Workshop with laureate international photographer Klavdij Sluban

Next autumn, a workshop with laureate international photographer K. Sluban will be taking place in San Sebastian. This artist has received outstanding awards in the photography world, including the Niépce Prize (2000), the Leica Prize (2004) and the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2009. Additionally, he is resident of honour at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto.

His work is exhibited all over the world, and can be seen in collections such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the Museo de la Fotografía in Braga, Portugal, the Musée Réattu in Arles, and many more.

In addition to photography, he has earned international recognition for his pedagogical work. With his workshops and masterklass, he helps each photographer to find their skills as an author.

Since 1995, when not abroad, he has been organising photography workshops with juvenile delinquents in jail. This work began in France, at the Fleury-Mérogis prison, with the support of Henri Cartier Bresson, Marc Riboud and William Kleinand has continued in disciplinary centres and prisons in Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia and Latvia, at rehabilitation centres in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Brazil, and Central America with the Maras.



This workshop is aimed for those ready to develop a cohesive body of work, to help photographer improved different aspects of their creativity, to become better critics of their own work as well as to be able to “see” their images in a broader perspective and to gain confidence in their way to work.

In presentation and discussion sessions K. Sluban will take the participants behind the scenes and extensively about how to create and work on a long-term personal project.

The workshop will consist of four different parts: two intensive and collective sessions scheduled separately, in which K. Sluban works with participants at PhotoGune (San Sebastian), and an in-between sessions month and a half period of individual work (at home). All of which, followed by an exhibition of a one large format photo per participant.

At the end of the workshop, each participant will come up with 10-15 images in order to build a professional-quality portfolio. Also, a large-format photograph will be printed with museum conservation standards for a collective exhibition to be presented later on as

As for the printing work, rough prints and selected photos, as well as the large format, they will be printed simultaneous as required in each session.  A unique advantage  included in this workshop, and implemented by Jose C.Urrutia, a professional printer and lab technician for the last 36 years, as well as PhotoGune’s owner.



PhotoGune Fine Art Photography Lab is right in the centre of San Sebastian. Its equipment provides fine art photograph printing and computer processing, with today’s highest professional standards.

PhotoGune holds a gathering space suited to make more pleasant group work.



The K. Sluban workshop is oriented toward all amateur and professional photographers, of all ages and nationalities, who wish to improve their work. With his aid, they will learn to identify their most noteworthy qualities and set master guidelines to develop a personal spirit and style.


“A man may be judged by the pictures he takes”

This quote by K. Sluban perfectly defines the process he will be sharing with each participant on the pathway to discovery of a personal photographic language that best expresses each photographer’s personality.

This creative process seeks:

  • To teach how to identify the singularity of each photographic work.
  • To find and refine personal style, to build a coherent photographic series step-by-step, for appropriate presentation of the selected theme.
  • To teach how to situate oneself at the distance necessary to find the personal theme, beyond time and space.



  • A selection of 15 samples printed on paper in a comfortable format with formal coherence for constructive group analysis. This analysis of the photographs will help define the most appropriate theme for each participant to develop during the workshop.
  • Portfolios, artist books, projects underway, etc.
  • A digital camera with a fixed lens and necessary accessories (batteries, memory cards, cables, pen drive, external hard drives, etc.).
  • A laptop computer, if possible.
  • A notebook or recorder to note down all the references, as well as ideas that come in the moment.



In order to strengthen a positive group synergy and reach greater cohesion between all participants, meals will be “on-site” with the group to continue exchanging information and opinions. Coexistence and mutual respect are fundamental in this workshop, facilitating a critical and sincere exchange with an overarching constructive spirit.

Throughout the workshop, a myriad of references on photography and its history will be given, along with interesting facts on Visual Arts, literature and all the artistic expressions that act to clarify, feed and reinforce the personal creative process.



The languages to be used in the K. Sluban workshop will be French and English, translated into Spanish by K. Sluban’s ex student photographer and writer and Spanish speaking, Olivier Deck.



The price is 690 €, which includes preparation of digital files (digital pre-printing), 20 (10x15cm) test photos printed on 210 gr. matte paper.

Costs for lodging, meals and printing of the final photos with their presentation box shall be at the expense of the participant (special prices are being arranged for lodging and food). To adapt the prices to each participant, supplementary laboratory work shall have preferential rates.


NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:  The workshop will welcome a maximum of 15 attendees.




3-day collective session.

Friday 29 September 2017: from 15:30h – 20:00h.

Each participant arrives with between 10 and 15 images (paper copies mandatory), in small format (max.18x24cm) and presents their individual production to the group. With a positive critical spirit, and without compromise, an analysis and selection will be conducted to draw out the particularities of the author’s photographic gaze and to set the workshop’s guidelines.

Saturday 30 September 2017: 09:00h – 19:00h

Photographic field trip on the streets of San Sebastian and its surroundings, in the company of K. Sluban. After the prior session, each participant will have had made up their mind on how to develop their personal theme. After lunch time, the group will return to PhotoGune and begin to classify, analyse and discuss the images taken during the morning. At the same time, Jose C.Urrutia will begin printing work as the first selection of photos begin to emerge.

