22 - 26 July


Finding one's photographic language

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

This workshop aims to help photographers refine their creative language and deepen their personal investment. They will explore their desires, passion, personal and intimate stories, obsessions and discoveries, revealing what is specific to us and what will make their photography relevant, sincere and singular.

After a first stage of experimenting, thinking and sharing, Jean-Christian Bourcart will help participants complete individual projects, focusing on the elements of photographic syntax, framing, lighting, the relationship to the subject, rhythm and distance through trial and error until coherent, innovative series emerge.
Decisions based on habit or preconceived ideas will be avoided as much as possible. 

This intensive five-day course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the creative process by grasping opportunities to try new forms.

Jean-Christian Bourcart studied at E.T.P.A. Toulouse before joining the Rapho agency in 1990 as a portraitist and specialist in intimate subjects. His work has been exhibited at major museums and international festivals, including the Rencontres d’Arles in 2008 and 2009, Centre Culturel Français in Phnom Penh, Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris and International Photo Exhibition in Shanghai. He won the World Press Photo award in 1991, Prix du Jeu de paume in 2007, Prix Niepce in 2010 and Prix Nadar in 2011. His photographs are in the collections of MOMA in New York and the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, M.E.P. and M.A.M.C.O. in Geneva. He is represented by the VU’ gallery in Paris and the BANKS gallery in Shanghai.

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 : 05 March 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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    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
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