II International e-Workshop of Photography

From July 5 to 16, 2021

Director: Hisao Suzuki
Teaching Staff: Júlia de Balle, Tomoko Sakamoto


RCR Summer Workshop is born of a way of understanding architecture and landscape from a humanistic spirit. The coexistence in a specific space and time of different creative disciplines during the on-site workshop has generated synergies for mutual enrichment. The online format is heir to these ideas transferred to a virtual campus.

The workshop is designed following four main ideas that articulate the program:

  • Competition Format: Closed exercises that condense a complex process within a specific time frame
  • Transversality: An integrative interdisciplinary approach
  • Sharing: Shared creativity fostering the capacity for dialogue
  • Experience: Understanding derived from observation, participation and experience

The workshop has the aim of broadening knowledge of audiovisual and photographycentered in Architecture and Space. The course develops from the approach to the territory and architecture of RCR and combines reflection on Visual Arts and its implementation in practice through a creative work. The exercises are raised around the awakening of the senses, stimulating the creation of images that make us experience wanting to touch, listen and be in this specific place.

Creativity must be at the origin of the concept, present at the initial moment where we give answer to the question we are asked, and should be shared by all the participants, being the common thread of the process. Everything results from creativity.

The Program consists in

  • Online campus.  A conference offer will be combined with various extension webinars and small group consultations. The topics will be: camera and photography, the silence of the light, the work of the architecture photographer, imagine the finished photograph before starting to take it, workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, see on the monitor or print on paper, editing and publishing.
  • Creative Atelier. Each participant will make a free-themed photographic report, putting the knowledge learned into practice. There will be corrections by Hisao Suzuki and RCR Arquitectes.
  • Open Program. A series of conferences in common with the Architecture and Landscape and the Audiovisual workshops.


Technical requirements: mobile phone or camera, tripod (recommended), computer with Photoshop and Lightroom.

Duration: 12 days

Teaching Load:  60 hours

Open Program Load: 12 hours

Level: Introductory / Advanced

Online Campus

The workshop will take place on the virtual campus that RCR Lab·A has developed for this edition.

In order to carry out the online workshop, the following technical requirements must be met by the participants:

  • Computer with recommended minimum screen resolution of 1440px
  • Adequate Internet connection to access the e-learning platform, download and upload content and make video calls
  • Updated browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera)
  • Installation and registration (free account) of the video conferencing program Zoom

Recommended Computer Skills

For participation in the II International e-Workshop of Photography, skills in the following computer programs are recommended:

  • the photo editor Adobe Photoshop
  • the application for digital composition of pages Adobe InDesign


Spanish is the common language. We recommend a basic knowledge of Spanish. English is the second official language of the Summer Workshop. The activities will be carried out in both languages. The videos will be in Spanish or English with subtitles in both languages.


Participants of the II International e-Workshop of Photography will receive a participation certificate issued by RCR BUNKA Private Foundation.

Last free places until June 11


Tuition Fee of 450 Euros.

The amount of the tuition fee is possible thanks to the collaboration of different public and private institutions, and companies, and is therefore subsidised.

Application Process


Extended until Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Profile: The workshop is aimed at persons over the age of 18 years from all creative areas.
  • Registration Form: Submission of the registration form with all details of the candidate.
  • CV-Portfolio: Submission of a brief curriculum and the portfolio in pdf format (max.4 MB), with the file named as follows: portfolio-name-surname1-surname2.pdf.
  • Full documentation: Applications that do not provide all the requested documentation will be excluded from the selection process.
  • Admission: The submission of the registration form does not guarantee the direct entry to the program. All candidates will be part of the selection process.
  • Registration fee: The registration fee is 50 Euros and is non-refundable.

Selection Process

  • Selection criteria: for the selection of participants will be considered the information on the registration form and the cv-portfolio.
  • Places planned: 20
  • Selection of participants: until Monday, June 14, 2021. Communication to participants admitted and not admitted.
  • Communications: All communications will be via e-mail.

Payment Conditions

The tuition fee amounts to a total of 450  Euros,

  • Participants admitted will pay the tuition fee until Friday, June 18, 2021.
  • Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will automatically be excluded from the program.
  • In case of cancellation after Friday, June 25, 2021tuition will not be refunded.
  • The mode of payment will be through the Stripe payment platform.


Admission Process

New registration dates !

