This one-week digital workshop is for students interested in exploring the rich humanistic traditions of street photography in Paris with one of the most prominent Parisian photographers today, Peter Turnley. Turnley, who has lived in and photographed Paris for the past 25 years, worked early in his career as the assistant to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau. His acclaimed book, Parisians, by Abbeville Press, with a preface by Doisneau and Edouard Boubat, is a wonderful contemporary portrait of daily life in the world’s most beautiful city.
Students will spend much time exploring and photographing the rich daily life of Paris. They will be exposed to the work of many of the greatest photographers of all time who, at one time or another, have documented the Paris scene: Kertesz, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Atget, Izis, Ronis, Boubat, Ronis and Turnley, among others. Students will visit many of the rich museum spaces for photography in Paris, will meet several prominent members of the Paris photographic community and get to meet one of the greatest black and white printers of all time. Students will be encouraged to work on their own personal portrait of the daily life of the city.
The Streets of Paris deals with the humanistic traditions of street photography. Students will be expected to think not only in terms of single images in a fine art sense, but will be highly encouraged to think of the notion of telling a story with a group of pictures. Students will be encouraged to photograph the life of Paris and accept the challenge of photographing people, as well as the environment and visual landscape of the city. Peter will help the students with this process and offer tips for overcoming any hesitations or timidity. Students will create a photo-story with 15 photographs on a theme of their choice about Paris or the life of the city. Peter will work with students in the choice of their theme, which can be very broad, such as “My Impressions of Paris”, or very narrow, such as “The Life of the Seine River”. It is not important that students know in advance what their theme will be, but they will be expected to accept the challenge of choosing a theme early in the workshop and sticking to it in order to create an interesting and coherent photo-essay. At the outset, students will choose whether they will shoot their story in black and white or in color. They will be expected to stick with their choices once they have been made.
Please bring your laptop with imaging software loaded. Peter recommends a program called Photomechanic available for purchase or test-drive at www.camerabits.com
Peter will discuss technique, intent, composition and the creative use of the camera and lens. He will review and critique your portfolio and works-in-process, discuss careers, getting published and give you an idea of where you are and what to do next to become better. This workshop is for experienced photographers and photography students who want to explore Paris while working with and learning from one of today’s masters of photojournalism. This is an opportunity to be inspired by the street and nightlife of Paris and to produce a new body of images. Students will explore the rich tradition of the “decisive moment” and be encouraged to contemplate the themes of humor, sensuality, light, elegance, art and joie de vivre of the Paris landscape. This seven-day workshop should be one of the richest experiences of a lifetime for all participants. There are lectures and presentations by Peter and several of the most prominent members of the international photographic community.
This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son or daughter or partner. Non-photographic companions may join the group sessions and meals but are not involved in the critique or review sessions. Companion supplement is $250.
Peter has found three very nice hotels, each has different rates and all are within walking distance of his apartment where classes meet. Below are the names, websites and phone numbers. We ask that each you call and reserve a room at the hotel of your choice. You can also see each of these hotels on their respective web sites and book on-line through a variety of sites.
There are many other good, reasonable hotels that you can research on-line in Le Marais near Peter’s apartment where the daily class meets. Peter’s apartment is in the very heart of the Marais on the rue des Guillemites, Paris 75004, which is where the class will meet.
Plan to arrive on Saturday or at the latest by noon on Sunday. The first workshop session will begin at 2pm on Sunday. Flights from the States are often in the evenings which means that you could fly Friday evening and arrive in Paris on Saturday and give yourself an evening to get acclimated before the workshop begins on Sunday.
The workshop ends at noon on Saturday with a final show of the students’ final 15-image photo stories made during the week. Students are free to leave on Saturday afternoon which would enable those needing to get back to the States to work on Monday the time to do so. Those wishing to stay in Paris or France longer are free to continue their trip after the final class.
This is a digital only workshop. . Students will need to know how to download their digital images to a folder each evening so that their day’s work can be brought to class the next day on a flash drive, external hard drive, or CD for the daily review with Peter Turnley. Students will be encouraged to choose from the outset if they want to see their work in color or in black and white and they will be encouraged to stick to their choice of one or the other throughout the workshop.
What to Bring
Besides your DSLR camera (see below), bring a body of your creative work with you to share, either a portfolio or CD of images. Your portfolio can be prints or digital images. The workshop will have an LCD projector and there will be a final show of all of the students’ work during the final session.
Students may work with a DSLR camera, or high-end point and shoot camera such as a Canon G11. Two bodies are recommended with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens, such as a 17-35mm zoom, or 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm lens. In order to shoot comfortably in low light situations, it will be preferable that students have a wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture such as 1.4, 1.8, 2, or 2.8. Students should bring several memory cards (at least 1 G cards are recommended), extra batteries and necessary battery chargers. Your laptop should have image management software such as Apple’s Aperture, Adobe’s Light Room or, as Peter suggests, Photomechanic, which can be downloaded free on a trial basis from the site of camerabits: http://www.camerabits.com
Students should make sure to have a back-up system on which to download each day’s work. This can be your laptop, a portable external hard drive storage device, flash drive, CDs, or DVDs. You will need a means of getting your edited images into a folder for Peter’s review each day; flash drives are the most practical, but you can also use an external hard drive, CD, or DVD.
Research and preparation
Research and preparation are important parts of any adventure. There are many very thorough guidebooks about Paris and extensive information about Paris and France can be found on the Internet.
The first and last meals are included in the cost of the workshop. You will be a guest of the workshop for a group opening dinner on Sunday night and for the final dinner on Friday night. Aside from the two group meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are independent; students are encouraged to join each other in local restaurants and cafes. Expect to be paying around $50 a day on meals.
Terms and Conditions for Travel Workshops
1. Reservations & Payments
A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop. Final payment in full is due 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop unless stated differently in the course description.. Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses. See our travel insurance recommendations here.
5. Itinerary Changes
The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
6. Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
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9. Responsibility & Photography
To ensure a safe experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.
Header Image Credit: Peter Turnley
Instructor: Peter Turnely
Peter Turnley is renown for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times and are published frequently in the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over 90 countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geo-political and historic significance in the last thirty years. His photographs draw attention to the plight of those who suffer great hardships or injustice. He also affirms with his vision the many aspects of life that are beautiful, poetic, just, and inspirational.
Turnley’s photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New Yorker, and DoubleTake. Peter Turnley worked on contract for the Newsweek Magazine from 1986-2001 and as a contributing editor/photographer with Harper’s Magazine from 2003-2007. His work is frequently published in photo essay form in magazines, on major television networks such as CNN, ABC’s “Nightline”, and in online publications, such as The Online Photographer. Turnley’s photographs have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo, and the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition.
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