We are happy to be hosting the dynamic duo Formento & Formento
at a very special venue near Paris for their only Masterclass Workshop this year! 3 Days: August 29, 30 and 31st 2020
The Power of Photography
This workshop is designed to help you discover or renew your creative spirit, and broaden the way you think about photography. Its purpose is to help serious amateur or professional photographers reconcile practical and creative lives, to re-examine your own creative process exploring the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of image making, and find new paths to creative growth. Our goals are to help each participant develop or refine a sense of personal style and to make serious amateur, fine-art, or commercial work more passionate and fulfilling.
We will concentrate on the cinematic approach, demonstrate our lighting and will have on hand complete vintage styling as well as four amazing models available to explore the nude with. Richeille and I will work with you individually to discuss your personal narrative and how to use photography to reach your audience. Emphasizing simplicity, practical demonstrations, individual portfolio reviews, we will discuss how to develop projects, exhibitions, galleries, selling work and the contemporary publishing world.
Formento & Formento known for their romantic and sensually staged photography that blur the lines of fiction and reality, clarity and ambiguity. Their style reveals a fascination with mood and texture where a sense of place figures prominently. From America, Europe, Cuba, Mexico, India to Japan they blend fervent passion for photography with a lasting love for one another. BJ Formento American born moved to NYC in 1999 and learned from esteemed masters such as Avedon, Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark and Newman. Richeille Formento was born in London and received her degrees from the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director in the fashion industry.
In 2005, BJ and Richeille met while working together on a job in South Beach, Miami. They admit to love at first sight, and were married in New York City three months later. Working together as Formento & Formento, they have their work in permanent collections of museums worldwide and are very active in paying it forward with the Formento Foundation.
Glenn O'Brien wrote "F&F come out of this hybrid lineage of art and fashion. You might call them third Pictures Generation artists. Their work conjures the sensibility of an art film and extends it though lengthy series. Although their work is usually not explicit fashion, they tend to observe high fashion standards in casting, hair and makeup, which invariably injects a frisson of glamour into the scenario. Their locations and their lighting are first rate, giving a genuine cinematic sensibility to the photographs in the way Gregory Crewdson achieves big screen values, but Formento & Formento are a duo that travels light and manages to achieve soundstage quality without Hollywood budgets."
You will spend 3 days living, sleeping, dreaming photography with us.
Day 1 Saturday August 29, 2020
8am-8:45am Breakfast at Villa Couelle
9am-12pm Discuss our work, philosophy and slide show, meet all the participants and look at their work.
12-12:30pm Lunch break
1-5pm shooting very hands on demonstration showing the students how we work and the nuances of creating that special moment with the location and models. This will be magical and lots of fun, very loose and full of information on how to set up a shoot from lighting, art direction, styling, previsualization and post production.
6-8pm Dinner/discussion at Auberge Dumonet Hotel
8am-8:45 am Breakfast Auberge Dumont Hotel
10am-6pm Participants shooting with 4 different models in 2 locations. Artists in their own rights, our models are open to explore nudity, excellent at character acting, comfortable with underwater photography and they are there to collaborate with and create memorable, stylized work together!
7-9pm Dinner at Auberge Dumont Hotel, optional one on one photo review of work in progress.
8-8:45am Breakfast at Auberge Dumont Hotel, raffle prize courtesy of Tableaux Editions #1 Signed F&F Print & #2 complete set of books.
9am-2pm Conference room at Auberge Hotel, wrap up by sharing all the students work, constructive criticism and talking about your next step.
The location is the historical Villa Couelle and La Roche Coloir both locations on same private property.
Only 15 km from Versaille and 30 km from Paris.
Deposit of $500 holds your space and full payment by May 23 (EXTENDED TO JUNE 29) guarantees free accomodation and transport from hotel to location.
This workshop will be limited to only 12 students so you can experience more one on one teaching and smaller team building exercises. Full workshop days with styling and Profoto lighting gear and modifiers, model fees, hair stylist, make up team and lunch.
*We are offering an early bird special for registration before May 23, 2020 (EXTENDED TO JUNE 29) . This will include 2 night accommodation, breakfast at a nearby Auberge Dumonet Hotel with a shuttle to and from the venue. (Dinner is not included in the price)
*Participants will also receive a signed book by Jerry Saltz "How to be an Artist"
Photographers should bring their tripods, laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class. If you want to bring your own lighting you are most welcome!