Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Paris November Workshop

PictureTank presents:
a weekend photography workshop in November with photographer Harvey Benge

Working between Paris and Auckland, New Zealand, photographer Harvey Benge is known for his evocative and mysterious images made in urban environments around the world. With a passion for the photobook, and over 30 bookworks to his name, his picture series have been published prolifically with publishers in France, Germany and the UK.
The workshop will emphasise the photobook and its importance and will deal with practical, achievable outcomes, concentrating on tactics to make a visible, differentiated photography practice in a digital world full of photographers and photographs.

Building on his experience of gallery shows, making photo bookworks and workshops conducted with Antoine d’Agata, Peter Bialobrzeski, Louis Baltz, John Gossage, Alec Soth, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul Graham and Todd Hido, Harvey will talk about photographic "process" and how to make work that has an edge and with a distinctive voice of its own.
Among other things, there will be discussion about what makes a great photograph and why, strategies for evaluating your own work, editing and sequencing and different approaches to arriving at a cohesive, meaningful body of work.

Participants will be required to bring with them portfolios of work which will be reviewed and discussed within the group in a constructive, supportive manner.

“In his search for the absurd and bizarre in the urban landscape…. small moments of everyday life flash with ambiguity and tension, contrasts and conflicts. Part humorous… often he shows disturbing signs of differences, small anarchies… an urban dream at the edges of reality.” Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

"One of the few photographers today who does as much for the poetics as for the philosophy of photography." Markus Schaden,, Cologne.

The workshop, which will be conducted in English, is limited to 12 places and will run over Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November. Fee is 250 Euro.

For more information please contact:
Marta Niedzwiecka, or Harvey Benge,

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