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30 - 02 August


Portrait : a story line

30 July - 2 August

Individual financing rate: 680 euros

All Level

Online registration

Fabrice Courthial & Loïc Colomb
+33(0)490 967 606

Like all photographs, portraits can take many forms and be made using many techniques. The photographer is either totally free or constrained by the uses and limitations he imposes on himself, wittingly or not. Léa Crespi will guide participants through this range of endless possibilities.

They will rely on their sensibilities, proceed carefully and make choices leading to a personal, singular result. They will sketch out an idea and, emphasizing atmospheres, meanings, representations and gazes with little touches, focus on the bodies, distances, and faces and the walls, light, matter, tensions and air that surround them. The portrait is a leitmotiv to trace the outlines of one’s own photography, build, discard, choose, listen and find the meaning of things.

Participants will go beyond making a successful image and work on a series by alternating between shooting, editing and reflecting. The photographs will become words and sentences to give them meaning and allow the photographer’s desire to show through.

Léa Crespi studied at the École de Photographie in Vevey, Switzerland before becoming a freelance photographer. Many dailies and magazines, including Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, L’Express, Stratégies, Technikart, Elle and PHOTO Italia, have published her highly acclaimed portraits and reportages. Her work has been shown on many occasions, including at the 2008 Rencontres d’Arles. 
Son agence :

- Presentation of the profession of photographer.
- Individual interview and definition of a photography project.
- Analysis of participants’ previous work and assessment of their levels.
- Daily shooting sessions/technical advice.
- Daily group and individual analysis of the shots made the day before.
- Selection process to develop a photographic series.
- Narrative construction exercise based on a series of images.
- Individual end-of-course interview.­­

- 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.

- 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

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

- Taught by an instructor and an assistant

- 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