You will live and work together as a community in residence. Your work will be discussed with the constant support of mentors and fellow international students.

one-on-ones with the mentors. small group sessions. full sessions.

The weeklong retreat was filled with intensive, one-on-one interaction, large group interaction and centered on the ‘pods’ of four participants with a mentor. The ultimate goal was to emphasize the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents, potenti­alities, drive or need as photographers and in our photographic work. At the end of the workshop, each of us was required to present a final project, an artist statement and a declaration of our future goals.
— Raymond #TPMR2017
 

1 minute Video : The Schedule of the Week in Review

The Photography Master Retreat daily schedule. 

The 2019 Photography Master Retreat one-week summer session will begin on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 4pm and concludes on the morning of Saturday, July 13, 2019. These dates have been chosen so that participants can also attend the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles, the international photography festival. 

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 the week working with the larger group (14 participants maximum), smaller groups, as well as individual one-on-one sessions. 
The schedule is designed so that each participant’s process and work is reviewed, discussed and reframed into a final presentation on the last day of their project(s), accompanied by an artist statement and future goals.

Schedule of a typical day:

  • 8-8:45am              Breakfast

  • 9am-12:45pm       Work Session: Full sessions, half-sessions, one-on-one sessions – all mentor-led

  • 1-2pm                   Lunch

  • 2:15-4pm              Work Session: Full sessions, half-sessions, one-on-one sessions – all mentor-led

  • 4:15-6:30pm         Free Time: (optional) walks, visit the nearby town, swimming in the river

  • 7-7:30pm              Cocktails

  • 7:30-8:30pm         Dinner

  • 8:30-9:45pm         Lectures and discussions led by the mentors, followed by Q&A

Saturday (the first day): the students settle in, with welcome cocktails and dinner.
Sunday (the first day of work): students present their projects in the morning. 
Friday (the last day): students present the evolution of their projects in the morning. In the afternoon, there are more one-on-one sessions with the mentors, followed by a celebration dinner.
One half-day excursion is planned during the week, usually to see the spectacular canyon of Le Cirque de Navacelles.

Coming from the commercial world, the ability to immerse myself in fine art photography and do a general, mental reboot on personal projects was extremely valuable.
— Jeff #TPMR2015
I love the idea of time for reflection and thinking about photography, to keep looking at the work and the person behind it, exploring together the direction it might take. Focus and Beauty, like the light in the south of France, are precious ingredients in a creative life. This communal experience of exchanging ideas is rare outside of art schools – but it’s essential for growing your work at any stage of your career.
— Katharina Bosse, #TPMR2015 mentor
I developed a clearer view of my project. The work was intense, but thanks to the long sessions of editing and sequencing, I gained a better understanding of how to tell a story with pictures.
— Gianluca #TPMR2015

ONE-ON-ONE sessions WITH a MENTOR

 Swiss photographer Lee in a one-on-one with mentor Lyle Rexer
 Fine art photographer Loli in a one-on-one with mentor Elisabeth Biondi
 Berlin based Anna Rosa in a one-on-one with mentor martine Fougeron
 An ICP graduate From Italy Giulia is reflecting on her work and preparing for her final presentation.

half-sessions LEd by a mentor

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 French photographer based in India Magali is showing her fine art black and white prints for a sequencing, critique and edit
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STUDENT PRESENTATIONs on First day and last day

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They were so open and enthusiastic and engaged with our various projects. They were passionate about documentary and fine art, but they also had realistic assessments of the corporate art world.
— Rosemarie #TPMR2015
For those who want to reach a new level in their creative life, this is the experience of a lifetime.
— Daniel #TPMR2015