Forming a community of photojournalist enthusiasts where professionals can communicate with their readers. A place where the reader can interact with Me-Mo by suggesting topics, sharing part of the stories or voting the annual monographic theme. This is a living space, adapting and evolving in an attempt to bring more voices and participation to Me-Mo’s cause, and giving visibility to the issues at hand. 

    Thus, we create the Me-Mo community. 

  • Me-Mo

    Pushing the limits of visual storytelling

    Me-Mo was created by a group of committed photojournalists and talented developers. Together they strongly believe that photography must push alongside new technologies in order to take a leading role in the development of storytelling in the digital era.

    With the strength of a digital application and high quality reports, Me-Mo produces a transmedia narrative magazine by combining audio, video, text and animation to reinforce the universal language of photojournalism, bringing important stories from across the globe to bigger audiences.

    New technologies have broadened the impact of photography worldwide. Yet the immediacy that technology can provide has often played a negative role in regards to the quality of the journalistic information at hand. Me-Mo is different in approach as it uses technology to form new ways of storytelling and involving the reader in the experience.

    Through this immersive technique of creating a virtual version of the story, the viewer is afforded unprecedented access to the sights and sounds, and even feelings and emotions, which accompany the news.

    An essential feature of the magazine’s interactivity is that it is mutual: user and machine each take an active role; with Me-Mo the viewers will not only learn, but experience and question the information provided in the articles.

    Photography and technology always made history hand in hand, in a bid to democratise images. A window to the world, photography depicts a collective social portrait.

    Photography’s ability to accurately reproduce external reality, lending a documentary character and bringing up the process of reproduction as the most faithful, the most impartial of social life. The impact of photography lies in its transformative power to portray multiple world visions in an instant

    What is Me-Mo?

    Like a modern fairy-tale, Me-Mo was born through digital resources, in it’s quest to conquer the heart and minds of this material age, and make the world a better place.

    Me-Mo Magazine was initially sponsored financially through a crowdfunding campaign.
    We used Indigogo with a 15.000
    aim and we received 22.058 reaching 143% of our goal and becoming one of the most successful Indigogo campaigns in the category of Photography.

    Editorial line

    Me-Mo is a documentary photography magazine publishing long-term projects and in-depth stories focused on social issues, conflict and humanitarian disasters. Dedicated to creating sustainable photography projects which narrate international histories whilst reaching out to the widest audience possible.

    Me-Mo magazine will be published quarterly and in English, Spanish and Italian.
    The tone and direction of the publication’s editorial policy lies in the team’s quarterly meetings when

    reviewing news and opinion trends in relation to the submitted works.

    Me-Mo is a democratic platform where all stories pitched to us will be heard. Each issue will have a conceptual theme selected by the Me-Mo team, in relation to current affairs and world events. The strongest freelance works submitted to Me-Mo will be paid for and published.

    Me-Mo aims at pioneering in high quality journalism, with state of the art technology. The focus of the content is photography, however, videos, audio, maps, infographics and text of quality will also be key features of the publication.

    The material which will be published is based on the following criteria;

    High quality story telling
    Long-term projects
    Independent journalism
    Strong aesthetic standards, Intellectual and narrative approaches

    World-renowned journalists will collaborate with us by providing insights and editorials on every issue. We will include a guest writer for each editorial in our bid to reach out to other professionals working on similar themes. Also, as a tribute to our teachers and mentors, we wish to give a veteran photographer the carte blanche to animate a page in each issue to his own liking.

    The concept: digital innovation in photojournalism

    The concept of Me-Mo is based on an unique approach to photojournalism and documentary photography. By using all the possibilities that technology has to offer Me-Mo has been created as a platform for a new experience within digital media. The concept of Me-Mo is within an evolving medium, as well as building community, therefore, constantly adapting to the realities around us.

    Keeping in with the times, yet testing the boundaries.

    The approach of Me-Mo is based on traditional ways of working in dedicated journalism, with a twist of state of the art technology. Me-Mo challenges the norm by involving the viewer in an interactive and more immersive experience, allowing them to be more critical of the news they are reading. Creating unique content that will engage the audience in their daily lives.

    Me-Mo Magazine is a photographic platform that will use the interactivity that this new technology offers in order to enhance the message of the author. When it comes to the stories we are looking for, long-term projects are our priority. In a way, photography is the soul of Me-Mo and interactivity is its body.

    Guillem Valle, Me-Mo co-founder, during an interview for Leica Fotografie International, October 17th, 2014.

    Me-Mo featured reportages oblige the author to think and work in a more comprehensive and challenging manner. Pushing the boundaries of technology and questioning the current approach to digital news, Me-Mo aims at moving away from the frenzy of mass media and the influx of images to focus on long-term and in-depth projects. Telling the story with high quality journalism takes time and dedication.

    “We’re young, but we come with another generation’s ideas about photojournalism,” Mr. Colón said. “It’s about depth, commitment, honesty and independence. That has not been abandoned yet. Before, you did not have to send a picture in 10 minutes. Sometimes it took months for the negatives to arrive. Immediacy is not for me.”

    Jose Colon, Me-Mo co-founder, during an interview for The New York Times, July 9th, 2014

    As freelancers, journalists are able to pursue the stories they connect with as they do not have the constraints of time or pushing certain editorial lines, and there is no need for self censorship so to fit inwith mainstream media. The public is aware of these factors within journalism, and with an increase in digital media, people engage with their online choices to build their own news judgement.

    Community

    Me-Mo is an initiative that aims at setting trends. It is not only a response to the current situation of photojournalism but a natural evolution within the profession.

    Technology and journalism have not yet come into accordance on depth and rigour. Saturated with information broadcasted in real time, we are drowning in data that has no meaning or context. Whilst the demand for news increases, conditions are trickier and the work more competitive within the profession. The Me-Mo platform uses technology to present a unique opportunity for dialogue between professionals and readers, establishing a much needed link between the media and its consumers.

    Me-Mo strives to create a shared platform for a human community where thought, respect and commitment to storytelling is valued. Me-Mo will use digital media in favour of a more complete journalistic report, highlighting the necessity to change the current state of immediacy and fast news delivered through technology. Me-Mo aims for quality, not quantity, in media’s thoroughness of information.

    Supporting fellow freelancers to voice their dedicated stories which might not fit mainstream news outlets, Me-Mo is made by freelancers and for freelancers. We wish to give journalism the respect and importance it once had, as the voice of the unheard and telling the stories in historical context.

    The Me-Mo website content will be a platform of exchange. Forming a community of photojournalist enthusiasts where professionals can communicate with their readers. A place where the reader can interact with Me-Mo by suggesting topics, sharing part of the stories or voting the annual monographic theme. This is a living space, adapting and evolving in an attempt to bring more voices and participation to Me-Mo’s cause, and giving visibility to the issues at hand.

    Thus, we create the Me-Mo community.