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17 - 21 May

Laurence Leblanc

With a touch of poetry

17 - 21 May

Individual financing rate: 790 euros


The goal of this five-day course will be for participants to sensitively compose a photographic story, starting with what surrounds them and choosing to tell it with their eyes and their own distance, prose or poetry.

At first, Laurence Leblanc will accompany them into the field, visiting several places that are geographically close to one another but very different in nature and function. They are active or abandoned spaces of life, remarkable for their history or rigorously functional, where contemporaries or just a few memories of those who once passed through them can be encountered.

These places and people will be the points of departure and the pretext for a narrative, sometimes starting with a mere detail, an atmosphere, a story or an encounter. Consciously or not, it will echo a past experience, an interest or a personal desire.

The participants’ sensitivity, curiosity and questions will guide them in their explorations, spinning out a thread and following wherever it leads them in order to weave a story. Ms. Leblanc will help them with editing in order to narrow down their approach and find running themes. Daily discussions and reflections will allow them to give their stories meaning, coherence and texture, resulting in a personal series that will be exhibited on the last day.


Her photography started with music, namely Peter Gabriel. She was on the Secret World Tour in the 1990s and collaborated with the Real World label for two years. In 2000, she won the Villa Médicis Outside–the–Walls Award for a project in Cambodia. She has received many other prizes, including the HSBC Foundation Award for Photography in 2003 and the Prix Niépce in 2016. Her work can be found in many collections, such as the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Marin Karmitz, etc. She has published several books, including Rithy, Chéa, Kim Sour ET les autres (Actes Sud, 2008), Higelin en cavale (Textuel, 2008) and Seul l'air (Actes Sud, 2009). Her work is regularly exhibited, notably at the Rencontres d’Arles, Photo Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Planche(s) contact in Deauville and Paris Photo.

Interview lors de l'émission Des Mots de Minuits
Interview chez Polka Galerie

- Study and analysis of the photographs taken
- Daily shooting
- Definition of a personal subject
- Selections of the photographs taken

- 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
- Location: historic center near the Arles arena

- Learn the various steps involved in creating a photo series
- Develop a point of view based on a selection of photographs

- Taught by an instructor and an assistant

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
- 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 : 25 February 2021