24 - 28 July


An intimate nature

24 - 28 July
5 jours / 35H

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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Marion Brun & Marie Couteux
+33(0)490 967 60

This exceptional course will accompany the participants in taking into account their inner nature, using the interactions, the dialogue of each one with our environment to create powerful and thought provoking visual narratives. A sensitive, intimate approach, which will rely with delicacy on resonances whether psychological and/or physical.

Accompanied daily by Diana Lui, the participants will work particularly on the body, the portrait (or self-portrait) and a certain representation of nature, whether wild, domesticated, luxuriant or reborn.

In order to carry out a personal realization, the shooting sessions will take place in vast spaces, characterized by the presence of a nature with multiple forms. A new place will be explored every day with the participation of models during some sessions.

In Arles, Camargue, and around, the goal is to weave a personal narrative, suggesting what these spaces tell us, the interactions they create with others and with oneself.

The editing sessions, the exchange of points of view, the trust, the confidences sometimes, will be part of daily meetings conducive to the overcoming of his own photographic practice.

Diana Lui is an artist and photographer born in Malaysia. She was at an early age initiated by her family in the arts in its most diverse forms: painting, drawing, dance, music... She was trained in photography in the United States and has been working in Europe for the last 25 years. Diana’s work focuses on issues of identity and origins. During her formal education and her first initial projects, she was inspired by both August Sander and Diane Arbus. As a result, most of her photographs are taken with the view camera, and in black and white. Her research is expressed through portraits of her subjects and their intimate environment.

Diana has exhibited her photographs and artistic projects on different continents, in America (United States, Mexico, Venezuela), in Asia (China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia), in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Slovenia, England, France) and Morocco. Most of these exhibitions have resulted in publications and editions, recently Les Etoiles de Diana was published as part of the art and science residence program Résidence 1+2 in Toulouse in 2016.

Diana Lui’s artistic work is present in many collections (museums, institutions, private collections ...) such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the Guangdong Museum of Art in China, the Museo Bellas Artes in Venezuela, Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, University California of Los Angeles…

Over time, Diana's work has been recognised and honoured by various distinctions, scholarships and residencies. These include: In France, the 20th Bourse duTalent, the Kodak Critics Award and finalist for the Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie; Residency at the Planches Contact Festival in Deauville ; in Belgium, the Prix National de la Photographie Ouverte of the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi. This year, she is also in residency at the Fondation Montresso in Marrakech. 

Her instagram : @diana.lui
personal website
La Résidence Planches Contact
Exhibition at l'Institut du Monde Arabe

- 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: 6:30 p.m. on Friday
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena

- 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

Dernière mise à jour : 28 June 2023
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture