I wanted to create a gathering where photographers could productively retire for a week, with time on their side. Take a step back and hopefully one giant leap forward to reconnect with their work and process in a new light.
— Martine Fougeron, founder and mentor

applications due now.

The Photography Master Retreat #TPMR2018 will take place July 7-14, 2018 in the south of France, right after the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles nearby. Early Bird Special on 2018 applications ends December 10, 2017. Find out more about the retreat and how to apply.

meet the mentors.

Our three mentors:
Elisabeth Biondi – Independent Curator, Teacher, Writer, and Visuals Editor 1996-2011 at The New Yorker
Lyle Rexer – Critic, Curator, and Faculty at SVA, New York
Martine Fougeron – Photographer, Artist, Faculty at ICP, New York, and Founder of The Photography Master Retreat

A communal atmosphere permeated all that we did – from our sessions and meetings, to the homemade meals, to our walks and talks. This process combined with time to reflect, provided like a cross between a graduate school critique and an artist colony. Extraordinary how every photographer there had an “epiphany” of one sort or another.
— Aleya #TPMR2016

welcome to Esparon.

The Photog­raphy Master Retreat takes place every summer in the tiny medieval hamlet of Esparon in the south of France. View the gallery here

This is a very unusual photographic workshop in that it stresses not technical mastery of the camera, nor capitalizing on the Provence location. The retreat already assumes you are an accomplished photographer. Instead, the emphasis is reflecting on one’s trajectory as an artist, rethinking projects, refocusing on clearer direction utilizing the mentors offered by this retreat.
— Raymond #TPMR2017

we create community.

Meet the community in slide shows of our previous retreats.

This is an age of social media and shared images, but rarely do photographers or artists actually get to work together, face to face, to stimulate new ideas and challenge each other creatively… No one leaves Esparon unchanged.
— Lyle Rexer, mentor

Reflect, Rethink, Refocus 2016 – Field Notes from The Photography Master Retreat. Our limited edition #TPMR2016 book. Designed by Christina Labey. Published by Conveyor Arts. Creative direction by Aleya Lehmann Bench. The first edition is sold out.

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