17 - 21 April



17 - 21 April
5 jours

Individual financing rate: 790 euros

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Fabrice Courthial & Marie Couteux
+33(0)490 967 606

This exciting five-day course aims to help participants improve their portrait skills. It will be based on constructive, helpful discussions but sometimes they will need to leave their "comfort zone" to break habits and experiment with new things.
Every step in making a portrait will be covered, especially the development of a personal project, but the emphasis will be on light and exchanges with the person photographed. Participants will work on finding the right position and distance from the model.
Relying on Jean-François Robert’s tips and broad experience, they will determine their own ways of interacting with the model. The challenge will involve knowing how to guide the person photographed while giving him or her a degree of freedom and directing a shoot while being ready for surprises and adjusting to what the model sends back.
Light will also have a key place: it allows certain aesthetic choices to be made and brings coherence to a set of portraits. Lighting must be thought out and prepared in advance in order to interfere with the meeting as little as possible while remaining modular and adjustable.
Taking the human being into account and sharing will punctuate the project’s execution. As the days go by, participants will compose a series of portraits based on the many contacts pre-established by the Rencontres d'Arles. 

Works and lives in Paris.
He photographs anonymes and personality from arts, culture or politics for great magazines as Elle, M le Monde, Télérama, Libération, GQ, Le Monde, Madame Figaro, Marie-Claire, D La Républica, Surface, Stylist, L’équipe Magazine, L’obs, IO Donna, The Times Magazine…
His work is often exhibited and published : "Faces/Public" (Ed Verlhac, 2007) and "Fucking good question!" ( Ed Belles Balades, 2019).
He is represented by MODDS.
Son site personnel : www.jean-francoisrobert.com

- Discussions of participants’ prior work
- Shooting exercise, management of light, framing and the model
- Shooting sessions in small groups and alone
- Preselection and management of digital files
- Editing sessions with the workshop instructor
- Discussions and experiments with photo equipment
- Finalization of a coherent series
- End-of-workshop assessment
- 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 (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 : 07 December 2022
  • 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