The topic of the workshop is PHOTOGRAPHY, ART and BEAUTY. Its aim is to explore the links between the artist (The photographer) and the artistic products (the photographs).
The practical aim is to understand that in order to produce Art, one has to be an Artist, and that being an Artist is something objective. It means that the photographer will have to develop certain Human Qualities – or Values – to be able to embody them in his photographs.
The workshop is not about technique therefore a camera is not required.
Extracts of movies, and photographs from various masters including: Henry Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Kudelka, Brassai, August Sander, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Alfred Eisenstaedt, David Seymour, Ernst Haas, Man Ray and more.
The workshop Program:
Art as a manifestation of Beauty. The Beautiful is present in everything, but not everything emanates the Beautiful. The Beautiful, The Just, The True and The Good are different expressions of the same. Art is not an option but a necessity.
Brief history of Aesthetics in Photography. From the Pictorialism and the birth of the Photographic Art, to the Surrealism and beyond. The emergence of the Street Photography.
How is Beauty embedded in an image. Pythagoras and the Metaphysical concept of Beauty. Forms and Volumes as the expression of Beauty in our reality. Why does Geometry in photography emanate the Beauty. Why images in Black and White may be closer to Reality than color images.
The Symbolic Nature of Artistic Photography. To emanate the Eternal in the ephemeral. The photographic meaning is always symbolic.
The Artist and the Artistic production. What makes the photographer an artist. To discern, or to learn to see the essential. Not having an aim, not wanting….An Alchemical process of the transformation of oneself.
What lies in the future of photography? The Archetypal Beauty cannot disappear. “Smartphone cameras”- Are they a threat… or an opportunity? A new challenge for Humanity: the need to reach an Artistic consciousness.