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15 - 19 July

BERTRAND MEUNIER

What we no longer see

15 July - 19 July

Individual financing rate: 780 euros

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Online registration

Fabrice Courthial & Loïc Colomb
stage@rencontres-arles.com
+33(0)490 967 606

Participants in this five-day course will explore the city, its fringes and its residents alongside Bertrand Meunier. Urban or rural areas chosen by the Rencontres d’Arles team will be the setting and pretext for them to develop their own styles.

Daily discussions, exchanges and teamwork encompassing different, unique points of view will help them tell a story about the city, its suburbs, and the people who live and work there. The focus will be on ordinary, everyday life out of the media spotlight. Daily life is just about the same everywhere. It is all around us, but no longer seen. This ordinariness does not rule out powerful, meaningful, photographs that raise questions, sharpen our vision and speak poetically about what is around us and makes our societies tick.

Bertrand Meunier will guide participants every step of the way, from scouting locations to editing and finalizing a series, addressing specific points relating in particular to the composition of an image, which stands alone at first.
Then, experimenting and working by trial-and-error, participants will put together several photographs that tell a story, a narrative born in a specific place and time yet has something universal about it.

This exciting approach will also focus on how to meet people, assess the amount of time available and size up the environment. The shots and, consequently, what is shown, will depend on specific little things.

BERTRAND MEUNIER
Bertrand Meunier and filmmakers use similar methods: a long scouting process followed by writing for a series of images and arranging them into sequences. He prefers subjective, often dreamlike intent to raw information. In the late 1990s, he documented industrial China, visiting the country several times in the course of a decade. The result, which he called “Erased”, shows how the State reorganized workers’ lives—and how those lives disintegrated in a dark, tormented world. Using the same approach, in 2003 he began a series on Pakistan, a global flashpoint, exploring its fringes and tensions. Then, for four years, he focused his documentary approach on an intimate subject, his father’s illness. The outcome was “L’homme éloigné”. A 2009 residency in Sète awakened his desire to work in France. For several years, he explored his home country, region by region, with a critical eye. Fascinated by places in crisis, Bertrand ponders their future, and ours.
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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
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Number of participants: 6 to 12
- Begins: 10:00 a.m. on Monday
- Ends: 6:30 p.m. on friday
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena
GOAL
- 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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Number of participants: 6 to 12
- Begins: 10:00 a.m. on Monday
- Ends: 6:30 p.m. on friday
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena

GOAL
- 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