The workshop days will be given over to developing one's own way of seeing, a quest for a particular and unique way to present the world through the medium of photography. Course members, under the guidance of Christopher Morris, will work on one subject out of the many and various opportunities that Arles presents. They will hone their approach over the days so that they end up with their own personal style.
The themes chosen can be very varied – rooted in the local area or more universal.
Whatever the locations, the people present, the action or even the non-action, the idea is to lay emphasis on the angle of approach, the expression of a vision that stands out from the obvious, expected treatment.
It comes down to a convergence of personal sensibility, the implications of the subject, and aesthetic and technical choices, in order to end up with a series that reflects each person's visual approach.
It will be exciting work. The thinking through and the editing sessions will be special moments when Christopher Morris will share the enormous experience he has garnered with and as a founder member of Agence VII.
WORKSHOP CONTENT :
- Introduction to photography as a profession.
- Presentation of participants' previous work
- Individual interviews and definition of personal projects
- Daily photo sessions in different contexts
- Critical analysis of the photographs taken
- Creation of a series and presentation of final exhibition
- Final one-to-one interview
- Photographs, portfolio, press book, etc., indicative of your level.
- Film and/or digital cameras: note that given the processing times required, view cameras and black and white film are excluded (films are not provided).
- Participants working with digital material can bring a memory stick, external hard drive and/or a laptop computer for storing their images.
PHOTOGRAPHER'S BIOGRAPHY :
Christopher Morris spent the first twenty years of his career as a photojournalist war reporter. He covered more than 18 conflicts everywhere in the world, including the Gulf War, the fighting in Chechenya, and in Afghanistan. He is well known for My America, which he created when he was a photographer for Time Magazine at the White House during the two mandates of George W. Bush. He is a founder member of Agence VII and has been the recipient of many awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the Visa d'Or and, several times, the World Press Photo Award.