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30 - 02 August

JEAN-CHRISTIAN BOURCART

FINDING ONE’S PHOTOGRAPHIC LANGUAGE

30 July - 2 August

Individual financing rate: 680 euros

Subscribe to the workshop

FABRICE COURTHIAL & LOÏC COLOMB
STAGE@RENCONTRES-ARLES.COM 
+33(0)490 967 606

This workshop aims to help photographers refine their creative language and deepen their personal investment. They will explore their desires, passion, personal and intimate stories, obsessions and discoveries, revealing what is specific to us and what will make their photography relevant, sincere and singular.

After a first stage of experimenting, thinking and sharing, Jean-Christian Bourcart will help participants complete individual projects, focusing on the elements of photographic syntax, framing, lighting, the relationship to the subject, rhythm and distance through trial and error until coherent, innovative series emerge.
Decisions based on habit or preconceived ideas will be avoided as much as possible. 

This intensive four-day course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the creative process by grasping opportunities to try new forms.


JEAN-CHRISTIAN BOURCART
Jean-Christian Bourcart studied at E.T.P.A. Toulouse before joining the Rapho agency in 1990 as a portraitist and specialist in intimate subjects. His work has been exhibited at major museums and international festivals, including the Rencontres d’Arles in 2008 and 2009, Centre Culturel Français in Phnom Penh, Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris and International Photo Exhibition in Shanghai. He won the World Press Photo award in 1991, Prix du Jeu de paume in 2007, Prix Niepce in 2010 and Prix Nadar in 2011. His photographs are in the collections of MOMA in New York and the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, M.E.P. and M.A.M.C.O. in Geneva. He is represented by the VU’ gallery in Paris and the BANKS gallery in Shanghai.
www.jcbourcart.com

CONTENT:
- Presentation of the profession of photographer
- Analysis of the participant's previous work
- Definition of a personal project
- Individual and collective photo sessions
- Analysis of the pictures taken, editing, and building of a unified, convincing series
- Final one-to-one interview

BRING:
- 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
- Clothing, bag, shoes, etc. appropriate for spending several hours outdoors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
- Number of participants: 6 to 12
- Begins: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday
- Ends: 7:00 p.m. on Friday
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena

GOALS:
- Learn the various steps involved in creating a photo series
- Develop a point of view based on a selection of photographs

TEACHING METHOD
- Taught by an instructor and an assistant

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

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

FORMALISATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE
- End-of-course certificate