Apr 202015
 

Matera Photography Workshop

May 15 – 18, 2015
S O L D  O U T

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

The winter has finally lifted in New York.  It seemed like the snow might never stop.  And the change in weather means that travel season is upon us.  It is time to step out of the winter routine, dust off the camera, and shake away all of the excuses as to why you have not shot enough pictures in the last five months.  Fortunately, springtime means we can swap our wool for linen and hit the road.  This year will be the last year the workshop schedule looks the way it does.  2016 is going to be shaken up a bit and 2017 will see a handful of new locations.  So if you were thinking about coming to a workshop in any of the cities on the 2015 calendar, you might want to drop us a line.  Because they might not be happen again for a while.

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

The first stop will be Italy…Florence and Matera.  The former is one of Italy’s longest standing art destinations and the latter is an up and coming cultural hub backed by Unesco.  A favorite stop on the Grand Tour, Florence and Rome have battled for the top spot for centuries.  Florence is like a greatest hits album of Italy.  Everything is exquisite.  The food, the wine, the clothing, the art, the architecture…the list goes on.  Standing above the city at San Miniato al Monte, it is hard to believe how many innovative forces came out of such a small town.  Like the Italians say “Nella botte piccola, c’è il vino buono.” (The best wine comes from little bottles)

Mark, from our workshop last year.  Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Mark, from our workshop last year. Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Jan, at the end of a morning shoot last year. Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Jan, at the end of a morning shoot last year. Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

On the other side of the country, Matera is gaining recognition as an unspoiled paradise of Italian-ness.  Matera is a laid back town, virtually free from the bustle of tourism.  The streets in the Sassi are paved in stone and you can wake up to the bells of cows grazing in the Parco Murgia (the national park across the valley.)  There are no flashy shopping districts or fancy restaurants.  It has a casual vibe that feels more like an elegant farmer than a Renaissance dandy.  It is, without question, one of my favorite cities in the world.  Matera is designed to be felt.  All of the analogies that travel writers devote to the pleasures of a woman can easily be applied to this city.  The way it smells, how it feels against your skin when you lean against her walls, and the most sensual pleasure of all, watching the colors cascade over every wall in the Sassi as night settles in.  It is a place to turn off your phone, forget about email, and live like we did years ago.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Some pre-dinner wine at Sextantio (our hotel of choice) Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Matera Photography Workshop © Adam Marelli

Remaining Workshop Openings

  • Florence/Italy: 1 spot
  • Matera/Italy: SOLD OUT
  • London/England
  • Berlin/Germany
  • Prague/Czech Republic
  • Venice/Italy: SOLD OUT
  • Kyoto/Japan: SOLD OUT
  • N e w  A d d i t i o n: We added a second workshop in Kyoto/Japan Workshop: Sign up now theworkshop@adammarelliphoto.com

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Reviewing the treasures from our night shoot over a few glasses of wine at L'Arturo's. © Adam Marelli

Reviewing the treasures from our night shoot over a few glasses of wine at L’Arturo’s. © Adam Marelli

 

 

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