In this immersive workshop, you will intensely reflect on your photography projects and practice in a uniquely communal and constructive spirit.
NOT A SHOOTING TRIP. A TIME TO PAUSE AND REFLECT. A SPACE FOR NEW DIRECTIONS.
A UNIQUE, IMMERSIVE WORKSHOP for established and emerging photographers.
The Photography Master Retreat is a one-of-a-kind, career-enhancing opportunity for established and emerging photographers to engage in artistic introspection and professional critique. It’s not a shooting trip but a rare chance to pause, reflect on your work, and bond with peers who are passionate about photography. It is designed for a select group of 14 artists who have to apply.
The Photography Master Retreat was founded in 2014 as an annual, one-week, immersive workshop in her family home by Martine Fougeron, herself a celebrated photographer and artist, as well as faculty at International Center of Photography, New York. She is one of the three mentors at the retreat. The other two are also renowned in the world of photography, Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor, 1996-2011 at The New Yorker, also an independent curator and writer; Lyle Rexer, a critic and curator – both faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
The Photography Master Retreat edition will take place July 6-13, 2019 in the south of France, right after the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles nearby.
THIS IS A NEW MODEL OF RETREAT.
The Photography Master Retreat is not a practice-based photography session – those are everywhere, in every wonderful location around the world (you shoot and you learn how to do things.) This is the only retreat where photographers are asked to reflect. Where the main activity is to look at the work you are making and have made, and think about what it actually means. What’s good about it, what’s most important, what’s you about it? What is it that’s yours, and to let that come out in a variety of different ways, and let the other things fall away. What you should walk away with is a better sense of yourself as a photographer, and perhaps a better sense of yourself as a person.
A RETREAT IS A REFUGE.
A retreat is a sanctuary, a hideaway, a haven. It is also a departure, a different approach, an adventure, a leave-taking, the beginning of a journey, a change from the usual or expected path, a definite time spent away from one’s normal life.
Take your work to the next level.
Designed for professional, emerging professional, serious advanced, and aspiring photographers in any genre – fine art, conceptual, or documentary – who are passionate about their existing work and committed about taking it to the next level.
A COMMUNITY THAT LIVES AND WORKS TOGETHER like an artist’s residency
During this one-week retreat, the participants and the mentors will live and work together as a community in a large house in a remote location, the hamlet of Esparon in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. By spending days, meals and evenings together, there is ample opportunity for discussion, input and support. This helps inform the process and creates special bonds and friendships – yet another bonus of gathering people together in one remote, beautiful place and sharing local, fresh, delicious Provençal cuisine.
How the mentors work.
The Photography Master Retreat emphasizes intensive review and discussion of each participant’s process and work. The three mentors are committed to taking individual students to their highest photographic potential in a creative, supportive, and enjoyable environment.
Portfolio reviews, supportive critique, discussions, and opportunities for introspection are all integral components of this special program. The mentors schedule each day working with the larger group (14 participants maximum), smaller groups, as well as individual one-on-one sessions.
the beginning of a new course of action.
The Photography Master Retreat is not based on an ideology or a predetermined aesthetic approach – it engages each participant’s work on its own terms, and seeks the best ways to improve and enrich the photographic encounter.
A week in Esparon becomes a path to better and more conscious work. Together we explore photographic ideas and process in depth, allowing you to the time and space to rethink your aesthetic and your path forward.
FOURTEEN PARTICIPANTS ARE CHOSEN FROM APPLICATIONS.
Find out how to apply. The Photography Master Retreat selection committee will review all submissions and choose 14 participants. Call for application deadline is: December 1, 2018.
Is it your time to seize this unique opportunity to rethink your work... refocus your trajectory... and recharge your artistic batteries?
If so, we are happy to answer your questions. Contact us by email at application@ThePhotographyMasterRetreat.com
We look forward to hearing from you.