Photography is a multi-faceted discipline: for some it is realistic and objective, a tool for observation; for others it enables the user to venture into all kinds of aesthetic, dreamlike and poetic territory.
Grégoire Korganow offers an intermediate path, a cross-fertilisation of several approaches that addresses photography as commitment and the photographic act as, above all, a way of communicating one's own ideas, values and feelings.
Thus the photographer is the key here: the aim is to create a series conveying a personal view of the world or of one's own history. Image by image he will construct and express his photographic "I" and communicate his own vision in the light of no other truth than his own.
Once the outlines of a subject have been defined, participants will join Grégoire Korganow in putting together an appropriate work system. Thus they will have to think hard about what they want to say, so as to establish the form and guiding thread of their individual approaches.
The photo sessions may take the form of reportage or portrait sittings, to quote only two examples. Whatever the approach, the emphasis will be on expressing one's own perceptions coherently and meticulously.
The images will be treated like words. By assembling them and making use of stylistic devices, and by alternating photography and editing sessions, participants will compose a personal narrative.
- Introduction to photography as a profession.
- 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
- 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).
- A tripod 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 :
Grégoire Korganow works for many different dailies and magazines, including Libération, L'Express, Télérama, Marie-Claire, Géo, National Geographic and the New York Times.
His personal work is shown regularly: two exhibitions as the guest of Christian Lacroix at the 2008 Rencontres d'Arles; at festivals like Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan and the Aubenades de la Photographie in Aubenas; and most recently his Fathers and Sons series at the Forum des Halles in Paris.
His many books include Patagonie, histoires du bout du monde (Solar, 2004), Avoir 20 ans à Santiago du Chili and Avoir 20 ans à Cuba (Editions Alternatives, 2003 and 1998), J'étais mort (I Was Dead), a series on the SAMU, France's emergency ambulance service (Editions Le Clou dans le Fer).