Adam Marelli Workshops


 A\MARELLI Workshops

Schedule 2016


“Some photographers travel to a place, we travel into them.”

Adam Marelli 2016 Photography Workshop Schedule

Travel below the surface

Have you ever wanted to step inside of a photograph?  Was a picture so incredible that it made you want to drop everything and discover what the place felt like, how it looked, and why it was so magical?  A\MARELLI Workshops were created to bring you into the picture, to connect with a culture, and move through the curtain that separates the traveler from the tourist.

A side street near Campo San Barnaba. Venice, Italy. © Adam Marelli

Cultural Photography 

From the zen monasteries of Japan to the boatyards of Venice, A\MARELLI Workshops were born as a way to connect people to culture.  The workshops put experience first and photography second…because when you have an authentic experience the pictures come naturally.  Along the way, Adam Marelli will guide you through private shoots and unique talks, sharing the tools he uses to explore the richness that cultures have to offer.

Adam’s professional background as an artist, builder, and student of zen afford him unique access to locations that you might otherwise miss or never even see at all.  In his workshops, he opens up the connections that took years to establish so that you can instantly connect to a place.

Natural light portraits © Adam Marelli

Natural light portraits © Adam Marelli

What we do

Have you ever taken a trip and thought, “Why don’t my pictures look as good as I remember it?”  Translating experience into photographs is an art, one that Adam has refined through years of artistic study and travel.  In the workshops, you will have the chance to use Adam’s diverse background to your advantage.

“How does it work?”  We’re glad you asked…here are the details below.

A new perspective © Adam Marelli

A new perspective © Adam Marelli

D. co. Tramontin & Figli. Venice, Italy © Adam Marelli

D. co. Tramontin & Figli. Venice, Italy © Adam Marelli

  • Natural Light Portraits:  One of the first ways we start to unravel any location is to connect with the people. Capturing a beautiful bare bones portrait will be second nature to any good photographer. Forget the fancy studios, lighting, and gear…you will learn how to take brilliant environmental portraits anywhere in the world.  In privately arranged shoots you will learn what to look for, what backgrounds make or break a picture, and how to find the best light a city has to offer.
  • Atmosphere like a movie:  Every location on the planet is unique.  There is an emotional feeling that can be communicated in a picture, if you know how to capture it.  Utilizing Adam’s background as a professional builder and his knowledge of architectural history, you will learn how to make pictures that feel like they came right out of a movie.
  • Master craftsmen:  One of the treasures of any civilization are the master craftsmen who build culture by hand.  As a specialist in photographing master craftsmen, Adam Marelli will take you inside the legendary workshops of the builders, makers, and artisans that make their cities famous.  You will have insider access to intimate workshops for private shoots where you can explore unique settings that are normally closed off to the public.  (You won’t find these in any guide books, that’s for sure!)

Adam Marelli and Leica Store Miami Florence Photography Workshop



Location  FLORENCE / ITALY  
Dates:  May 6–8 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
3 day workshop  2,450 USD One space left

Description  The partnership between A\MARELLI & Leica Store Miami is designed to give Leica users the opportunity to “Master their Leica’s.”  Pairing Adam Marelli’s cultural and artistic skills with David Farkas’ technical prowess, photographers will learn to shoot with their cameras set to 100% manual…say goodbye to “spray and pray” style shooting.  We’ve selected Florence for this collaborative workshop again, as it offers a wonderful range of architecture, street shooting, and portrait settings, all within walking distance. This is an excellent opportunity for photographers who want to remove guesswork from their photography and learn the real joys of the Leica System.  Leica Store Miami will be providing a full selection from the Leica lineup, and you will be able to select camera bodies and lenses to use throughout the workshop. 

Download more details here:  Florence Workshop 2016

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Adam Marelli Matera Photography Workshop

Location:  MATERA / ITALY 
Dates:  May 13–15 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
3 day workshop  2,200 USD  (returning photographers receive a 10% discount) Two spaces left

Description:  Awarded Unesco’s European Cultural Capital for 2019, Matera is a hidden treasure that will not remain “undiscovered” for much longer.  The unique cave architecture of the city, the deep dramatic landscape and virtually untouched cultural practices make it a fantastic location that never ceases to amaze us.  Even after four years of visits, there are still discoveries to be made and this is a great chance to see the rebirth of a city.  During the workshop we will visit with local craftsmen and have a private location model shoot to hone your environmental portraiture. 

Download more details here:  Adam Marelli Matera Workshop 2016

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Adam Marelli Venice Photography Workshop


Location:  Venice / ITALY  
Dates:  September 30–October 2, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
3 day workshop  2,200 USD  (returning photographers receive a 10% discount)


Location:  Umbria / ITALY  
Dates:  October 7–9, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
3 day workshop  2,200 USD  (returning photographers receive a 10% discount) SOLD OUT

Description:  The Umbria Workshop will be the first invitation-only workshop, open only to Alumni of the A\MARELLI Workshops.  Invitations will be sent out to previous participants when the dates are announced in December.

Adam Marelli Kyoto Photography Workshop


Location:  Kyoto / JAPAN  
Dates:  November 4–6, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
3 day workshop  2,200 USD  (returning photographers receive a 10% discount)

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Small Groups

Group dynamics make or break a workshop.  One of the key elements is the size of the group.  As a former instructor at the Leica Akademie, Adam has tutored groups as small as 2 and as large as 20.  But our preferred size is 6-8.  It is the perfect balance of big enough to provide variety yet small enough that we can all spend time together.

Who joins A\MARELLI Workshops?  We value the privacy of the photographers who join us.  While Adam Marelli is a public figure, his participants are not.  His program has included CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, doctors, high level military, and other professions where the participants would like to take a few quiet days away from their important daily roles.  We respect that privacy and only publicize participants who request exposure.  Your happiness and security matter to us.

Discover a new approach to your photography. © Adam Marelli

Discover a new approach to your photography. © Adam Marelli

What makes us different

A\MARELLI Workshops are the only photography program taught by a professional artist, builder, and explorer. As a distinguished professional, Adam Marelli brings to share a set of resources that will allow you to make exponential jumps forward in your photography.  Previous participants have gone on to win awards, publish books, and create websites.

Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan © Adam Marelli


What is included
Workshop enrollment covers all workshop activities, location shooting fees, model fees, intercity transportation, a summary of workshop material/resources, and use of workshop meeting spaces.

What is not included
The workshop enrollment does not include travel to and from the workshop, accommodations, or meals.

Sign up / Deposit / Cancellation Policy
Sign up:  To register for one of the workshops, please email us at  We will respond with workshop details and the next steps to get you enrolled in a workshop.  If you have any questions prior to signing up, please feel free to contact us.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Deposit:  Each workshop requires a 50% non-refundable deposit.  Final payment is due 90 days prior to the commencement of the workshop.
Cancellation Policy:  After the non-refundable deposit is accepted, if the photographer needs to cancel or postpone enrollment in a workshop, they may transfer their deposit to another available workshop anytime within the next calendar year.  (eg, If they enrolled for a 2016 May workshop and are unable to attend, they could apply it any other workshop up to the end of May 2017)

If they have made full payment and need to cancel prior to 90 days before the start of the workshop, they will be refunded the second payment amount.

If they need to cancel inside of 90 days from the workshop commencement, there is no refund, but they can transfer the entire amount to a later workshop up to one calendar year from the original workshop start date.

Discover a method to the madness and unlock your creativity.  Afterwards we can  celebrate with a nice Amarone.

Discover a method to the madness and unlock your creativity. Afterwards we can celebrate with a nice Amarone.

Relax and Enjoy

Before we get too serious, let us remember that we love photography because it brings us pleasure.  Sit back, enjoy a glass of Barolo and let’s have a look at your images.  Developing a critical eye is part of being a good photographer, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves in the process.  The hardships should be in picture taking, but once it’s all over let’s enjoy some good meals together.  Wherever we are in the world, we enjoy the best in authentic, local cuisine.  My preferences for food, travel, and accommodations are simple…I value locally grown artisanal goods in every shape and form.

5 Ways to get the most out of a workshop

  1. Prepare questions in advance.  There is nothing worse than traveling a few thousand miles, only to forget the photography questions that have been nagging you for months, or maybe years.  Leading up to the workshop, keep a small notebook and load it with questions.  We guarantee to have some answers for you.
  2. Everything in working order.  Make sure that all your equipment, from the laptop to software to camera, are in working order.  It may sound obvious, but a software update can prove quite challenging when abroad.
  3. Know your gear.  There are about as many camera options as there are toothpastes on the market.  Be sure that you have a good working knowledge of your camera.  If you are unsure, you can schedule a One on One session with Adam in advance.
  4. Come with a mission.  We consider our workshops to be like an Independent Study program with an onsite mentor.  It is not a photo-tour where the “…Lions are expected at the watering hole at 9am and all you have to do is point and shoot.”  This is an interactive program designed to allow you access to unique locations.  If there is something that you would like to shoot during or after the workshop, let us know and we can help you out with the arrangements.
  5. Books and Movies.  Every location we visit has a deep history of literature and film.  Just to get into the spirit of things, we recommend diving into the artistic heritage from home, before you arrive onsite.  If you need a few recommendations just let us know.

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What do photographers think of the workshops…the testimonials say it all.

“I have been used to long exposed landscape shots saturated with rich colors and hence, I thought my first visit to Italy would be Cinque Terra known for its vibrant villages by the sea. As I searched through websites on photo workshops on Italy, Adam’s “10 Things you will NOT find at my workshops” caught my attention. I decided to give Florence a try.

The one-on-one session with Adam opened a new perspective for me on photography. While I was focusing on technicality and composition on my photos for critique, Adam asked what I really wanted to shoot and provided guidance to me through the works of major artists and photographers. He used Edward Hopper’s works to illustrate how a picture was composed from scratch and how I could apply that to photography. Christina’s World was another piece of artwork used to stimulate thoughts on one of my photos submitted for critique. Looking back at my photos, I started to be more conscious of what was I trying to say in my pictures. 

The workshop was fun and stimulating. The team members of the workshop were easy going and fun to be with. Walking the streets and taking shots was the most effective way to learn. What I liked most was the way Adam guided us to see things which I usually would not notice – clean background, shapes, movement etc. We reviewed shots on the spot and he would also show his to illustrate his point. We would then apply what we learned on the spot. The final day critique was the grand finale of the workshop. Various art forms and masterpieces were used to explain what would work and would not work in our shots.
Throughout the three day session, I have learnt much. When I look back at the shots taken during the workshop, I can see a shift in the subjects I shot and some I could relate to a story. I look forward to another workshop with Adam to continue the journey of telling a story from my pictures.”
–Jee Teck Tan,  Florence 2015

“I did not really think it was possible.  Try this: go to the British Museum, find a staircase with good light (it happens to be on the left as you enter the museum) stay there for 2 hours and take pictures and chat with people as they pass by.  If you are with Adam, very quickly it becomes a routine; find the light, take the pictures.  

