This will be a unique experience aimed at investigating the participant's personal relationship to photography and the world, under the expert eye of Alberto García-Alix.
In the course of several days you will undertake personal research into your practice, vision, and photographic reference points. The process and themes chosen by each participant will take place within the context of the utmost creative freedom--whether anchored in real life or completely dream-based, focused on the other or internally. A process evolves that derives from a true, personal commitment, in which the photographer explores the image during every waking moment.
Daily, the progress of each participant's work will be scrutinized through the prism of a certain metaphysics of the image, a close study of the way in which the photographs shot are perceived, in order to refine and deepen the ongoing practice. Each shot or image-association will be shifted beyond its immediate visuals to inhabit a larger context, sensual, historical, political ... in order to judge its relevance.
Intense work, coming close to obsession and courting doubt, will allow you to achieve a new way of looking at your photographic praxis.
WORKSHOP CONTENT :
- introduction to the trade of photography
- analysis of pre-existing work and evaluation of skill level
- orientation and definition of viewpoint and also of a personal theme or subject
- daily shooting sessions
- daily individual and collective analysis of the previous day's work
- study of various photographic traditions in reference to individual projects
- exit 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. Film is not provided.
- Participants working with digital material may choose to bring a memory stick, external hard drive and/or a laptop computer for storing their images.
PHOTOGRAPHER'S BIOGRAPHY :
Alberto García-Alix is a self-taught photographer who started working in 1976 and is today considered one of the 'greatest contemporary Spanish photographers'. In 1999 he received the National Photography Prize awarded by the Spanish Culture Ministry, and the Photo España prize in 2003. In addition to fulfilling numerous commissions for portraits of musicians and celebrities, he works on fashion assignments and is published in prestigious magazines (Vogue, Vanity Fair). His work is shown in museums and collections, for example the Reina Sofia in Madrid, and at numerous exhibitions and galleries abroad; it was notably featured at Rencontres d'Arles in 2007.