September 23rd 2017 – Join us in Boston for a unique, one day workshop with French photographer Alain Laboile.
The workshop will explore the topics of spontaneity, creativity and complicity in photography.
Scheduled to coincide with Alain’s exhibition at the Leica Gallery Boston, the session will combine a theoretical classroom lecture with a hands-on practical workshop. Students will learn, first-hand, the stories behind Alain’s development as a photographer and the approach he has used to document his own family.
“Day to day I create a family album that constitutes a legacy that I will pass on to my children. My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood. My photographs will be the testimony of that….” Alain Laboile
Topics covered include:
- Documenting the intimate sphere and the importance of backgrounds.
- Working with models, becoming invisible and preserving spontaneity.
- Natural Light
- A minimalist approach to equipment
- Editing, post production and sharing.
- Question oneself about his own universe
After a morning of theoretical teachings, the students will be invited to work by considering some directives and putting the teachings into practice. The session will conclude with a collective review of works from the day.
A full day immersion in Alain’s photographic universe, this program opens the door to a totally pure form of photography, without additives, based on the spontaneity of the moment and the strength of the stories captured on the fly. It is photography in the purest state.
Who should take this workshop?
This workshop is open to all experience levels. Alain is a self-taught photographer. He developed his photography by sharing images on social networks and entering photo contests. His work caught the eye of a number of influential people in the photography and art world. He now supports himself entirely through photography.
Owning a Leica is not required for this program. A selection of Leica M & SL cameras will be available for your use.
Schedule and Tuition:
Saturday – 10:00am – 6:00pm
$329.99 – Attendance is limited to 12 participants.
Wrought-iron craftsman, photographer and father to six children, Alain Laboile started a family album in 2007, at the age of 39. His“La Famille”series was initially, a private treasure. This self-taught photographer who only possesses one picture of his own childhood simply wished to record the passing of time with his family.
Alain Laboile started observing and snapping shots of his children’s carefree games from his shed on an isolated piece of land in the south of France. Without any staging, the photographer-father catches them in symbiosis with nature. The house, the field, the woods and the pond are some of the open-sky sets where telluric forces seem to possess the young moving bodies. A sculptor by training, Alain Laboile sees beyond his subjects: he gives depth to the images by highlighting a precious detail in the background revealing a treasure, a mystery, a child up in a tree. These photos act like an elixir of life. They take us back to the“state of nature”imagined by the 17th century philosophers. When the world was young, only impulses mattered. The free children liberate themselves from daily burdens.
The family album quickly goes beyond the private setting and seduces the web. Tens of thousands of internet users all over the world await, daily, the new images of this French“tribe”insolently living on the edge of the world. In December 2012, the New York Times celebrated Alain Laboile’s talent. His first exhibitions ensue in Japan and the United States, then in France in 2014 when the“La Famille”series joined the Musée français de la photographie collection, finally taking Its rightful place in the long tradition of family photography.
This is Alain’s first exhibition at a Leica gallery in the United States.
All images ©Alain Laboile