Workshop: Still Life

09.12 — 10.12.2022

Workshop for professional artists and photographers (including self-taught) and art or photography students

Workshop in French (exchanges in Italian and English possible)

Hours: 10.00-16.30 (both days)

Fee: 120 CHF / 100 CHF for members / 60 CHF for students

Registration mandatory until 2 December (on a first come, first served basis) by email at

In partnership with Photo Verdaine

During this workshop on still life, Nicolas Polli invites you to work with a deliberately poor and offbeat material to make unique, unexpected… and even beautiful images! This workshop resolutely asserts that there is no need for singularly photogenic objects, extraordinary technical mastery or exceptional photographic equipment to create striking images. The participants will be accompanied over two days in the creation of images in their own visual language, in a workshop that will alternate demonstrations, individual and group work, and common feedback sessions. Inputs from Nicola Polli, photographer and designer, will cover issues of composition, lighting and colour, as well as the conceptual and creative aspects of still life.

Nicolas Polli is a photographer and designer trained in visual communication at the SUPSI in Lugano and in art direction at the ECAL in Lausanne. His clients include Images Vevey, Freitag, Le Temps, NZZ, Das Magazin, MDF Italia, and Milk Interactive for photography, graphic design and art direction. He has designed books for artists and photographers Maya Rochat, Vincent Jendly, Alina Frieske, Jeanne Jacob, and Vincen Beeckman, among others. He is also the founder and director of the independent publishing house Ciao Press, established in 2017 and specialising in contemporary photography, contemporary art, illustration and design. Between 2012 and 2020, he founded and edited with Salvatore Vitale 12 issues of Yet magazine, dedicated to contemporary photography and related practices, which quickly gained international recognition, receiving a Swiss Design Award in 2018. Alongside his editorial, design and art direction projects, he carries out personal projects, including 'Ferox. The Forgotten Archives' (2018) and 'When Strawberries Will Grow on Trees, I Will Kiss You' (2020).