* Learn how to create a new series;
* Learn and improve how to build a photographic series be it linked to fiction, reality or both.
* Build a plastic approach and an artistic coherence in the approach of a subject.
* Develop your own visual language and photographic identity.
This workshop in full immersion with Anders Petersen aims at developping the aptitude of the participant to carry out a photography assignment in an institutional context. This experience will allow the participant to develop his/her capacity to produce a photographic work in a given location and throughout a given limited time period.
Anders Petersen was born in 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. At 14 years old, his family moved to Karlstad in Värmland, where he met the artists Karin Bodland and Lars Sjögren. In 1961, he stayed for some time in Hamburg in order to learn German, write and paint. He didn’t take any pictures. Five years later he met Christer Strömholm and became a student at his School of Photography in Stockholm. Strömholm was not just his teacher but also a close friend. Their friendship influenced him for life. In 1967, he starts photographing a bar called Café Lehmitz in Hamburg, close to Zeughausmarkt. He was photographing there for a period of almost three years and in 1970 he had his first solo exhibition over the bar in Café Lehmitz with 350 photographs nailed to the wall.
In 1973 he published his first book “Gröna Lund”, about people in an amusement park in Stockholm. In 1974 he graduated from the Swedish Filmschool, Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. In 1978 he published “Café Lehmitz ” in Germany. In 1984 the first book in a trilogy about locked instituations was published. The three books were about people in a prison, a nursing house, and a mental hospital. After photographing the mental hospital for three years he oriented himself towards a more free approach in a kind of diary like photography.
During 2003 and 2004, Anders Petersen was appointed Professor of Photography in the School of Photography and Film at the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He regularly has workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and in the USA. He has received numerous grants and rewards since the seventies.
In 2003 Anders Petersen was elected the “Photographer of the Year” by the International Photofestival in Arles. In 2006 he was shortlisted as one of four for the “Deutsche Börse Photography Prize”. In 2007 he received the “Special Prize of the Jury” for his exhibition “Exaltation of Humanity” by the third International Photofestival in Lianzhou, China. In 2008 he received the “Dr. Erich Salomon Award” by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, Germany.
“The Arles Contemporary Book Award for 2009″ went to JH Engström and
Anders Petersen’s collaborative book “From Back Home” by Max Ström.
The book was nominated to “The Best Photographic Book in Sweden,
year 2009″ and also Winner of Design Bronze Lion in Cannes. In 2010, he was in the jury for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo.
Anders Peterson has his darkroom in Stockholm, Sweden.
“I think that for all aspiring art photographers, a workshop with Anders Petersen is a must-do.
He has the kind of character that makes him immediately friendly and participants feel no barriers to communicate with him and ask all the questions they want, without fear of judgement.
He has precisely the right advices for those who need a push into their inner selves and consequently their photographic personal practice. While remaining very humble and altruistic, he knows what to point out as required improvements to reach a certain level.
As far as editing is concerned, he has an incredible eye and is fearsomely efficient when picking the right pictures.” Véronique Sutra, Founder & CEO, Eyes in Progress.
Anders Petersen is represented by La Galerie VU´ (Paris), GunGallery (Stockholm) and RAT HOLE Gallery (Tokyo).
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Eyes in Progress proposes a frame of a one week training course. 9 participants will be placed in a situation of total immersion, in order to produce a photographic series, from inception to end, under the direction of a distinguished photographer.
Participants will be placed in a situation of « artistic residence ». Working days shall be spitted in various sessions: shootings, editing, masterclasses, commented projections of films and mutual exchanges on a daily basis.
Moreover, other activities will be proposed, outside of the working sessions, in order to allow participants to appropriate their environment and to arouse their creativity and inspiration.
These sessions will take place in a typical and very charming country house, a so said ‘mas’, located in the hamlet of Cosprons (Occitanie region), close to the border of France and Spain. Located in the bottom of a valley covered with vineyards, not far from the Bay of Paulliles, you will enjoy a quiet and beautiful environment, living among warmful and authentic inhabitants.
Participants will share bedrooms (2 per room with independent bathroom in each) except if they prefer to be in a single room (request to be done in advance to Eyes in Progress, extra fee involved).
You will be asked to adapt to a total immersion life, to take risks and to go beyond your limits, in order to progress and to get access to a higher level in your practice of photography.
No later than one month before the workshop, participants will be provided with a file. Among other information, you will find in this file a list of subjects and of contacts on site, to allow you to think about your project.
Day One (starting on Sunday, 7pm):
Welcome of participants on training site.
Preliminary presentations, each participant briefly introduces oneself to the group, introduction of the invited photographer.
Presentation by Eyes in Progress of the 7 days organization and of the pre-established projects.
Description and presentation of the local environment.
First exchanges related to the selected subjects and/or still subjects to further thinking.
Dinner at the Mas for the group.
Day 2 (Monday):
9:30am – 12:30pm
Each participant shows out one or two completed and published series. They will present themselves orally to the group (speech duration limited to 15 minutes).
1:30 – 3pm
Inception and starting of a photographer’s project
By illustrating his presentation with his own projects, Anders Petersen will explain how to make the best choice of the right angle of the subject – paying attention to one’s experience and to previous works. He will evoke environment related constraints and the way to take them into account to perform the work. He will provide the participants with key-factors and suggestions.
3 – 6pm
Every participant achieves an individual reconnaissance outdoor in order to identify some points and/or meet with potential subjects (appointments could have been arranged previously). As far as possible, they will start making some shots. The staff can help in arranging contacts or in making suggestions.
Back indoor, exchanges about the reconnaissance carried on and identified constraints. Final choice of projects with Anders Petersen.
Day 3 to Day 7 –Tuesday up to Saturday):
9:30 – 11pm
Every morning, Anders Petersen will make a presentation of one of her projects or of some significant aspect or her professional cursus. The goal of these sessions is to inspire the participants in the realization of their own series.
11 – 17am
Every trainee goes outdoors to shoot their subjects. Participants come back to the training facility as soon as they can, in order to get a critical review and improvement suggestions of Anders Petersen.
Editing of selected pictures session.
Through a selection and a discussion with Anders Petersen around the best pictures of the day, participants will work at developing their series and improving their global approach of the subject.
5 – 6pm
Exchanges in group on shooting and associated problems such as encountered. Synthesis and solutions, presented by Anders Petersen.
Day 8 (Sunday)
9:30 am – 1pm
Edition of the final portfolio.
Each participant works on the making up and the sequence of the final selection. He writes a text related to the series such as presented. The series and the associated wording shall be forwarded to a mentor of their choice.
2 – 4pm
Final screening and/or exhibition that will be attended by all the people involved in the realization of the series, as well as inhabitants in the surroundings.
Working language: English (depending on the audience).