The workshop run by Tina Mérandon is more than just a way of approaching the portrait. It involves a thorough exploration of the theme of the body, considered in its guise as messenger between private and public – an electron to be snatched or that cannot be, because of walls, or empty space.
The task, blending aesthetic research and the expression of feelings through image, consists of catching the body in a place, toying with its presence and its movements in the three-dimensional environment. The relationship with the other is crucial – in order to direct them, to suggest attitudes and positions or, in a freer sense, to let them share in the construction of the image, throw off their shell and explore the many architectures of matter and of flesh.
The workshop will begin with group activities. After that Tina Mérandon will help participants develop a personal approach, using the incomparable heritage sites in Arles – Roman buildings, industrial wastelands, natural and urban public sites and the constant presence of the River Rhone.
The interactions, the fusions, the tensions that each member of the workshop creates in the construction of his or her photographs, will provide perhaps a violent, or perhaps a gentle way of coming to a unique perception of the subject, and hopefully to one's own relationship with the body in surrounding space.
WORKSHOP CONTENT :
- Presentation of the profession of photographer
- Analysis of the participant's previous work
- Definition of a personal project
- Collective exercises
- Individual photo sessions
- Analysis of the pictures taken, editing, and building of a convincing series
- Final one-to-one interview
- Photographs, portfolio, press book, etc; indicative of your level.
- Film and/or digital cameras, with tripod and flash if possible. (note that given the processing times required, view cameras and black and white film are excluded). Films are not provided.
- Tripod and/or flash if possible
- 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 :
Tina Mérandon has spent many years researching ways in which the body can be used in images – as an object of dreams, acrobatically, formatted, or desired. Her work is regularly exhibited and is in several collections, amongst which the Fond National d’Art Contemporain. She is a long-time contributor to magazines such as : Libération, le Monde, Télérama, Biba, le Monde Diplomatique, and L’Express, and has illustrated many book covers for Editions J’ai Lu, Havas Poche, Belfond, and Rivages.
Tina Mérandon is represented by Galerie Griesmar & Tamer in Paris