He has an uncanny ability to walk you through a scene and make you see the light. Along the way you get tips on adjusting your settings –  f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and such. 

Suddenly, you are a much better photographer than before.  Interestingly, this realization will hit you when you start looking at your pictures on the computer and you will be proud of yourself for a few minutes, until you see Adam’s pictures.”

–Avi Nahum, London 2015

“Initially I was looking for a course on photography that could bring me further from the point where I know all the technical stuff to advancing in the realm of knowing how to create a good photograph in terms of composition, colors, contrasts and conveying the right message and feeling to the people that look at my images. During my expeditions on the internet I got familiar with the term visual design and searching for courses on that topic I found Adam’s website and read about his vision on applying classic art principles to photography. I also watched his ‘bridging the gap’ video where he elaborates on the topic. Visual design or visual language struck me as a good next step for me so I decided to enroll in the spring 2014 Matera workshop of Adam. Matera and it’s Sassi is a fantastic place to do the workshop. We had a very inspiring group for this course, a mixture of people from all over the world.

The workshop was a great experience and I learned a lot from it which still benefits my photography. Thanks again Adam for the valuable lessons learned! Matera is the best workshop I have attended so far and worth every penny.

At this point I am ready for a next step. In consultation with Adam and his understanding of my interests and style of photography I decided to enroll for another workshop with him in Venice next year where we will be focusing on creating images like in movies and storytelling.”

–Jan Kooreman, Matera 2014 & Venice 2015

“Hello Adam,

I’m still full of the very best memories of the days with this wonderful small group of photographers in Verona and Venice.
Have had the opportunity to see both cities with completely new eyes.
Your lectures on light and how to make the best use of it were exactly what I had been looking for.
Loved your lessons – learning from the Italian masters – like Titian, Giorgione and Caravaggio.
Understood their use of light in painting scenes of life in Italy better then before.
And started to get a feeling for applying what I learned in my way of making portraits with natural light only.
The review with you  was equally important to me. You acknowledge what is already achieved and you showed me an excellent way to move forward with the projects in music and art I am working on.
Besides your very attentive care for each of us – most important within these days was the team of talented people you attract.
Learned from Ian, Michelle, Serge and Winnie – and am very happy to have had the opportunity to get to know them and their work.
Full of gratitude to a master, I am looking forward to our joint next time.”
–Monika Houck, Venice 2014 & the One on One Program

“Hi Adam!

First, I just want to say how much I enjoyed meeting you and Stacy and spending time with you in Berlin.  It was a fun, challenging, intellectually stimulating, and eye opening weekend.  I purposely waited a few days to respond to your email because I was waiting for the buzz to subside — I knew it couldn’t last — so I could think clearly about my impressions of the workshop and the lessons I learned there.

You’re right that I did give it my all, because I wanted to practice the lessons and be able to get direct feedback from you.  You are an excellent teacher and mentor and I was very impressed by your insight and judgement, your amazing ability to instantly recall images that demonstrate your points and bring them up on the computer, and the substance and clarity with which you answered our questions!  You’re the real deal, Adam.

You’re also right in that I anticipated hearing the design concepts you teach in your videos and writings, but looking back over the weekend, it makes sense to first develop us and help us bring ourselves into our photography.  To concentrate on the design aspects first, before you know what you want to shoot, would lead to a frustrating experience.  That was clearly the most significant take away for me — the process of going from not knowing what to shoot, to having an idea I could work, to getting your artistic and technical feedback on my first images.  This processed changed my relationship to photography.  It’s the first time I’ve ever felt like an artist. 

It was without a doubt the most transformational photography instruction I’ve ever had and it could never have come from an article, book, blog, or YouTube video.  Your workshop provided that invaluable experience!

I enjoyed the pace and rhythm of the workshop, too.  You’re very disciplined and focused, but you guided us in a relaxed manner and allowed the workshop to flow naturally without imposing a strict structure to it.  It was very well done.

Finally, I was impressed with the people you attract to your workshops.  It was so refreshing to get out of my own orbit and meet such accomplished people with interesting backgrounds and stories. Our lunches and dinners together were a highlight for me.  Please feel free to share my email with them as I’d like to keep in touch with everyone.   And please feel free to use/edit my comments as a testimonial.
Thanks again Adam!  It was a real pleasure.”

