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Photography Workshop
in Paris

Paolo Verzone
LUX: Light Applied to the Portrait

March 2nd (afternoon), 3rd, 4th, 5th 2017
Light is to the photographer what colour is to the painter: A basic raw material.

Paolo Verzone, a portraitist who produces personal works (Cadets, Ed. De La Martinière) and does commissions (he regularly contributes to Le Monde), is a photographer who excels in the art of composing pictures which associate different sources of light: daylight (including light redirected by means of reflectors), HMI (discharge lamps), or studio flashes.

During this workshop, with his customary talent, energy, and humour, Paolo Verzone will analyse the composition of some of his photographs and will then guide you step by step in how to take shots in which you will experiment with different types of lighting.

Through the red thread of the portrait you will come to consider this approach not only as a technical and aesthetic process but as an
alchemy in which your images gain “more soul”.

Information and Programm

Maître de stage
Paolo Verzone

Lieu et Dates
VU' Agence & Galerie, Hôtel Paul Delaroche, 58 rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris
Les 2 (après-midi), 3, 4 et 5 mars 2017
(jeu: 14h-20h / ven: 10h-20h / sam: 10h-20h / dim: 10h-18h)

S’initier aux différents types d’éclairage (particularités techniques, rendus visuels)
Apprendre à manipuler ces différentes sources lumineuses une à une
Complexifier ses compositions en associant plusieurs sources lumineuses
Savoir créer rapidement une ambiance lumineuse pour un portrait, en commande ou pour une série personnelle
Mieux appréhender la pratique du portrait et la relation au modèle

Jeudi 2 Mars après-midi
Projection commentée de son travail par Paolo Verzone :
- Etude détaillée de photographies: la construction de la lumière
- La suite de portraits comme constitution d’une série documentaire
Présentation du travail de chacun des participants : analyse et évaluation d’objectifs

Vendredi 3 Mars
Installation technique des studios photos
Démonstration des techniques de base des 3 types de lumières: la lumière naturelle / les HMI (lumière continue de cinéma) / les flashs
Premiers travaux pratiques de prise de vues avec chaque type d’éclairage

Samedi 4 Mars
Journée de travaux pratiques de prise de vues (avec les conseils de Paolo Verzone et le soutien technique d’un assistant)
Avec source unique ou en mélangeant des sources lumineuses

Dimanche 5 Mars
Suite des exercices de prises de vues :
. Constitution d’une série de portraits ayant une cohérence formelle
Projection finale des portraits réalisés : analyses et conseils de Paolo Verzone

Les participants devront apporter, dans la mesure du possible, les éléments suivants :
- Leur portfolio sous forme de tirages et/ou de fichiers numériques.
- Un boîtier numérique et un ordinateur portable, le format de ce workshop nécessitant la maîtrise de ces outils.

- Plein tarif : 680 euros
- Tarif réduit : étudiants, moins de 25 ans, demandeurs d’emploi : 540 euros.
- Personnes bénéficiant d’une prise en charge (type AFDAS) : 730 euros

Financements possibles
N’hésitez pas à nous demander les documents utiles à la constitution de vos dossiers de prise en charge (déclaration d'activité de formateur enregistrée
sous le numéro 11 75 50839 75 auprès du préfet de région d’Ile-de-France).
Pour toute information sur vos droits à la formation, contactez le CARIF (Centre d’Animation, de Ressources et d’Information sur la Formation).

Informations & inscriptions
Mathias Nouel / +33 (0)1 53 01 85 84 /


Paolo Verzone
Paris-based photographer Paolo Verzone was born in Turin, Italy in 1967. Since he began taking pictures at the age of 18, he has always divided his photography between portraiture and reportage.
Paolo Verzone is unclassifiable, which he likes. With a background in journalism, a field where he continues to work, he has long known that the printed page is not the only place to present a vision or point of view. Thus, alone or with his collaborator, Alessandro Albert, he has undertaken large scale projects that take an in-depth look into today’s world. The most remarkable includes his survey of seaside bathers along the Italian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish coasts. The project spanned many years.
During the past five years, he worked on a series of students' portraits from military academy throughout Europe. “Cadets” has been published by Editions de La Martinière and exhibited at the Hôtel des Invalides.

His intimate and strict portraits leave room for laughter while representing characters who become a funny but not always joyful reflection of our society. This “leisure society” he frames is neither in place or voided of its own caricature.
He was published in international magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, the Guardian, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Geo. His works were awarded with several grants, among them: World Press Photo, American Photography, International Photography Awards. His images are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

General Terms

Limited to a maximum of 12 people.

You can receive a pre-enrollement form by contacting:
Mathias Nouel / +33(0)1 53 01 85 84 /
This latter will have to be sent - at the latest - 20 days prior to the beginning of the workshop.
It must be accompanied by a postal check OR a bank transfert* of 50% of the total fee, and addressed to the order of: Agence VU’.
* the potential bank fees are in charge of the participant

Final enrollement
Once the Agency receive the form, your enrollement to the workshop will be confirmed by email. Then, you will be requested to pay the rest of the amount due within 10 days before the beginning of the workshop.

Reproduction and diffusion autorisation
The workshop participant authorizes Agence VU’ to reproduce and distribute:
- Any photographs of him or her taken during the workshop.
- The photographs and that have been chosen in a common agreement with the course leader.

These images will be used as documents in the framework of any communication material to advertise the workshops (on varied aid; internet, paper…). The participant renounce to ask for any compensation if any of her or his images were to be used in the communication of the workshops.

Participants who cancel 30 days before the beginning of the workshop will be given a 100% refund of their deposit. Participants who cancel between 30 and 15 days before the beginning of the workshop will be given a 50% refund of their deposit. Participants who cancel less than 15 days before the beginning of the workshop will not be given a refund except in cases of force majeure.

Workshop cancelation
Agence VU' reserves the right to cancel a workshop. In case of a cancelation, Agence VU will propose, in agreement with the concerned people, the possibility to take part in another workshop. In case no solution can be found, Agence VU will reimburse the fees to the participants.

Information & subscriptions

Mathias Nouel
+33(0)1 53 01 85 84



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