A striking feature of Niko Pirosmani’s painting is the very “frontal” presentation of the characters, an approach that is ultimately quite similar to the photographic portraits of the late 19th and early 20th century. This leads us to think about the snapshot and its translation into photography, and from here to imagine “live” portraits in motion, taken mid-action.
Stories of daily life
Starting from a selection of old photographs of scenes from everyday life, we shall exercise our imaginations with the aid of writing and the spoken word.
Inspired by the “revolving” self-portrait created in 1865 by French photographer Nadar, each participant will create a revolving portrait in twelve poses. The final step will be to turn this portrait into an animated sequence (in GIF format). This workshop will thus explore the portrait, the snapshot and the way in which still images can be set in motion.
Artistic director and graphic designer Nathalie Bossard graduated from the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in 1984, and today teaches visual communication. She is particularly interested in the visual concept, photographic and graphic notation as well as the complementarity between text and image.
In 2017, after completing a professional qualification as a photographer-educator with the Réseau Diagonal, she founded “L’image en jeu”, an association of creative workshops centred on photography, with the desire to share her approach to the image with a wider audience.