Duration

10 months

Credits

60

Start date

October

Language

Italian/English

Master course Raffles Milano

Photography

New stories, new visions

Duration

10 months

Credits

60

Start date

October

Language

Italian/English

Course leader

Denis Curti

Ten amazing months. Ten top-level international photography experts in the lecture theatre, one every month. Ten unique chances for learning by doing, elbow-to-elbow with the best. The Raffles Milano Masters: someone has come up with them at last.


Why?

Why?

Photography means providing a useful and interesting model of the world, one that helps us love reality by talking about it. To be a photographer is no longer a craftsman trade. Digital technology forces him to shrug off the obsession with the technique in favor of a mindset increasingly related to the ability to see, to interpret and to narrate.


Course leader

course leader

Course leader

Denis Curti

Curator and critic

Born in 1960, Denis Curti is a benchmark among critics of Italian and international photography. He has curated exhibitions dedicated to such lens masters as Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Lachapelle, Elliott Erwitt and the Italians Gianni Berengo Gardin, Franco Fontana and Ferdinando Scianna. An expert in the market and collecting, he has also curated auctions for Sotheby’s and Minerva Auction. The author of the first manual on collecting photography, he founded the Still gallery in Milan and has served for 15 years as Director of the Milan venue of Contrasto, creating a host of projects for firms and institutions. A co-founder of Milan’s Forma Foundation, he held the office of Vice-President until 2014. Over the years, he has co-ordinated publishing and advertising activities with leading international photographers, in particular with the Magnum agency. Editor of the monthly magazine Il Fotografo, he co-ordinates the Sprea Fotografia group’s publications. He is a member of the Artistic Committee at the Villa Reale in Monza, he is the director of the photography festivals of Capri and Bergamo.


Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Photographers have to be active, effective and conscious interpreters of the contemporary world. That is why the lectures are built around a lifelong education approach. Our lecturers are experienced, skilled and great at their work: this ensures that our students will receive high-profile training, culminating in the possibility of them finding professional placement in various areas of visual production, communication and image, both in Italy and internationally, from still & motion and storytelling to advertising and corporate fields.


Who should attend

Who should attend

This Masters is designed to suit the needs of everyone who wants to learn and develop the themes of contemporary photography, transforming a passion into a profession. In particular, it is designed for students aiming to (re)define and (re)position themselves professionally, to keep abreast of today’s developing contexts. Who are the photographers of the future (and of the present)? They are people with the skills, abilities and critical awareness it takes to tackle the enormous scene of contemporary production without any hang-ups and to launch an independent, continuing and successful business of their own.


Curriculum

Curriculum

Working side by side with the professionals who lead in today’s market, our students acquire a fully rounded appreciation of the new approaches to designing an identity, a reportage, advertising campaigns and corporate communications. This Masters focuses on tangible experience with real assignments proposed by firms and institutions. A vital part of the curriculum is devoted to how the market for collecting, publishing and fine art functions. It does this by putting together a personal portfolio, the first step towards establishing relations with international galleries and curators.


Topics

Topics

  • Context of Italian and international photography
  • Collecting and fine art.
  • Creativity and design process in photography.
  • Advertising and corporate communications.
  • Beauty and portraiture.
  • Landscape and architecture.
  • Focus on storytelling.
  • Organising and curating exhibitions and events.
  • Compiling a portfolio.
  • Digital technology for creativity.

Endorsements

Endorsements

For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Masters course has been endorsed by:


Design lecturers

Design lecturers

Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Erik Kessels
Project

Erik Kessels

Communication expert

kesselskramer.com

Class of 1966, Erik Kessels was born in the Dutch town of Roermond, near the Belgian border. He started his career working as an illustrator with Ogilvy & Mather Eindhoven and attending evening classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, then continued at the Kuipers & Schouten and the Chiat/Day agencies, the latter in London. In 1996, he and his creative partner John Kramer founded the agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam, which now has a successful international reputation. In addition to his advertising profession, Kessels is passionate about photography, as a collector, curator, book publisher and magazine editor. His installation at the FOAM in Amsterdam made an unforgettable mark: invited to imagine an exhibition about the future of photography, he came up with the idea of materialising the horrendous flood of images that washes over us every day, showing a million images of all kinds and origins loaded onto Flickr in the course of just one day.
Ferdinando Scianna
Project

Ferdinando Scianna

Photographer

magnumphotos.com

Born in Bagheria, in Sicily, in 1943, Ferdinando Scianna enrolled in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo, but did not complete his studies there. In 1963, he met Leonardo Sciascia, with whom, at the age of 21, he published the first of numerous books that they then wrote together, Feste religiose in Sicilia (Religious Festivals in Sicily), which won the Nadar Prize. He then moved to Milan, where in 1967 he started worked for the weekly magazine L’Europeo as a photoreporter, special correspondent and then regular correspondent in Paris, where he lived for ten years. Introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he joined the Magnum agency in 1982. Since 1987, he has been alternating reportage with fashion and advertising photography, areas where he has gained international success. His most important books include I Siciliani (Paris, 1977), Kami (Milan, 1988), Le forme del Caos (Udine, 1988), Leonardo Sciascia (Milan, 1989), Marpessa (Milan, 1993), Altrove, reportage di moda (Milan, 1995), Viaggio a Lourdes (Milan, 1996) and Dormire, forse sognare (Udine, 1997).
Giovanni Gastel
Project

Giovanni Gastel

Photographer

giovannigastel.it

Born in Milan in 1955 to Giuseppe Gastel and his wife Ida Visconti di Modrone, Giovanni Gastel is the youngest of seven children. In the seventies, he started a long period of apprenticeship, taking wedding photos, portraits and still life shots. His first important break came in 1975, when he started working with the auction house Christie’s, but the real change came in 1981, when his future agent Carla Ghiglieri introduced him to the fashion scene and he started working with Vogue Italia, Mondo Uomo and Donna magazines. Since then, he has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious fashion publications, both in Italy and abroad, especially in Paris. From 1996 to 1998, he was President of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers, which he now serves at  as Honorary President. It was in 1997 that he achieved the pinnacle of artistic recognition, when the Milan Triennale organised a one-man show of his works curated by Germano Celant, featuring around 200 photographs, evidence of a long and prolific career. In 2002, in the framework of the event La Kore Oscar della Moda (Fashion Oscars), he was awarded the Oscar for Photography.
Matthias Harder
Project

Matthias Harder

Curator

helmut-newton.com

Born in Kiel in 1965, Matthias Harder was Chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin until 2004. Before that, from 1995 to 1999, he worked as a curator at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin. In 1996 he created the Empty Rooms experimental exhibition space, which he directed until 1999. From 1999 to 2002, working as a guest curator, he organised the retrospectives of Herbert List and Stefan Moses at the Photo Museum in the Munich Municipal Museum. From 2002 to 2004, he directed the Kunstverein Glückstadt (PAK). He has also worked as a guest curator in the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Kunsthalle in Kiel, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Glyptothek in Munich, the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, the IVAM in Valencia, the Tokyo Art Museum and the Goethe-Institut. He has published several books, essays and critical pieces in catalogues and is also very active as a consultant, a member of juries, a seminar lecturer and public speaker. Harder publishes regular articles in such international publications as Potonews, Eikon, Aperture, Eyemazing and Art in America.
Reiner Opoku
Project

Reiner Opoku

Agent and Art advisor

reiner-opoku.com

An international contemporary art curator and dealer based in Berlin, Reiner Opoku started working with artists in the early eighties, when he first realised for himself just how much potential artists have to make the world a more stimulating and innovative place. It was with this spirit that he involved David LaChapelle in his project The Avant/Garde Diaries. As a result, he has been playing a key role in the international art market at least since 1983. Over the years, he has represented several of the contemporary age’s leading avant-garde artists, such as Georg Dokopil and Martin Kippenberger, and has created projects with artists of the calibre of Julian Schnabel, Steve McCurry, Jan Fabre, Francesco Clemente, Sigmar Polke and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. He founded and directed the St. Moritz Art Masters and was a co-founder of the Parley of the Oceans project in New York, a platform open to scientists, artists and influencers whose aim is to safeguard the oceans. Due to his activity, he has created a very extensive network of contacts, who in their turn have expanded his horizons as a curator.
Aida Muluneh
Project

