* Learn how to create a new documentary series;
* Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering an editorial story;
* Refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing;
* Discover your own visual language as well as practical and conceptual know how to confront real situation reportage making.
This workshop in full immersion with Todd Hido 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.
American, b. 1968. Drawing from childhood memories as a creative wellspring, Hido wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own recollections. For his landscapes the artist chooses to photograph during overcast days and often frames his images through the vantage point of his car, using the windshield as an additional lens. Through this unique process and signature color palette, he alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America, where uniform communities provide for a stable façade, while concealing the instability that lies within its walls.
While Hido is notorious for photographing suburbia from the outside as his pictures of well-worn dwellings evidence, he has also entered the interiors of these houses and integrated the human form into his work. His ability to capture the inherent tensions of both the human body and landscapes marks his work as a starting point of a broader discussion. Any narrative inferred form his work is entirely a construct of the viewer’s imagination heightened by Hido’s power of sequencing photographs and his fascination with a cinematic style of image making.
Hido was born in 1968 in Kent, Ohio. He received his B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. In 1996 he earned his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts where he was mentored by Larry Sultan. He is now an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco.
Hido has been the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award, and the Barclay Simpson Award. Since the artist joined Bruce Silverstein, he has had three solo exhibitions. His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Other major institutions that have previously exhibited Hido’s work include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washignton D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Miami Art Museum, Florida; Netherland Architecture Institute, Rotterdam; Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy; Samsung Museum of Modern Art in Korea; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Work by Hido is held in public and private collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of Art.
In 2001 an award-winning monograph of his work titled House Hunting was published by Nazraeli Press, followed by a companion monograph, Outskirts, published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004. Between the Two, focusing on portraits and nudes, and A Road Divided were respectively published in 2007 and 2010.
A full volume of Silver Meadows, mined from Hido’s own experience growing up in Kent, was launched at Paris Photo 2012, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece in 2014.
The artist lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Todd Hido is represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery (NYC), Rose Gallery (Santa Monica), Kaune, Posnik, Spohr (Cologne), and La Galerie Particulière (Paris).
If you want to be kept informed about Todd Hido, you can go on Facebook and add Eyes in Progress or his own page to your list of interests.
Eyes in Progress proposes a frame of a one week training course during which 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.
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 Saturday, 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 Villa for the group.
Day 2 (Sunday):
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, Todd Hido 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 Todd Hido.
Day 3 to Day 7 –Monday up to Friday):
9:30 – 11pm
Every morning, Todd Hido will make a presentation of one of his projects or of some significant aspect or his 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 Todd Hido.
Editing of selected pictures session.
Through a selection and a discussion with Todd Hido 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 Todd Hido.
Day 8 (Saturday)
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 that will be attended by all the people involved in the realization of the series.
Working language: English.