Learn Photography in Berlin!

There are plenty of sights to see and things to do in Berlin, but often it’s the more unique activities that make a visit to a city memorable. Just a few hundred metres walk away from the hotel is one of Berlin’s finest photography museums C/O Berlin, at Amerikahais. This weekend and again in November, they are presenting two workshops, open to the public and bound to get your creative juices flowing.

Photography gear © Jakob Owens

Contemporary Still Life

The first workshop – Contemporary Still Life – is presented by photographer and artist Antje Peters on Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September from 11am to 5pm at the C/O Berlin education unit. Antje is Berlin born and bred, studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts and has had her work published countless times in a variety of publications, as an independent photographer and artist. She is also a featured artist in one of C/O Berlin’s current exhibitions Optical Illusions, Contemporary Still Life which closes on Sunday!


The workshop is for adults and participants will learn how to hone their skills in viewing and composing objects – translating what the eye sees into context, with perspective and subject focus in mind. Examples of existing still life photography, contemporary and editorial will be given and technical guidance given. they key is for participants to experiment with the medium, with light, composition and styling.

Leica © Pavel Fertikh

Mythos Berlin

The second workshop – Mythos Berlin – is presented by photography academic Stefan Maria Rother on Saturday the 11th November and Sunday the 12th of November from 11am to 5pm, on location at Zoo station. Stefan is Berlin based, and works as a course director for media photography at the School of Entertainment and Technology. He is also a lecturer for photography at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art and curator of the photography section for the Kölner Liste and Berliner Liste art fairs.

Street scene © Stefan Maria Rother and C/O Berlin

Street scene © Stefan Maria Rother and C/O Berlin

One of Berlin’s most iconic locations, Zoologischer Garden train station earned it’s place in popular culture thanks to being a feature in the story “Wir Kinder von Bahnhof Zoo” (We Children from Bahnhof Zoo). As well being the great of West Berlin and as a result having a character and identity all its own.

City West © Melinda Barlow

City West © Melinda Barlow

The workshop is for adults and participants will stroll the area, taking in the diverse activity, architecture, shadows and lines around the station precinct itself, including Kantstrasse and other surrounding streets and alleyways. The focus will also include the station as a place of transit – locals and tourists coming and going, directions unknown and purposes unclear. participants can take in the scene and make creative decisions about how to capture their visual experiences.

City West © Melinda Barlow

The workshops can take a maximum of 12 participants (over 18 only) and will be delivered in German. The fee for each workshop is €240 and interested budding photographers can register by email to education@co-berlin.org.

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.