Aida Muluneh

Photographer

aidamuluneh.com

Aida Muluneh was born in Ethiopia in 1974 and grew up in Yemen, the UK, Cyprus and Canada, where she moved in 1985. In 2000, she graduated from the Department of Communication at Howard University, Washington D.C., with a thesis on Cinema. After completing her studies, she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and with other publications. Her series of photographs are held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution and of the Museum of Biblical Art. In 2007, she won the European Union Prize at the Bamako Encounters – Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Mali, while in 2010 she won the CRAF International Award of Photography at Spilimbergo. Founder of the Addis Foto Fest festival of photography, she is an active curator and promoter of cultural projects, working in partnership with local and international institutions through the good offices of DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) for Africa, the structure she founded in Addis Ababa in 2010.
Spreafotografia
Project

Spreafotografia

Editorial board

spreafotografia.it

Spreafotografia is an operational division created in the framework of the publisher Sprea Editori to focus on disseminating the idiom of photography by creating communities of enthusiastic, well-informed authors and readers with a thirst for stories. Sprea Editori is the publishing group founded by Luca Sprea, who started out as an author and photojournalist working with the Italian state TV operator RAI and became a benchmark entrepreneur in publishing ventures specialising in leisure pursuits. Sprea Editori now has a catalogue of dozens of titles dedicated to photography, IT, videogames, history, travel, animals, rock music and gardening. The team heads up five of the group’s publications: IL FOTOGRAFO, N Photography, Photo Professional, Digital Camera and Professional Photoshop. The team’s members are Denis Curti (editor of IL FOTOGRAFO), Silvia Taietti (art director), Mauro Fabbri (marketing manager) and Alessandro Curti (communication manager).
Cesare Cicardini
Project

Cesare Cicardini

Photographer

cicardini.com

Born in Milan in 1969, Cesare Cicardini was five years old when his father gave him an old Voigtlander camera and he has never stopped taking photographs since that day, although every now and then he gets the urge to shoot moving pictures as well. Since taking his diploma from the Milan School of Cinema in 1997, he has worked with the Contrasto agency, capturing for posterity the images of stars of the silver screen, of art and of creativity from all over world: his portfolio brims over with shots of people of the calibre of Quentin Tarantino, Vincent Gallo, Ben Harper, Joss Stone and Benicio del Toro. He has worked with many of the most important magazines and publishing groups, as well as leading record and music publishers. His work has been shown in several art galleries in Italy and in other countries and in 2010 he was the photographer of the Campari Calendar. He is currently busy working on several artistic projects related to portraiture. He has won several honourable mentions at the Paris Photography Awards and at the International Photography Award. In addition to his work as a photographer, he now also acts as a director for several brands in the fashion industry.
Margaret Courtney-Clarke
Project

Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Photographer

margaret-courtney-clarke.com

Margaret Courtney-Clarke was born in Namibia in 1949 and received her education in both Namibia and South Africa, to then pursue further studies in art and photography in Italy and the United States. She has worked as a photojournalist for numerous international publications. In 1978 and 1979, she embarked on several photography field trips and campaigns, with the result that she was identified as a persona non grata (ungrateful person) for her opinions about the issue of apartheid. In the same year, she reacted to this measure by deciding to give up her citizenship. In 1980, she started working with the photographer David Goldblatt. In the period from 1979 to 1986, she completed several photography projects in Africa, making a documentary record of different kinds of refuge and investigating the art of African women. This work led to the publication of an immensely successful trilogy, Ndebele: The Art of an African Tribe, African Canvas and Imazighen. Between 1994 and 1999, she worked with the poetess Maya Angelou. In 2008, she went back to live in Namibia.
Lady Tarin
Project

Lady Tarin

Photographer

ladytarin.com

Born in Rimini, Lady Tarin graduated from the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts and has been working for more than ten years on photographic research into the theme of the nude and of eroticism, using the analogical technique. “Eroticism is our driving force: it is a sense of belonging. A woman who emanates eroticism is a woman who belongs to herself” is her motto. She has shown her work on the occasions of several exhibitions, including her one-woman shows Naked Steady Go at the Le Dictateur Gallery in Milan in 2011, Skin Tales at the Beattricks Gallery in Milan in 2016 and Stanze Private (Private Rooms) at the Scorza Gallery in Rimini in the same year. Her group shows include These Peanuts are Bullets at Family Business in New York in 2012, Un homme juste est quand même un homme mort at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2013 and Il nuovo vocabolario della moda italiana at the Milan Triennale in 2015. In 2014, Sky Arte shot the documentary Next Girl about her work, directed by Giovanni Troilo. Her publications include Stanze private, published by Edizioni NFC, and Le Dictatuer n. 3, published by the Tate Modern in London.

