10th June 2017       Paris

Join Tomas for a one-day practical workshop, ‘Paris in the Age of Instagram’.

How can you take an original photograph in what is arguably one of the most photographed cities in the world?  Join award-winning photographer, Tomas van Houtryve who will help you find your photographic voice and push your creative limits. He’ll challenge you to unlock your inspiration when taking photographs and see the world differently.

Participants can shoot on either a smartphone or digital camera. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants and is suitable for all levels.

When: Saturday, 10th June 2017.    10.00am – 6pm.     Lunch and refreshments included.

Cost:  290 euros       Please email info@annaseassau.com for more information and to enrol.

A woman lights her cigarette on rue des Mathurins in Paris, five days after coordinated terrorist attacks struck the heart of the French capital. 18th Nov 2015. Tomas van Houtryve/VII

Workshop Outline

We’ll meet in the 6th arrondissement of central Paris at 10am. Tomas will explain his 15 years of photographic practice, share his own experiences and use his work to demonstrate technical and creative aspects of photography including editing.  Tomas will also provide feedback on a few images from each participant. This is an important part of learning for the whole group and helps Tomas set individual challenges for everyone to push their creative limits on the shoot.

After lunch, Tomas will take the group out onto the streets of central Paris for a shoot. Tomas has lived in and photographed Paris for more than 10 years and believes that the only photograph worth taking is one that doesn’t yet exist.

At about 4pm, we’ll head back to base for editing and individual feedback of your shoot with Tomas. You’ll select your best 3-5 images of the day to be shared with the group and we’ll wrap up at about 6pm.

An Attendant Stands Near The Tracks As A Metro Train Arrives In The Station In The Subway Of Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK). August 2007
An Attendant Stands Near The Tracks As A Metro Train Arrives In The Station In The Subway Of Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK). August 2007
Students Seen In A School Yard In El Dorado County, California. With His Camera Attached To A Small Drone, Tomas Travelled Across America To Photograph The Very Sorts Of Gatherings That Have Become Habitual Targets For Foreign Air Strikes.
An Attendant Stands Near The Tracks As A Metro Train Arrives In The Station In The Subway Of Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK). August 2007Students Seen In A School Yard In El Dorado County, California. With His Camera Attached To A Small Drone, Tomas Travelled Across America To Photograph The Very Sorts Of Gatherings That Have Become Habitual Targets For Foreign Air Strikes.

Tomas van Houtryve

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author who engages critical contemporary issues around the world.  Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas developed a passion for photography while enrolled in an overseas university program in Nepal. Immediately after graduation in 1999, he moved to Latin America. In 2002, he was the first photographer to cover the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Tomas returned to Nepal in 2004 to document the Maoist rebellion and the overthrow of the monarchy. The resulting photos earned wide recognition including the Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan Young Photographer Award and the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.  In 2006 Tomas was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers. He was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2008, and in 2010 he was named the POY Photographer of the Year.

Tomas’ first monograph book, Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism, was published in Spring 2012. The seven-year project documents life in the last countries where the Communist Party remains in power: North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, and Laos. The series won the 2012 POY World Understanding Award.

In 2013 Tomas began working on Blue Sky Days, a drone’s-eye view of America. Images from the project were first published in Harper’s as the largest photo portfolio in the magazine’s 164-year history. The series was awarded the 2015 ICP Infinity Award and honors from POY, World Press Photo, the Photographic Museum of Humanity, and the White House News Photographer’s Association.

Tomas has had solo exhibitions of his work in Paris, New York City, Barcelona and Italy. His work is included in multiple private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States and in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography Museum (ICP), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MoCP), and the Open Society Foundations. His works are often conceptual in nature. They interweave metaphor and reportage, occupying the fertile intersection between art and pure documentary.

Tomas is frequently invited for public speaking engagements. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, ARTE and France 5. He is a member of the VII Photo collective since 2010 and a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center since 2012. He has won the ICP Infinity award, World Press Photo awards, POYi Awards of Excellence and World Understanding Award and an  Amnesty Human Rights Award among other awards and grants.  Tomas’s work has been publised in National Geographic, Harper’s Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, TIME, New York Times Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine and other international press.  

Follow Tomas on Instagram here.    www.tomasvh.com