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Newsletter July 2017

Studio Aleppo pushes boundaries

Foto: Bas Vroege

Two new Studio Aleppo pop-up photo studios are emerging in Europe this summer. After a succesful start of Studio Aleppo [Amsterdam] last year, Helsinki and Berlin wil grab the baton. Photographer Juuso Westerlund (FI) will portrait old and new residents of Helsinki. All portraits will be shot on 5 and 6 August and exhibited from 10 – 17 August in the National Museum of Finland accompanied by a collection of negatives from a photo studio in Aleppo. These remains, found by Issa Touma, formed the starting point of Studio Aleppo. KühlhausBerlin will organize the travelling project in October.

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Ydoc: an online sales platform researched

Over the last months we have been conducting a feasibility study (financed by Adessium Foundation) to Ydoc, open digital platform for documentary storytelling. We’ve asked strategic design company Fabrique to research the necessity of a unified online distribution hub for documentary productions. The results are remarkable: the estimated value of the photobook market is around 50 million euros a year based on apx. 900 published books annually. Around 25% of the photobooks is distributed via book shops, 70% online. This offers new opportunities for Ydoc. It has the potential to become a guide to a wide and international audience through the field of visual, multiplatform storytelling. So, we have got some work to do! At the moment we are developing a matching business plan.

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Greetings from Aleppo wins DIG award 2017

On 25 June, Greetings from Aleppo won a DIG award for ‘Best Reportage Medium’ at the DIG Festival in Riccione (IT). The prizes reward journalistic excellence and encourage the work of reporters who use video in investigating.

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Opening week Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (France)

Opening week Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (France)
03.07 - 09.07.17

The Paradox team is present, see you there!

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New books on storytelling