Lecturers in method

Lecturers in method

There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.

Oliviero Toscani
Method

Oliviero Toscani

Photographer

olivierotoscanistudio.com

Born in Milan in 1942, Oliviero Toscani studied photography and graphic design at the Zürich University of the Arts. An internationally renowned photographer, he produced unforgettable advertising campaigns for Fiorucci and Jesus, and from 1982 to 2000 he created the image, identity and communication strategy for United Colors of Benetton, one of the most notorious cases of iconoclasm in the history of advertising in Italy. In 1990, he devised and edited Colors, the world’s first global newspaper, and in the same year he founded Fabrica, a research centre for creativity in modern communication. Putting his unmistakeable photographic idiom to good use, he has worked with the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health on producing several social communication campaigns. Since 2007, he has been working on the Razza Umana (Human Race) photography project, which explores humanity’s different socio-cultural morphologies and characteristics.
Giovanni Pelloso
Method

Giovanni Pelloso

Historian and photography critic

giovannipelloso.Linkedin

A journalist and photography critic who writes for the ViviMilanosupplement to the leading national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Pelloso has worked on publishing projects with Mondadori Portfolio (he was the author of the piece dedicated to Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti and Angelo Cozzi), with Hachette and with Canon Italia. A co-author of the Dizionario mondiale della fotografia (Rizzoli/Contrasto, 2002), he is a contributor to the monthly magazines NPhotography and Photo Professional and is editor in chief of the long-established magazine Il Fotografo. He has held workshops and seminars about photography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples, the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia and the Contrasto agency. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of the sociology of consumption and of advertising. Working as a contract lecturer, he has been teaching and conducting research since 2005 at the Faculty of Communication Sciences and of Entertainment at the IULM University in Milan. He has been lecturing in photography at the LAO since 2013 and is an associate researcher at the Milan Civic Aquarium.  
Michele Smargiassi
Method

Michele Smargiassi

Journalist

michelesmargiassi.Repubblica.it

Born in Forlì in 1957, Michele Smargiassi works as a journalist in Bologna. He graduated in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna with a thesis discussing the transformations in town planning in Modena at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, as recorded in illustrated postcards. In 1982, he joined the staff at the daily newspaper l’Unità, then in 1989 moved to another daily newspaper, la Repubblica, where he covered society, culture and also politics. In addition to pieces for exhibitions, catalogues, magazines and collective volumes, prefaces and after-words, articles for specialised and cultural magazines, he has also published Un’autentica bugia. La fotografia, il vero, il falso (Contrasto, 2009); Donne di questo mondo with Uliano Lucas (Diabasis, 2003); Lo specchio d'inchiostro with Ghigo Roli (Artioli, 1999); Italiani a tavola with Uliano Lucas and Guido Vergani (Mazzotta, 2003); Ora che ci pensoLa storia dimenticata delle cose quotidiane(Dalai, 2011) and the essay La famiglia fotogenica for the Annali della Storia d’Italia (Einaudi, 2004). In 2015, he published the essay Bugie dell’elocutioin the compendium DeriveApprodi Etica e fotografia edited by Raffaella Perna and Ilaria Schiaffini for the publisher DeriveApprodi.
Silvia Stabile
Method

Silvia Stabile

Lawyer

silviastabile.Linkedin

An expert in the law applied to art and cultural heritage, Silvia Stabile is currently a member of the Focus Team in art and cultural heritage and private clients at BonelliErede. She has worked in important Italian and international legal offices, focusing on art and intellectual property, and has taken care of several important operations in the areas of luxury goods, fashion and design. A contract professor in the Law of Art in the Masters course in Promoting Tourism and Managing Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna and in Milan, she lectures in Managing and exploiting family artistic heritage at the AIFO, the Academy of the Italian Association of Family Officers, and the Law of art and of cultural heritage in the Masters in Economy and management of art and cultural heritage run by the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The author of numerous books and articles about the law of art and author’s rights, she contributes to the leading publications in the field, including Il Giornale dell’Arte, Insideart, Art Economy and the Plus24 supplement to Il Sole 24 Ore.
Roberta Maddaloni
Method

