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12 - 16 August


A documentary writing

12 August - 16 August

Individual financing rate: 780 euros

Online registration

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

This exciting experience will allow participants to keep working on their personal projects and approaches to photography after leaving Arles. Cédric Gerbehaye will give them keys to finding their own methodology and relationship to photography by sharing his large body of work, which tells stories about faraway places as well as about the lives of next-door neighbors.

Participants will complete a project in Arles, but this will be just a step, a way to put the thoughts and concepts discussed during the week into practice. The course’s actual purpose is to become fully aware of the steps upon which successful, singular documentary photography depends. Participants will connect their first intentions, locations, experiments, surroundings, time, technical choices, shots, selections, media, means of dissemination, etc. to their goals and desires. They will assess and rank different phases to design their own processes.

The project carried out in Arles will draw on the city’s excitement at this time of year and contacts pre-arranged by the Rencontres d’Arles. From day to day, participants will create a body of work that will be presented at the end of the week.

Born in Belgium in 1977, Cédric Gerbehaye, a trained journalist, chose photography as a form of writing. Between 2002 and 2006, he worked in Israel and Palestine and received two awards at the Prix Photographie Ouverte du Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi. In 2007, his Gaza: Pluies d’été won accolades at the Bayeux-Calvados war correspondents’ awards and he started traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a regular basis. The striking work he did there was eventually published in a book entitled Congo in Limbo, featured in many exhibitions and won seven international distinctions, including a World Press Photo award and the Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot Award. He next turned his gaze to South Sudan. The result was Land of Cush, which was published by Bec en l'air Editions and won the 2012 SCAM Award.
In 2013, the ImageSingulières Festival asked him to photograph the city of Sète and he published Sète#13. Since then, he has continued to explore new forms of writing and made the web documentary Broken Hopes, Oslo’s Legacy to mark the Oslo accords’ 20th anniversary. In his latest work, D’entre eux, Mr. Gerbehaye confronts his own country, developing a new writing technique fostered by contact with a place he intimately knows, where experience and memories enhance his gaze and make it even more personal.

- Introduction to the profession of photographer
- Private interview and definition of the photography project
- group analysis of participants’ previous work
- Daily shooting sessions
- Daily group and individual analysis of the shots
- Selection process aiming to create a photographic sequence
- Study of the photographs’ possible destination
- Personal 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 Monday
- Ends: 6:30 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