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


3 mentors + 7 days in the South of France

= 14 re-energized photographers

The Photography Master Retreat is a one-week, career-enhancing opportunity for emerging and established photographers for 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 led by three mentors – renowned teachers, curators, critics and artists in the world of photography, see below. The retreat takes place every summer in the tiny medieval hamlet of Esparon in the south of France, the week after Les Rencontres d’Arles.

July 7-14, 2018.

The previous three editions of The Photography Master Retreat have exceeded expectations for all participants so far, as it has helped people re-examine their work and set projects on a new path with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. To be surrounded by the expertise of the mentors and the input of fellow photographers in such a supportive community and remote setting is a unique opportunity to truly RETHINK your trajectory...REFOCUS on a clearer course... and RECHARGE your artistic batteries. 

The applicants are chosen by the The Photography Master Retreat selection committee from submissions. Find out more about how we work, the schedule and how to apply.

 The mentors, from left to right:

The mentors, from left to right:

Independent Curator, Teacher, Writer and Visuals Editor 1996-2011, The New Yorker

Critic, Curator and Faculty at SVA, New York

Founder, Photographer, Artist and Faculty at ICP, New York

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 #TPMR 2016

Reflect, Rethink, Refocus 2016 – Field Notes from The Photography Master Retreat. A flip through of our limited edition book. Designed by Christina Labey and published by Conveyor Arts. Creative direction by Aleya Lehmann Bench. First edition is sold out.

The Photography Master Retreat was an incredible opportunity to let my photographs speak to me. It felt like time stood still here in Esparon and I could explore the depths of my work in ways that I have not experienced before. And with the help of smart & dedicated mentors and fellow participants we all grew in our own way.
— Peggy #TPMR 2016
I bring to your attention a very unusual photographic workshop, The Photog­raphy Master Retreat is uniquely different 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 of the workshop is reflecting on one’s trajectory as an artist, rethinking projects, refocusing on clearer direction utilizing the mentors offered by this retreat.
— Raymond #TPMR 2017

Header photo by Gerard Turnley #TPMR 2016