Roberta Maddaloni

Executive coach

robertamaddaloni.Linkedin

From 2001 to 2014, Roberta Maddaloni was a project co-ordinator in Mida. She continued her studies after her degree in psychology from the University of Parma in 2013 by completing an advanced training course in counselling at the European Academy in Florence in the next year. She has worked as a training consultant with Doctors&doula, TrasformAzione, CFA and Execo - The Human Side and she is a professional counselor accredited with the CNCP – Italian National Professional Counsellors’ Association. An expert in storytelling applied to professional contexts, she uses transactional analysis as a tool for training and her consultancy work. She designs and conducts training plans for developing the potential and definition of action plans and provides tools for triggering and implementing significant changes aimed towards achieving individual and corporate well-being. The issues she primarily works with are change as opportunity, implementing motivation, the effectiveness of relations, emotional intelligence, effective communication, negotiation, processes of orientation and the balance of skills.
Massimiliano Pappalardo
Method

Massimiliano Pappalardo

Executive coach

massimilianopappalardo.Linkedin

After graduating in philosophy, Massimiliano Pappalardo took a Masters in management control and started his career with Auchan, becoming a branch manager. He later directed Milan Polytechnic’s Città Studi university campus, then the campus of the San Raffaele Vita-Salute (Life and Health) University, working in close contact with Don Luigi Verzé. He has worked with the Italian singer Carmen Consoli on the lyrics of several songs, especially for her album L’eccezione (2002). A philosopher, trainer, counselor and life coach, he has written many articles on blogs and websites covering philosophy, current affairs and literature and has a long-standing partnership with the Giorgio Gaber Foundation, promoting its thinking in both universities and schools. He has founded several magazines, including Un sorso in più with Carmen Consoli. A scholar and promoter of the culture of change in business and of the focal importance of the individual in corporate organisations, he has been taking an interest in mindfulness, resonant leadership, habits and responsibility.
Emanuele Baj Rossi
Method

Emanuele Baj Rossi

Executive coach

emanuelebajrossi.Linkedin

Emanuele Baj Rossi joined Cegos in 2007 as an expert consultant and has remained there ever since, now working in human resources and general management. After graduating in education and training sciences from Milan’s Università Cattolica in 2008, he went on to take a Masters in systemic neuro-linguistic programming. A trainer and executive coach, he has developed on issues of adult education and curated a programme to develop on models of leadership in multinational organisations. A certified FranklinCovey lecturer, his areas of expertise are designing and providing training courses in fields of behaviour (communication, public speaking, problem-solving and time management), management (leadership and the fundamentals of management) and the FranklinCovey method (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). In 2014, he was interviewed by Italy’s leading daily Corriere della Sera about how important it is for women to say “no” at work. In 2017, he published the book Obiettivi solidi in una società liquida (Solid aims in a liquid society).
Gianfranco Mele
Method

Gianfranco Mele

Executive coach

gianfrancomele.Linkedin

Gianfranco Mele graduated in economics and commerce, accounting and finance from the University of Turin and has worked with Costa Crociere, Baker Tilly Consulaudit and Nexto. He is a qualified public accountant, belongs to the Turin Board of Certified Public Accountants and is a legal auditor with an office in Turin. He has worked as an expert in the subject of planning and control at the Asti campus of the University of Turin. Along with his work as a traditional tax advisor, he now also does management consultancy in the fields of corporate organisation, management control, reporting and corporate finance and financial auditing. His clients include several leading Italian firms and multinationals. Since December 2011, he has been the only certified Italian lecturer in finance with the BMW Group. He also lectures in economics, finance & control and taxation at the ISTUD Foundation, one of Italy’s most prestigious business schools. His students appreciate his ability to explain the intricacies of balance sheets and corporate management clearly and effectively.

Firms

Firms

In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.

Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.


Monday Talks

Monday talk

Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.