Mother India 2013-2014 – Individual workshop with Shobha in India (GOA)
From 2013 to 2014 (December to February) Mother India School proposes, for the first time, a one month workshop in India, to study one or more projects, telling with photography and / or video, stories of women or children in South India: the role of women, both in the family and in the community, with the knowledge that women are not to be considered as vulnerable and weak, waiting for help, but as active carriers of change and promoters of a more equal society.
Stories of women who struggle for survival with dignity, marginalized children supported by NGOs, which operate continuously in India, child-mothers growing children, women emerging in different fields, involved in the social struggle, fighting for their rights and women who help women.
It’s a workshop lasting one month, individual or four hands (husband and wife, mother and son / daughter, brother and sister, sisters, friends, couples), with two meetings and six full immersion afternoon, where we will analyze all the necessary components and the different project phases, from reading portfolio identification and development of the project, the stage of editing, post-production and final presentation of the project.
The base will be in Goa, but you can move to develop your own projects in South India.
Meetings will take place at the site of Mother India, a house on the river, a great place to work, an oasis of peace and beauty within easy reach.
Mother India will give you all the tips for your trip and your stay, taking care to find the accommodation to suit your needs and your budget.
Shobha will help you highlight your personal research, through her intimate and gentle way to tell “stories for women”, Soraya and Monica, will support you throughout your project work, helping with permits and contacts.
Available places: 6
Registration is open until all places are full.
You must have a good knowledge of the English language.
During your stay you can practice yoga, meditation and the opportunity to take care of your body with Ayurvedic treatments. Mother India can arrange appointments.
Enrolment fee: 1.100,00 euro
• Organization and support for the entire project
• Transfer from airport A/R
It does not include:
• Flight ticket
• Accomodations and meals
• All extra activities and trips outside the project.
The apartments are located in Guest House close to the sea. The rooms are clean and comfortable.
You must have a digital SLR camera and a laptop
– It is recommended to carry everything you need for digital photography
– Memory Cards, minimum two batteries camera body
– Memory card reader for downloading images.
– Software Photoshop or Lightroom, for viewing and editing photos
– Burning Software or external hard drive
– Ciabatta electric
– Photocopies of passport and visa, photo cards for Indian phone card that will be purchased upon arrival.
Those interested must fill out the registration form that we will send you via email and carry a selection of up
to ten individual photo prints or projects in the format you prefer.
DEADLINE: 7 November 2013
Shobha was born in Palermo, Italy, daughter of Letizia Battaglia.
In 1980 she starts photo reporting for the daily newspaper “L’Ora”. Her pictures portray Sicily’s political and
social world during the years of the “mafia war”.
Now she lives between Italy and India, where she likes to tell, trough photography and video, poetic stories,
the invisible India that not makes to the news.
Her images always depict social and international issues, with special attention to women.
She has published on the most important national and international newspapers: Corriere della Sera, La
Repubblica-D, Espresso, Geo, Stern, Vanity Fair, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times and New York Times, Die
1998 Shobha receives the World Press Photo award for “Gli ultimi Gattopardi” (Last Liopards) a reportage on
2001 Shobha is awarded the Hansel-Mieth Preis for the reportage “Church and the Mafia” with journalist
2002 Shobha receives again the World Press Photo award with “Gli angeli della Medina” (The angels of
Medina) a reportage on African fashion of the stylist Oumou-Sy.
2004 She receives the Prix Giacomelli dedicated to the photographer Osvaldo Buzzi.
2010 She was awarded the CIVITAS, for the courageous civil and social commitment, a symbol of friendship
between Italy and India.
2012 She is invited to participate at the first edition of the Ragusa Festival Photos with a photographic
exhibition and video – “When the acid disfigures the soul”. Bangladesh 2010 and at Nissa Photo Art in
2012 She participates at the International Festival of Photojournalism held in Perpignan with a project of
minors about clandestine horses racing.
2012 Photo Gallery Luigi Ghirri, Caltagirone “Storia d’amore (Love Story) – nine special boys photograph
Palermo with Shobha.”
She lives between India and Italy, where she is pursuing the project Mother India School, between
photographic workshop and volunteering.
Since 1991 Shobha is a member of the Contrasto Agency: www.contrasto.it
In India, carries out the project Mother India School (www.motherindiaschool.com), including photography
workshops and volunteering.