PAOLO VERZONEPORTRAITURE: A GEOMETRY OF DISORDER
Summer Workshop 2017 • July 30 – August 5
During this workshop I will explore the multiple possibilities of environmental portrait with the goal to provide a catalyst for creativity in the student.
In the last 25 years I’ve explored, and still continue to explore, the multiple possibilities of portraiture and the way this can be applied to personal projects and assignments and how these two different way of working can connect. I’ve always been interested in “environment” as a key factor of my work along with light, framing and gesture which are some of the elements that we will have fun with.
We will work both on technical and emotional approach to each explored subject.
The ampleness of suitable subjects for photography in Tuscany makes this workshop an excellent opportunity to learn and extend their technical abilities as well as learn to approach their work in a new and different setting.
The workshop will also focus on the ways that portraits are used in the media. The students will engage in daily assignments and will be requested to produce a work made by a coherent series of portraits. I would like the students to approach portraiture with their unique personal view; images enhanced by their own vision using the environmental circumstances that we will find in each situation and trying to make them work in our favour. Sometimes what seems an unfortunate disorder can become a gift.
Born in 1967 in Turin, and based in Paris, Paolo Verzone has been a member of Agence VU since 2003.
For almost 30 years, Paolo Verzone has been photographing the world around him. At his beginnings, he covers the news as it appears in the pages of European and international magazines: a world in perpetual motion, ever so changing, which he observes with the distance of those not bound to the emergency of the moment.
With rigor and eclecticism, he goes from news assignments to long term projects, from embedded documentary stories to posed portraits. From black and white to color, as well, and finally from analog to digital.
Over time, his interest of the world is drawn more and more towards its people. He develops demanding sets of photographs made with a medium format view camera, that imposes a focus on the subject, presented full-length. Whether it is a set of portraits of Europeans at the beach, Seeuropeans (1994 / 2002), or the Moscow Project (1991 / 2011), produced in collaboration with Alessandro Albert, the sum of the people photographed reflect upon the multiplicity and singularity of each individual.
With his project on the cadets of the main European military academies, started in 2009, Paolo Verzone maps us contemporary Europe through a part of its youth, while questioning the European identity.
Paolo Verzone was awarded at World Press Photo in 2000, 2009, and 2015. His photographs are part of different collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Instituto Nazionale della Grafica, in Rome.
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