Leica Destination: Milan, ITALY

WITH Mark de Paola

Mark de Paola


September 25th – October 3rd, 2019


© Mark de Paola


Leica Akademie USA and fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola present an exclusive eight-day workshop in Milan, Italy the week of September 25th – October 3rd, 2019.

This all-inclusive, carefully curated experience provides the perfect opportunity to discover Milan through photography in art, fashion, and culture. The historic city of Milan, will provide our backdrop for this real world, fashion assignment and cultural immersion with Mark de Paola.

Whether you are currently a working pro, a dedicated novice with an interest in creative fashion/ beauty portrait photography, or an avid traveler with wanderlust for complete cultural immersion, you will gain much from your time in Milan!

Designed for creative photographers and travelers interested in experiencing Milan through a personal and highly curated itinerary, this shooting intensive, trip will explore and attempt to answer the question, “What makes a great photograph?”

This week-long immersion will open your eyes and photographic perspective to the Italian world of fashion, portraiture, and design. Explore the history of Italian style and craftsmanship from the oldest paintings by the masters at the Brera museum, to intimate studio visits with couture houses, to your very own artistic journey with world class fashion teams.

More highlights from the trip will include a conversation over coffee at Leica Store Milano with Chief Photo Editor at Italian Vogue and one of the most preeminent photographic curators of our time, Alessia Glaviano, and a private guided tour from a true Milanese local through the lesser known stylish streets of Milan.

Learn about your own photographic style using Milano street style as an inspiration as you walk along the streets of Fretebenefrateli and Monte Napoleone and sit for a casual cappuco shooting and conversing with a working fashion model. Shoot in studio with a full fashion team and agency models in Zona Tortona, Milan. Evenings will be filled with group film screenings, portfolio review, and late-night soirees.

In addition to Mark’s vast and comprehensive experience with Leica cameras and optics, especially the 50mm Noctilux, Mark’s career delivering projects for clients ranging from Vogue covers to Gucci campaigns and fine art photographic exhibitions will provide the foundation for the class.


  • Milan’s cultural and artistic history.
  • The relationship between history, culture and trends.
  • Creative conceptualization
  • Collaboration process in the fashion industry.
  • Working with natural light indoors and on-location.
  • Technique’s for working at minimum focusing distance.
  • Capturing motion in a still image.

What is Included

  • Opening and closing reception.
  • Two meals a day at local restaurants, cafes and markets.
  • Private room hotel accommodations, Single Occupancy (7 nights in Milan)
  • An exclusive talk and conversation with head photo editor at Vogue Italia, Alessia Glaviano at the Leica Gallery Milan.
  • All materials, model fee, personalized instruction, and lectures
  • Group and private portfolio reviews with Mark de Paola.
  • Museum/gallery admission fees
  • Evening entertainment (film screenings, performances, etc)
  • Opportunity to create fresh images for your portfolio with professional models both in studio and on location in Milan.
  • Access to a complete line up of the latest Leica Products.
  • Feedback and discussion of what it takes to stand out as a photographer, today.

Who should Attend

Attendees are expected to have an interest in shooting portraiture, fashion, or street style throughout this destination workshop. A keen interest in learning from local industry professionals, documentary films, galleries and museum exhibitions to contribute to the daily shooting exercises and activities. Laptops will be needed, to facilitate downloading and critiques throughout the week.

What you should know

Owning a Leica is never a requirement to attend one of our workshops. We will have a selection of cameras available for your use. Enrollment is limited to only 12 participants.

All Images ©MarkdePaola


Mark de Paola is a director and fine art photographer based in New York City.

Working with both still and motion pictures in fashion and beauty, De Paola has shot countless campaigns including Gucci, Brioni, and MAC Cosmetics as well as editorials and covers for various publications including Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, and Interview Magazine.

His storytelling has also been translated across a broad range of television work, having directed nearly seven hundred spots including Anheuser-Busch for the Superbowl, Giorgio Perfume (exhibited in MoMA New York and Bergdorf Goodman windows), Donna Karan, Neutrogena, Sephora, Sony, Toyota, Kawasaki, and Ford Motorsports.

De Paola continues to work with select clients around the world. His most recent commercial works are the Art of Backstage worldwide collaboration with Aveda during New York Fashion Week.

His lectures and workshops including “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, “Leica M Panel” with Ralph Gibson and Leica Camera at Photoville New York City, and “Photography Wide Open” at the Leica Store San Francisco, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, the Leica Gallery Tokyo, and Photoville NYC.

Most recently, his fine art photographic series, “60 Seconds,” was exhibited at the Leica Gallery San Francisco, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, the Leica Gallery Boston, and the Leica Gallery Tokyo, and is now touring to select cities including Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, and New York City.

“60 Seconds” delves into a realm of abstract figures, fluidity, and poetic forms, challenging and seducing the limits of motion contained within still image. With each photograph taken handheld with a 60 second exposure, de Paola has discovered the connection between his physiological make up, the Leica M camera as a tool, and time, the unflinching competitor to the timeless image.

Producing and directing multiple upcoming feature films, including Proof Film, as well as producing his own fine art portfolios, de Paola melds the crossroads between both fine art and commercial aesthetic.

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