15 - 19 July


Portrait: Poetry and intimacy

15 - 19 July
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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

Over the days, step by step, Laura Stevens will guide everyone in the creation of a coherent series with the portrait as a common thread. A fascinating work which will combine research on aesthetic and technical aspects such as light, colors, retouching and areas of substance, focusing on the vulnerability of the model, narration and poetry.

A course that will seek to make visible what we do not immediately see but which is felt, sought, breathed, built little by little, often through trial and error. Thus, it will be a question of sensitivity, of emotions, of the person who takes the photographs as well as of the person opposite, placed in front of the lens. 

A quest for the intimate, which will be woven with the model, on the thread, in tension, exploring the slightest looks, movements, postures, breathing. In this dialogue with others, it is through personal choices, distance and light that a certain poetry will be born, shaped by an atmosphere, mysteries and a certain romanticism.

An approach which will be built by working and specifying the pictoriality of each photograph, by intervening in small touches on the files. Day after day, the photographs taken will respond to each other, coming together to compose a coherent, refined whole, retaining the essentials.

The achievements of each and everyone will then be presented in the form of an exhibition on the last day.

Laura Stevens, born in 1977, is British. She lives and works in Paris.

The sensitive work of Laura Stevens immerses us in a cinematographic universe in which each character seems to be the hero of a poetic intrigue.
She transports them with grace, and freezes them in an interrupted action, architect of a light which reminds us of that of Flemish painting.
Her work has been exhibited in France and abroad in museums, galleries and festivals, including the Clampart Gallery in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London and Art Palm Beach. She also participated in residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Campo Air in Uruguay. His photographs are published in The British Journal of Photography, Wired, Variety, The Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Madame Figaro, Libération and Telerama. She is represented by the modds photography agency and Galerie Miranda in Paris. Laura Stevens is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Brighton.



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: 10:00am
End of the photo course on the last day: 7:00pm followed by a group presentation until 9:00pm
Hours on other days: 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
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 : 17 May 2024
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    • République Française
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    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
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