01 - 02 July

Fabienne PAVIA


01 - 02 July
1,5 jour (10 h)

Individual financing rate: 290 euros

Online registration

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

Participants in this dense one-and-a-half-day course will create a personal series with an eye towards developing it into a possible book. They will bring photographs from which Fabienne Pavia will help them select images designed for the book form. The goals will be to lay the groundwork for a photographic narrative, define a framework and confirm the relationships, interactions or tensions between the images while integrating pauses and breaths.

This will be followed by a discussion of the ground rules governing book design: a set of structuring modules that shape the vision for the series. The focus will be format, beautiful pages and false pages, rhythm, blended or not, the place of the text, the importance of a title, etc. The decisions will then be quickly tested on a dummy book allowing them to validate some editorial choices and discriminatingly approach a self-publication or a contact with a publisher.

Fabienne Pavia will share her 20 years of experience as director of ÉDITIONS LE BEC EN L’AIR, which has published nearly 250 books.

Participants must bring:
A series of 80 photographs (at the most) and, if possible, a short presentation on paper (simple) and corresponding digital files in jpeg format.

Fabienne Pavia was a magazine journalist before turning to publishing, first as a writer and freelance editor for various houses. In 1999 she started Le Bec en l’air, a publishing company focusing on photography. For several years, she has taught photo publishing courses and workshops on a regularly basis and co-directed a literary festival in Marseille in which images play a key role.

Based in Marseille, Le Bec en l'air has published nearly 250 titles. The editorial line strikes a balance between image and text, photography and writing, contemporary layout and author’s photographs.

Over time, the catalogue has been enhanced with various kinds of photography that are nevertheless editorially cogent: photography as a tool to question the contemporary world, whether the concerns are documentary, aesthetic or private.

In 2015 Le Bec en l'air won the prix Nadar for Algérie, clos comme on ferme un livre ? by Bruno Boudjelal.

Le Bec en l'air publishes several festival catalogues, including Circulation(s) and ImageSingulières. In 2017 it published the catalogue of the national photography commission “La jeunesse en France” coordinated by the CNAP and CéTàVOIR.


- Photographs, portfolio, press book, etc...
- An external storage support compatible with Mac OS or a laptop computer for storing projects
- Language : depends on the audience (possibility of traduction during the workshop)
- Number of participant : from 5 to 12
- Starting time: the workshop begins at 9:30 A.M.
- Ending time: the workshop ends at 6:30 pm, it followed by an exhibition until 9:30 pm
- Venue: historical centre of Arles, near the arenas

- A selection of around 80 images testifying to your practice (preferably on paper / format of your choice)
- Digital files in good definition of 1 to 3 complete series(es).
- a USB key with a wide selection of files to possibly complete the series, possibly text and graphic elements
- possibly a hard drive (mac compatible) or your computer if you wish

- Language : depends on the audience (possibility of traduction during the workshop)
- Number of participant : from 6 to 10
- Starting time: the workshop begins on Monday at 2.00pm

- Ending time: the workshop ends on Tuesday at 7.00 pm
- Venue: historical centre of Arles, near the arenas

- Taught by an instructor and an assistant 

Workshop held in both French and English :
- Collective parts in French with a translation for non-French speakers.
- One-to-one interviews could be in English.

- Mac computers
- A photo library (app. 500 references)
- Various kinds of lighting systems, studio accessories, tripod, etc. 

- Private end-of-course interview and evaluation 
- The instructor continuously evaluates the personal series 
- Oral end-of-course evaluation 

- End-of-course certificate

Dernière mise à jour : 03 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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    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture