Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang is to host the upcomingJack Picone and Stephen Dupont Documentary Photography Workshop from July9th to 14th, 2012, uniting one of the world’s most prestigious andcreative learning experiences for aspiring photographers with aninspiring, peaceful setting.
Bangkok-based Jack Picone and Sydney-siderStephen Dupont have between them spent more than 60 years dodging bulletsand bombs in the world’s worst war zones and have the scars to prove it. Each has an impressive list of major photography awards, and both havebeen published in leading newspapers and magazines as well as their ownphotography books.
Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang is rolling out a ground-breakingprogramme for guests based around photography – and the workshop is thefirst in a series of initiatives to be unveiled over the comingmonths.
Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang General Manager Kevin O’Hagan said thefocus on photography made sense in one of the world’s most photographedplaces. “Luang Prabang defines photogenic. We see part of our role beingnot just to provide a unique and beautiful hotel but to connect our guestswith the real Luang Prabang – and to give them the tools to improve theirphotography skills if they so desire.
“Jack and Stephen have a fine reputation and have earned theirexperience the hard way. Hotel de la Paix is delighted to be hosting theworkshop and we still have places available at special rates for guestswith a passion for photography who are ready to take their art to the nextlevel.”
Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang is offeringa special Photographers Workshop Package for photographers eager to jointhe event of USD750 for five nights of accommodation, including dailybreakfast for two persons, airport transfers and all government taxes andservice charges.
Mr Picone said he was looking forward to the workshop and couldn’t imaginea more appropriate venue. “It’s a hotel with history and a beautifulsetting that will help inspire participants and give them the peace toreally focus.
“It’s also great that the hotel has strongties to thriving local photographic community, so we will be involving them in the workshop, both at a participatory level and also to help share their knowledge of their town with workshop participants.”
Workshop participants will hear plenty of stories, but should alsoexpect lots of challenges. They will be given assignments aimed at advancing their photographic skills andvision. The intensive dawn-to-dusk courses involve challenging fieldwork,formal and informal critiques, editing sessions, evening projections andopen discussion.
In a stunning Asian setting, participants fully engage with the localculture and environment, and learn how to create photographic reportage tothe highest standard.
Mr Picone’s awards include World Press Photo (Amsterdam),Photographer of the Year (USA), Australia’s Walkley Award and the FiftyCrows Award for documentary photography. While Dupont has a Robert CapaGold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America, a Bayeux WarCorrespondent’s Prize and first places in the World Press Photo, Picturesof the Year International and the Australian Walkleys and Leica/CCPDocumentary Award
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