The main goal of this five-day course will be to create a series based on each participant’s sensibility and desires. In order to achieve it, Claudine Doury will offer a simple method based mainly on experimentation and the freedom to try new things.
Starting out with an idea, a desire or a personal story, participants will explore without holding back, seeking a distance and a style until finding its running thread. Once identified, guidelines and possible offshoots will allow them to pursue their work with intentions and delimited elements, which they will then capture, develop or completely compose. Participants will take pictures, but some may rely mainly on already existing photographs. Editing sessions will be key to giving the narrative a direction, keeping some photographs, discarding others, combining them, specifying and trying again. Starting out with a surrounding or personal reality, the way the subject is approached will be open to many avenues that could be partly orientated by the work of photographers, visual artists and directors. Participants can use fiction, theatre and intervention, as long as it lets them express a personal worldview.
Claudine Doury has been a member of the Vu agency since 1991. Before becoming a photographer, she was a picture editor for the Gamma agency, then the Contact agency in New York and Libération, the Paris daily. Her photographic work on people and their everyday lives has earned her the top prizes: the Niépce Prize (2004), the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize (1999), the World Press Nature and Environment Stories award (1999), and the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs prize (1996). She works for many different magazines and has published a number of books including Artek, un Eté en Crimée (La Martinière), Peuples de Sibérie (Seuil) , Loulan Beauty (Editions du Chêne) and Sasha ( Le Caillou Bleu). Often on a large scale, her projects are exhibited regularly; "Beyond the Steppes" was presented at the 2006 Rencontres d'Arles as part of Raymond Depardon's "fellow travellers" category and Sasha, presented at Galerie Particulière, in Paris. www.claudinedoury.com
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