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Masterklass avec / with Klavdij Sluban 2020-2021, Paris

«The illiterate of the future, it has been said, will not be the man who cannot read the alphabet, but the one who cannot take a photograph. But must we not also count as illiterate the photographer who cannot read his own pictures?»

Walter Benjamin commenting a quotation by László Moholy-Nagy, in Short History of Photography, 1931.

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Le Masterklass is becoming an institution with participants who come out winning prizes, getting exhibitions, assignments, publishing books…. An exhibition and a slideshow made during Le Masterklass in Slovenia on the theme « If Slovenia were » have been presented at the festival Voies Off  2018 in Arles. Therefore a fifth edition of the Masterklass is launched, from December 2020 till November 2021.  Unique in its approach of contemporary photography, proposing a one year series of group and individual encounters, the specificity of Le Masterklass lays in the fact that each participant is being offered an individual program lead by Klavdij SLUBAN, a master of photography, renowned and appreciated internationally.

Le Masterklass takes place in the heart of Paris, in a spacious and luminous artist loft from December 2020 to November 2021.

Le Masterklass is made of 4 group meetings throughout the year, but most specially of  an individual coaching, according to the evolution of each participant’s evolution and creation..

In one word, a tailor-made Masterklass.

Based on the importance of the individual meetings that will shape the direction of the one year long project, the group meetings will be an opportunity, first of all, to have the pleasure of meeting the other members of Le Masterklass, then to submit the evolution of the project, with group criticism, crticial but always constructive.

Video of the 2016-17 MK by Marine Moungalla and Karen Sabbe

Individual coaching is the guiding light of this one year guidance Klavdij provides each participant with, with a total involvment to bring each participant to one’s own personal photographic expression.

Le Masterklass 2015-16 in the spacious loft in the heart of Paris. Photo S.Alcantra

Why LE MASTERKLASS is unique

This Masterklass is outstanding due to its original way of following the evolution and progression of each participant.

The group meeting once every three months gives the opportunity to share ideas, points of view, give and receive constructive criticism.

The personal meetings consist of having a personal encounter with Klavdij, showing photos there was no time to show during the group encounter, seeing if the year-long project should be the continuity of a project already started or something new. Discussing the various possibilities and reach an evidence is the goal.

Klavdij Sluban lors d'une précédente masterklass avec ses disciples
Workshop Klavdij Sluban Fotograficasa photo P.Dolémieux

By bringing material that might not be used for the final project, this will be a way to get rid of existing doubts. These personal meetings are scheduled according to a very rigourous timing and calendar. The aim is to consider the many various possibilities to put one’s feelings into shape and keep the most appropriate one.

Other peculiarity, the last group meeting will be displayed on three days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. During the first two days, the final projects will be shown and appreciated within the group. On Sunday, an important person of the world of photography is being specially invited in order to review each participant’s project.

This guest, either a curator, a director of a museum, gallery or some other institution, or editor…will be chosen according to her or his capacity to be senstive and appreciate the personal, artistic, author approach of creative photography.

Main goals

The Masterklass focuses on the most appropriate way to find a theme to work on throughout the year. This means the theme will have to take into account various parameters ranging from personal desires, obsessions, points of interest… to the actual possibility to put all of these parameters into shape.

Another possibility will be to keep on working on a project already started previously.

The group meetings will be the time to show the development od each project. These group meetings will be a time where each participant gives a clear statement of the way the project develops.

Individual meetings will be the time of questions, doubts and thinking of the way to give shape to a project. This will be a time where we ask questions we are asking ourselves when alone, in the loneliness of conceiving a project, the way to give it shape, editing.

It might happen that evidence comes out after several individual meetings.

The art of EDITING: editing is the keystone when building a coherent series. Editing gives clues about the way to keep on working on one’s project. Without editing, no appropriate distance with one’s photos.

Show me your photos and I will tell you who you are.

• Editing is the moment where one’s own personal photographic writing takes shape.

An educated eye is necessary to go beyond oneself and avoid repeating what has already been done.

Many and various references will be given during Le Masterklass. In photography, classic as contemporary photographers, but also in different areas of visual arts, not to speak of literature.

• All of this will help to find which genre or field of photography is the most appropriate according to the chosen theme.

