Palm Springs, CA

Mark de Paola

Palm Springs, CA

May 31st – June 2nd, 2019


Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Instruction & Model Fee $1799.99

© Mark de Paola


Join Mark de Paola and Leica Akademie USA for “Nude In The Landscape” in Palm Springs, CA to experience the process of capturing timeless fine art nude photographs the weekend of May 31th-June 2nd, 2019.

Master photographer and Director Mark de Paola is inviting a small group of photographers to delve deep into his fine art thought process from conception to realization over three days.

This shooting intensive master workshop is designed for creative portrait or landscape photographers interested in exploring new ways to capture portraits and nudes within the landscape.


  • Classical vs. Unconventional Composition
  • Using Lighting, Shape and Form to Create a Narrative and Mood.
  • Visualization
  • Posing and Collaboration
  • What is a timeless image and how to create it.
  • Taking a picture vs. creating a fine art photograph.

More than just a technical or how to workshop, participants will be asked to consider their own goals and motivations as photographers. The class will be encouraged to explore how a form may represent or depict strength, poise, movement, or a frame of personality. We will look back to the history of fine art for inspiration, exploring the use of the human figure as a subject and the model as “Muse” and collaborator.

De Paola’s career and real-life experience over the past two decades creating projects from Vogue covers to Gucci campaigns and his transition into Fine Art photography with exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Dali, China and Tokyo will be a valuable part of our formal and informal conversations. Mark’s vast and comprehensive experience with Leica cameras and optics, especially the 50mm Noctilux, will serve as a point of inspiration throughout the weekend.

The timeless artist town of Palm Springs and the iconic photographer’s landscape of Joshua Tree will provide the backdrop for this one-of-a kind-opportunity to be both challenged and guided creatively by de Paola.


  • All materials, model fee, personalized instruction, and lectures
  • Group and private portfolio reviews with Mark de Paola
  • Opportunity to create fresh images for your portfolio with professional models
  • Access to a complete line up of the latest Leica Products
  • Lunch each day.

Whether you are currently a working pro, or a dedicated novice with an interest in fine art nude or landscape photography, you will gain much from this experience. Owning a Leica is not required for this program. A selection of Leica M & SL cameras will be available for your use.

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 10 participants.

Lodging is not included, but a list of recommended hotels will be provided.

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.