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A Global Education: Studying Photography in France

Posted by on March 16, 2018 | Education

Students who want to spend a semester learning photography in Paris’s picturesque historic district can do so through Studio Vermès, a professional studio run by portrait photographer Philippe Vermès and his assistant, landscape and still-life photographer Mathias de Lattre.

Photo © Philippe Vermés

Offered both in the fall and spring semesters, students from Columbia University, Wells College, Skidmore College, Sarah Lawrence, Hollins University, Smith College, Sweet Briar College, Tufts University and others have taken either beginner or advanced fully accredited photography courses at Studio Vermès.

“Our photography classes, given in our professional studio located in the heart of the Marais, focus principally on the techniques of taking, printing and developing images that are exhibited in a collective show here at the studio for the participants, their friends and program directors at the end of the fall or spring semester,” notes Nancy Vermès, Philippe’s wife and a retired university professor.

Beginner students can expect to learn the basics of photography—from understanding the camera (both film and digital) to experimenting with genres ranging from landscapes to portraits. Students gain experience shooting indoors, outside and at night, and also receive full critiques of their work. Trips include visits to the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens and the Père Lachaise Cemetery, as well as Belleville and Ménilmontant—two vibrant and unique neighborhoods in Paris.

You can learn more about the courses for advanced students, spring and fall semester offerings and more by reading the full version of this article for free in the digital edition of PDNedu. 

Photo © Philippe Vermés

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