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Local photographer Raymond A. Bleesz chosen for French photo retreat

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Local photographer Raymond A. Bleesz was one of 14 applicants chosen to participate in The Photography Masters Retreat in Esparon, France, in July.

EDWARDS — Raymond A. Bleesz, a fine-art photographer from Edwards, last week was named as one of 14 applicants selected to participate in The Photography Masters Retreat in Esparon, France, in July.

During the weeklong retreat, four mentors will help each participant further his or her photographic goals by giving portfolio reviews, supportive critique, discussions, shooting exercises and opportunities for introspection, amongst other goals.

The retreat will be held at the rural family manor of Martine Fougeron, a photographer, artist and faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Fougeron will take on the roll of retreat director and also will serve as one of the four mentors, along with Elisabeth Biondi, an independent curator, writer and teacher and former visuals editor at The New Yorker; Katharine Bosse, an artist and professor of photography at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany; and Lyle Rexer, critic, curator a faculty at School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Along with an artist statement and letter of intent, Bleesz chose two projects to submit with his application for the retreat, which was reviewed by the retreat mentors. The first project, titled "Latinos of Vail," included 10 formal black and white portraits, 4-by-5 film, strobe lighting of Latinos at their Friday night dance at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. The second project Bleesz began in 1976 and is titled "Man's Landscapes, Man At Work and Remnants of Man, His Place in the Environment."

To learn more about the retreat, visit http://www.thephotographymaster retreat.com.