CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020

CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL | MARK NEVILLE | JOANNA MILTER
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, MAY 8-10, 2020

CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL | MARK NEVILLE | JOANNA MILTER
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, MAY 8-10, 2020

CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL | MARK NEVILLE | JOANNA MILTER
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, MAY 8-10, 2020

CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL | MARK NEVILLE | JOANNA MILTER
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, MAY 8-10, 2020

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**FREE APPLICATIONS UNTIL DEC.31**

CREATIVE IMMERSION SPRING 2020:
3-DAY WORKSHOP RETREAT WITH CRISTINA DE MIDDEL, MARK NEVILLE & JOANNA MILTER

FRIDAY MAY 8 + SATURDAY MAY 9 + SUNDAY MAY 10, 2020
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA


CREATIVE IMMERSION
is a 3-day intensive artistic development program unique to the photography industry and designed to provide meaningful small-group interactions with a prestigious mentoring team composed  of two acclaimed practicing artists each catering to a different critical area of practice, and  one leading photography editor/director of photography from world-renowned magazines. Their combined creative expertise and advices, along with our intimate learning format and exclusive networking opportunities all make up for a thrilling, game-changing experience that will breath new life in your current photographic projects, open up your vision to new horizons,  and remain an endless source of inspiration for many years to come (see recent testimonies further down)!

For this second CREATIVE IMMERSION edition (see the first one here) we are delighted to collaborate with Magnum Photographer Cristina de Middel, a Mexico-based Spanish artist celebrated for her conceptual documentary practice first revealed in her groundbreaking self-published book ‘The Afronauts’ (2012), with British photographer Mark Neville renowned for his embedded approach to social documentation directly benefiting his subjects, and with The New Yorker‘s Director of Photography Joanna Milter, the famed magazine’s photo-eye since 2015 overseeing all photography for both the print and digital versions, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s popular photo blog!

This Spring retreat will welcome a maximum of 30 participants organized in 10-student groups rotating workshops every day. The program also includes an evening panel conversation bringing together all 3 guest artists taking prepared questions from all students.

Applications are free of charge (no fee to apply), and 3 Partial (50%) Scholarships are available to students, recent graduates (May 2019 & after). Current students are also all eligible for a preferred registration rate. Early-Bird application discounts close Friday, November 27!  Get yours in now!

WORKSHOP 1 AREA OF PRACTICE: INDEPENDENT BOOKMAKING
CRISTINA DE MIDDEL: “EXTREME STORYTELLING”

In this one-day workshop photographic artist Cristina de Middel will share her creative strategies, discussing her processes for translating initial concepts into images, and within this, morphing constructed visual narratives toward the book form. Key phases of the creative process will be addressed, from conception of the original idea, and searching for sources and documentation, to final editing decisions for book publications.

With Cristina De Middel’s practice fitting both documentary and fiction, she’ll discuss the possibilities of photography going beyond its traditional conceptions. In addition to discussing practical skills, students will gain an understanding of how a transgressive use of photography can reinforce narrative and control in establishing authorship over work and through bookmaking. Participants will also join Cristina in providing constructive feedback on the process of putting together book dummies of all projects presented during the workshop.

Participants should bring a digital camera (telephone cameras are accepted) and ideally a portable computer. Small prints for edits, and any type of printed material, like magazines, old photographs & newspapers are also encouraged.

 

ABOUT CRISTINA DE MIDDEL [SPAIN]


Cristina de Middel is a Spanish photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. After a 10 year career as a photojournalist and humanitarian photographer, de Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze. She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. Since 2012 De Middel has been continuously producing new bodies of work that aim at redefining what documentary can be and at completing the limited description of the world that mass media provide. De Middel’s work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can, highlighting that our expectation that photography must always make reference to reality is flawed. With more than 12 books published, Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Cristina de Middel is a Magnum nominee since 2017 and lives and works between Mexico and Brazil.
http://www.lademiddel.com/  @lademiddel

WORKSHOP 2 AREA OF PRACTICE: ARTISTIC VISION
MARK NEVILLE: “AUDIENCE AND ACTIVISM”

Artist Mark Neville will host a one-day workshop which will focus upon ideas of audience and activism. Neville often works with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject. His photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work.

