Mentoring for “Menelisik Jogjakarta” photo exhibition with Unit Fotografi UGM Yogyakarta

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I have been mentoring a group of students from Unit Fotografi Universitas Gadjah Mada (UFO UGM) Yogyakarta as they prepared their annual exhibition. The exhibition features works by the members of UFO UGM Batch XXV, which can be seen as the continuation of their previous exhibition, just before they were inaugurated as members.

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Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan /
except bottom photograph, courtesy of Danyswara Gobi/Afdruk 56


Mentoring for “Ekspedisi Banyuwangi” photo exhibition with Unit Fotografi UGM Yogyakarta


I have been mentoring a longer process with students of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) who are active members of Unit Fotografi (UFO) UGM in exploring Banyuwangi, East Java, and presenting the resulting photographs. The so-called expedition had taken place in 26–30 April 2018, with seven team members: Nanda Widyasari, Yuliana Azmi, Mahdi Muhammad, Muhammad Hasan, and Awang Pradipa of UFO XXII, as well as Demas Faa’iz Al Musyaffa and Rendika Wijayanto of UFO XXIII.

Once they returned from Banyuwangi, we worked together in selecting, editing, and retouching their photos in order to present them in an exhibition. The exhibition have just taken place at the Galerie of Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) Yogyakarta in Sagan, 21–22 September 2018.

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Banyuwangi team present their preparation prior to the expedition, 23 April 2018.

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Banyuwangi Expedition team prepares to leave Yogyakarta, 26 April 2018.

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Banyuwangi Expedition team arrives back in Yogyakarta, 30 April 2018.

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Banyuwangi Expedition team arrives back in Yogyakarta, 30 April 2018.

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Installing photographs for Banyuwangi exhibition at IFI Yogyakarta, 20 September 2018.

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One of UFO UGM’s first members, Pinto N.H., is seen at the Banyuwangi exhibition opening, 21 September 2018.

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Former headmaster of Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, Kurniadi Widodo, is seen at the Banyuwangi exhibition opening, 21 September 2018.

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Some of Banyuwangi Expedition team members with UFO UGM Supervisor, Prof. Drs. Harno Dwi Pranowo, M.Si., Dr.rer.nat., 21 September 2018.

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Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan.

Panelist at “Hirau” photo exhibition discussion

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I am invited as a panelist at a discussion held in conjunction with the photography exhibition “Hirau” held at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta. The exhibition is a result of a short photo story workshop organised by Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta. The participants have previously presented their works, but then decided to print and exhibit them. They invited four panelists to comment on their works in a public forum.

The exhibitors are Alni Widayanti, Annisa Rachmatika Sari, Arifin, Felixrio Prabowo, Nahary Latifah, Tonny Hartono Anwar, dan Yovita Metty N. The panelists are Kurniadi WIdodo, Anggertimur Lanang Tinarbuko, Dessy Rachma, and yours truly. The forum will be held at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta on Thursday, 30 August 2018 at 4 p.m. and moderated by Novan Jemmi Andrea. The event is open for public and free of charge. ∎

Assisting John Stanmeyer and Linda Bournane Engelberth photography workshop in Yogyakarta

Photo courtesy of Ghadah Alrawi

I have been assisting a photo story workshop by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer and his VII Photo Agency colleague Linda Bournane Engelberth in Yogyakarta this month. John contacted me in May asking me to help organise the workshop, first by finding a hotel to host the workshop as well as finding local fixers for the participants, while also assist some of the participants with preliminary research for their stories.

The workshop was conducted 15–22 August 2018 with 16 participants: Jake Borden, Jordan Sirek, Susann Tischendorf, Ghadah Alrawi, Ellen Moffatt, Irene Barlian, Dottie Bond, Ned Pennock, Jacek Konieczny, Amisha K. Patel, Brenda Bancel, Olivia Bancel, Leo Hirsch, Dave Weathers, Tyler J. Blodgett, and the sponsored participant Ana Setyardyani Putri.

Fixers: Haryo Sastomo Sejati, Andyani Surya Putri, Nadya Ajlina, Kuni Hamda Abida, Henricus Pria Setiawan, Sekar Langit Nariswari, Novan Jemmi Andrea, Ferganata Indra Riatmoko, Anggertimur Lanang Tinarbuko, Hardy Wiratama, Teguh Ariebowo, Dinda Indah Sari, Dwi Putra S., Gevi Noviyanti, and Atina Handayani.

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎

Mentoring for “Space and Balance” photo exhibition with Unit Fotografi UGM Yogyakarta


I have been mentoring a group of students from Unit Fotografi Universitas Gadjah Mada (UFO UGM) Yogyakarta, as they are preparing new members’ pre-inauguration exhibition. Following their seniors, for this exhibition they are exploring one basic technique of photography, this time composition. After the exhibition, they will be inaugurated as UFO UGM’s new members (Batch XXV). There are 24 participants in the exhibition.