(My) Long Story Short:
I began teaching to my sister’s kindergarten classmates in France in the 80’s when the teacher had to step out to take a kid to the nurse office. I was 2 and a half and I never really left the classroom since then.
Today, I teach portraiture, activist photography and project making at the International Center of Photography in New York.
I also teach reportage with my OFF THE BEATEN PATH series as well as book making from my Williamsburg studio in Brooklyn.
I also mentor advanced photographers in their image making and story telling process.
I am a teacher with 20 years of experience in different fields (arts, writing, photography, behavioral communication), varied group age (3 to 81 years old) and different countries (France, USA, Japan). I have an in-depth knowledge of group management while paying attention to the optimal development of each individual. I have solid skills in class preparation and creative teaching techniques.
I began photography at the age of 10 and taught darkroom, digital and story telling for more than 10 years in some of the strongest institutions in the world.
I am a passionate, dedicated and demanding teacher. I have a strong energy, a creative mind and solid working habits.
There is nothing that I like more than to be in the classroom, discussing story telling, editing my student's work and creating books while imagining what the future of photography might be.
For more details, please see my teaching resume below:
ICP New York, NY Teacher 2011 – current
Creation of several classes for ICP’s continuous education program. Signature classes : The 5 mn Portrait, The Long Term photography Project * Teaching multiple different level 10-weeks long photography classes to group of five to twenty adults.
Structuring a solid workflow in teaching digital photography skills (camera and computer operations, workflow, software, file management, post-processing…) as well as documentary story telling skills (how to create a story, develop a personal vision, edit images and present a final project.) Challenging each group in thinking about the status and power of image today
Freelance portrait and travel photographer 2005 - current
JE TU IL Association and Rectorat de Paris (DOE), Paris, France Project manager and head teacher of community programs 2003 - 2008
Design and management of workshops aimed at high school students on the topics of violence, bullying, social interactions, rules of society, joys and dangers of social media and positive behavior communication (More than 135 high schools asked for our intervention in 5 years)
Creation of art based year long program around the same topics in three particularly under-privileged high schools.
Establishing communication, building credibility, and maintaining long term relationship with high school principal and staff
Fine tuning teaching plans to each cultural situation and skill level
Leading and conducting a dynamic and constructive debate among students whether for a short term workshop or on a long term class
Engaging students into talking, listening to others, thinking, sharing ideas, expressing their thoughts within a group situation, and eventually translating their struggles and ideas in an art form
Leading students to edit and curate an exhibition implying photographs and text
Maurice d’Ocagne Elementary School – in Partnership with Mairie de Paris, Paris, France Educator and art teacher, 2001- 2006
Design and management of “LABO PHOTO”, a darkroom and photography afterschool and summer program for kids aged 3 to 13 years old Managing the project with the collaboration of the cultural services of the Mayor of Paris
Finding funds and location to set up a darkroom able to receive young students on afterschool hours, vacation and summer time
Curating a special workshop for young kids regarding chemical manipulation and specific darkroom safety regulations
Coming up with a main theme for all participants: “Paris through my lens” and organizing a series of field trips in different areas of Paris for the kids to take images.
Scheduling 10 different groups and preparing a project for each group throughout the school year (more than 700 kids were involved over the course of 5 years)
Teaching photography: taking images with a film camera, basics of exposure, developing and advanced techniques of darkroom printing, story telling...
Curating a show exhibition at the end of each school year