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19 - 23 July

BERTRAND MEUNIER

ITINERARY FOR A PERSONAL VISION

19 - 23 July
5 jours

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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Fabrice Courthial & Loïc Colomb
stage@rencontres-arles.com
+33(0)490 967 606

Participants in this five-day workshop will explore areas to offer a unique vision. Accompanied by Bertrand Meunier, they will set out from Arles every day, turning all their attention to the amazing variety of nearby spaces, especially the small towns on the Mediterranean coast and ponds southeast of the city.
Traveling through natural, industrial, urban and residential areas, in a single day they will see remarkable, unexpected sites specific to the region as well as more familiar, ordinary ones. The goal will be to compose a coherent group of photographs reflecting a personal perspective that avoids “expected” images whatever the area visited. As the days go by, discussions, editing sessions and Mr. Meunier’s careful, stimulating advice will help everyone find a leitmotiv, select a distance and develop a point of view.
At first, the photographs will be considered on a relatively autonomous basis, stressing very specific points relating to composition, a certain poetry and the strength they radiate.
Then, experimenting and feeling their way forward, participants will string several photographs together, finding a narrative to tell a unique story that is born in a specific place at a specific time but nevertheless expresses something universal, describes what surrounds us and questions our society.
This exciting approach will also cover how to meet people, assess the amount of time available and evaluate the setting. A group of specific little things determines the shots and, consequently, what will be shown.
The last day will focus on finalizing a series that will be presented at an early-evening exhibition.

BERTRAND MEUNIER
Self taught, Bertrand Meunier bought his first camera in 1993 and went on an “apprenticeship” for several years in South East Asia and Mexico.
Since 1997, he has been drawing a picture of contemporary China which is far from its conventional image, intent on showing the reality behind the economic miracle, the hidden face of the country: the demolition of industrial zones in the north
(awarded the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize in 2001), the transformations of the peasant world, the destruction of ancient parts of Pekin, people who suffer from AIDS because they sold some blood, suppressed into silence by corrupt authorities…
In 2005, his book Le sang de la Chine, quand le silence tue (the blood of China, when silence kills), done in collaboration with the journalist Pierre Haski, was awarded the International Media Prize and the Joseph Kessel Prize.
Beside his ongoing research project in China, he has made many documentaries throughout the world, inspired by his wanderings and investigations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Argentina, Peru, Syria, Iran: territories which have known havoc, in which he examines the traumas and explores the areas long since ignored.
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CONTENT
- Discussions of participants’ prior work
- Group trips outside Arles with the workshop leader
- Shooting sessions
- Preselection and management of digital files
- Editing sessions with the workshop leader
- Finalization of a coherent series
- Individual interview, end-of-workshop assessment
 
BRING
- 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
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Number of participants: 6 to 8 (12 maximum if health situation allows)
- 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.
 
GOALS
- Learn the various steps involved in creating a photo series
- Develop a point of view based on a selection of photographs
 
TEACHING METHOD
- 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.
 
EQUIPMENT
- 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)
 
EVALUATION
- Private end-of-course interview and evaluation
- The instructor continuously evaluates the personal series
- Oral end-of-course evaluation
 
FORMALISATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE
- End-of-course certificate

Dernière mise à jour : 24 June 2021