Portraiture Italian Style: TUSCANY
July 22 2018 - July 29 2018
Greg Miller Workshops, Villa San Rocco, Via Magenta, Bagni di Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
A Unique Photography Workshop Exploring Portraiture Surrounded by the Tuscan Landscape
Greg Miller Workshops is delighted to offer Portraiture Italian Style: TUSCANY–a unique one-week workshop exploring portraiture against the backdrop of Italy’s mythical landscape, led by veteran photographers Greg Miller and Giulia Nausicaa Bianchi.
Our home for the week is a 17th Century Baroque villa from which we travel to and from some of Italy’s most famous cities: Florence, the walled city of Lucca and the beach town of Forte dei Marmi. Meeting and talking to the locals that reside in the tiny village of Benabbio, eating some of the best cuisine in the world will help you forget about the rest of the world and cultivate your photography with like-minded peers.
The workshop is based at The Villa San Rocco nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Our host, Jonathan Beacon, bakes us fresh baked bread every morning and home cooked lunch and dinner made with local wine and locally sourced ingredients. The workshop includes all meals including three dinners at local restaurants. The Villa overlooks the tiny village of Bennabio with it’s winding streets and medieval stone walls.
This workshop is for anyone wanting to move to a new level with their portraiture. It is an opportunity to create your pictures in an unfamiliar location of people of an exceptional culture. You are immersed in a environment that is both contemporary and ancient. Every day brings new and exciting opportunities for you to push yourself to make better pictures. Greg and Giulia help facilitate opportunities with locals for the benefit of the group. In the evenings you relax and edit your work. In the morning, after breakfast, we all meet in the downstairs Gran Salone of the villa for low-key critiques in a family like atmosphere.
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Greg Miller, an American fine art photographer and Guggenheim Fellow, has photographed extensively in Italy for his project Primo Amore (First Love) which explores the complex romance of Italian life through an outsider’s lens against the backdrop of Italian culture. Originally from Nashville, Miller moved to New York to earn his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. His focus on street style photography, portraiture, and found moments has earned him recognition from the country’s top publications such as TIME, Life and The New York Times. Greg is faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York and Visiting MFA Faculty at Maine Media Workshops and College.
Nausicaa Giulia Bianchi is a documentary photographer who tells stories with words, photos and videos investigating invisible aspects of reality such as memory, spirituality and feminism.
Her work has been published in The Guardian, National Geographic, Marie Claire, PDN, TIME, American Photo Magazine, Huffington Post, La Repubblica, Internazionale, and other magazines and books. Her diverse photography projects have been exhibited internationally as exhibitions, screenings and installations at festivals, galleries and museums.
She is the author of the WOMENPRIESTSPROJECT that explores the life of roman catholic women priests that are excommunicated by the Vatican because they disobey a law that says that only a male can be ordained priest.
Currently she is living in Italy working for major catholic magazines, teaching photography in several schools and associations. She has also created an independent educational path called “Foto e Spirito” that has enrolled over 100 students in the first two years.
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Location: Benabbio, Italy, Province of Lucca
Date: July 22-29, 2018
Workshop Fee: $3,500 (USD)*
*Guests are welcome! The companion fee of $2,500 includes shared room, all meals, and field trips.
– Workshop (Monday – Saturday)
– Lodging (8 days, 7 nights) at the Villa San Rocco
– Day trips to Florence, the walled city of Lucca, and the beach town of Forte dei Marmi.
– All meals prepared at the Villa and with traditional meals at local restaurants
– Pick-up and drop-off at Florence Airport
* Fee does not include airfare to and from Florence, Italy.
Limited to 7 participants
Registration Deadline & Deposit
Deadline: June 15, 2017.
$500 (Deposit is required to secure your seat)
Remaining balance is due within 5 days of signing up.
Terms & Conditions
Reservations & Payments
A deposit as indicated is required in order to confirm your reservation for the trip. Final payment is due in full by July 1st, one month prior to the date of departure. Greg Miller Photography LLC reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
All refund requests must be submitted in writing. Postmark or date of email will determine eligibility for a refund. Approved requests will be processed within 30 days.
-For withdrawals prior to June 1st, 2017, we will refund 100% of the travel fee.
– For withdrawals between June 1st – June 30th, 2017, Greg Miller Photography LLC retains 50% of the travel fee.
– No refunds will be granted after June 30th under any circumstances.
It will be required that you purchase trip insurance for this trip. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Greg Miller Photography LLC shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property or for any personal medical needs, accidents, injuries or illness. It is highly recommended that you carry on, rather than check, your camera equipment.
The itinerary for your trip is subject to change without prior notification, however all participants will be notified of any changes that do occur.
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Greg Miller Photography LLC of any health conditions that could pose a threat, physical conditions, or any other conditions that may require special attention at any point due to unforeseen circumstances. All participants are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.
Greg Miller Workshops LLC will also require each participant to sign a waiver of liability. This will be sent out with a second packet of information once there is a commitment with payment.
Responsibility & Photography
Greg Miller Photography LLC is committed to safe, ethical and sustainable workshops for participants as well as local community. To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey and observe local customs and to be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. We must remember that we are visitors and do not want to impose or make anyone uncomfortable at any time.