Using small-scale practical exercises and exploring the different stages of a personal project, Laurence Leblanc will lead participants to an understanding of their personal photographic sensibility.
A sensibility with its strong and weak points, heightened or stifled by reflexes, experiences, obsessions, etc.
The point will be not to settle for the surface of things, but rather to set our choices, wishes and way of seeing against the world around us, against the visible; and thus to make our way towards artistic consistency, meaning and affirmation of a personal style.
This kind of approach demands total commitment: during the photo sessions, by letting oneself be permeated by the setting and the people, by stubbornly searching for the right point of view and the right texture; and during the editing phase, by confronting the images with themselves, the subject and other ways of seeing.
Working on a theme chosen with Laurence Leblanc, participants will be able to take advantage of places and activities spotted in and around Arles.
Day by day they will intensify an approach that is sensitive, people-oriented and constantly in search of meaning and sensation.
WORKSHOP CONTENT :
-Presentation of the coordinators’ own work.
-Presentation of participants’ previous work.
-Individual interviews and definition of personal projects.
-Daily photo sessions in different contexts : town, environs, factories, craftspeople, farms, etc.
-Critical analysis of the photographs taken.
-Examination of each praticipant’s photographic world.
-Consideration of possible outlets.
- 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 :
Laurence Leblanc's work is regularly exhibited and is to be found in many collections.
In 2000 she was awarded the Villa Médicis Hors-Les-Murs Prize for her project on Cambodia and the Prize with Distinction at the Grand Prix Européen de la Ville de Vevey, in Switzerland.
In 2001 she took out the Kodak Prize with Distinction and in 2003 the HSBC Foundation Photography Prize.
In 2009 Seul l’air was published by Actes Sud, with the photos from the book being shown at the 40th Rencontres d'Arles in the same year.
www.laurenceleblanc.fr and www.agencevu.com