22 - 26 July



22 - 26 July
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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

Five exceptional days which will allow you to explore territories in order to deliver a unique vision. Participants will be able to focus their attention on areas of great diversity located near Arles, in particular small towns on the Mediterranean coast and ponds to the south-east of the city.

The challenge will be to compose a coherent set of photographs testifying to a personal point of view which avoids “expected” images, regardless of the spaces covered. Over the days, the discussions, the editing sessions, the rigorous and stimulating monitoring of Bertrand Meunier, everyone will look for a common thread, define a distance, a bias.

Initially, the photographs taken will each be approached in a relatively autonomous manner, focusing on very specific points which are linked in particular to the composition of an image, to a certain poetry, to a force that emerges from it.

Subsequently, by trial and error, by experimentation, it will be a question of assembling several photographs, of finding the writing which will allow us to tell a singular story. His history. A narrative born in a moment, in a territory, but which carries within it something universal, tells what surrounds us, questions our societies.

This exciting approach will also focus on the way of meeting people, understanding the time available, the present environment... A set of small concrete things which will condition the shots and therefore what we will show. .

The last day will allow us to finalize a series which will be presented in the form of an exhibition at the beginning of the evening.

Self taught, Bertrand Meunier bought his first camera in 1993 and went on an “apprenticeship” for several years in South East Asia and Mexico.
Since 1997, he has been drawing a picture of contemporary China which is far from its conventional image, intent on showing the reality behind the economic miracle, the hidden face of the country: the demolition of industrial zones in the north
(awarded the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize in 2001), the transformations of the peasant world, the destruction of ancient parts of Pekin, people who suffer from AIDS because they sold some blood, suppressed into silence by corrupt authorities…
In 2005, his book Le sang de la Chine, quand le silence tue (the blood of China, when silence kills), done in collaboration with the journalist Pierre Haski, was awarded the International Media Prize and the Joseph Kessel Prize.
Beside his ongoing research project in China, he has made many documentaries throughout the world, inspired by his wanderings and investigations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Argentina, Peru, Syria, Iran: territories which have known havoc, in which he examines the traumas and explores the areas long since ignored.

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 : 07 June 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
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
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    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
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