FotoFilmic//VILLAGE is a combined series of 3 high quality, small-group seminars designed as a 4-day retreat on Vancouver’s luxuriant Bowen Island (British Columbia, Canada) to boost the creative practice of growing photographers. Bringing together 3 widely acclaimed figures of contemporary photography and organized in 3 rotating groups (1 guest artist + 4 students) to maximize individual attention and deepen interaction down to each participant’s specific projects, these interlocking seminars cover a comprehensive area of practice from documentary photography to book making and career development to provide a strong advancement platform for any photographer committed to the medium.
Central to the “Village” concept is also to re-experience a kind of natural artistic conviviality lost to globalization and instant communication: our small Pacific island setting slows down social time and invites both the conversational and the personal to take part unscheduled making for meaningful one-on-one networking.
Scheduled from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, June 8, 2017, FotoFilmic//VILLAGE will give the opportunity to 12 photographers to meet and closely work with renowned guest artists MARK STEINMETZ, SHANE LAVALETTE & PAUL SCHIEK over the course of 4 consecutive days.
SEMINARS PROGRAM (detailed seminars description below)
– “The Lyrical Documentary” with photographer Mark Steinmetz
– “The Art of the Application” with Light Work Director Shane Lavalette
– “Image, Context and Sequence: Making a Photobook” with Paul Schiek founder of TBW Books
Participants navigate from group to group taking all 3 seminars at their preferred pace.
VILLAGE GROUP SHOW // JUNE 7-30, 2017 // PULP GALLERY
Each participant will also have the opportunity to take part to the concluding FotoFilmic//VILLAGE Group Show opening at the FotoFilmic//PULP Gallery on Wednesday, June 7th evening. Featuring single works from all VILLAGE participants, the exhibition will celebrate artistic growth and newfound directions with all seminar leaders in attendance while welcoming all island artists and Vancouverites to join in. Village participants bring their exhibition print with them to be hand-delivered to the FotoFilmic Team at the beginning of the week for custom matting.
I. PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE: MARK STEINMETZ & “THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY”
The great American photographer Walker Evans gave a lecture at Yale University in 1964 entitled Lyric Documentary. The word “lyric” suggests subjective and personal emotions, and “documentary” suggests the objective recording of facts. During the seminar students will focus on making work that describes the world but which also describes something of the photographer’s psyche and temperament. We will review work from past projects that students have brought with them and also edit and discuss photographs taken during the seminar. In addition, Mark will talk about his own work and influences. We will look at the American tradition and the French tradition, as well as contemporary photography from around the world. The aim is to help students connect more deeply to their own practice and to consider their work within a more expanded context. PART I will focus on Mark’s presentation followed by a review of students’ past work. Part II will devote time to considering work shot on the island and also to the development and potential of future work and projects.
Requirements/Student Materials List/Equipment needs: Participants will be expected to choose their own subject and define their own interests during the seminar. Please bring your portfolios for class review and critique – either in digital form, or, if possible, in prints.
Mark Steinmetz is a photographer residing in Athens, Georgia (USA). Eight books encompassing a large selection of his work have been published by Nazraeli Press (Portland, OR): South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, Summertime, Italia, Paris in my time, The Players and recently Angel City West. Nazraeli will also publish Angel City West 2 in 2017. 15 Miles to K-ville (Stanley/Barker) was also published in the Fall of 2016. Another book about his parents, Philip and Micheline, was published by TBW Books (Oakland, CA) in 2011 along with two other limited edition books from Silas Finch (New York), idyll (with Raymond Meeks) and pastoral that same year. Steinmetz’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others. Mark has taught photography at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, and The University of Hartford. Steinmetz is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
II. CAREER DEVELOPMENT: SHANE LAVALETTE & “THE ART OF THE APPLICATION”
Shane’s seminar will offer an overview of various approaches to career/artistic development, with a focus on making an impact with a strong application. Whether you are applying for a grant, a juried exhibition or a residency program, careful consideration of your application can lead to positive results. PART I will review multiple categories of opportunities for artists looking to get their work out or find time and space to further develop ongoing projects. Open conversations about personal experiences, questions, and an exchange of ideas are encouraged. Artists should come prepared with a specific opportunity they want to apply to during the seminar, and begin this application on this day, using the evening to complete a draft. PART II will begin with each artist presenting and then getting feedback from the group about ways to improve their application portfolio or writing. By the end of the seminar applicants will have a final draft to submit and walk away with new skills and ideas for future opportunities. Artists should bring laptops and/or notebooks for working.
Requirements/Student Materials List/Equipment needs: Laptop (recommended), notebook
Shane Lavalette (b. 1987, Burlington, VT) is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Musée de l’Elysée, in addition to being held in private and public collections. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine,The New Yorker, Newsweek,Esquire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, The Wire, Wallpaper*, among others. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.
III. BOOK PUBLICATION: PAUL SCHIEK & “IMAGE, CONTEXT & SEQUENCE: MAKING A PHOTOBOOK”
Students will go through the stages of bringing a photo book from idea to finished project. Thinking about and making decisions about paper choices, cover materials, conceptual notions surrounding all decisions about photos, printing styles, additional texts, scale, font choices and materiality. Paul will work closely with students to classify design challenges and develop a clear path to executing the most streamline and effective path to a finished book. At the end of the class students will each be responsible for the completion of a book mockette, the most important and crucial step to realizing a final book. PART I: Student introduction of works, discussion of book concepts, dialing in and discussing final designs. PART II: Physical assembly of book mockette. Final critique of projects.
