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22 - 26 July


A story telling

22 July - 26 July

Individual financing rate: 780 euros

Online registration

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

This simple, sincere five-day course is based on carrying out a personal project in Arles. Participants will get a fresh start by relying on Guillaume Herbaut’s advice, tips and extensive reportage experience. The goal: to weave together the strands of a story by alternating between reflecting, shooting and carefully selecting photographs made every day.

At every step, from outlining a subject to making the final choice of photographs, the aim is to seek a coherent narrative, in form and substance, that will guide the decisions to make. This will involve moving beyond simply juxtaposing images to focus on their relationships, patterns and themes.

Participants will work on a personal theme chosen with Mr. Herbaut. It will be determined by the many opportunities Arles offers, places and chosen by the Rencontres d’Arles and each participant’s experience and goals. This exciting course will also emphasize distance, editing, shooting and aesthetic, technical and, sometimes, ethical choices. Participants will create a coherent, singular series that will be presented on the last day.

Guillaume Herbaut, born in 1970, was a founding member of l’Oeil Public. Prize-winner of the Fondation de France in 1999, he has dedicated himself for some years now to historical places, filled with symbols and memory. His work called Tchernobylsty, won the Kodak Critics Prize in 2001 and was published at Le Petit Camarguais in October 2003. Herbaut also won the Fuji Book Prize the following year. Herbaut has been a recipient of a grant from the French Ministry of Culture and 3P. Visa pour l’Image exposed his work in September 2004. The same year Herbaut was winner of the Lucien Hervé Prize. In 2009 he won the second price « contemporary issue » at the World Press Photo. Today he carries on with the aim of revealing unseen tragedies.Herbaut’s work has been exhibited in solo or part of group shows at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, at “la maison Rouge”, at Foto España and at the silverstein gallery in NY. Guillaume Herbaut has produced documentaries for French Radio and been a teacher and mentor in workshops in Russia, Spain, Switzerland and France.


- 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