Jane Evelyn Atwood
Born in New York and living in Paris since 1971, Jane Evelyn Atwood is one of the world’s leading photographers. In 1976, Atwood bought her first camera and began taking pictures of a group of street prostitutes in Paris. It was partly on the strength of these photographs that Atwood received the first W. Eugene Smith Award, in 1980, for another story she had just started work on: blind children. Prior to this, she had never published a photo.
In the ensuing years, Atwood has pursued a number of carefully chosen projects-among them an 18-month reportage of one regiment of the Foreign Legion, following the soldiers to Beirut and Chad; a four-and-a-half-month story on the first person with AIDS in France to allow himself to be photographed for publication in the press (Atwood stayed with him until his death); and a four-year study of landmine victims that took her to Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo, Mozambique and Afghanistan-always with the same personal and passionate approach.
Jane Evelyn Atwood’s work reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she has managed to penetrate worlds that most of us do not know, or choose to ignore. She limits her stories to those which truly compel her, devoting to each subject the time necessary-in some cases, years-to explore it in depth. In 1989 she started to photograph incarcerated women, eventually managing to gain access to some of the world’s worst penitentiaries and jails, including death row. This monumental ten-year undertaking- encompassing forty prisons in nine countries of Europe and Eastern Europe, and the United States-remains the definitive photographic work on women in prison to date. It was published as a book in both English and French in 2000 and continues to be exhibited internationally.
Atwood’s particularity as a photographer lies in her in-depth approach, but she has also covered such news events as the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, and the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
Jane Evelyn Atwood describes her method of work as “obsessive”. She does not move on to a new subject until she feels she has completely understood the one at hand and her own relation to it, and until she believes that her pictures reflect this understanding.
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PHOTO is media partner of the workshop with Jane Evelyn Atwood and will publish a making-off of the event.
Advanced Amateurs, Professionals.
“I hope that a workshop like this one can help guide the students toward making better photos, and in this case, help them to better understand how to tell a story with pictures. ” Jane Evelyn Atwood
Day 1 – Jane Evelyn Atwood will project selected photo stories and explain her working method; her books will be available for comment, questions, and consultation. Video interviews making-off for each participant.
Day 2 & 3 – Students will decide on one assignment, to be completed during the workshop. Workshop stories, as well as students’ past work are critiqued and discussed, in depth, with each portfolio getting special attention. Practice, outside shooting. Eyes in Progress will suggest different shooting spots and stories suggestions, however, ideally, participants would arrive with a story in mind that could be discussed with the guest photographer.
Day 4 – The workshop closes with the final editing and presentation of each story, one per student. Finally, the participants will be asked to create a portfolio of their work that will be published on the Eyes in Progress website. Video interviews making-off for each participant.
Workshop hours: 9h30-18h.
Teaching language: English.