–Greg Burke, Berlin 2014

“Hi Adam firstly I want to thank you for a quite amazing workshop in Kyoto, it was such a powerful experience it has taken a few weeks distance for me to collect my thoughts, here is my attempt!
Why do we go on a photographic workshop half way across the world? To learn, be challenged, to be stretched, maybe visit a brand new place, meet interesting people, get out of a comfort zone, to see the world with fresh (photographer’s) eyes. Also I hoped to come home changed somehow – to grow and move along my journey as a photographer. I hoped to develop my style, establish a more personal visual handwriting.
Often in life such high expectations are not met, more rarely they are exceeded by a large margin…
We had a great group, open, trusting, supportive, positive, curious, easy to smile and laugh, slow to take offence. And very nervous of course! We were prepared to step outside our comfort zone, keen even despite the ‘perceived’ risk of hurt egos, to hear your views and so experience your objective, studied, calm and artistic dialogue about and around our own photography.
All seemed to understand that you get out of life what you put in and despite the alpha (fe)male component that is an integral part of this type of workshop, our 6 students understood that that when you are part of a group, no individual can control the pace of the days, so being able to balance the desire to push on and take pictures with having a collective experience in a group helps you to get the most out of a workshop. Perhaps having a 50/50 male/female split of students helped here.
Most importantly your positive style and calm leadership set the tone from the start.
The end of day feedback sessions were a memorable part of the week:
Classical painting drawing and sculpture, composition, contemporary photography, crafts, construction, lighting, exposure – the knowledge of the visual arts that you brought into the feedback sessions seemed endless and yet you wear that knowledge lightly and share it freely with enthusiasm and a total lack of pretension. I learned so much and of course came away realizing how much more there is to learn…
And for me discussing “why do we make art” and sharing some life experiences into the small hours was as enjoyable as some of the photographic work we did – lubricated by a Japanese craft beer or two of course!
Perhaps this was not a typical group as I also felt the workshop was more about the art than the gear – in this respect I was fundamentally changed by the workshop – since I got back I have sold almost all my kit and I’m going back to one camera and a couple of lenses. I realized in Kyoto that my gear habit was getting in the way of learning and not improving my work as I’d hoped.
 Although Kyoto with its wonderful Temples more than lived up to my expectations I will never forget the special workshops we had and the amazing subjects that you had arranged for us to work with:-
·      Nakagawa-san: traditional Japanese artist/woodworker in his workshop
·      Takafumi Kawakami, the Zen monk, in his family Temple Shunkoin (read about here)
·      Tomatae: the maiko, a trainee geisha. 
As a street photographer used to shooting a moving target, I really got a huge amount of learning from working with these fascinating subjects. Framing, composition, lighting and editing my shots – I could see a definite improvement in my work during the week. There is no doubt it’s easier to make a good picture with interesting subject matter!
In summary thanks again to you (and the group) for a really memorable experience. I learned a lot and as with any learning experience I took some steps back to go forward. I was out of my comfort zone at times and feel I got the benefit from that. Unsurprisingly perhaps, I didn’t suddenly develop a unique handwriting but I did start to realize I do make pictures in my own style, an unexpected and really rewarding outcome. I am still processing the week nearly 2 months later, that doesn’t happen very often. 
I am really looking forward to joining you in London for another amazing workshop subject – I didn’t even know anyone still produced handmade ‘Globes of the World’, as you said, probably only Brits could do it!”
–Steve Richards, Kyoto Workshop 2013, London Workshop 2014, Matera 2015, London 2015, & Kyoto 2015

“Having attended numerous (19 at last count) photographic workshops I feel I am qualified to judge the caliber of workshops.

I returned two weeks ago from Adam Marelli’s Kyoto Photographic Workshop and I found I needed a little time to recover from the jet lag as well as from the overall effect the workshop had on me. I found myself recalling many of the activities and conversations. Most of all the camaraderie of the participants and the genuine interest Adam took in each of us. There was very little “you should” or “you must” but there Was honest appraisal and positive reenforcement. Adam’s art-based approach to photographs is both encouraging and challenging.  As the oldest person in the group I found myself wondering – where has he been all my life!?

My assessment, and hence this testimonial, is to acknowledge his teaching skills, his ability to convey concepts in a clear manner, his skill at putting everyone at ease and his arrangement of a mixture of interesting shooting sites make his workshop an experience you won’t soon forget. And his input something that can sustain you photographically for quite a long time.

I envy two of our participants who are able to attend his next workshop in Chiang Mai. On the other hand, I look forward to my return to the New York Metropolitan area in the spring when I can partake in a series of one to ones with him.  Thank you Adam”

–Penny Breen, Kyoto 2013 & NYC 2012 & One on One Program

“Wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Kyoto workshop; the company, the food (oh my goodness, the food!!!), the location and Adam’s tutelage were outstanding. Thank you.
If I focus on Adam’s role, what I enjoyed about the workshop was his willingness and openness to share his wisdom. His perspective that combines classical art and design with photography is unique and provides sound rationale for composition, light and colour. I promptly filled my Moleskine (notebook) with notes from the discussions. Time passed quickly listening to Adam and absorbing information dense views/critiques because his approach is genuine, not personally directed and so well informed. At the same time the group were equally open to share personal experiences and knowledge. The “fireside” conversations were the most memorable.
Whilst the group members were at different stages of photographic maturity, Adam’s approach and imparting of knowledge remained level, and there was always something to take away from the sessions. Questions became a springboard for new learning opportunities, yet Adam remains humble enough to remain a student.
It would not be realistic to say that the quality of my photography has immediately significantly improved, but I can speak with a lot more confidence about what I am looking at. The biggest takeaway for me was in response to Adam’s question about what is the purpose of my photography, and I have come away with inspiration to pursue a personal project. I am grateful for the detailed advice, suggestions and encouragement Adam has continued to volunteer to help me get started on this. 
So, overall, wow! The workshop exceeded expectations, and above all else it was simply an effing good time!!!! Thanks. Looking forward to the Chiang Mai workshop already.”
–Michelle Leung, Kyoto 2013, Chiang Mai 2013, London 2013, Venice/Verona 2014, Matera 2015, & Kyoto 2015

“As a novice photographer I was a bit nervous about joining Adam’s workshop.  However, I had an amazing time and learned a great deal.  Adam clearly and patiently explained fundamentals of composition and lighting to me.  He spent a great deal of time with every photographer in the workshop, giving detailed feedback.  He was always available to answer questions. Adam and Misaki were incredible hosts, organizing a series of interesting shoots— culminating in a shoot with a maiko (geisha in training) at a Kyoto temple.  Wow!  

As a beginner I especially appreciated Adam’s passion for photography and art— which was encouraging and contagious! I’m looking forward to my next workshop in two months in Thailand!  Thanks Adam, I’m hooked!”

–A.J Hoge, Kyoto 2013, Chiang Mai 2014, & One on One Program

“Adam offers participants an increased self-awareness on observation.  His approach focuses on a continuity of factors (in this case art and photography.) I found it influential not only as a photographer but also as an architect—perhaps a Renaissance approach. Something that in our contemporary lives is often ignored.” 

–Arturo Rojas,  Prague 2013

“I decided to join Adam’s workshop in London after seeing how radically my brother’s photography had changed for the better after he had attended a session. Richard used to think it was enough to have ‘something interesting’ in a photo to make it interesting. Cameras themselves were an endless source of fascination for him from a technical point of view. 

Adam showed him how and why great images work, how to watch and wait for opportunities rather than chasing them, how to make the camera work for him, rather than imagining that a good camera will somehow take good photos… because it is a good camera. 

I’d picked up a camera again after a long spell of detachment. The digital era has brought us overexposure to more unthinking visual material than ever before. For some years, I’d lost my appetite for trying to stand my ground with a camera in a world awash with the pollution. 

Deciding to apply the potential of new technology to more mindful ways of seeing has taken considerable effort. Adam’s workshop helped me to make more sense of fine work to which I responded strongly without really knowing why. He fed my imagination for capturing the absurdities of modern life in the places I go within a great tradition. He’s triggered a new consciousness about intuitions.  I’m applying what I am learning every time I pick up the camera now. I’m enjoying the afterglow.

Adam wears his expertise lightly and has the knack of making workshop participants comfortable on their journey after nudging them beyond their expectations. I only wish there had been more time to work with him in London.”    

–Eva Kaluzynska, London Workshop 2013

“Following a workshop with Adam is like a cold shower. After the initial shudder, it is very refreshing. Adam focuses on improving your composition and moving you from candid “snapshots” to well thought photography. His background in art and architecture clearly are core elements of how he perceives what makes a good photo and what turns them into art. About de-constructing (what works and what does not) and re-constructing. 

The workshop is not about shooting techniques or post-processing but about learning to see.  So if you look for that, this might not be for you. However if you want to upgrade the level of your photography, are open and willing to be taken out of your comfort zone, in a nice and subtle way, then this is for you. If you like architecture, art, music then having the opportunity to talk with Adam over coffee, a glass of wine, dinner … is an additional bonus.

I will certainly follow another workshop with Adam. He took me right out of my comfort zone and I am working on step-by-step building up my skills, or so I hope. It will take time, but Adam has shown how.”

–Dirk Heyman, Zurich Workshop 2013, Kyoto 2014, & Venice 2015

“The workshop in Prague brought me to a new level of photographic appreciation. Your criticism based on sound artistic concepts and comparison with masters like Cartier-Bresson were particularly enlightening, opening a path to more discerning evaluation on the interaction of light, subject and technique.  Street photography and portraiture were exciting discoveries, with challenging new environment and equipment.” 

–Carlos Bertoni, Prague Workshop 2013, Berlin 2014, & One on One Program

“Last week I was privileged to spend two days at a Leica Akademie Street Photography Workshop with Adam Marelli.  I now look at my photography, a lifetime passion as before and after. The first day we went out on the city streets and to Madison Square and Union Square Parks. We were encouraged to pick 3-5 of our favorite shots to present the following day. Adam spent unhurried time with each of us carefully, methodically and constructively evaluating our shots. He is a classically trained artist with a profound knowledge of art history. He understands that the camera is a recent tool that is part of an unbroken chain with ancient lineage in effectively communicating visual experience. While we looked at the work of iconic photographers, we also studied the work of great painters. When one of the participants asked who we should study to improve our understanding of street photography, Adam replied  Caravaggio, Hopper and Mucha. He had us focus on their use of light, background and composition. By the time he was done, my eye had undergone an aesthetic transformation that will stay with me.

On the second day we went to Central Park to shoot. Upon review of my shots, it was hard to believe that I was the same person with a Leica in hand that I was on Day 1. The shots were consistently more dynamic, punchier, and dramatically less cluttered. After hearing the expression “a strong image” for years, I finally truly understood what it meant. I could not be more enthusiastic about working with Adam, and hope to be able to continue my studies with him.”

–Alan B. Abramson, New York Leica Akademie 2013 & Project Development 2014

Adam Marelli’s workshop in Matera, Italy was an experience never to be forgotten .Adam chose a location filled with marvelous photographic opportunities, many restaurants and cafes to experience the delicious local Italian foods and a base that was both luxurious and romantic.

