12 - 16 August


Around the river: a sensitive exploration

12 - 16 August
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

Online registration

Fabrice Courthial & Marie Couteux
+33(0)490 967 606

The main goal of this five-day course will be to create a series based on each participant’s sensibility and desires. In order to achieve it, Claudine Doury will offer a simple method based mainly on experimentation and the freedom to try new things. 

Starting out with an idea, a desire or a personal story, participants will explore without holding back, seeking a distance and a style until finding its running thread. Once identified, guidelines and possible offshoots will allow them to pursue their work with intentions and delimited elements, which they will then capture, develop or completely compose.

Participants will take pictures, but some may rely mainly on already existing photographs. Editing sessions will be key to giving the narrative a direction, keeping some photographs, discarding others, combining them, specifying and trying again.

Starting out with a surrounding or personal reality, the way the subject is approached will be open to many avenues that could be partly orientated by the work of photographers, visual artists and directors. Participants can use fiction, theatre and intervention, as long as it lets them express a personal worldview.

Claudine Doury has been a member of the Vu agency since 1991. Before becoming a photographer, she was a picture editor for the Gamma agency, then the Contact agency in New York and Libération, the Paris daily. Her photographic work on people and their everyday lives has earned her the top prizes: the Niépce Prize (2004), the Leica Oskar Barnack Prize (1999), the World Press Nature and Environment Stories award (1999), and the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs prize (1996). She works for many different magazines and has published a number of books including Artek, un Eté en Crimée (La Martinière), Peuples de Sibérie (Seuil) , Loulan Beauty (Editions du Chêne) and Sasha (Le Caillou Bleu). Often on a large scale, her projects are exhibited regularly; "Beyond the Steppes" was presented at the 2006 Rencontres d'Arles as part of Raymond Depardon's "fellow travellers" category and Sasha, presented at Galerie In Camera, in Paris. www.claudinedoury.com
Agency : Vu'

Face-to-face training
Location: historic center of Arles
Mobility: stairs to access the building and for several interior rooms (contact us)
Number of participants: between 6 and 10 people
Start of the photo course on the first day: 10:00 a.m.
End of the photo course on the last day: 7:00 p.m. followed by a group presentation until 9:00 p.m.
Hours on other days: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Possibility to bring your meal and eat on site during the lunch break

Daily shooting
Selection session on computer and/or reading draw
Study and analysis of the photographs taken
Daily reflections and discussions to define the characteristics of a personal approach
Analysis of the different central stages of a photographic production
“Final editing” session in order to produce a homogeneous series
Finalization of a series on digital file, printed then hung

Understand different stages of producing a photographic series:
- Take photos;
- Finalize a “coherent” set of digital photographs on a reporting theme: editing, printing and distribution of the series during the end-of-training exhibition.

See the list of prices, which depend on length and type of financial aid. Request an estimate.

After receipt of the registration and self-positioning form, a telephone or message exchange can be carried out. Registration is definitively validated after acceptance of the training contract and receipt of the 30% deposit after a 14-day withdrawal period.

Supervision by a professional trainer/photographer
The trainer reads the registration and self-positioning form in advance in order to adapt the process and the means to the objectives.

Mac computer stations / card reader
Video projector
Flash and LED lighting on request
Hybrid digital camera on request
A library of photographic works

2 memory cards (to keep your photos)
Possibly hard drive (mac compatible) or your computer if you wish
Interview and individualized assessment upon entry into training
Carrying out practical exercises continuously evaluated by the trainer
Oral assessment at the end of training

Certificate of end of training

Presence of stairs to access the training location, certain classrooms and shooting locations. Currently, no access ramp or elevator. Whether you are recognized as having a disability or not, we are at your disposal for any information, and will do everything possible to facilitate your welcome.

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Siret: 309 952 489 000 32
Activity declaration number: 93 13 002 55 13
Marie Couteux & Marion Brun stage@rencontres-arles.com
+33(0) 490 967 606 >rencontres-arles.com/workshops

Dernière mise à jour : 21 February 2024
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
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    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
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