Defining your photographic identity

By 23. 11. 2012 October 25th, 2013 No Comments

This workshop will teach participants to read and interpret images as well as to construct coherent series of images for their own specific projects and needs. Participants will learn how to place their images in a visual context, whether historical or thematic according to two principal axis:

the professional world (press, agencies, galleries, book publishing, education, corporate, etc) and their personal/artistic research.

Diana Lui, an international artist and photographer with 15 years of experience conducting workshops around the world such as during Rencontres d’Arles will guide workshop participants to discover or define better their own photographic identity/style. Through a dynamic, creative and efficient analysis of images according to each participant’s theme, project and personality, Lui will help participants to gain self-confidence and deeper knowledge in their own evolution as photographers and artists.

Diana Lui is an artist, photographer and filmmaker working between Europe, North Africa, the United States and Asia. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops long term photographic and artistic projects over several years. “Intimate Portraits”, a project on today’s ” hybrid generation of new nomads who have lost their roots and origins due to the onslaught of globalism ” was initiated 20 years ago and continues to develop to this day. In the history of photography, Diana Lui’s work can be compared to that of August Sander’s portraits of the German people. However, where both their black and white portraits are subtle and realistic, Lui takes off from August Sander’s objectivity with a lyricism and sensitivity of her own interpretation. The harmonious combination of masculine objectivity with a feminine lyricism makes her work unique among the world of portrait and art photography today. Her latest project explores the « veil and its universal semantics in Europe, the Orient and Asia. Lui’s monumental portraits of people, landscapes and trees have graced some of the most prestigious museums in the world – Guangdong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Fototeca de Monterrey in Mexico, Museo de Bellas Artes Caracas in Venezuela, Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, etc. Her training in both fine arts and photography make her a versatile artist in mediums other than photography. In recent years, she has expanded into installation art from creating works in-situ inside museums and outdoors on cultural and historical sites.

Duration of workshop:

Friday evening: 17h or 18h – 21h
Saturday: 9h30 – 19h with a lunch break between 12h30 – 14h
Sunday: 9h30 – 19h with lunch break between 12h30 – 14h

the workshop will be conducted in English

number of participants: 12 maximum

open to: professional photographers and artists, students of photography and art, amateurs passionate about learning about photography and art

participants must bring for the 1st day of workshop * :

– 40 to 80 photographs per person or portable computer with selected photos


– their portfolios, books published, a rough draft for a photographic or artist book
– a notebook or something to record important discussions during workshop
– a portable computer

*For the other two days of workshop, please prepare other photos to bring if you have more photos you would like to show, please make a general selection of photographs yourself before coming to each workshop.

Workshop fee: 170 € per participant

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