The Vevey School of Photography workshop students, led by photographer Eric Nehr, share their views on “Hope”.
“In the early 1980s, I had the chance to study photography at the Saint-Luc College of Arts in Belgium. Nothing was then more beautiful, more romantic than to define oneself by practicing photography, the ideal medium for growing up. The darkroom, the silver technique, everything was pure magic for me.
Later, as a professional, I witnessed the beginnings of the digital photography revolution of the 2000s. Shooting in daylight never began before 10am because of the low sensitivity of the first sensors. Sensitive papers gave way to screens, the Polaroid too fragile and expensive, to an instantaneous flow and pixelated. It was in this period of transformation that I began to teach photography.
Twenty years have passed, the cameras have become hyper-efficient, we seize the movement in the middle of the deepest of nights, trigger in bursts without foundations, expand endlessly the format of the images and, above all, share instantly our shots in a world become global and connected.
Yet, I observe a real attachment of students for analog recording. They are ready to sacrifice to afford sensitive film, unearth the latest Polaroids and dream of their nascent images, under the halo of the dark room.
It is in Vevey, Switzerland, that we have developed, with a class of the higher education in photography of the CEPV, this exchange with Sixteen on the theme of “hope”.
In the series of images created in echo, the students weave a narrative inhabited at the same time by what Edgar Allan Poe called “the agony of their desire”, and by a luminous and dancing objection to this small disappearance, the return to a tangible, vibrant, almost magnetic world.”
– Eric Nehr, CEPV Professor