Lighting technique
Photography history
art history

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Documentary & Reportage Photography Practice

This subject is the most important one in our curriculum and occupies half of the students’ time. It will develop field photography skills and form students towards the creation of thoroughly documented project. We work on thematic research while simultaneously pushing the photographer’s visual language. This course’s specificity lays on its teacher’s versatility. Unlike IRDI’s other courses, the “documentary and reportage practice” is taught by temporarily residing photographers. The teachers remain in the school for a period of about a month each. The complementarity and variation in teaching points of view allow the students not to lock themselves in dogmatic practices or one-sided creative processes.

The course’s main part is based on the elaboration of photography projects which increasingly become more ambitious. The students start with small projects due to be completed in a limited time and end up producing long-term documentaries. Beyond the diploma issued by IRDI, the student exits the school with a strong portfolio which will help him start his carreer in the field.

The course’s key points.

Documentary and photojournalistic project elaboration
Research methods on set or free themes
 Image editing and sorting
Individual photographic reviews
Group photographic reviews
Exhibition design

Documentary fillmmaking

The modern photographer must be versatile and be able to alternate between the fixed and moving image. In certain situation, the video option serves the story more efficiently. This course’s goal is to form the students to the production of documentary films as an extension to their main photographic work. Its goal is not to replace a traditional filmmaking course but to give the technical and theoretical foundation for students to express themselves in a complementary language.

The course’s key points.

Editing software training
Special effects software training
Editing theory
Fiction film production
Documentary film production
Multimedia production

The photography book

In this course, the students are taught photography book history. They analyse photography’s important books’ structures and techniques. Another aspect of the course is directed towards the learning of a few binding techniques to produce dummies and small edition handmade books. These dummies are used to get in touch with editors and are necessary to start a book project. The entire bookmaking process is looked at: book conception, graphic design, editing, printing, binding and distribution. This allows students to be ready and knowledgable when given the opportunity to produce their own book once they complete their studies

The course’s key points.

The founding books
Narrative techniques
Book editing
Printing techniques
Binding techniques
Graphic design and typography
Book marketing and distribution

Cinema history

The students are taught about Cinema History from 1891 to our time. The largest part of the course is dedicated to the founding movies and their formal, philosophical, sociological and psychological analysis. The course stimulates discussions and debates on the themes related to the watched films.

Workshop/conference planning

The school will organise workshops and conferences on many occasions throughout the year. The workshops will happen from Friday afternoon until the end of Sunday in an intensive mode. The elaboration and organisation of these workshops will happen with the students’ collaboration and suggestions. The invited photographers will be chosen together. Each student will have to participate in at least 2 workshops every year.

The course’s key points.

Choice of intervening photographers
Communication and arrangement with the photographers or conference speakers
Theoretical organisation of the workshops and conferences
practical organisation of the workshops and conferences
Communication and promotion of the workshops and conferences.

Image software

This course trains students to the modern photographer’s palette of indispensable software. Following this course, the students will have a deep understanding of the tools listed below. They will be able to use them to assist their creative and informative projects.

The course’s key points.

Inkjet printing software
Display and printing calibration

Lighting technique

This course initiates the students to a complete set of lighting techniques which the professional photographer needs to achieve his creative and commercial goals.

The course’s key points.

Studio lighting techniques
Field lighting techniques
The flash

Photography history

Students are taught photography history from 1839 to our time. The course is a general course with a special emphasis on the history of documentary photography and photojournalism. A large amount of information on the history of photography’s key figures become a source of enrichment to the students’ personal work.

The course’s key points.

History of photography (general course)
History of documentary photography
History of photojournalism

Art History

This course introduces students to the history of art from prehistorical creation until now with an emphasis on visual art. The student finishes the course with sound general knowledge of art history which will facilitate a critical and historical analysis of his/her own work and the one of other photographers.

Photo work diffusion (2nd year)

Beyond the artistic quality of a professional project, a photographer’s success depends on his or her ability to diffuse and sell his or her work efficiently in a competitive market. This course teaches communication and marketing techniques which allow the photographers’ work to get more exposure. During the course, students are already put in a professional environment having to communicate their project and ideas to different intermediaries who could support their work. This initiation to the real world of photography allows the student to be quickly active  in a relatively anarchic system which does not offer clear paths to follow.

The course’s key points:

Use of social networks in the diffusion of photographic work
Crowdfunding techniques
Financing your projects
Grant proposal writing, artist statement, project description and captions