29 - 02 August


To build up a point of view, from shooting to editing

29 - 02 August
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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

This full-range course will help participants enrich their gaze, notably by completing a personal project in Arles or nearby that will be exhibited in a group show on the last day.
Jean-Christophe Béchet will advise and guide participants in exploring what makes their gaze unique by having them compare their work.
They will edit the photographs taken the day before and analyze study prints every day.
This key step will involve digital technology. Knowing how to choose photos is as important as shooting them.
Daily editing sessions will allow participants to bring out tangible elements. Analyzing their photographs will help them gain perspective in order to “see with others’ eyes”. They will state their intentions for future shoots, determine the right distance and make aesthetic choices—crucial steps necessary for creating connections between photographs. Sometimes, they also offer the possibility of finding paths in what at first was a matter of chance.

Taking aesthetic account of the idea of “territory”, shooting will be done in Arles, the Camargue or on the coast. Participants will exchange ideas every day and perhaps discuss technical points to better master the camera, considered here as a tool for creation. For those who wish, a midweek introduction to the "situation portrait" will be offered.

Photographic culture will take center stage with a focus on the photo book’s importance. Mr. Béchet will present his work, revealing what goes on behind the scenes of building a photographer’s oeuvre. Some Rencontres d’Arles shows may also serve as teaching aids during a group tour.

At the end of the course, participants will exhibit a cogent, homogenous series. One of the course’s goals, the show will stress the selection process, arrangement and support more than processing files. The goal is both pedagogy and conviviality.

Those who wish may have their portfolios or a small selection of prior works critiqued at the end of the course. This will be optional, especially for the least advanced photographers, as it will not be directly related to the creative process at hand.

Born in Marseille in 1964, Jean-Christophe Béchet has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. He studied economics and photography at ENSP in Arles before working as a photographer for the press, publishers and galleries. He created the special supplements section for the magazine Réponses Photo and was its editor-in-chief until 2014. Mr. Béchet develops his work a book at a time. Since Marval published “Electric’Cités” in 2002, Trans Photographic Press has come out with 15 monographs of his work, including “Tokyo Station”, “Vues n°0, un manifeste photographique”, “American Puzzle”, “Marseille Ville Natale” and “7 Carnets”. He also wrote Petite Philosophie Pratique de la Prise de vue Photographique (Créaphis). He has just published European Puzzle (Loco) and participated in several shows. Mr. Béchet is represented by “Les Douches, la Galerie” (5, rue Legouvé, Paris 10th).

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
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