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09 - 13 August


Down by the river: between imagination and reality

09 - 13 August
5 jours

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

Online registration

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

Participants in this exceptional course will visit a wide range of places every day to tell a story oscillating between the real and the imaginary.

Their explorations will converge on the Rhône in Arles, the Camargue and nearby villages, where the multifaceted river will be a pretext to experiment with photography.

Participants will consider the industrial ruins, residential area, riverbanks reshaped by human activity and preserved natural spaces they visit as full-fledged subjects, the backdrop of a personal, intimate narrative or just a pretext to meet people.

Shooting, editing and exchanging ideas on alternate days will help them find a theme and build a series.

Depending on the surroundings, participants will have many approaches open to them. They will be able to unleash their imaginations to create subtle stagings allowing them to express a personal view of the world.

The aim of this immersion in the delta will be to go beyond a mere series of images and create a coherent body of work expressing a sensibility, meaning, pace and progression.

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.
Agency : Vu'

- Discussions about the participant's earlier work
- Collective trips out of the town with the instructor- Realization of a personal project
- Individual photography sessions
- First selections and file management on computer
- Editing sessions with the insctructor
- Building of a personal and unified series
- Discussion as assessment of the workshop

- 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
- Number of participants: 6 to 12
- Begins: 10:00 a.m. on Monday
- Ends: 7:00 p.m. on  Friday (it followed by an exhibition until 9:30 pm)
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena
- Access : stairs. 3 floors.
- Learn the various steps involved in creating a photo series
- Develop a point of view based on a selection of photographs
- Teaching staff : a professional photographer instructor, helped by an assistant from 6 attenders
- Logistic staff to facilitate shooting sessions (places, material, contacts…)
- Workshop held in both French and English :
Collective parts in French with a translation for non-French speakers.
One-to-one interviews could be in English.
- Mac computers
- Contact prints (6x4 in.)
- Studios with various accessories
- Lightening set up (Flashs, LED, Fresnel…)
- Digital camera (on demand)
- A photo library (app. 500 references)
- Private end-of-course interview and evaluation
- The instructor continuously evaluates the personal series
- Oral end-of-course evaluation
- End-of-course certificate

Dernière mise à jour : 24 June 2021