13 - 17 May


A story of sensitivity: from shooting to editing

13 - 17 May
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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

Drawing on her multiple experiences as a photographer but also as a curator, Marie Sordat will accompany each and everyone with expertise and kindness in the construction of a personal photographic ensemble.

It will be largely a question of sensitivity, of the relationship to what surrounds us but also of the relationship we have with photography. A step that will allow us to specify our desires, our stakes, and our personal objectives that will guide us throughout the day.

The approaches can be very diverse, turned towards the outside, the street, the others, the city, the spaces around, but also largely directed towards one’s own history, one’s own obsessions.

After having defined a certain amount of expectations and photographic intentions, the process will go through sessions of shooting to experiment, find one's distance, validate aesthetic choices and sometimes leave one's "comfort zone".

These moments will be systematically followed by editing and exchange sessions to cross the glances, to confront the perceptions and to select the photographs which will be used as references for the following shots.

This alternation of sessions will allow to refine little by little a coherent set of photographs which will be printed and showed the last day.

This last step will also allow us to address certain questions related to the way to present our work in the form of a hanging. It will then be a question of rhythm, correspondence, breathing, title, format... The series will be approached in a new perspective giving rise to certain adjustments.

Those wishing to do so will be able to work only on photographs taken before the workshop. The work will then focus on editing and various perspectives of diffusion.

Marie Sordat
Photographer, curator and photography teacher, Marie Sordat lives and works in Brussels. Her work has been shown at many festivals, galleries and museums around the world, from Japan to Mexico, and is also regularly published in catalogs, books or magazines. Her first monograph Empire was published in Yellow Now editions in 2015, Nada is her second, published in 2021 by Le Mulet editions. Her photographs are part of the Belgian and French national collections: in 2012, her series Motherland joined the BNF and was selected by the jury of the Virginia Prize.

As a curator, she has collaborated with the ISELP, the Espace Contretype or the Musée du Botanique for which she directed the exhibition EYES WILD OPEN as well as the catalog published by Editions André Frère. She also teaches film and digital photography at INSAS, and is a member of numerous school juries.

Website : Marie Sordat
Fisheye : Ce rien qui fait tout
Eyes Wild Open, interview video
Podcast Vice Versa : Entre violence et douceur avec Marie Sordat 

- Learn the different steps involved in producing a photo series: taking pictures.
- Finalize a coherent group of digital photographs on a personal theme: editing, printing and holding an end-of-course exhibition.

- Daily shoots
- Selection on a computer and/or on a reading print
- Study and analysis of the photographs made
- Daily reflections and discussions to define the characteristics of a personal approach
- Analysis of the key steps involved in making a photograph
- Final editing session to make a homogenous series
- Finalization of a series on a digital file, printing and hanging.

Anyone wanting to hone their photography skills. Amateur or professional photographers. People working in or studying photography, communication, journalism, architecture, etc. Professionals wanting to explore a new area or technique.

See the list of prices, which depend on length and type of financial aid. Request an estimate.

- A selection of about 30 pictures attesting to your practice (preferably on paper/format of your choice). Strongly advised to get to know your teacher
- Your camera with charger, batteries, etc. (free loan available on request)
- 2 memory cards (to keep your photos)
- If possible, a Mac-compatible hard drive or your computer if you want to.

- Face-to-face course
- Location: historic center near the arena
- Mobility: staircase to access the building and several rooms (contact us)
- Number of participants: 8 to 12
- Starts 10am on the first day
- Ends 7pm on the last day, followed by a presentation of the work until 9pm
- Times on the other days: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm
- Participants can bring their own lunch and eat it on site during the afternoon break.

Basic knowledge of computers and handling a camera are advised.
None. After the registration and self-positioning form are received, a phone interview or exchange of messages could take place. Validation after the 14-day right of withdrawal period.

After the registration and self-positioning form are received, a phone interview or exchange of messages could take place. Registration is definitively validated 14 days (right of withdrawal period) after acceptance of the training contract and receipt of the 30% deposit.

- Led by an instructor/professional photographer (accompanied by an assistant if there are more than 9 participants)
- The instructor takes note of the registration and self-positioning form beforehand in order to adapt the course and means to the goals.

- Mac computers/card reader
- Video projector
- Flash and Led lighting on request
- A hybrid digital camera
- A photo library (app. 500 works)

- Interview and individual evaluation when the course starts
- Performance of practical exercises continuously evaluated by the instructor
- Oral evaluation at the end of the course.

- Certificate of completion

Whether or not you are recognized as disabled, we are at your disposal for any information and will do our best to support you, adapt the content, supports and pace and make your participation easier.
For more information please contact Fabrice Courthial at

document update > nov 2023
Dernière mise à jour : 29 March 2024
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