Introduction to Design/Composition
in Street Photography Workshop
Venice & Verona ( ITALY )
A Secret Tradition
Come explore the sun drenched side streets of Venice & Verona in a truly unique photography workshop. We will retrace the footsteps of the “Grand Tour” which was the foundation for any serious artist in the last three hundred years. During these formative trips painters like John Singer Sargent mastered Design, Composition, and Light to transform everyday street scenes into masterful works of Art.
You and your camera will be led on a guided exploration to learn “How to See like a Master Artist.” Many of the design principles were reserved for serious artists and are never taught in photography programs. But in this special (5) day workshop, you will learn the secrets of Classical Design that pioneers like Henrì Cartier-Bresson inherited from drawing, to revolutionize the world of Photography.
Who is Invited
The Venice & Verona workshop is open to all levels of photographers from beginner to professional. Since the Classical Design is rarely taught, everyone will start at the same level. We do ask that you are familiar with the basic functions of your camera so you can take full advantage of the teaching.
Over the course of (5) days there will be progressive lectures and slide presentations to highlight the pinnacles of design in Art and Photography in an easy to follow format. By comparing the traditions of Painting and Photography you will uncover a the shared language of design used for centuries to carve these magnificent cities.
Day 1- 2 (Sept 17-19), Venice: Design Presentations, Street Shooting, Lunch, Critiques and stops at my favorite Venetian restaurants and coffee shops. We will depart via train for Verona, which is only a quick (1 hour) train ride from Venice.
Day 3-5 (Sept 19-22), Verona: For a change of scenery we will switch from canals to a city with Roman and Medieval roots. The Arena, castles and a whole to architectural setting will allow you to practice the the techniques taught during lecture. Lunches and snacks will be included to keep the fuel going all day long.
What Will You Learn
I believe that workshop attendees should walk away with tangible skills that can be used for evaluating their work. It goes without say that we will have a fantastic time, but I believe it is more important that your photography becomes significantly better than when we started. Having taught many of these techniques private to students over the years, I am 100% confident that YOUR pictures will never be the same.
After this workshop you will know:
- The Foundations of Dynamic Symmetry
- Learn how to Master the format of a 35mm Sensor
- How to “Set a Scene” by using light and architecture to your advantage
- Introduction to techniques to Spot a photo before it happens
- Basic Principles of Figure to Ground Relationships
- Learn the language of Design, hardly taught to photographers
- How to critique the formal qualities of any image
- How to generalize a scene and See like an Artist
- Learn common mistakes that plague many photographers and simples ways to avoid them
- “Are you using the right lens?” Discover which focal lengths are best suited to your style.
The cost for the workshop, 5 days of design lectures, lunch and cappuccinos (for refueling along the way) is $1,995.
We can make suggestions for hotels and transportation to and from Venice.
Your Fearless Leaders
Artist & photographer, Adam Marelli is based in New York City. His projects explore the ancient crafts of building, maestros in their workshops, and designs handed down through generations. Whether he is photographing a master carpenter, dodging fish at a local market, or at the drafting table, he is in constant search of the threads which bind our cultures together.
When he noticed a shortage of design instruction geared towards photographers, he opened the doors of his studio, where he teaches the lost lessons of Classical Design. The success of his methods saw him named as the Leica Akademie’s Resident Photographer in New York City. His advice is regularly featured in the “Ask the Contractor” column in the New York Times, he was a lecturer at New York University, and continues to pursue projects at home and abroad. His writings on photography appear on Forbes, The Gothamist, & Phaidon Press. Invisible Exports gallery represents his work in New York City.
Take advantage of Adam’s unique perspective on photography and travel on the workshop of your choice. See why he believes that Success is not Accidental.
Eric Kim is an international street photographer from Los Angeles with a passion in interacting with his subjects, especially getting close to them. He travels all around the world and teaches street photography workshops to passionate shooters. He has had exhibitions at the Leica store in Korea, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne and in Cambodia and Downtown LA.
Eric is currently an instructor at UC Riverside and is teaching a university-level course titled: “All the World’s a Stage: An Introduction to Street Photography”. His past workshops include locations such as Switzerland, Beirut, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Stockholm, and Berlin.
You can see Eric’s work on his website.