Saturday 1 October: 9:00h – 18:00h

The whole day will be spent on analysing the photographs printed the day before. In this selection task, each participant becomes aware of one of photographer artists’ most important qualities: knowing how to eliminate images. K. Sluban has a motto: ¡Un bon photographe a toujours une grande poubell bien remplie! (A good photographer always has a stuffed rubbish bin!)

At the end of the third day, each participant will have delved into their own way of seeing things, in the broadest sense of the word, and will know the guidelines to follow for the second phase, spent on personal work.



Personal work

During the next month and a half, each student, on their own, will embark on a journey of reflection and personal work, following the guidelines set by K. Sluban during Phase 1. Each participant will seek out the project that best fits their personality, giving it shape through a coherent series of 10-15 photographs.

Digital processing, the pre-printing process (configuration of files, selection of printing paper, conservation and filing of printing, format, presentation idea, etc.), printing the images that will form part of the portfolio and the fine art single copy for the following exhibition, shall all take place at the PhotoGune laboratory, under Jose C.Urrutia’s expertise:

At the end of Phase 2, each student will have an unpublished series of 10/15 images, presented as copies on 210gr matte paper.


3-day collective session

Friday 17 October: 15:30 – 20:00h

During this phase, students will show the group the 10-15 images created during the previous phase. This experience is to see the progress made when speaking of and explaining their own photographic work. Points of discourse with the most confidence will be discussed, in order to improve them, and always in a highly positive environment. After a new analysis and drastic selection of images, each participant will have a definitive series to act as a foundation to make the portfolio.

At this point, one image will be selected for the exhibition later on (date and location yet to be determined) which shall be printed in large format on conservation and archive paper.

The issue of the presentation “form” will also be discussed in depth: framed, portfolio, boxed, why, how, etc.

Saturday 18 November: 09:00h-19:00h

Continuation and end of selection began the day before.

Each student will hold an individual conversation with K. Sluban to exchange the most personal opinions and aspects of the photographic project carried out during the workshop.

Sunday 19 November: 09:00h-18:00h

Continuation and end of individual conversations with K. Sluban.

Collective debate where each student can bring up any aspect addressed during the workshop sessions again.

Workshop conclusion at 14h and “on-site” group meal to continue exchanging information and opinions.



After approximately one month, the images will be printed for portfolios, and copies will be selected to exhibit in a space in San Sebastian.

During this last process, we immerse ourselves in the experience of meeting with the public. The time has come to confirm the progress made and the self-assuredness acquired during the workshop in the real world.



– Photographer  –

Winner of the Niépce Prize (2000) and of the Leica Prize (2004), Klavdij Sluban is a French photographer of Slovenian origin based in Paris. Now aged 42, he continues the development of his rigorous and coherent body of work. Sluban learnt the subtleties of black & white printing under the guidance of Georges Fèvre. Although he held a Masters’ degree in Anglo-American literature, little by little, he gave up teaching to commit wholly to photography. Never inspired by immediate and sensational current affairs, Sluban’s numerous photography trips are permeated with literary references ­ for example, Beckett, Milton. The Black Sea, the Caribbean, the Balkans, and Russia can be read as many successive steps of an in-depth study of a patient proximity to the encountered real. His deep blacks and backlit silhouettes convey to his photographic style uprightness and accuracy free of didacticism or exoticism.

In 1997, his work Balkans Transits, which he published with François Maspero, was awarded the RFI (International French Radio) prize. Since 1995, when not abroad, Sluban has run photography workshops with young offenders in prison. First originated in France, in the prison of Fleury-Mérogis with support from Henri Cartier Bresson, Marc Riboud and William Klein, this commitment was pursued in the disciplinary camps and prisons of Eastern Europe – Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia, and Latvia ­ and in the disciplinary centres of Moscow and St Petersburg. By offering us pictures of those places he is familiar with and of their inhabitants to whom he is a true partner, Sluban unveils the problems of closed spaces and constrained horizons. And by doing so, he brings to both our consciousness and senses the fractures of a confinement enhanced by the internalization of perceptions.


Prix Niepece 2000
Prix Leica, Medal of Excellence, 2004
Fiacre Fellowship Ministry of Culture, 2001
Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs, 1998
Fellowship for workshops in prisons, DRAC Ile-de France 1996


Klavdij Sluban 10 ans de photographie en prison ­ L’il Électrique Éditions, Rennes, France DVD on 10 years of photography in prisons.
Entre Parenthèses, Photo Poche, Ed. Actes Sud 2005, (coll. Société), 10 ans de photographies sur les adolescents en prison (France, ex-Yugoslavia, Ex-Soviet Union).
Balkans ­ Transit, text by François Maspero, Seuil ed., Paris 1997 (Prix Radio France Internationale, paperback).
La Confusion des Genre en Photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale de France ed., Paris 2001, (with texts by Mark Haworth-Booth, Anne Wilkes Tucker,).
Transverses, Maison Européene de la photographie, Paris 2002.


