MAY 22-26, 2023, BOWEN ISLAND, BC

More and more of the images we see are not recorded with photographic means any more; digitally altered pictures, 3D-renderings, and software-generated images consistently force their way into our perception – often without us recognizing them as non-photographic. What place can have a lens-based artistic practice in these times, and is the photographic method still relevant? (Spoiler: yes) Enabling a discussion between images taken outside the studio and ones created inside, testing unaltered, “natural” photographs against staged, constructed and altered images, participants of “The Map and the Territory” will be enabled to create new images in the studio based on previously shot photographs, and learn how to produce work that, albeit rooted in the photographic method, is able to touch upon and discuss current developments in regard to post-photographic pictures.

• discussing the contemporary photographic image and how it changed in the last three decades (digital photography, post-production, 3D-rendering, software-created images)
• learning how to use (artificial) light in the studio
• learning how to use existing images to create new work; how to relate the photography outside the studio – unaltered, “natural” images – to photography inside the studio – constructed, fabricated images.

What we will do:
• First day – theoretical part: we will discuss how the photographic image changed over the last three decades, how new technological developments converted our perception of it, and why the photographic method is still relevant and important.
• Second day – we will wander around Bowen Island, shooting images that will be used later on in the studio.
• Third and fourth day – we will create sets / stages using the images we shot the previous day, and will create simple sculptural arrangements that we will stage on these sets. We will use artificial light to mimic (and potentially enhance or alter) the light in the previously shot photograph. We will then use post production (mostly Adobe Photoshop) to further alter, enhance, or deconstruct the created image.
• Fifth day – we will give a form to the produced work – discussing and testing ways of physically producing it, and possibilities of distributing it digitally.

What participants need to bring:
• Own digital camera (quick turnaround of images)
• Own laptop / computer, ideally with Adobe Photoshop

Schedule: Meets in-person at FotoFilmic on Bowen Island on Monday May 26, Tuesday May 27, Wednesday May 28, Thursday May 29 and Friday May 30 from 9am to 5pm (hours subject to change).

This program is limited to 12 participants.

Banner photograph © Thomas Albdorf, 2329 Wilshire Boulevard, Part One (The Trash Can Fire), from the series and book Body Double (2022).

          © Thomas Albdorf, Cav Empt for GRIND Magazine, March 2022, commission (left); Vine Street, from the series and book Body Double, 2022 (left).

© Thomas Albdorf, Approach, from the series and book I Know I will See What I have Seen Before (2015).

          © Thomas Albdorf, all photographs from the series and book Body Double, 2022.


Thomas Albdorf conceives photography not as the single act of releasing the shutter, but as chain of conscious as well as unconscious decisions – the basic photograph doesn’t officiate as an enclosed image rather than a space of possibilities and probabilities, primarily enabled via digital post production processes that often leave their visible marks in the final work, revealing their source as well as bringing their conditions of production up for discussion. After working for several years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, Thomas Albdorf studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013. He was selected as one of 30 international “Artists to Watch” by British Journal of Photography in 2014; he won the UNSEEN Amsterdam Talent Award in 2016. He had his first institutional solo show “Room With a View” in 2018 at FOAM Amsterdam, followed by his solo show “Mirror Mirror” at Museum Folkwang in Essen / Germany in 2019. His work has been exhibited throughout galleries in Europe & the United States, and he has been featured / interviewed in magazines like FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and many more. Commercial clients include Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Coach, Diesel, Givenchy, Lacoste, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Zara and many others.


Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island (Nexwlélexwm is its native Squamish name) has been Vancouver’s paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. This enchanted island is known for its exceptional serenity, centennial parks, artistic culture, and laid-back country living a short 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver.

FotoFilmic has called Bowen Island home since 2015, and currently hosts all its in-person mentoring programs there at the FotoFilmic space conveniently located in Artisan Square. The large 1600+ sq ft venue is set up to accommodate a wide range of hands-on artistic activities and lab type experimentations, while also acting as a photography gallery. The island’s lush natural settings yearlong, its small and relaxed coastal town feel and few amenities all combine to offer an immersive, inspiring and nurturing retreat experience unlike any other.

FotoFilmic acknowledges, with gratitude, that the land on which it operates is the unceded and ancestral territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.




Monday, April 3, 2023

$1795 USD
Past Attendee:
$1495 USD

* subject to 5% GST (Good and Services Provincial Tax)

[ Early-Bird and scholarship applications are closed (Nov.21, 2022) ]


Applicants selected to register must confirm their participation by sending either a $995 USD tuition deposit, or a full Regular or Past Attendee tuition payment.

If choosing to send a registration deposit, the remaining tuition balance will then come due in full by Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

If interested in a payment plan, requests must be made by Wednesday, February 22, 2023 to Bastien at Payment plans are cost free, and schedules can include 3 to 5 terms max. Please also note that all payment plan payments remain non-refundable.


Flights, local transportation, accommodations and meals are not included in the registration fees. A detailed information packet will be sent to confirmed participants to help coordinate their stay on Bowen Island, inclusive of on-island accommodations options (single or shared), local transportation directions, a list of restaurants and other amenities available, and general island life tips.

Meets in-person at FotoFilmic on Bowen Island on Monday May 26, Tuesday May 27, Wednesday May 28, Thursday May 29 and Friday May 30 from 9am to 5pm (hours subject to change).

FotoFilmic Space
103-555 Prometheus Pl
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2


Applications to register are free (no fee to apply). Enrolment will be limited to just 12 participants. Photographers from all educational backgrounds and at all career stages are welcome to apply (film & digital). A portfolio of 10-20 images focused on past and/or ongoing projects must be submitted as a prerequisite for consideration (please include images from no more than 2 different series/projects).

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, with regular email communication from reception to final decision. The entire review and acceptance process usually takes 8-12 days from the day your application is received.


The deadline to withdraw your participation and request a refund is Monday, February 27, 2023. Please note a $500 USD cancelation fee remains applicable. Cancelation and refund requests received after February 27 will not be accepted.

In the event the program was not meeting minimum enrolment, or needed to be canceled for any reason, paid tuition will be refunded in full without any cancelation fee. Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refunds if the program gets canceled: purchasing travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.


For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at


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