  • Friday, June 11, 2021. End of registrations.
  • Monday, June 14, 2021. Communication to admitted and non-admitted.
  • Friday, June 18, 2021. End of payment of registration for participants admitted.
  • Friday, June 25, 2021. Non-refundable cancellations.

II International e-Workshop of Photography

  • Monday, July 5, 2021: Start of workshop
  • Friday, July 16, 2021: End of workshop

Teaching Staff


Hisao Suzuki

Architecture Photographer, Director of Nature Urban Architecture Art (nuaa)
Director of the II International e-Workshop of Photography

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, 1957) is a Japanese photographer who lives in Barcelona for more than 30 years. He studied photography at the Tokyo College of Photography (Tokyo Sougo Shashin Gakko) and starts his carreer with the photographer Tohru Minowa, specialized in gastronomy. His relationship with Barcelona and his interest in architecture are intimately linked with the work of Antoni Gaudí. An exhibition of the prestigious photographer Eiko Hosoe on Gaudi in the Yokohama City Hall in 1978 triggers him to explore Catalan Modernism and, subsequently, contemporary architecture through the collaboration with the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, author of the Palau Sant Jordi for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, documenting the process of construction of the Sports Palace.

Since 1993 he collaborates with the architectural journal “El Croquis”, becoming their principal photographer and contributing significantly to the recognition of the magazine as one of the most prestigious and international publications on contemporary architecture.

Within the Visual Arts, Photography differs from other disciplines by its relationship to reality, a concrete fact, the existence of a model. The look of Suzuki to architecture derives from the visions created by Eiko Hosoe on Gaudí towards a reflection on space. Space as three-dimensional fact involves an intrinsic complexity since the format of the picture is an image in two dimensions. Hence, the interpretation of a work of architecture by a photographer is decisive. In the antipodes are a look that wants to reflect with great fidelity the architectural space and its environment, and its opposite, the personal interpretation of details that enhance a particular vision. The photographic work of Hisao Suzuki represents the position of the faithful and thoroughly documented testimony of reality. He is Director of the Workshop since the first edition.

He has been director of the International Workshop of Photography and Audiovisual in the RCR Summer Workshop on-site editions from 2013 to 2019. In 2020 he has been director of the 1st International Online Workshop of Photography.

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Júlia de Balle

Visual Communication Expert, Founder of BroadcardFilms
Tutor of the II International e-Workshop of Photography

Júlia de Balle (Barcelona, 1986) holds a degree in audiovisual communication from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona (2009). After finishing her degree in Berlin, she returns to her hometown Olot (Girona) and joins RCR Arquitectes as communication coordinator and, later on, as audiovisual creative. She has directed and co-directed two documentary films and currently combines works for third party clients as filmmaker and editor with her own projects.

She has been tutor of the International Workshop of Photography and Audiovisual under the direction of Hisao Suzuki in the RCR Summer Workshop on-site editions from 2013 to 2019 and the 1st International Online Workshop of Photography in 2020.


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Tomoko Sakamoto

Architect and Editor
Tutor of the II International e-Workshop of Photography

Tomoko Sakamoto (Tokyo, Japan, 1973) is an architect, designer and founding partner of spread. She is an architect from the University of Waseda in Tokyo and arrived in Barcelona to collaborate with EMBT Arquitectos Asociados with the Bunka-cho grant from the Japanese Government (1998-2001). From 2000 to 2012 she worked as an editor of books on architecture, design and art at Actar publishing house and founded in 2012 spread studio together with David Lorente. Since then she has worked on several editorial projects and exhibitions with the photographer Hisao Suzuki, among them for the a+u magazine and the monographic exhibition on RCR “Geography of Dreams” in the MA Gallery in Tokyo, and has designed several books such as the catalogue of the Mies Award 2019, 2017 and 2015 of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation or “Plans and Projectes per a Barcelona 2011-2015”.


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Martino de Grandis

Visual Creator
Assistant of the II International e-Workshop of Photography

Martino De Grandis (Negrar, Verona, Italy, 1999) is a visual creator based between Amsterdam and London. His work dwells on the use of shapes and light with a multidisciplinary approach, always exploring what surrounds us through the performative experimentation of its iconography. Since the beginning of 2021 he is co-founder of Six Legs Books, an independent publishing house created by a collective of 6 photographers and specialised in the publication of experimental photography books.

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