At first, the emphasis will be on technical and pragmatic matters. Then, the approach will address participants’ intentions and ability to improvise, remain open to opportunities and cope with unexpected challenges. A portrait’s success depends on the photographer’s capacity to turn an idea into reality, whether it springs from his or her imagination or was commissioned by a client.
Portraits must seek to express a sensibility while remaining faithful to pre-determined conditions.
Surprising, attracting, attesting, intriguing, deconstructing and capturing the imagination will be the bywords guiding participants as they work on their portraits. Like a collective or an editorial board, they will discuss the projects underway and question the images’ relationships with each other, with a text or a news topic, and explore connections with their uses and presentation methods.FRÉDÉRIC STUCIN
Frédéric Stucin studied at Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière. In 2002, he started working on a regular basis with the French daily Libération. His pictures have been widely published in the French press: Les Inrocks, Le Monde, Madame Figaro, Grazia, Express Styles and Technikart. At the same time, Frédéric works for communication agencies. He is also pursuing a more personal black and white street photography project in the United States, an avowed nod to such great American masters as Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Harry Callahan.fredericstucin.com
Portrait photography requires constantly adapting to many constraints. The receptiveness, mood and desire of the person being photographed set the tone. Success also depends on the setting’s size, use, texture and lighting. In the field and over the course of discussions, Frédéric Stucin will share his experiences, solutions and tips to help students overcome many hurdles and master the often-brief instant of an encounter.