FotoFilmic Master Workshops are high quality, small-group mini-retreats designed to boost the creative practice of growing photographers through direct mentoring with some of today’s most acclaimed figures of contemporary photography. This workshop will take place in Paris, France following the 2nd opening of the FOTOFILMIC17 Traveling Exhibition at Galerie Binome on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
Scheduled from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2018 this rare event will give the opportunity to a small group of 15 photographers to work closely with legendary photographer Larry Fink camera in hand providing a strong advancement platform to their street and documentary practices.
SEPT 7-8-9, 2018 3-DAY MASTER WORKSHOP WITH LARRY FINK
“EMPATHY: THE HIDDEN EYE”
Very rarely does one photographer change the game and attitude of the medium: since the late 1960s Larry Fink’s work has done just that breathing a powerful, uncompromising new vision into photography’s arguably most complex and daunting application: the art of social documentation. From the seminal work ‘The Beats’, to the tender satyre of ‘Social Graces’, and whether photographing loggers and boxers or presidents and Hollywood stars, Larry’s inspiring humbleness in describing power relationships and their fundamental break away from basic humaneness remains unchallenged to this day.
A radical empathizer gifted with a genius-like sense of improvisation and composition, Larry will share some of his invaluable insights for 3 full days through extensive portfolio reviews on day 1, individual field assignments on the streets of Paris on day 2, and reaping the benefits of his expert editing of your newly created work on day 3! Read on for full program details and to join us for the exceptional juncture of Larry Fink and the magical streets of the ‘City of Light’!
September 7-8-9, 2018
19 rue Charlemagne
75004 Paris, France
Open to all 18+ digital & film/analogue photographers
Professionals, advanced amateurs, students and recent graduates (May 2017 and after)
The workshop will be conducted in English
“Empathy is the emotional ability to feel the pulse of another. While picture making is the discipline with which we are concerned, the empathic postulation is the desire and ability to translate direct emotional experience into the two-‐dimensional surface, that which we are blessed to utilize. There is no formula for success in picture making or in feeling. It is a combination of desire, revelation, and the luck of the draw”.
On the first day, there will be a portfolio review. Within reason each individual picture, will be intuitively and analytically perceived. For each photographer, I will attempt to piece together an overview of the central, organic orbit of their visual thinking. There will be a certain degree of references from throughout the history of photography to see where images fit in to the historical context.
On the second day, we will translate that analytical understanding into intuitive camera practice exploring as a group the unique visual fabric of Paris, coursing its many influxes of subjects as opportunities to react and interpret within empathetic moments. This guided field training will lead each photographer to produce a new series of shots to be discussed and expanded upon the next day.
On the third day we will take a deep, collective look at everyone’s findings and edit each series of photographs from the day before down to a meaningful sequence reflecting on the ideas of composition, improvisation and how each student illuminates differently the inner soul of our experience. Time permitting, references will be also be made to my book, ‘Larry Fink: On Composition and Improvisation’ (which is available via Aperture) to give students a better sense of my own creative enterprise.
I am assuming that everyone works in digital, which gives us such an easy access to presently shot imagery. The miracle of electric digital photography works in our favor.” Larry Fink
ABOUT LARRY FINK
Larry Fink is a professional photographer and teacher of over 55 years. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts. He has had one-man shows in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and internationally at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi in France, the Andalusian Centre of Photography in Spain, and most recently the Musee de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama. His work is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney among many others, and he was the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 2015. Larry’s first monograph, the seminal Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) left a lasting impression in the photographic community. There have been twelve other monographs with the subject matter crossing the class barrier in unexpected ways. Two of his most recently published books were on several “Best Of” lists of the year: The Beats published by Artiere /powerhouse and Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation published by Aperture. His most recent published book is Opening the Sky (Stanley/Barker, 2015). With work previously appearing in Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, and The New York Times Magazine, Larry now occasionally publishes portfolios with the New Yorker. He is currently working on a massive retrospective book to be published by the University of Texas Press. Grafiche dell’Artiere in Bologna will make the exquisite prints for the book.