Lens to Life: Capturing Stories Through Documentary Photography with F. Dilek Yurdakul


Immerse yourself in the transformative power of documentary photography in this intensive three-day workshop led by renowned documentary photographer and National Geographic contributor F. Dilek Yurdakul.

From 15th-17th December, through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, participants will learn to see through the lens with a storyteller’s eye, and capture images that resonate with truth and artistic flair.


The workshop is offered in English.

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Introduction to the workshop

Transformative Power of Documentary Photography

In a world filled with untold stories, documentary photography serves as a bridge between fleeting moments and enduring narratives.

“Lens to Life: Capturing Stories Through Documentary Photography” workshop combines theoretical wisdom with hands-on experience, equipping you with the skills and insights needed to tell compelling stories through your lens. 

The journey begins with an exploration into the heart of documentary photography. Here you’ll navigate the manifold purposes of this art form, learning how to choose compelling topics and weave them into strong, cohesive narratives. The aim is not merely to document but to unveil the layered realities that define our world.
A highlight of the workshop is the portfolio review session with the mentor. This is a golden opportunity to gain personalized feedback as F. Dilek will guide you through your work, helping you identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Over the course of 3 days, you’ll immerse yourself in the art and craft of capturing stories that resonate with truth and emotional depth. The workshop is designed for both aspiring and seasoned photographers.

15th-17th december 2023

From Streets to Stories: A Multidisciplinary and Dynamic Workshop

As the workshop progresses, you will expand your artistic horizons by bridging the gap between different styles, such as street, travel, and portrait photography. You’ll learn how to weave these elements seamlessly into your own narratives.

The workshop takes you on a deeper intellectual journey, inviting you to see documentary photography as part of a larger cultural tapestry. Each of these disciplines informs and enriches the other, offering new lenses through which you can view and capture the world.
Guided by F. Dilek Yurdakul, you will delve into the art of using metaphors to elevate your visual storytelling, adding layers of meaning and depth to each image.

To bring theory into practice, participants will take part in a hands-on outdoor shooting session with Dilek Yurdakul herself. This immersive experience enables you to apply the nuanced theories and techniques you’ve learned, transforming them into captivating visual narratives, while shooting alongside such an expert in the field.

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Documentary Photography

Ethical Boundaries and Aesthetic Horizons

The journey then moves into the nuanced ethical considerations that every documentary photographer must confront. This part of the workshop will involve a profound dialogue about the responsibilities that come with the lens—responsibilities to your subjects, your audience, and to the truth.

At the same time, participants will examine the ever-changing aesthetic styles within documentary photography, tracing its historical development to understand where it might head next.

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What, When, Where

What: “Lens to Life: Capturing Stories Through Documentary Photography with F. Dilek Yurdakul”

When: 15th to 17th, December 2023.

Where: Magazzini Fotografici (Via S. Giovanni in Porta, 32, 80138 Napoli)

By plane – From Naples International Airport-Capodichino, take a taxi or the Alibus directly to Naples Central Station. From there, Magazzini Fotografici is easily accessible by taxi or a short walk.
By train – If you arrive at Naples Central Station (Napoli Piazza Garibaldi), Magazzini Fotografici is within a short distance. You can reach the venue on foot in about 15-20 minutes or take a taxi from the station.

Workshop Detailed Schedule

Day 1

10am – 1:00pm | Introduction to the art and purpose of documentary photography
The day starts with an introduction to the manifold purposes of documentary photography. Participants will learn how to select compelling topics for a cohesive narrative.
The focus shifts towards techniques that go beyond mere documentation, exploring ways to unveil the complex realities that define our world.

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Lunch break

3:00pm – 5:30 | Portfolio Review
Portfolio review and group session, participants will share the work they would like to get review with professional feedback.

Day 2

10am – 1:00pm | Weaving Multidisciplinary Narratives and Hands-on Experience
Participants will be guided through the intersections of street, travel, and portrait photography, learning how these styles can enrich documentary storytelling. The session will take a deeper intellectual dive into how documentary photography intersects with broader cultural elements.

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Lunch break

3:00pm – 5:30pm |Shooting Session
Participants will engage in an outdoor shooting session with the mentor. This immersive experience enables participants to apply the theories learnt and transforming them into captivating visual narrative

Day 3

10:00am – 2:00 pm |Post-shooting & Theoretical Session
Participants will engage in a group discussion to review the outdoor shooting session, sharing feedback with one another. The mentor will guide this discussion and offer expertise during the editing session.

The workshop concludes by exploring the ethics and aesthetic styles within documentary photography, giving participants a historical context and opening discussions about the genre’s future. This part of the workshop will involve a profound dialogue about the responsibilities that come with the lens.

F. Dilek Yurdakul

F. Dilek Yurdakul is a lawyer, photographer, and contributing university professor from Ankara, Turkey. A graduate and specialist in Labor and Social Security Law at Gazi University, Dilek has seamlessly integrated her legal expertise with her photographic pursuits, specializing in street and documentary photography.
Internationally recognized for her work, Dilek has won over 200 awards and has participated in numerous exhibitions. For the past seven years, she has focused on capturing the essence of people and cities during her travels. Beyond her contributions to the art form, she has been actively involved in social responsibility projects, aiming to address socially important issues through her lens.

As an activist, lawyer, and artist, Dilek has spoken at various universities and photography associations, and as a TEDx Speaker, she has discussed the significance of being a woman and embracing change. She is deeply committed to increasing social awareness and aspires to continue inspiring young women in Turkey with her multifaceted journey. Currently, she contributes as a photographer for National Geographic YS and National Geographic Turkey, bringing her stories and vision to a global audience.

Terms and Conditions for the Workshop with F. Dilek Yurdakul

Please carefully read the terms and conditions shared below. These are designed to ensure the best experience for all participants and to maintain the integrity and quality of the workshop. By registering for this event, you agree to adhere to and be bound by these terms.


Payment of Fees

The full fee must be paid prior to the commencement of the workshop. Failure to make the payment by the stipulated date may result in the loss of the participant’s spot in the workshop.

Cancellation by the Organizer
  • Eyeshot reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are fewer than 9 participants. In the event of such cancellation, students will receive a full refund.
  • In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice.
Changes to the Program

Eyeshot reserves the right to make changes or alterations to the advertised program to ensure the quality of the workshop or to address unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation by the Participant
  • Eyeshot will refund all registration costs, excluding a 10% administrative fee, if we are informed of the cancellation at least 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
  • 50% of the fee will be charged if cancellation occurs between 29 and 15 days before the workshop begins.
  • 90% of the fee will be charged if cancellation occurs less than 14 days before the workshop begins.

Eyeshot will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal property during the workshop. Participants are advised to have appropriate insurance.

Copyright and Use of Images

While participants retain all rights to the images they create during the workshop, Eyeshot reserves the right to use the photographs for promotional purposes, always crediting the author.

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards other participants, instructors, and staff. Eyeshot reserves the right to remove any participant displaying inappropriate behavior, without a refund.