The workshops were formed by an
average of ten photographers chosen by their local organizations: peasant communities,
district organizations and unions.
Those cover an area with similar issues and concerns.
workshops were constituted as organizations with their own and unique
structure. The same members had to elect leaders and internal delegates.
With this, the workshops were meant to be independent in their functioning
and, that way, TAFOS just needed to be in charge of the training
and giving support, but not of the decisions taking.
goal of this type of functioning intended to give the active members
the need to assume the chore to photograph, not as an external demand,
but an internal need in relation to their issues and concerns. Most
of the time, the workshops ran by their own, with one or maximum
two reunions a month with TAFOS. This way the members of each workshop
had to develop a personal capability to take decisions by their
workshop's methodology was very simple, in each reunion the talk
was about two specific topics: the technical teaching and the communication
tasks. All the learning about aspects concerning technique, took
place in the practice. When a new photographer joined the workshop,
he was given a fully automatic photographic camera (a Yashica T3
or a Nikon L35-AF), with minimum indications about framing, light
and film changing.
Inside his community, the photographer had to make a photographic
record of whatever he considered important in his reality. Then,
he had to hand over the processed negatives, put on a contact plate,
so the workshop could evaluate the results. There, the things the
photographer looked up in his pictures and the things he truly achieved
in the photography were discussed. A dialogue about the usage of
the camera was introduced, as well as one about the thematic contents
in the pictures. This way, the workshop started working about themes
related to the life and the reality of the members and their communities.