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* Learn how to create a new series;
* Learn and improve how to build a photographic series;
* Develop your own visual language and photographic identity;
* Build a plastic approach and an artistic coherence in the approach of a subject;
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 Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris).
«I will share the honest and intricate parts of my process of shooting and then the equally important other half of being a photographer: making choices about what images work the best and what sequence and context does for them. Where and how do you show your work? on a wall? a book? a tumblr? During the workshop I’ll break it down to the essential choices that need to be made and how one choice does not fit all. Often students end up seeing and discovering something that is easily attainable to them. I will review their work and give them feedback on current projects. As well, we will spend a few days working on shooting different genres of work; locations like my spaces, some night shots, and we’ll shoot some portraits as well.» Todd Hido
If you want to be kept informed about Todd Hido, you can follow him on Instagram or Eyes in Progress.
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.
On the final workshop's day, the participants will have the opportunity to show their series in a local public place, an opening will be organized and they will be able to show and present their works to the audience.
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, 5pm):
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.
1:30 – 3pm
Inception and starting of a photographer’s project
By illustrating her presentation with her 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
The group goes out together in a local town near by to initiate the shooting sessions. Every participant will be free to achieve 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 6 –(Tuesday 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 participant goes outdoors to shoot their subjects. Participants come back to the house in order to get a critical review and improvement suggestions of Todd Hido. Daily meetings will be defined so that each participant can spend time with Todd Hido in order to develop his/her series.
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.
On Friday evening, participants are invited to give their final selection for the sound slideshow the day after.
Day 7 (Saturday)
9.30 am – 6 pm
Final editing and sequence
Each participant works on the final editing and sequence of his/her series. The series and its associated text will then be sent to the selected mentor.
Exhibition opening and presentation of each series to the audience.
Day 8 (Sunday)
9:30 am – 1pm
Each participant works on the making up and the sequence of the final selection. He/She 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. Final Q/A session with Todd Hido.
Working language: English.