In his workshop Neville will look at the strategies participants employ in their own practice and encourage them to ask a series of critical questions, such as : Who is their photo project for? Who is going to receive or view it? And which social issue, or perhaps which aspect of social documentary practice itself, does the author of the work intend to impact upon through their project? How can the content and form of a photo project, be it a free give away book, or an ephemeral slideshow, have lasting impact with ‘art ‘or ‘non-art’ audiences? Neville will draw upon and share insights from his own unique practice of creating book projects which have been specifically disseminated to a targeted group or demographic.

Focusing on these central concerns, Neville’s workshop will push participants to examine their photographic practice through in-depth portfolio critiques and peer-to-peer discussions. Participants should bring with them an A4 text about a project either in progress, or in development, and at least thirty photographic prints of any size.

 

ABOUT MARK NEVILLE [UK]


“Mark Neville has re-imagined what documentary photography could be, should be. Instead of the bland ‘deconstructions’ that pass so lazily as ‘critical’ in contemporary art, he makes extraordinary pictures and finds extraordinary ways to get them back to those he has photographed.” David Campany
British artist Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work. Recent projects include ‘In The Port Glasgow’ Book Project (2004) a social documentation of the working class town which Neville published exclusively for the eight thousand houses in the Port and delivered by the local boys football team, ‘Here is London’ (2012) commissioned by The New York Times Magazine which examined wealth inequality in the capital and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and ‘The Battle Against Stigma’ Book Project (2015) for which Neville spent three months in Afghanistan as an official war artist with the British Army, a powerful testimony and urgent advocacy to better address PTSD and mental health problems in the military (Neville personally disseminated 1,000 free copies to prison libraries, homeless shelters, and veteran mental health charities). Neville’s work exists in many public and private collections, including the Arts Council of England, Kunstmuseum Bern, National Galleries of Scotland, and the Scottish Parliament and has received major solo shows at prestigious venues such as The Photographers’ Gallery and the Imperial War Museums in London, The Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, and participated in significant group shows at Jeu de Paume in Paris, Tate Britain, and Haus Der Kunst in Munich. Currently available books include ‘ Fancy Pictures’ (Steidl, 2008), a survey of 12 years of his work (nominated for Time Magazine’s & Aperture Foundation’s Photo Book of the Year, 2017), and ‘Ukraine, Stop Tanks with Books’ soon to be released by Steidl and documenting the social aftermaths of the ongoing conflict there since 2015.
http://www.markneville.com/  @marknevillestudio

WORKSHOP 3 AREA OF PRACTICE: PHOTO-EDITING 
JOANNA MILTER : “DEVELOPING AND PITCHING A PHOTO PROJECT”

In this one-day class, Joanna Milter will give an overview of the core responsibilities of a magazine photo editor, and she’ll discuss how to research, develop, and pitch a photo essay to a magazine. In addition, Joanna will cover strategies for preparing work for photo contests and portfolio reviews.  Each photographer should bring a portfolio of 20 – 30 images in the form of 8.5 x 11 inch (22x28cm) work prints, and a written photo essay pitch of 300 words or less. The portfolio may be a completed project, a project-in-progress, or a series of images by the photographer that will help demonstrate the visual approach she/he/they hope to take for the project.  Students will be sent an email a few weeks prior to the workshop with more specific instructions on how to prepare their projects for the class.

 

ABOUT JOANNA MILTER [US]


Joanna Milter is the director of photography for The New Yorker, overseeing all photography for the print and digital versions of the magazine, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photo blog. Since she joined The New Yorker, in 2015, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography, and has received a National Magazine Award for Feature Photography. Previously, Joanna spent eleven years as a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine ; for the last four of those years, she was the deputy photo editor.
@joannamilter  @newyorkerphoto  @newyorkermag

 

 

 

RETREAT LOCATION: BOWEN ISLAND

Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island is Vancouver’s natural playground since the 1900s. Dubbed Happy Isle in the 1950s, this enchanted island is known to Vancouverites for its exceptional serenity and laid-back country living easily accessible just a short 20-minute ferry ride from the city. Today Bowen Island attracts visitors from all around the globe for its lakes, beaches, crown forest lands and beautiful hiking trails up to Mount Gardner (2350 feet) offering stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound. Visitors can also enjoy ‘Snug Cove’, its tiny port and historical marina revitalized with an array of attractions, historic old turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint boutiques, galleries and boardwalks.

