THE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER RETREAT
The first ‘Photography Master Retreat’ will be held on July 12 to 19, 2014 in The South of France.
The first of its kind, The Photography Master Retreat is a one-week retreat for passionate photographers seeking to refocus their personal/professional work and take it to the next level.
A retreat is: a refuge, a safe place, a sanctuary, a hideaway, an abode, an hermitage, a haven, a place of rest, shelter, and protection.
A retreat is also: a departure, a different approach, an adventure, a leave-taking, the beginning of a journey, a change from the usual or expected path, a definite time spent away from one’s normal life for the purpose of reflecting and reconnecting at a higher level.
It is conceived in the spirit of a retreat, with a select group of 12 to 14 attendees, who will live and work with each other and their mentors. They will live and work with each other and their mentors on an estate in the beautiful mountainous region near Arles, France.
A week long retreat from July 12 to 19, 2014 in the South of France, where photographers with an established body of personal work (fine art or documentary) have the opportunity to examine their practice under the guidance of distinguished mentors with daily one-on-one and group exchanges. Portfolio reviews, gentle critique, discussions and introspections are an integral part of the program.
It is designed as a journey to explore photographic ideas and process in depth, allowing participants to re-think their aesthetic and trajectory as an artist.
The Photography Master Retreat is: the beginning of a new course of action, a path to better and more conscious work.
Elisabeth Biondi: Visuals Editor and Independent Curator
Lyle Rexer: Critic, Curator and Educator
Martine Fougeron: Photographer and artist
A distinguished visiting mentor is currently being selected.
The Retreat is held in the house of Martine Fougeron in the South of France : “La Bastide d’Esparon.” It is a haven with breathtaking views, near Arles, Avignon, and Montpellier. It also provides the wines and the local cuisine that participants will enjoy during the week. The residence is conducive to contemplation, conversation and creativity. It is the perfect place of refuge where one can discover a new spirit of exploration.
The Application and Selection process:
This Photography Master Retreatis open by application only.
Applications are due before January 6, 2014
Application should include the following:
1/ A brief statement of your motivation and intention to participate in the Photography Master Retreat. Please tell us in a few paragraphs where you currently see yourself and your work and where you want to head in the next several years (200 words).
2/ An Artist’s Statement (200 words).
3/ A brief biography (200 words).
4/ A link to your personal website.
5/ 20 photographic images (72 dpi in jpg format, 600 pixel longest side saved as quality 10 max) either of one body of work or two bodies of work with descriptive statements for each project (fine art, editorial or commercial assignment).
We will confirm your acceptance by January 15, 2014.
You must confirm your participation with a deposit by January 22, 2014.
The Photography Master Retreat fee is $2,900.The fee includes 6 nights and 7 days of lodging, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as the welcome dinner on Sunday evening and celebration dinner on Friday night. It also includes mild meditation sessions and/or guided nature walks. It does not include airfare and travel arrangements to the location.
On a last note, The Retreat is not limited by an ideology or a predetermined aesthetic approach. It engages each participant’s work on its own terms and seeks the best ways to improve and enrich the photographic encounter.