The pace of the five day workshop was relaxed. There was plenty of time to explore the many locations in the old city both alone and with the workshop participants with Adam as the guide.There could have been more emphasis on the design and artistic traditions that Adam is most noted for.

However the critique sessions were valuable and as the workshop unfolded it was clear that a lot of what he imparted would ‘sink in’ in the months to follow.  This proved to be the case particularly when I could look at a master’s work and work out how he or she had used their knowledge to construct a photograph. Better still when I achieved something similar myself.

Adam is a man with a great deal of classical art knowledge, but with no ego getting in the way of teaching his particular way of looking at photography as an art form.  He has become a friend as I am sure many others who have participated in his workshops around the world have become too.

–Peter MacDonald, Matera Workshop 2013 & One on One Program

Having recently attended your London 2013,  3 day workshop, I wanted to give something back other than just “it was great”, or “excellent”. Hopefully by describing my experience  it will give a better insight for anyone who is  thinking of attending one of your workshops.  My reason for attending was because I knew I needed help to move to a higher level with my work.  I knew something was wrong, but did not really understand what it was or more importantly how to fix it. After a years research I decided you looked to be the person with the knowledge and skill set that would hopefully help me.  My goals for the workshop were to gain an understanding of design and structure in an image and how to improve my editing/selection of my work.

Firstly, I must say working with you was relaxed, friendly, open, supportive & very constructive.   The first days, one – one critique session on the images I brought along (some of my best) was extremely useful. Especially how you pointed out and gained my agreement on what I needed to work on to move to a higher level.

I gained more understanding on design and structure, and what makes a strong image with staying/carrying power from the first exercise you set, and the explanation on why some images worked and others did not, than years of previous looking and reading.  Over the 3 days of putting into practice your tips and guidance on what could improve my work, I feel I made a transition from a person who just took photographs to a person who makes images/pictures.  You helped me gain Clarity and achieve my course objectives. 

For anyone thinking of joining you on a workshop, I would say understand what you want from the workshop and then just do it, Adam will give you all the information, tools and guidance/support you require or ask for.  But, do not expect Adam to turn you into a photographer, only you can do that. 

–Michael Locke, London Workshop 2013
Adam strengths from my perspective also included passion for what he does, depth, thoughtfulness, and care in communicating about issues of design and composition, and what I perceived to be a great deal of wisdom/maturity about mentoring people and photographing people and things. I admired Adam’s ability to think on his feet and to demonstrate flexibility when it came to managing certain group dynamic issues (e.g. where to go for dinner, what to focus on in a presentation). Some of these subtleties can make or break a group- ours was “made” and not broken, as evidenced by so many people showing an eagerness to stay in touch on FB and otherwise. I think both of you were so generous with your time- making yourselves available for group dinners, treating us to coffees/brunch/lunch, and generally seeming eager to connect with and get to know every single person in the group.
–Robin Apple, New York  Workshop 2012 & Matera  Workshop 2013
I spent a wonderful 2 days with Adam during an unseasonal snowstorm which cut the class size down to one ! We spent the days walking the streets and in the afternoons going into the theory of pictorial composition, building on the themes on his website. Finally, we spent the night of Halloween shooting ghouls and vampires in New York – a fantastic experience for a Brit who has never experienced a US Halloween before ! This was an excellent course, and excellent value.
–Cyrus Katrak, New York Workshop 2012

Look forward to seeing you soon!



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  71 Responses to “Adam Marelli Workshops”

  1. I so get you! This is what I’ve been waiting for. Thank you :) )

    • Hey Nurul,

      We can definitely arrange for a session or two after the workshop in KL. Once the dates are sorted out I will let you know and post it here from everyone else to see.

      Will be fun to come over to your part of the world.


  2. By the way, when you’re in KL, I’d like to arrange for a 1 to 1 (or mayb 2) session. Let me know how this works, k. My email as stated. TQ.

  3. Hi Adam any room open, and will thier be any field work etc.
    Hope all is well
    Best John

    • Hey John,

      There are a few spaces left. We had more people register than we can accommodate, so whoever gets their payment in first will secure their spots.
      Would you like to sign up?

      We will have field shooting on Saturday and Sunday.


  4. I love your style of teaching and the list of 10 Things is wonderful! I don’t have the means to travel to foreign countries or even to New York, so those workshops are out for me. Could you possibly do something in the northwest (please not Seattle!) or southwest – southern Utah is beautiful for photos. I live in Montana and so these locations are easier to get to for me as I can drive.

    Thanks for the consideration!


    • Hi Bea,
      Happy to hear you are enjoying my style. I have not been to Montana yet, but the easiest thing to do in the short term would be to sign up for One-on-Ones. We can have sessions over Skype, and this way you dont have to drive anyway and there is no travel fee.
      Drop me an email ( you are interested.
      I only say this because I do not have any west coast workshops planned.

  5. Hi Adam,
    I am attending your NY workshop with Eric Kim later this month and am looking forward to it. I was reading your blog about bringing images that inspire us. Can you elaborate on that?. Will we be receiving more info before the workshop? I know it’s always a good idea to bring a small portfolio too so you can see where we are coming from visually.
    Thanks again,
    Lisa O.