THE BOWEN ISLAND LODGE – The CREATIVE IMMERSION program calls The Bowen Island Lodge home, a stunning property by the water with its own beach access and beautiful, coastal gardens and trails. The main building houses all the workshops, and is Bowen’s largest venue featuring an authentic, rustic charm. It only takes a safe and enjoyable 5-minute walk from the CREATIVE IMMERSION hub to get back to all cafés, restaurants, groceries & forest trails.

See a 360º video of the CREATIVE IMMERSION lodge views from its gardens here (shot October, 2019).

TESTIMONIALS CREATIVE IMMERSION FALL 2019

I had the best time! Thank you again for creating such a safe and inclusive space for us to build connections and have our work seen/critiqued.
@jesssung

FotoFilmic was one of the most uplifting photo workshops I have ever been to. You have created something wonderful – a place where kind, empathetic and passionate photographers can come together to grow and connect.
@tkimphoto

If there is a more suitable place to lose yourself in a three day creative binge, I’ve yet to find it.
@geetee1972 Read more here

The curation of the workshop leaders was such a strong combination- they each brought such unique perspectives from various areas in the industry that both complimented each other and provided a larger breadth of insight into the world of photography and what it means to be a photographer. The feedback I was able to receive from all of them (as well as from other workshop participants) has left me with so much food for thought and much more confidence in my work and in the directions I am hoping to take it in.
@lauragildner

Thank you for putting together such a well organized, inspirational weekend! I came home my head filled with images, and conversations and information.
Julie McCarthy

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    TUITION COST (3 DAYS/3 INSTRUCTORS)

    $895USD (students and recent graduates)
    $1095USD (regular)

    Early Bird Applications are now closed (as of Dec.1)

    PARTIAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS


    3 partial student/recent graduate scholarships will be awarded (50% off) to early bird qualifying applicants (Dec.1 deadline).

    APPLICATION DEADLINES


    Early bird applications must be received by December 1. All other regular applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019.

    APPLICATION PROCESS


    Applications are free of charge and open to both film and digital photographers.
    Up to 30 final participants (organized into 3 different groups of 10 each day) will be selected for this retreat.
    Early bird selected participants will be contacted after Dec.1, with the remaining open seats to be filled on a first-come first-served basis. 

    WORKSHOP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT


    $500 deposit will be required upon being selected to confirm participation. Registration balances will be due in full by Feb. 15, 2020.

    SEMINAR LOCATION & TIME


    The Bowen Island Lodge
    380 Cardena St, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G2
    Friday May 8, Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10
    9:00-5:30pm (time subject to change)

    TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS


    Travel to and from Vancouver/Bowen Island and accommodations are not included. Detailed directions, traveling tips and hotel recommendations are however provided upon registration.

    Coffee, tea and small snacks are provided every morning.

    CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS


    Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted before February 15, 2020 at the latest to receive a refund. Please note a  $250 USD cancelation fee is retained on deposits. Any cancelation request received past February 15 will not be refunded. In the event the retreat is not meeting minimum enrolment and needs to be canceled your deposit will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained).

    Please also note FotoFilmic will not be responsible for refunding traveling expenses in case this seminar gets canceled for any reason. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.

    CONTACT


    For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at bastien@fotofilmic.com


    © Photo credits (top slider): 1/Cristina De Middel, from the series The Afronauts, 2012; 2/Mark Neville, Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham, 2011; 3/Cristina De Middel and Bruno Morais, from the series Excessocenus; 4/ Mark Neville, Kids at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground, Tottenham, put out the barbeque fire, 2011.