15 - 19 April


Portrait: the field of possibilities

15 - 19 April
5 jours

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

Tous public


Fabrice Courthial & Marie Couteux
+33(0)490 967 606

This exciting course focuses on practice, a personal search and simple, sincere, open, adapted discussions allowing everybody to find his or her own portrait-making method.

Yann Rabanier will offer three main areas to work on: light, framing and the model’s direction. The first sessions will focus on each one relatively separately, setting out certain preferences, experimenting with new distances and imagining fresh approaches. Depending on the first successes, surprises and, sometimes, dead-ends, Mr. Rabanier will quickly establish a personal combination of the above-mentioned areas with each participant and define the principles of writing. The approaches can be very different, focusing, with an economy of means, on the model and his or her face and expressions or, on the contrary, experimenting with a body’s posture, compositions and unusual sources of light.

these stimulating choices will act as cursers pointing to the fields of possibilities opened up by making portraits.

From day to day, alternating between shooting and editing, participants will create a series of portraits, which, in addition to the persons photographed, will bring out the photographer’s choices and singularity.

Lives and works in Paris. Yann Rabanier studied graphic arts and music before discovering photography at the age of 23 and graduating from the ETPA photography school in Toulouse three years later. Since then, his portraits have regularly appeared in the national and international press: Télérama, Libération, New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Vanity Fair, D la Republica, Der Spiegel, l'Express, Madame Figaro, Les Inrockuptibles, ES Magazine, Les Echos, etc. They were shown at Paris Photo in 2009 and the Vannes festival in 2018 and projected at the Rencontres d'Arles from 2009 to 2016.

Website: www.yannrabanier.com
Represented by : Modds
Interview vidéo : Cheese by KONBINI

- Study and analysis of the participant's previous works
- Collective shooting
- Selections and critical analysis of the photographs taken
- Daily photo sessions.
- Creation of a series and preparation of a final exhibition.

- A selection of around 30 images attesting to your practice (preferably on paper/format of your choice)
- Your camera, charger and cables
- 2 or 3 memory cards
- A Mac-compatible hard drive or your computer if you wish

- Number of participants: 6 to 10
- Begins: 10:00 am on Monday
- Ends: 19:00 on Thursday, it followed by an exhibition until 9:00 pm
- Time schedule on other days: 09:30 - 12:30 ; 2pm - 6pm 
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena

- Analysis and selection of photographs
- Build-up an adapted photographic device

- 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
- Oral end-of-course evaluation

- End-of-course certificate
Dernière mise à jour : 29 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
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture