The Veneto stage of “From North to South: When the journey becomes photography” – produced by Bluocean and supported by National Geographic – will be directed by Alessandro Gandolfi, a renowned Italian photographer and frequent collaborator with national Geographic, in collaboration with Moria De Zen.
A mix of practice and theory to get to grips with the modus operandi that lies behind a photographic reportage. For seven days, you’ll be hunting for photos under Gandolfi’s constant and valuable supervision.
You’ll be shooting in a land that’s rich and fascinating – among the hills, vine and lakes of the landscape, the little villages and the great cities of our shared artistic patrimony, in the little shops and the wineries – trying to capture the spirit of the place in images that immortalise the architecture, the picturesque corners, street life and the occupations and professions of the people who live here. They’ll be days of intense but stimulating work, the rhythm set by the light: we’ll be shooting from dawn to dusk.
The aim of the workshop is to provide the technical expertise necessary to produce a photo reportage in National Geographic style, by analysing the phases required: from the idea to outlining the project, from taking the photos to editing, stimulating everyone’s creative and critical faculties (the latter by means of a “daily critique” session). And there will also be time to enjoy food and leisure time during the workshop, in the charming atmosphere of the Veneto region.
Programme and Dates:
18-24 June 2012 (7 days / 6 nights)
Day 1: Monday June 18th. Treviso
Press Conference (afternoon)
Check-in to our accomodation. Meeting with Gandolfi, presentation of the workshop’s guidelines and a lesson in the lecture room. Photographic tour of the city of Treviso. Return to the B&B.
Day 2: Tuesday June 19th. Verona
Breakfast in the B&B. We leave for Verona. Packed lunch; in the afternoon, we move to Borghetto di Valeggio sul Mincio (an old milling village), to take part in the “festa del nodo d’amore” (literally: love-knot party). Back to the B&B
Day 3: Wednesday June 20th. Treviso
Breakfast in the B&B. We leave for the Cervara Oasis, in the Sile River Regional Natural Park. IN the afternoon, lesson and viewing in the lecture room, followed by a tour of the city of Treviso in search of beautiful frames, characters, stories while waiting for sunset. Back to the B&B
Day 4: Thursday June 21st. Venice, Burano & Murano islands
Breakfast in the B&B. We leave for Venice and visit the city and a Squero (a boatyard where Gondolas are made). Packed lunch. In the afternoon we visit the islands of Murano and Burano to watch glassblowing and lace-making respectively. Dinner, then back to the B&B
Day 5: Friday June 22nd. Treviso
Breakfast in the B&B. From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene (where we visit a winery). Packed lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the beautiful hill-top town of Asolo. Back to Treviso for a lesson and photo viewing.
Day 6: Saturday June 23rd. Dolomites
At dawn we leave for Lago di Misurina and a hill walk of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the 3 peaks of Lavaredo). Back to the B&B
Day 7: Sunday June 24th. Treviso
Breakfast in the B&B. Final photo viewing session and finalisation of the reportages. All participants receive a certificate of attendance.
The workshop program may change because of weather conditions or other circumstances.
€920 (€620 for the course alone, without B&B). The full price includes:
- 7 days full immersion with Alessandro Gandolfi
- 6 nights B&B in a shared twin room (hotel to be decided). Single supplement €22 per night.
- Group travel in a private bus (except for the Venice-Murano-Burano transfers)
- Attendance Certificate
- general extras, and anything not mentioned above as included.
Who is the course for: Advanced amateur and professional photographers wanting to learn how to tell the story of the unique beauty of a place in images. The workshop is a photographic training ground in which to benefit from the presence of a professional photographer and National Geographic collaborator.
Difficulty: medium. Good physical fitness is advisable.
Good to know:
- participants need basic knowledge of photographic techniques
- participants must bring their own digital camera, lenses and tripod
- participants must bring their own laptop computer for the selection and post-production work.
maximum number of participants: the workshop is limited to 15 participants in order that everyone gets maximum attention during the course.
National Geographic collaborator, Gandolfi is a respected photojournalist and reporter at international level. His work has appeared in newspapers and publications including Die Zeit, The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde,VSD, Marie Claire, Mare, National Geographic Italia, L’Espresso, Il Venerdì, Sette, Corriere della Sera, Sportweek, Qui Touring, Meridiani, Airone, La Repubblica delle Donn.
His photos have also been exhibited in personal and collective shows, he has led photo workshops and been on various photo juries (2010 Polaris Photo Contest, 2010 NGO World Videos – Milano Film Festival, EDT Photo Contest 2008). A member of the committee of the Festival Colorno Photo Life (Parma) and winner of various prizes, including “One Life Photography project – Top 100 Photographer” (2011), “International Aperture Awards, BronzeAward” (2010), “National Geographic, February Best Edit Award” (2010) e “National Geographic, September Best Edit Award”(2011).
Moria De Zen (course management collaborator)
After a degree in communication, graphic design and photography at the NABA Art School in Milan, De Zen began her work on personal research projects and reportages. She interviews and edits for the blog www.e-photoreview.com and teaches photography in courses and workshops.
In 2003, she began her exhibition career with I Bambini di Amman; followed by Evoke and Insight, as part of the Please Me Fashion group show. Other group shows include: Volontariamente (currently on national tour); Della Corporeità i Dialoghi (shown as part of the Padova Aprile Fotografia event); Humankind (The powerHouse Arena, New York); Acqua Aria Fuoco Terra, organised by National Geographic Magazine (held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome). De Zen has taken part in national and international festivals including Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, FotoGrafia in Rome, Orvietofotografia and theItalian Pavilion at the 14th Photographic Art Festival in Lishui, China. She has been recognised in international photo competitions including IPA, Premiofotografico, FIOF Professional Photography Award, PX3, Master Cup. Moria De Zen lives and works in Asolo (Treviso).
Further information and enrolment:
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Information in Italian language: www.premioceleste.it