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world-press-photoThe first round of Reporting Change workshops will be offered to photojournalists in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco. A selection committee chose 36 promising photographers to take part in the workshops, which aim to improve their technical, journalistic, and storytelling skills. The Tunisian participants are:

photographer, Tunisia
Sophia Baraket (Tunisia) grew up in an image-oriented environment. At 18, she moved to Paris to study at an international photography school. During a work placement at Magnum Photos, she studied historic archives and got to know the work of great photographers. Returning to Tunis in 2005, she organized events and exhibitions in which she participated herself. In 2010, while in California, she took part in a project about the many ‘don’ts’ in American society, returning just in time to start covering the Tunisian revolution. She was the first Tunisian photographer to arrive at the border to document the exodus of refugees from Libya. In 2011, Baraket participated in a project by the street artist and photographer JR. She concentrates on documenting stories, as she did in projects on child mothers in Uganda and Western countries dumping their waste in North Africa. The latter was selected for the 2011 African Photography Biennial in Bamako, Mali.

photographer, Tunisia
Born in 1981, Zied Ben Romdhane received his master’s degree from The Higher Institute of Business in Tunis. However, he subsequently fell in love with photography and decided that it was his true calling and left the world of business to become a professional photographer in 2008. Since then, he has participated in several group exhibitions, conducted photography workshops, and won the first prize at the Spring of Arts 2007. He has also contributed to books, including Irada, Tunisian Revolution, and Dégage.

photographer, Tunisia
Sabrina Belkhouja (Tunisia) inherited her passion for photography from her parents, both of whom are photographers. While she has experimented with art forms like music, design, and dance, she sees photography as a sanctuary she can always fall back on. In her work, she pays homage to fleeting moments and emotions and to scenes from daily life. Belkhouja also finds it important to show the role of militant women in her country’s democratic transition process. She has contributed to exhibitions in Tunisia and abroad and her work has been featured on the cover of local magazines.

photographer, Tunisia
Amine Boussoffara (Tunisia, 1974) is a self-taught independent visual artist who has had a passion for photography ever since he joined a photo club as a teenager. During the 1990s, he went in search of the history, customs, and architecture of various regions in Tunisia while continuing to harbor a nostalgic attachment to Mahdia, where he was born. Having mastered digital technology, he worked in the IT sector until 2007, when he resigned from his job to pursue a career as a photographer. In his first solo exhibition, in Mahdia in 2009, Boussoffara explored the graphic, esthetic, and architectural dimensions of photography. After a further solo exhibition in Tunis, he focused on the political changes of the Arab Spring. As a member of the photographers’ collective Dégage, he presented his work in an exhibition and a book bearing witness to a historic moment in the history of his country. Boussoffara sees photography as a sensibility enabling him to see beautiful things from a distance and allow others to benefit from this.

photographer, Tunisia
Yassine Gaidi (Tunisia, 1982) has followed in his uncle’s footsteps as a photographer. After several years of being an enthusiastic member of a photo club in his hometown of Le Bardo near Tunis, he chose to concentrate on his English studies. When he returned to photography, he specialized in landscapes, portraits, and ancient ruins until the coverage of the Arab Spring prompted him to become a professional news photographer with a preference for photo stories. Gaidi went on to cover the constitutional assembly elections in Libya, post-revolution Egypt, and the Gaza Strip. He worked for a number of photo agencies including Corbis before being hired as a freelance photo reporter by Ain, a Tunisian newspaper, in 2010.

photographer, Tunisia
Ali Garboussi (Tunisia, 1983) studied journalism at Sirte University in Libya. In 2011, he returned to his hometown of Gafsa, Tunisia, to act as spokesman for the students at the start of the Arab Spring. The fall of President Ben Ali sparked his desire to become a photojournalist. While he followed the rebels in northwestern Libya and witnessed the fall of Tripoli, the demonstrations in Cairo, and the elections in Tunisia and Egypt, Garboussi gained experience through his contact with other photographers. After he joined Wostok Press in Paris, his work was published in Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Jeune Afrique. He also writes analytical articles for a number of Arab newspapers and is documenting the impact of the Arab Spring on Gafsa. Garboussi currently works for the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq. As a photographer, he aspires to producing in-depth essays presenting a personal and intimate vision of the society in which he lives.

photographer, Tunisia
Wassim Ghozlani (Tunisia, 1986) is a graphic designer turned photographer based in Tunis. After he established himself as a photographer, his work was exhibited in Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab world, the US, Brazil, Mali, and several European countries. Ghozlani currently divides his time between photography-related activities and the coordination and management of Tunisia’s photography platform Shutter Party, which he co-founded.

photographer, Tunisia
Freelance documentary photographer and cameraman, Selim Harbi was born and raised in Tunis in 1982. He studied photography and audiovisual media at Beuth High School in Berlin. His goal in his work, which tends to focus on communities and contemporary socio-political issues, is to try to uncover new insights about the world around him, collecting stories along the way.

photographer, Tunisia
Rabii Kalboussi (Tunisia, 1988) was inspired by the start of the Arab Spring to discover photojournalism, which he sees as one of the best ways of documenting what happens around him. Since 2011, he has worked for the online newspaper Tunisia Live, mainly on photo stories about demonstrations. Al Jazeera has also published his work. Kalboussi assisted Simon Bruty of Sports Illustrated on a project about athletes from countries affected by the Arab Spring who had qualified for the London Olympics.

photographer, Tunisia
Amine Landoulsi (Tunisia, 1976) prefers to describe himself as 'a man who lives and sees' rather than a photographer. From an early age, photography has been a passion, a pastime, and a way of distinguishing himself. The blessing of the well-known Tunisian photographer Jacques Perez, who told Landoulsi he had a photographic eye, encouraged him to continue taking pictures. His work has been exhibited in Tunisia, France, Slovenia, and Brazil. In 2010, he co-founded the Photo Club of Tunis and, the next year, he was involved with a much-publicized exhibition on the Arab Spring at the Palais Kheireddine in Tunis. Landoulsi is currently affiliated with several agencies, including The Associated Press.

photographer, Tunisia
Safa Boussaada (Tunisia) is a qualified multimedia professional specializing in directing visual productions. She is currently taking a research master in cinematic and audiovisual media. Boussaada is a member of Speak Out Tunisia, which is building a free press as part of the Tunisian Pact association.


photographer, Tunisia
Zoubeir Souissi (Tunisia, 1968) worked for ten years for the Tunisian magazine Réalités. Since 2008, he has been employed by the international press agency Reuters.

photographer, France
Gabous Yahya (France, 1982) has studied science, IT, and audiovisual documentation. The son of a teacher of audiovisual technology, he completed an internship at the film library of Tunisia’s national television. At 14, he joined a club of amateur filmmakers, which had its own photography lab. Here he took photo courses, mastered various techniques, and emerged as a qualified photojournalist. Next, he joined Grand Maghreb Medias, which publishes a range of newspapers and magazines in Arabic and French. His photography assignments have included national events in Tunis as well as other parts of the country. His picture of an old man crossing the street won an award in the 2012 Canon Dynamic World competition. Yahya plans to launch his own agency, which he will call Ndhar.


The selection committee consisted of Cédric Gerbehay, Belgium, photographer Agence Vu; Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, photographer; and Peter dejong, the Netherlands, chief photographer Associated Press. The 36 photographers were selected from a pool of 74 applicants. The participants will take part in one of three workshops, to be held between December 2012 - February 2013. The workshops will be led by regional, established photojournalists who participated in the World Press Photo training program in October.

Mon, 10/29/2012








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