  6. What a shame that I can’t make your Italian workshop. I am in Europe for the first part of September but need to be back home by the 17th.

    Maybe next year. Especially if I get lots of notice on the time.

  7. Let’s get Adam out to the west coast! I’m in Las Vegas, but I’d travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or Phoenix to attend. Any other west coasters interested? Let’s make it happen!

    • Rob,

      We will put something together to make it a reality.

      While I am away in September I will have a chance to sit down and think about a schedule.


    • Adam, et al- Count me in for any west coast activity, possibly even on short notice. I loved the workshop just finished in NYC on street photography. I have photographed a great deal of the areas within 24 hrs drive of SF with a 4X5 and cant wait to adapt my style and seeing to the new M I just bought (but wont see for awhile).

      • Hey Bob,

        We are setting up the 2014 schedule and may work in a West Coast workshop. Still unsure now, but I had a great time with you in NYC and would like to do it again.

        Good luck with the new M. I hope it shows up shortly, fingers crossed.


  8. Echoing Rob-L – Yes! I would love to attend a west coast workshop. My preference is for the San Francisco bay area but that’s not mandatory.

    • Hey Rao,

      Ok, I will definitely look into this. San Francisco could be a great option. We will have to sort out venue and all of that stuff, but it would be wonderful to come out there and have a workshop with you guys (and the ladies too).


  9. Hi Adam, Are there any spaces left in the Toronto workshop. Please put me on the list if there are.
    Thanks, Lee

    • Thanks Lee,

      I will let the other Toronto-graphs chime in here too. We will set something up.

      Looking forward to it!


  10. Hey Adam

    I’m a huge fan of your work and your passion for strong composition/subject matter. I would absolutely love to spend some time with you on a workshop, but your current locations are all a stretch too far?

    Do you have any plans to hold a workshop in London at all?

    If anyone reading this would be interested in a London based workshop, please let us know, if we can get enough interest between us, it might just help persuade Adam to jump on a flight!

    All the best


    • I too would be keen to attend a London workshop. I would have loved to attend the Venice workshop, but the dates didn’t work out for me.

      • Hey Andrew,

        I will keep you posted on the London workshop. It seems as if the requests are growing in number. I really love London, so it will be good to head back there.
        We spent 6 months studying there during university. That winter was a bit hazy, but fun nonetheless.


        • Keep us posted on any plans for London

          • Hey Michael,

            It is looking like a Late Spring workshop in London will be in the mix. I just need to sort out the dates for the Leica Akademie here in NYC for the Spring, then I can find a long weekend that works for London. I would like to make it at least (3) full days. The NYC weekend workshop we had was great, but not enough time to cover all the material.

            Looking forward to meeting you.


  11. Adam,

    I didn’t read this page entirely until now. I’ve been looking through many of your brilliant articles this evening.

    The 10th point (HDR) you have listed as things people will not find at your workshops was hilarous. Thanks for the laugh, and I couldn’t agree more :)

    – Borge

    • Hey Borge,

      I guess you would be able to say best, whether the 10 list is accurate or not.

      Certainly no HDR. haha. Enjoy that monochrom.


  12. Hi Adam,

    Very keen to see more of your work. Not sure if I’m just blind but I can’t find it on your site.


  13. Hello Adam,
    I would be very interested in being on the mailing list (if you have one) for your workshops. I am hoping that there would be an opportunity for me to connect with you somewhere in the world. I’m just looking for a reason to travel and learn more about my craft from someone who knows how to teach. You come highly recommended. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Andre,

      Thank you for the note and I hope that you are having a fantastic New Year’s Eve.
      Will be sure to add you to the mailing list. Look forward to having you at one of the workshops soon!


      • I just watched your B&H lecture on Youtube. Very informative. Learned a great deal already! Happy New Year.


        • Hey Andre,

          Happy to hear you enjoyed the video. Its great to see such interest in design. There are so many ways to look at image making beyond leading lines and rule of thirds. The standard composition talk is so tired.

          Have a fantastic New Year!


  14. Hello, Adam
    Sorry for this late
    I just know about your Bangkok workshop
    do you still open for an application?

  15. Hi Adam,

    I just watched your B&H video; what a wonderful and refreshing approach to photography! I always believed that there was more than the rule of thirds. I new photography was art, but I’ve never seen it presented as art. I live in Edmonton, 4 hours from the Rocky Mountains. Will you ever come to Western Canada? Do you have any other means of teaching such as ebooks, on-line classes, other videos, etc?

    Do you have a mailing list?


    • Hi Barb,

      Glad you enjoyed the video and happy it has such a far reach. At the moment there are no plans to be in western Canada, but if you can get a minimum group of 4 photographers for a 3 day workshop, we can look into some dates. In the mean time I will send you the information for One on One sessions.


  16. Interested in joining London workshop. Are there places left please?
    Best, Eva

  17. I really like your photos, Adam. Just wondering about your comment on HDR. Didn’t ALL if not almost all great landscape painters HDR with their brushes before we actually knew about digital HDR?

    • Hi Nhan,

      The short answer to your question is, no they did not use HDR. Their system of establishing value was determined by establishing a hierarchy of lights and darks. HDR, in the majority of the cases is a matter of layering images to bring back areas of blown highlights or black shadows. Email me 5 HDR images and I can respond to you in a more complete fashion.

