Italia Minore: "Medieval Towns, Historical Gardens, Landscape, Vineyards, Luxury Castles and Villas"
September 20 - 27, 2020
(In Collaboration with Claudia Zanfi - Art and Photography Historian)
The workshop takes place in Northern Italy (home base nested between the Dolomites and Venice). The region has an amazing wealth of cultural heritage, villas and gardens from the 16th to the 19th Century with countless lakes, rivers, and streams. The gardens were built to express and acquire knowledge and as redemptive symbols for moral enhancement. The region is a feast to the eyes and the soul. This workshop is a complete experience with wines and cuisine, history and environment, and unique photographic opportunities. We are staying in a castle, where each room is a unique apartment.
Here is a short description of one of them: Il Castello is a charming apartment on the ground floor of the castle; you enter through the majestic corridor that leads to the chambers that King Vittorio Emanuele 3rd of Italy occupied in 1918. The apartment has been tastefully refurbished with antique furniture and prints. This accommodation has a main bedroom, an ample bathroom with an old-fashioned bath-tub, a second bathroom with shower, heating\air conditioning. A second bedroom (twin beds), a large dining room, and a terrace on the rear side (with garden furniture).
Breakfasts and dinners are prepared by a private chef, paired with the wines grown on the property (and in the region), and served in the grand dining rooms of the castle. What a great way to start and end the days after the daily excursions to the hidden gems of the region.
The excursions will take us to medieval towns, private gardens, artists’ studio, vineyards, and cruise on the Brenta River to discover the magnificent Palladio neo-classic architecture. Claudia Zanfi, art and photography historian, will guide us thru the region, explain the history of the architecture and gardens and how it relates to photography. We will also visit vineyards during the harvest, witness unique vistas and photograph the workers in the field. Every day, we will give you a different flavor of the region by mixing the photography opportunities from architecture in medieval towns, to the grand villas during our cruise on the Brenta river, to the inside of castles and villas, to the sculptures and maze in gardens, and to the local life in the small towns.
The workshop starts in Venice, where we will pick you up either at the airport or a hotel. We then drive thru the "romantic hills" of Northern Italy. At the end the day we will arrive at “our castle” and have our first home cooked meal prepared by a private chef. The castle is going to be our home base for the duration of the workshop. On the ground of the castle, there is a historical greenhouse - dating back to 1876- with a heated and multi-function indoor pool, hydro-massage beds, cervical and foot massage, upstream swimming, effervescent bench from where you have a stunning view on the gardens. Our daily activities will be a mix of explorations, lectures, and approach to photography themes (architecture, gardens, water reflection, street scenes, night, abstract). On the last day, we visit Lago di Garda (Sirmione) town, before we drop you off at the Milan airport.
The “Italia Minore” is still an unknown region and fresh for unique experiences and photography. That said, the New York time wrote an article about tourists “putt off by the crowd” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/travel/venice-treviso-overtourism.html). Don’t delay your registration, as we have limited availability.
- Transportation (out of Venice and return in Milan)
- Meals (Breakfast and Dinner)
- Entry Fees & Special access
- Guiding (2 instructors, local staff, private chef, drivers)
Ciao … Claudia & Oliver.
About Claudia Zanfi:
Art and Photography historian and cultural promoter. Studied under Umberto Eco. She collaborates with national and international institutions such as: Venice Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Athens Biennial, etc. Since 1999 she is curator at the Bill Owens Photo Archive (San Francisco/Milano). She taught on the Master for ‘Curatorial Studies’ at the Brera Art Academy of Milan. She is lecturer at the Domus Academy of Milano and Middlesex University of London.
More about Claudia Zanfi Under Talented Instructor.
Oliver Klink has been photographing in over 120 countries, on all the continents. He published a book Cultures in Transition, which received seven awards for best photography book of 2019. He also received the coveted 2018 Best B&W photographer of the year by Dodho Magazine. “Partnering with Claudia to discover Italia Minore is a dream come thru. Her knowledge of the region and in photography will provide participants a one of a kind experience.”
Claudia Zanfi is art and photography historian and cultural promoter. She is interested in emerging cultures, photography and new landscapes. She graduated in Visual Cultures and Semiotics with professor Umberto Eco.
From 1993 – 2003 she covered the role of chief curator for photography at the Contemporary Art Center in Modena, Italy. She co-founded and directed Virtual Gallery, the first italian web project on photography and video (1998-2003).
She collaborates with national and international institutions such as: Venice Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Athens Biennial; Liverpool Biennial; Arnolfini Art Center, Bristol; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Anna Lind Foundation, Alexandria; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin/Beirut; American University Beirut; Artos Foundation, Nicosia; Cinemateque de Tanger, Tanger; Larissa Art Center + Volos University, Greece; TICA, Tirana Contemporary Art Center; SCCA, Sarajevo Art Center; Council of Europe ‘European Landscape Convention’;
Since 1999 she is curator at the Bill Owens Photo Archive (San Francisco /Milano).
She taught on the Master for ‘Curatorial Studies’ at the Brera Art Academy of Milan. She is lecturer at the Domus Academy of Milano and Middlesex University of London.
Private Chef & Local staff members (Guide, drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about! The Chef will cook specialties from the region.
- Photographing the beauty and diversity of Italia Minore
- Landscape, gardens, architecture, street life, vineyards
- Photograph the "hidden gems"
- Photographing daily “life” at local families
- Special access to artists’ studios
- Lecture on the history of the gardens and how it relates to photography
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)
- 8 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals (Breakfasts & Dinners), ground transportation
- All entry fees and special access
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to Venice and back from Milan
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Venice (pre-workshop) or Milan (post-workshop)
- Tips to local staff
Double Occupancy: $5,500
Single Supplement: $900
$800 (Double Occupancy)
$1,200 (Single Occupancy)
Full payment due by April 1, 2020 (payable by check)
Deposit: $800 ($1,200 for single)
Terms and Conditions
- This is a non strenuous workshop.
- We are eating freshly cooked local Italian cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup.
- We are traveling on highways and small village roads.
- The photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.
Where: Northern Italy (Workshop starts in Venice and finishes in Milan)
When: September 20-27, 2020
Who: Oliver Klink, Claudia Fanzi, Private Chef, Local guides
Airport: Venice (VCE), return from Milan (MXP)
Accommodations: Luxury Castle
Meals: Breakfasts and Dinners cooked by a private chef
Weather: 60 – 90F. Moody Sky
Cost: $5,500 (+$900 single supplement)
Workshop details for Italia Minore