A Leica MASTERCLASS WITH Mark de Paola

Mark de Paola

Boston, MA

March 29 – 31st, 2019

Friday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Instruction $1100.00
Model Fee.$199.99

© Mark de Paola


Leica Akademie USA and fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola present an exclusive three-day workshop in Boston the weekend of March 29-31, 2019.

Building on the success of Mark’s “Photography Wide Open” one-day workshops, this event provides the opportunity to experience the creative process Mark goes through when creating stills and video for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

The streets of Boston will provide our backdrop for this real world, fashion assignment with Mark de Paola.

This shooting intensive masters workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of fashion photography and portraiture.

Going beyond simply talking about the elements or theories behind a successful fashion image, this program will take you “On-Location” to learn, first hand, what it takes to connect with a model and create signature images for your portfolio.

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.

Mark’s vast and comprehensive experience with Leica cameras and optics, especially the 50mm Noctilux, will serve as a point of inspiration during a weekend of in depth discussions, practical exercises and portfolio reviews, culminating with the a review of your images on our final day.

Whether you are currently a working pro or a dedicated novice with an interest in creative fashion/beauty portrait photography you will gain much from this experience.


  • Creative conceptualization and collaboration process in the fashion industry.
  • Leica glass evolution and the impact of lens choice on the creative process
  • Working with natural light indoors and on-location
  • Technique’s for working at minimum focusing distance
  • Capturing motion in a still image
  • Understanding collaboration
  • Getting to a photographic rhythm
  • How to engage with your subject


  • 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
  • Honest feedback and frank discussion of what it takes to stand out as a photographer
  • Opening reception and catered group lunch on Sunday

Students are expected to have a basic understanding of photography terminology, focusing and exposure techniques. Laptops are encouraged, but not required to help facilitate downloading and critiques on the final day of the workshop.

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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