      My email is


  18. Hello!
    I’m delighted to discover your superb grasp of image and better your ability to share that interest so well.
    Thank you for your Good Works!
    Warmest and most sincere regards,
    Dan Kasberger, Chicago

    • Hey Dan,

      Thank you for writing here. Happy to hear that the writing is proving useful for you. I trust it is shedding new light on both art and photography. You have some world class museums in Chicago. Please be sure to check them out.


  19. I’ve just discovered your site and work and can’t wait to spend hours perusing and learning. I have to say, though, that this may be one of the singular most priceless pieces of photography advice I’ve ever seen: “And no one in the business of aesthetics should be walking around in pulled up white gym socks.”

    Signed, a new fan :)

    • Hi Dani,

      Glad you have discovered the site and hope that the articles are helping your photography. And I love when photographers find little “gym sock gems.” Its so true. When I worked in construction I also had a particular distrust for any architect that could not match their clothes. We expect people in the realm of aesthetics to practice it in all walks of life, socks included. : )


  20. hi adam, will u be offering any courses or one to one workshops in nyc this summer. thanks

    • Hi Jo-Anne,

      Yes there will be NYC offerings in the Fall of 2013. Stay tuned for the announcements.

      Best from Paris-Adam

  21. Adam:

    Do you have any plans to be in or near san Francisco anytime soon?


  22. Glad to hear that there will be some workshop opportunities in NYC this fall. Consider having a one-day event as well as multi-day. Look forward to knowing the dates.



  23. Hi Jay,

    We are actually hashing out the schedule right now. Looks like you will have a few NYC seminars and workshops to choose from. It will all be posted first thing on Monday! Im excited to see it the line up coming together!


  24. Great video on talking to strangers. I do have a question.. I am on the “left” coast (California) in Orange County. I have had a terrible time getting someone to use for modeling. Seems everybody is afraid of something I don’t have any idea of….any advice?

  25. Just a short questions
    I find the schedule and courses listed here
    where can I book the course?
    Thanks for answering

  26. Hi Andreas,

    To sign up for the workshop please send an email to

    Please let us know which workshop you are interested in and we will send you the info.


  27. Hi Adam,
    Have you ever considered Montreal?
    Best regards,

    • Hi Harry,

      I have not gotten too many requests for Montreal all yet. There have been a few for Toronto, but I am just waiting for Canada to gain enough momentum. All through university, we used to go to Montreal every year. It was good fun, though I imagine the workshop will be “cleaner” fun that Uni activities.


  28. Hey Adam,

    Based on your list of ten things you will not see and your Captain Frank Worsley quote I need to come to your workshop. I will try to align some stars and book a spot, it would be last minute which makes it difficult.

    As always I look forward to your next post.


    • Hi Cody,

      Captain Frank Worsley knew how to keep his cool and travel well. Its a lost art for sure.

      When you are ready to join one of the workshops, let me know. Will be happy to have you along. Though things are booking up well in advance, so maybe you can knock a few of those stars into place.


  29. LOL. Thanks for your reply, Adam.


  30. Hi Adam

    Love your work. I heard you may be starting an introductory kind of course on Udemy? If so, when will this be available?

    Kind regards


    • Hi David,

      The first episode should be up by the end of April. I will make an announcement once its live.

      Thank you for the kind words.


  31. Hi Adam

    I loved everything you wrote in this page and I am really said because I have already booked my trip to Japan in october. At that time I did not know your site. And by the way I totally agree with Captain Frank Worsley philosophy.

  32. Dear Adam,

    the workshop in Berlin was very good and I learned a lot with a lot of joy.
    It was very constructive, interesting and especially your knowledge about art and composition pleased me very well.
    I will try to be in Matera in 2015 :-)
    Thank you for great three days in Berlin.

    • Thanks Georgie!

      It was great having you there with us and so nice to meet Eric too!

      We will see you in Matera.


  33. Dear Adam
    I just watched your YouTube video held at B&H and you opened my eyes even more. I don’t see any workshop pricing on your website. I’d like to see them in case I can afford it.

    Kind regards,


    • Hi John,
      Nice to hear from you and welcome to the site.
      All of the workshop prices are listed above…on average the 2015 Workshop is 1,900 USD for the international workshops.
      The NYC workshops will be at a different rate, but have not been announced yet.
      Look forward to seeing you in the Udemy classes.

  34. Hi Adam
    I just found you on Udemy and purchased your video workshop “The Art of Seeing”. I will keep complete whatever class you have on Udemy because I think your lessons are priceless.
    I’m glad I found you on YouTube.

  35. Hi Adam,

    Do you offer any W/S in NYC?

    Thank you,

    Yossi S.

  36. Never mind, just saw your post to John. Will keep an eye out on your website.

  37. It looks like a great adventure. Do you share the photos of your students on your website?

    • Yes, a number of the workshop photographers have been featured on the site in the “Photographer at Large” series and a few others. Please feel free to have a look around and view their work.

  38. Dear Adam,

    the Workshop in Matera was fantastic, What a city!
    Challenge photographically and physically, but as I said, the curiosity was greater than fear.
    Learned a lot, met very nice people, not only participants were great also the residents are very welcoming and very sociable.
    2016 I will be there as well, I’m curious what locations you select for 2016.
    Keep it up, it’s always delightful to visit your workshop.

    Many Greetings from Germany also from Eric
    Georgie Pauwels

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