Series Derriére la Page, Coup d’il/Arte, Metropolis, 8min, 2002.
Series Photos-Photographes, Cndp/La 5, 13min, 2001.
In Henri Cartier-Bresson L’amour tout court, Les Films a Lou/Arte, 90min. 2001.
Metropolis, Arte 15 min, 1997.


In 1995, Klavdij Sluban created a photography workshop for teenagers in the Juvenile Detention Centre in Fleury-Mérogis (South of Paris, the biggest jail in Europe). The Adolescents were taught a creative approach, development and printing in photography. Their work is regularly shown inside the jail. Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson attended several times a year from the beginning of the project, as did photographers William Klein and Marc Riboud who also attended to encourage the participating adolescents.

In 2000, K.Sluban created another photographic workshop in Celje, Slovenia, in the only national prison for teenagers.

Following these projects, K.Sluban started working with young prisoners in the former Soviet-Union (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia), with similar photographic exchange.


Fonds National d’art Contemporain, Paris
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris 
Musée National d’art Beaubourg, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo
The collections of the FNAC galleries, 
Museum of Photography in Braga, Portugal, 
Galerie du Château d’Eau de Toulouse, 
Musée Réattu in Arles
Museum Pouchkine in Odessa.


 – Art Printer –

In 1984, José C. Urrutia joined the newly inaugurated professional photography laboratory LAB, belonging to Valentin Vallhonrat, which was destined to become one of the leading laboratories on the Peninsula.


Said laboratory was created to provide professional photographers with excellent manual development and printing services for sensitive B/W and colour materials, which did not exist at the time.


This where he was trained in the different specialities of an analogue laboratory, such as manual copying on fb formats or personalised development of B/W films for each one of its clients.


He conducted research on handling to properly conserve negatives and paper originals from a museum perspective. This led him to delve into different techniques used over the course of history (called alternative or historic processes today) such as platinum prints, gum bichromate, salt prints, and cyanotypes in order to offer products to broaden his clients’ creative possibilities.


On the other hand, and in parallel, he began working with digital photography in 1994, becoming one of the pioneers using this technology on the professional photography stage. From his studio in Madrid, he blended experience from the photo-chemical laboratory with the potential of the digital world, achieving unheard-of solutions at the time.


Today, from his laboratory-workshop PhotoGune in San Sebastián, he continues to collaborate with entities and photographers to share his experience, giving courses and workshops on digital processing and analogical laboratories.


Throughout his professional career, José C. Urrutia has collaborated with professional photographers, art directors, editorial companies, foundations and private entities, of which the following are of note:



Alberto Schommer,

  • Retratos Psicológicos
  • Mascaras 1996
  • La búsqueda. La mezquita de Córdoba 1993
  • El Viaje 1994
  • Flamenco 1997
  • La vida en los Museos 1998
  • El hombre que veía demasiado 2000
  • Serie Cascografías. 2000

Cristina García Rodero,

  • La España oculta 1989

Javier Vallhonrat,

  • Animal Vegetal 1986
  • El espacio poseído 1992
  • Autogramas 1993
  • Cajas 1996
  • Lugares intermedios 1999
  • ETH 2002

Valentín Vallhonrat

  • Sueños del animal 1989.
  • Cristal oscuro 1993.
  • Room for love 1998.

Antxon Hernández

  • Madrid mira a sus estatuas.

Fernando Manso

  • Copa America 2007
  • Madrid inédita 2009

Cesar Urrutia

  • Exposición de retratos de la película “Alatriste”

Graciela Iturbide

  • Exposición y catálogo Fundación MAPFRE 2009



Javier Valhonrat, Valentin Vallhonrat, Horst P. Horst, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Alberto Schommer, Alberto García Alix, Xavier Guardans, Juan Gatti, Alejandro Cabrera, Cesar Lucadamo, Cesar Urrutia, Nacho Pinedo, Javier Salas, Cees Van Gelderen, Jordi Socías, Paco Navarro…



  • Photographer José Ortiz Echagüe’s collection (Navarra’s University).
  • Recovery of the Fundación Telefónica Historic Photographic Archive.
  • Recovery of photographer Emmanuelle Sougez’s work.
  • Digitalisation work for the Marcelino Botin  Foundation



Loewe, El Corte Ingles, MoviStar, Telefónica, Vodafone, Once, Iberia, Pepe Jeans, Jesús del Pozo, Zara, Pull & Bear, Carrera & Carrera, Perlas Kaylis (Australia), Pomelato (Italia) Blanco, JB, Kellog’s, Tampax, Comunidad de Madrid, PromoMadrid, Comunidad de Castilla-León, Banco Popular, Greenpeace, Vogue España, Vogue Japón, Vogue Italia, Elle, Telva, Woman, GQ, Madriz Magazine, Barcelonés, Matador, Rebel, Man, Interviú, El País Semanal, El Semanal (Grupo Correo), Yo Dona, Cinemanía, Canal Plus magazine, Neo 2, Big, …


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