• Knowing one’s own work helps to focus on whom we wish it to be shown: magazine, gallery, editor…

• take into account the most appropriate way to present one’s work:

For an exibition:

• choose the right paper

• size of the prints

• framing

• decide of a rhythm, order, sequence of the photos. Be aware of the strong ones. The ones that create a link between two chapters…

• the way to mount an exhibition in a given space.

For a publication:

• size of the book

• lay out

• title, text

• editor or artist book.

An exhibition, a book or a slideshow induce totally different ways of considering o series of photos.

The way to present one’s own work and give it the maximum potential will also be one of the keystones of LE MASTERKLASS. How to prepare for a prize, a scholarship, a porfolio review, a gallery, a magazine, a festival with a specific theme…all of these aspects will be considered with Klavdij.

Le Masterklass 2016-2017. Photo Marine Moungalla
Le Masterklass 2016-2017. Photo Marine Moungalla

Who can participate:

Open to anyone who has a passion for photography

Klavdij believes that each person has the capacity to build his/her own visual language when passion for the image and the right guidance co-exist.

That is to say:

– professional photographers and artists who wish to further develop their style, concept, technique or to break away from it, to deepen specific projects from press and commercial work to documentary, personal or artistic expression.

– students – preparation of portfolio for entrance into art institutes and schools, to develop further their portfolios for job opportunities, to become independent photographers/artists

– amateurs who wish to develop their photographic eye, to learn about photography and to cultivate their knowledge of art and photography, who may be even considering a freelance career as a photographer or artist or even a career change

Spoken languages

Mainly French and English, without forgetting Russian, Italian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serb, Slovenian…

Where does the workshop take place

In the heart of Paris, in an artist’s loft, spacious and bright, with natural light, equipped with all technology necessary to work within the best technical conditions.

A huge table will be our main tool to do the editing in vivo.

Located rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, next to these métro stations: Poissonnière, Bonne Nouvelle, Cadet (lines 7, 8 & 9).

A huge range of possibilities for accomodation. Feel free to ask for advice.

How to participate

To join the Masterklass, send an email to :
answer will be given in the language of demand

or if you wish, you can call:

Tereza: +33 6  38 30 39 11. Tereza will give all information you need.

A REGISTRATION FORM to be filled in will be sent to you on request.

Cost of LE MASTERKLASS, subscription, miscellaneous informations

2970,00€ for the year, from December 2020 to November 2021.

Including 4 group meetings and individual meetings according to each participant’s evolution, progression, need…

How to pay: see with LE MASTERKLASS organization.

How to register: by sending a filled in registration form and a first payment will make you part of LE MASTERKLASS group.

The number of participants is limited to 15. 

We wish to inform you that due to the numerous workshops, conferences, portfolio reviewings…Klavdij meets a lot of photographers. Which is a pleasure. Some of them register in advance for their further MASTERKLASS to come. Therefore the limit of 15 participants will be strictly respected.

The organization of LE MASTERKLASS cannot be held for responsible in case of any loss, damage, deterioration… of any participants’ belongings or equipment and does not cover any damage that could occur during the time of LE MASTERKLASS. Each participant has to subscribe a personal insurance, covering any eventual damage of any kind.

In case of cancellation, the participant’s deposit will be given back, with a deduction of 350,00€ for admistrative expenses. For cancellations made less than 60 days in advance, no reimbursment will be made, except in case of force majeure.



1st group meeting : Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th of DECEMBER 2020

2nd group meeting : (exact dates to be precised) MARCH 2021

3rd group meeting : (exact dates to be precised) JULY 2021

4th group meeting : Friday 29, Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 OCTOBER 2021

The first 3 group week-ends will be run similarly:

9am-12.30 – 2pm-8pm

• lunch taken together.

• Assistants:

Two assistants will be constantly present to help solve all kinds of technical, practcical, or any other demand, They master all the modern techniques. No problems, only solutions.

Coffee, tea, fresh juices, snacks…fruit, are at the disposal of the participants throughout the MASTERKLASS.

Various tasty specialties also available…

For the first group meeting, each participant comes with one or several series of PRINTED photos, small size, so that we can display them on the table.

Bring between 25 and 30 printed photos, good quality contact proofs, A4 maximum.

If you have a few nicely printed photos to show of a larger size (exhibition print quality) feel free to bring them.

