The only Retreat of its kind, THE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER RETREAT is a unique one-­‐week professional retreat with four renowned mentors in the south of France which takes place every year in July after Les Rencontres d’Arles. The Retreat helps each of the select group of 16 students REFLECT on their trajectory, RETHINK their projects and REFOCUS on a clearer course. The four mentors are committed to taking individual students to their highest photographic potential in a creative, supportive, and enjoyable environment.

DESIGNED FOR A SELECT GROUP OF 16.  For professional or aspiring professional photographers in any genre – fine art, conceptual, or documentary – who are passionate about their existing work and committed to taking it to the next level.

DATES:  JULY 9 TO 16, 2016. IT IS BY APPLICATION ONLY; DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2016. The dates have been chosen so that the participants may attend the nearby Les Rencontres d’Arles, if they wish, the week before, July 4 – 9, 2016.  Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2016.


MENTORS: The four internationally acclaimed mentors will guide, advise and inspire the 16 participants with  dynamic one-­‐to-­‐ones and group sessions. ELISABETH BIONDI: Visuals Editor, The New Yorker, 1996-­‐2011, Independent Curator, Writer and Teacher, N.Y. KATHARINA BOSSE: Artist, Professor of Photography, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany. MARTINE FOUGERON: Photographer, Artist and Faculty at ICP, N.Y. LYLE REXER: Critic, Curator and Faculty at School of Visual Arts, N.Y.

LOCATION: Set in a small hamlet conducive to introspections and fertile exchanges, the chosen attendees will live and work with each other and their mentors. The retreat is on the estate of La Bastide d’Esparon in the beautiful mountains of Les Cévennes Méridionales, in the Languedoc-­‐Roussillon, near Arles, in the south of France.  Chef Caroline Bessey cooks for the participants with the freshest of Provencal ingredients from village markets.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER RETREAT was founded by Martine Fougeron in 2014 in order to “create a new kind of gathering, a Retreat, where photographers can safely and productively retire for a week, with time on their side to take one step back and hopefully one giant leap forward.  It is a communal atmosphere where fellow artists can be mentored by key professionals and also enrich each other.  Sharing my family house which has been my creative refuge for the past 40 years is the perfect haven for The Photography Master Retreat.”


2015 RETREAT: The inaugural 2015 Retreat was held from July 11 to 18, 2015. It was an outstanding success and meaningful experience for both participants and mentors. The participants’ feedback was inspiring: “To reach a new level in one’s creative life, this is the experience of a lifetime… As an immersive experience, it was pretty flawless… I long felt isolated; it feels like a new beginning… I value the community we have created… The house is so enchanting, the scenery breathtaking… Caroline, the fabulous chef, is a treasure… A most nurturing learning environment…  Coming from the commercial world, it was a mental reboot on personal projects… I developed a clearer view of my project. The work was intense… The experience of sleeping, working, eating (and drinking!) all together made it easy for us to get to know each other… The Mentors were so open and enthusiastic and engaged with our various projects…”

FEE: The fee of US $3,200 (approximately 2,800 euros) includes all accommodation and meals for the week, airfare and transportation excluded.

INFORMATION: Please contact us at: Visit the web site: Martine Fougeron: 1-­‐718-­‐292-­‐6863


Photos of the location La Bastide d’Esparon, Bez-­‐et-­‐Esparon, Languedoc-­‐Roussillon, France All photographs by Martine Fougeron, unless otherwise specified, Creative Direction: Florence Buchanan

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