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Question 4: What formal studies or progression of activities did you pursue?
Well in the beginning I first studied at a school called École d’art de Maredsous, at the Abbey of Maredsous, it was more an artisan school, where we worked with metal, wood. There was a woodworking studio. I did ceramics and painting there. I remember that we did a lot of painting even outside the courses. I had a Polish friend who didn’t speak much French. Furthermore, at some point I was speaking French like a Pol because I was so influenced by him, and him maybe by me. He was called Binski, and he was very talented and we were good friends. And after that, I went to a private school, a preparatory school for La Cambre, a school that I also attended in Belgium. But what was really an important turning point for me was after having taught a few years here at Université de Moncton, during a sabbatical I had the opportunity to do a master’s degree in Photography at Rochester, Buffalo’s campus. It was a school where there were a lot of Jews and it was actually kind of like a kibbutz at that school. We paid tuition fees but a bit less than in other American universities because we had to spend at least a day and a half a week doing what was called “work study”, to pay for our studies. I was in charge of the printing office, doing all kinds of printing for the school. Others worked on a magazine that was called After Image, others worked cleaning, etc.