Photography Workshop with Mathieu Bernard-Reymond

What is human? What is real? What is fiction?
Landscape is the product of our mutable gaze to the world.
From the romantic vision of the mountains to the complete abstraction of the landscape. Starting from do- cumentary architectural views to becoming indeterminate images. From Vittorio Sella to Mathieu Bernard- Reymond. Photography is the ultimate tool for constructed realities since it was born.
It is the medium of projection of abstract ideas into the “real world”.

The advent of digital tools raises new levels of power for photography, and of awareness for its public. The purpose of the workshop is to better understand how to use the relationship between photography, fiction, real worlds and invented territories in order to convey our ideas.
A 3 days workshop focused on the connections between real world and artificial imaginary and on the unexpected collisions between ideas and concepts.
One of the main objectives of the workshop will be to engage in active and fruitful production of content.

24, 25, 26 august 2018
Bosco Chiesanuova, Verona

in collaboration with SÅM and Lessinia Film Festival

The workshop is open to professional and non-professional photographer and will be in english with a tran- slator. The workshop has a limited number and will be activated with a minimum of 10 and up to a maximum of 20 participants. The fee for the workshop is 250,00 €. Once you have confirmed your registration, you will be required deposit of 90 €.


Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French photographer born in Gap in 1976.
He graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble (FR) and from the photography at the Photo- graphy School of Vevey (CH). His work uses landscape, architecture and datas building blocks for a constantly renewed poetic language. For him, photography is a tool to create strange realities, to give birth to possible worlds.
His digital approach allows him to stage data as well as the tangible world. He received several prizes (Fon- dation HSBC for photography 2003, Rencontres d’Arles 2005, Paris-Photo 2006, Arcimboldo 2009), Fondation Irène Reymond (2016), and published two books to date: Vous-êtes ici (2003, Actes-Sud) and TV (2008, Hatje Cantz).
His images can be found in numerous public and private collections like Musée Nicéphore Niépce (FR), Musée de l’Elysée or Fonds National pour l’Art Contemporain (FR). He is a member of the European collective Piece of Cake.



During the day’s workshop we will devote to the photographic observation of the Lessinia territory, of its forms and history. Identity, document, traces sedimentation.
Meditations about the cultural concept of nature and landscape, genius loci, marks of anthropization of the places. The organisation of the photographic storytelling (preparation of the shot, the selection of the point of view and the framing, considerations about the process, time and method…).
The workshop resolves to supply the participants with the methodological and conceptual instruments neces- sary for the reflection on the sense of photography, with regard to photograph, why and somehow.
A fundamental part will be to try not to photograph vainly, even not to photograph at all or to do it by a new aptitude and coscience of his own choice and language.
The partakers will be promoted to stop themselves before photographing, to do it proving to belie their cu- stoms and hoping to bait new ways and reflections. The programme is articulated in three days in which the subscribers will have the possibility to acquaint continuosly with Mathieu Bernard-Reymond.
The will is also to borrow the photographic practice, often individual and solitary, in a shared instrument of relation and construction. Not only unidirectional expression of a row of contents from the teacher, but also opportunity of dialogue and constructive criticism.
The object is grammatical and sensitive as to oneself, to the photograph and at last to the surrounding lan- dscape. The possibility to produce new images can be confronted whether using analogic or digital cameras. A selection of some images of every single subscriber will be published in a dedicated section into the ma- gazine of contemporary photography Landscape Stories.


Lessinia is a wide highland covered with woods and pastures where the beauty of the environment and the traditions of ancient peoples blend together to form a harmonious whole. Here you can find exceptional ge- ological features and picturesque towns with stone-roofed houses, as well as fossils which are unique in the world. The Regional Nature Reserve of Lessinia was opened in 1990 and covers an area of 10.000 hectares. Plans are underway to further promote this part of Italy rich in history, archaeology and natural resources as well as being by exceptional interest from a linguistic, anthropological and architectural point of view.
Bosco Chiesanuova, with its 3000 inhabitants, is one of Lessinia most important boroughs. Like all the other towns in the area, it offers even the most exacting tourist a wide range of activities.


The workshop is organized by Landscape Stories and Associazione Culturale Hat Studio, in collaboration with Såm, Lessinia Film Festival and Fonderia 20.9.