Requirements/Student Materials List/Equipment needs: Students should have working prints to edit from. Digital or printed (cheaply printed working prints are highly preferred for Part I), as well as prints ready to use for the assembly of a mockette. Students should have an understanding of scale and image finish (glossy vs. matte, boarders vs. full bleed etc. etc.). Students should be prepared to have as many images available as possible for the editing process. FotoFilmic will make available various paper stocks, cardboards, book boards cutting materials, a paper trimmer, different tape types, markers etc. so students can travel light and just bring their prints.
Paul Schiek is the founder of TBW Books, an independent photography book publishing company based in Oakland CA. TBW Books is recognized internationally as one of the leading publishing houses in its field, having worked with such acclaimed artists as Wolfgang Tillmans, Jim Goldberg, Katy Grannan and Alec Soth.
Each group (A, B, C) is composed of 4 students + 1 Guest Artist
SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2017
Arrival on Bowen Island, BC, Canada
MONDAY JUNE 5, 2017
Introductory Seminar Session/ Island Tour, 9:00-Noon
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART I – GROUP A, 1:30-5:00PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART I – GROUP B, 1:30-5:00PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART I – GROUP C, 1:30-5:00PM
TUESDAY JUNE 6, 2017
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART II – GROUP A, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART II – GROUP B, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART II – GROUP C, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART I – GROUP B, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART I – GROUP C, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART I – GROUP A, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY JUNE 7, 2017
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART II – GROUP B, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART II – GROUP C, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART II – GROUP A, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART I – GROUP C, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART I – GROUP A, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART I – GROUP B, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
VILLAGE GROUP SHOW OPENING – 6:00 – 8:00 PM – OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 2017
THE LYRICAL DOCUMENTARY PART II – GROUP C, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
MAKING A PHOTOBOOK PART II – GROUP A, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
THE ART OF THE APPLICATION PART II – GROUP B, 9:30 AM – 12:30PM
FotoFilmic Village Closing Lunch – 12:30 – 1:30PM
Departure from Bowen Island
Bowen Island has long been known since the early 1900’s as Vancouver’s gate-away to nature taking Vancouverites far from the city yet being so close and easily accessible. Still a popular one-day destination today, Bowen Island sits less than 2 miles to the mainland coast at its closest point making for a short 20mn taxi boat ride from downtown Vancouver, and an even shorter 15mn ferryboat crossing from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The island itself is about 3.5 miles wide by 7.5 miles long and is being called home by up to 3,400 residents at the peak of the summer. Famously, there are no camping grounds, hotels or developed resorts on the island, a testimony to the strong independent mind of its widely artistic/creative community that forces most visitors to vacate of the end of the day. This has helped preserve a sense of authenticity and simplicity living on the island, enjoying its natural beaches and small village life less than an hour away from Vancouver’s bustling urban culture. “The Cove” where BC ferryboats dock almost every hour of the day serves as its main shopping and dining district featuring a marina with half a dozen fine restaurants, a few coffee places, a local pub and general store, several boutique stores, and about half a mile further up an “Artisan Square” with art and craft galleries, a gym and more.
More info at: https://www.tourismbowenisland.com/
Opened in late September 2016 and situated right on Bowen’s main street & commercial hub, the FotoFilmic gallery houses a select inventory of limited editions archival C-prints from the SHORTLIST & FOTOFILMIC Online Collections alongside monthly PULP print showcases, as well as limited copies of curated photo books from past exhibitors all the while providing a base to island-exclusive rotating exhibitions & professional workshops. As such it also serves as FotoFilmic Village-goers’ second home where students can grab a snack, take a break or chat with the F/F Team anytime of the day!
More info at: http://fotofilmic.com/pulp/
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2017 FOTOFILMIC//VILLAGE FEE:
$2,500 USD (includes tuitions for all 3 seminars & material supplies needed, as well as full lodging and local transportation to the island; see details below)
- 4 days of seminars & related activities on Bowen Island, BC
- 4 nights in double accommodations (single accommodation available for an additional $400 fee, see registration form below)
- Daily refreshments & light snacks at FotoFilmic//PULP GALLERY
- Discounted rates in select Bowen Island restaurants, cafés & shops
- 1 welcome FotoFilmic tote bag
- Inclusion in June 7-30, 2017 FotoFilmic//VILLAGE GROUP SHOW
- Transportation from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, round-trip ferry boat ride & local transportation on the island
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Air flight to and from Vancouver, BC
- Photography and computer equipment: students are required to bring their own camera (instant film and digital recommended) and laptop. Digital portfolios and prints will also be needed for most workshops.
Open to all emerging & mid’ career photographers 18+
DEPOSIT: A $1,000 USD deposit is required at the time of registration. The remaining $1,500 USD registration fees balance will be due in full by Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to allow for all lodging bookings to be confirmed ahead of the start of FotoFilmic//VILLAGE. All FotoFilmic//VILLAGE fees payments are processed via PayPal.
CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS: late withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted by the same Tuesday, April 18, 2017 deadline at the latest to receive a refund. Please note we will retain a $350 cancelation fee. Any cancelation request received past April 18 cannot be refunded. In the event FotoFilmic//VILLAGE seminars were not meeting minimal enrolment to run and needed to be canceled your deposit will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please note FotoFilmic will not be responsible for refunding traveling expenses in case the village gets cancelled. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.
For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at email@example.com