• bring those of your former productions, publication, book, magazine, artist book, scrapbook, you think will help to introduce you as a photographer in quest of one’s own photographic language.

•notebook, recorder, computer…anything you need to keep all of the many references given and suggested all along LE MASTERKLASS.

In the heart of Le Masterklass, loft in Paris, september 2016. Photo Mariangela Tripaldi
In the heart of Le Masterklass, loft in Paris, september 2016. Photo Mariangela Tripaldi

Individual meetings will be strictly schedulded in advance, from one encounter to another.

Physical encounters will be prevelieged. When not possible, SKYPE will be our communication tool. Be aware SKYPE is a wonderful tool to work at a distance opening many ways not even suspected for their efficiency in editing.

When material is well prepared in advance, skype is a very convenient and efficient way to look at photos and edit.

All technical advices to use skype, wetransfer…will be given at the right moment.


On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of OCTOBER 2021, each participant shows the final result of a year’s creation: book, series of high quality prints, slideshow, installation…)

On Sunday 31st of OCTOBER 2021, A SPECIAL GUEST comes to look at each participant’s work. This session will be done in group. Crticism will be of great help to everybody around the table.

As a conclusion to these 12 months spent together, a PARTY will be organized on SUNDAY evening. SURPRISE, SURPRISE…

Masterclass in Kyoto during the kyotogrzphie festival, may 2016. Photo Ma Yumi
Masterclass in Kyoto during the kyotogrzphie festival, may 2016. Photo Ma Yumi

Klavdij SLUBAN, winner of the Academy Fine Arts prize of photography 2015, the European Publishers Award for Photography 2009, of the Leica Prize 2004 and of the Niépce Prize 2000, main French prize in photography, Klavdij Sluban is a French photographer of Slovenian origin born in Paris in 1963.

He develops a rigorous and coherent body of work, nourished by literature, never inspired by immediate and sensational current affairs, making him one of the most interesting photographers of his generation. The Balkans, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Central America, Russia, China and the Antarctic (first artistic mission in the Kerguelen islands) can be read as many successive steps of an in-depth study of a patient proximity to the encountered real. His images have been shown in such leading institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Rencontres d’Arles, the Museum of Photography in Helsinki, the Fine Arts Museum in Canton, the Musée Beaubourg, the Museum of Texas Tech University…

His many books include East to East (published simultaneously by Actes Sud, Dewi Lewis, Petliti, Braus, Apeiron & Lunwerg with a text by Erri de Luca), Entre Parenthèses, (Photo Poche, Actes Sud), Transverses, (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) and Balkans -Transit, with a text by François Maspero (Seuil).



Klavdij Sluban lors d'une précédente masterklass avec ses disciples

Klavdij Sluban during a workshop

Since 1995, Sluban has been photographing teenagers in jails. In each prison he organizes workshops with the young offenders to share his passion.

First originated in France, in the prison of Fleury-Mérogis accompanied by Henri Cartier-Bresson during 7 years, as well as Marc Riboud and William Klein punctually. This commitment was pursued in the disciplinary camps of Eastern Europe –Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia, Latvia – and in the disciplinary centres of Moscow and St Petersburg as well as in Ireland. From 2007 to 2012, Sluban has been working in Central America with imprisoned youngsters belonging to maras (gangs) in Guatemala and Salvador. In 2015, he started photogrphing imprisoned teeangers in Brazil.

In 2013, the musée Niépce showed a retrospective of K.Sluban’s work, After Darkness, 1995-2012.

In 2015/16, he was awarded the Villa Kujoyama Residence in Kyoto, Japan.

K.Sluban is member of national and international jurys, such as prix Niépce, prix de la Jeune Photographie de Niort, prix Leica, All About Photo…

See the Official website (H. Cartier Bresson & K. Sluban) (Intellectuels d’Europe)


Participants’ works from workshops, masterclasses lead by Klavdij

Site officiel de David Fathi et la superbe vidéo de sa série.

Site officiel de Pia Elizondo

Site officiel de Erika Vancouver

Site officiel de Oliver Brossard et son travail sur un précédent workshop

Site officiel de Ciril Jazbec et le rendu vidéo de son ouvrage « On thin ice » réalisé lui aussi en workshop

Slideshow by Emile Rubino

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