12 - 16 August


Portrait : a story line

12 - 16 August
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

All Level

Online registration

Marion Brun & Marie Couteux
+33(0)490 967 606

A photographic work can take many forms, use numerous techniques and be freely carried out or subjected to various constraints such as time, space and light. Within this endless range of possibilities, Léa Crespi will guide participants in focusing more or less on the portrait and relying on their sensitivity, meticulousness and successive choices that will lead to a personal, unique result.

The course will aim to draw an idea and, by small touches, give it an atmosphere, meaning, representation and vision. It will be a matter of bodies, distances, faces and what surrounds them: walls, light, matter, tensions, air, etc.

The portrait of the other or of oneself, finding a thread to draw the contours of one's own photograph, building, discarding, choosing, listening, finding the meaning of things.

Going beyond a successful image, the participants will work on creating a whole by alternating shooting, editing and reflection sessions. The photographs will be made into words and phrases to give them meaning and let one's desire show through.

Léa Crespi studied at the École de Photographie in Vevey, Switzerland before becoming a freelance photographer. Many dailies and magazines, including Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, L’Express, Stratégies, Technikart, Elle and PHOTO Italia, have published her highly acclaimed portraits and reportages. Her work has been shown on many occasions, including at the 2008 Rencontres d’Arles.

Son agence : pascoandco.com

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 portrait 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 : 27 February 2024
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    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
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