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!
This shooting intensive workshop is designed for creative photographers and travelers interested in experiencing Milan, Italy through a personal and highly curated itinerary in search of the answer to our 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.
Topics covered include:
- 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
- Getting to a photographic rhythm
- How to engage with your subject
- The relationship between history, culture and trend
- Milan’s cultural and artistic history
What is included?
- 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.
- Honest feedback and frank discussion of what it takes to stand out as a photographer.
- Opening and closing reception.
What do I need to know before taking this class?
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, gallerists, and museum exhibitions to contribute to the daily shooting exercises and activities.
Laptops will be needed, to facilitate downloading and critiques throughout the week.
You are not required to own a Leica camera to attend this event. A full selection of the latest Leica M Rangefinders, M lenses, and the SL-system will be available for your use.
How do I book the trip?
The total cost of the trip is $6,500.00. A $200 non refundable deposit will secure your place on the trip. The remaining balance is due 90 days before departure. July 18th.
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Mark de Paola
Mark de Paola is a director and fine art photographer based in New York City whose work is in the fashion and beauty sector in both still and motion pictures. 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 combining his artistic sensibilities. His most recent commercial works are the Art of Backstage worldwide collaboration with Aveda during New York Fashion Weeks as well as 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.
October 17-25, 2018. A detailed itinerary will be provided in the weeks leading up to the trip.