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Photography Workshop
in Paris

Developing a documentary photography project and elucidating your creative style.

March 13 & 14, June 15 & 16, September 21 & 22, December 7 & 8 2019
Information & subscriptions

Mathias Nouel
+33(0)1 53 01 85 84


How to develop a project that handles a documentary reality with sensitivity. How to render the complexity of a subject through inventive photography. How to transcend the spontaneous and take an approach that is more structured, more conscious of its causes and effects.

In this extensive workshop comprising four two-day sessions spanning nine months, photographer Martina Bacigalupo will help you develop a photography project whose objectives and creation you wish to clarify. In reflecting on the photographic vocation and its positioning in the shooting of a story, you will strive to follow new paths and invent your own personal forms of expression.
Staging, situational placement and collecting spoken or written accounts, most notably, will be addressed and considered as possible ways of sharing knowledge between the photographer and the photographed.

In parallel to your own work, the work of well-known artist-photographers will be presented as esthetic and ethical points of references.
In the 4th and last session, renowned curator and picture editor Jon Jones will explain what the heads of international photo services expect; he will review participants’ projects, advise them on areas to explore in greater depth and on their prospects for disseminating their work.

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Useful information

The 23th & 24th of March, the 15th & 16th of June, the 21th & 22th of September, the 7th & 8th of December 2019

4 week-ends – 8 days – 64h
Saturdays & Sundays : 10am-7pm

- Instructor : Martina Bacigalupo, photographer
- Guest : Jon Jones, curator and picture editor
- Teaching assistant : Mathias Nouel

Agence VU’
58 rue Saint Lazare
75009 PARIS

- a training room equipped with a computer, a projector, and tables fitted for editing
- a library filled with more than 900 photo books
- a photo Gallery where you can visit the current exhibition

Concession (under 25yo, unemployed) : 1500€

Full price : 2688€


Sending this form does not guarantee a place for training.
You will then be contacted to consider your final registration.
After a verification of availability of the training and of quotas, we will get back to you within a fifteen days delay.
A potential telephone call will help you to head towards the best training according to your profile.

Mathias Nouel
T : +33 (0)1 53 01 85 84

Educational information

- Professional (or soon-to-be professional) artist-photographers
- Artists who make use of photography

- Learning to distinguish formal or thematic approaches in your photography corpus
- Exercising your ability to develop a project: focus, approach, photographic writing/style
- Comprehending other people’s culture and considering a photo shoot as a collaboration through participative methods, staging, providing background and personal accounts…
- Turning field work into visual and narrative reporting: editing, contextualizing, formatting
- Presenting your work to a professional

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Martina Bacigalupo
Italian photographer, born in 1978.
Member of the Agence VU’ since 2010, she lives and works mainly in Paris, after spending 10 years in East Africa.

Martina Bacigalupo studied literature and philosophy in Italy and then moved to a photography curriculum at the London College of Communication. She moved to Burundi in 2007. Her work focuses on human rights issues, more precisely on the plight of women in Southern countries. She collaborates with numerous international.
Martina Bacigalupo’s photographs, thanks to a pure sense of framing and accuracy, are that of subtle life stories. She makes no assertion, no judgment.

Her works are published by international press titles such as The New York Times, Internazionale, Esquire, Sunday Times Magazine, Elle, Jeune Afrique, Io Donna. She received in 2009 the Amilcare Ponchielli Grin Award for "Umumalayika", the Canon Photojournalist's Woman's Award for "My name is Filda Adoch" in 2010, and the 2012 FNAC grant for « Vietnam, Children of the Plateau ». Her series "Gulu Real Art Studio" was published by Steidl in 2013 and exhibited at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York in 2013, at Paris Photo, Unseen Fair and the Rencontres d'Arles in 2014, at the Milano Triennale in 2016, and entered the Artur Walther Collection as well as the Donata Pizzi Collection.

Jon Jones
As a photojournalist for the Sygma Photo Agency in Paris,
Jon documented conflict all over the world, his work being widely published by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and Stern.

His numerous international photographic awards include two World Press Photo Awards. He has worked as a video producer for the BBC. He was part of the team that won a Royal Television Society Award for the coverage of the Kosovo crisis.
He is a regular photographic judge, having served on the jury for World Press Photo and the Sony WPO Award. He is a Jury for the Canon Professional Editors Award and an International Jury member for the Visa D’Or Awards in France.

He was previously the Director of Photography for the Sunday Times Magazine where his work was the recipient of the Amnesty International Photojournalism Award, the POYi Award of Excellence for visual editing, Photojournalist of the Year and Magazine Picture Editor of the Year.

He is currently the Photo Director of Tortoise Media based in London.

General Terms

Limited to a maximum of 12 people.

The pre-enrolment form must be filled online.
It does not guarantee a place for training.

Final enrolment
To complete your enrolment, you have to pay 50% of the total fee, by a postal check OR a bank transfert*, and addressed to the order of : Agence VU’.
* the potential bank fees are in charge of the participant
The payment have to be sent - at the latest - 20 days prior to the beginning of the workshop.

Cancellation of enrolment
To be 100% reimbursed, the participant needs to notify the agency at the latest 30 days prior to the workshop.
The participant will be reimbursed up to 50% of the advance payment at the latest 15 days prior to the workshop.
After this deadline, no reimbursement will be possible, unless in a case of major problem.

Cancellation of enrolment
Agence VU' reserves the right to cancel a workshop. In case of a cancelation, Agence VU will propose, in agreement with the concerned people, the possibility to take part in another workshop. In case no solution can be found, Agence VU will reimburse the deposit to the participants.

Reproduction and diffusion autorisation
The workshop participant authorizes Agence VU’ to reproduce and distribute:
- Any photographs of him or her taken during the workshop.
- The photographs and that have been chosen in a common agreement with the course leader.

These images will be used as documents in the framework of any communication material to advertise the workshops (on varied aid; internet, paper…). The participant renounce to ask for any compensation if any of her or his images were to be used in the communication of the workshops.



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