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Provence Off The Beaten Path

October 27 to November 5, 2024

From $5950

Spots Available:

6 out of 10

About this Adventure

Provence: A photographical, cultural and culinary immersion

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque and timeless villages of Provence, where every corner tells a story waiting to be captured. Led by two renowned photographers, Gail Fisher and Dotan Saguy, this exclusive workshop is a fusion of visual storytelling, cultural immersion, and gastronomic delights.


Meet Your Guides

Dotan Saguy, an award winning photographer and author of three published photobooks, brings a unique perspective to the workshop. Having spent his formative years in France and vacationing regularly in the region, Dotan's intimate knowledge of Provence, coupled with his keen eye for street photography and native French speaking promises a transformative experience.

Gail Fisher, a distinguished veteran from National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times, is revered for her documentary photography, visual storytelling and expert photo editing.

With Gail's and Dotan's guidance, participants will learn the art of crafting compelling visual narratives, an invaluable skill for them to acquire and apply to all their future travel adventures.


Discover Provence's Hidden Gems

Immerse yourself in the charm of Provence as we journey through its enchanting villages, including Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes, Roussillon, Saint Remy, Les Baux de Provence, Oppède le Vieux, and Menerbes. From ancient cobblestone streets to vibrant marketplaces, each location offers a plethora of photographic opportunities waiting to be captured.


Beyond Photography

Delve deeper into the heart of Provence as we unravel its rich culture, history, and cuisine. Indulge in gourmet meals showcasing the region's finest culinary delights, and savor the flavors of Provençal cuisine. You'll benefit from Dotan's native French speaking and intimate knowledge of the region to connect with the locals and engage in immersive experiences that offer insights into the local way of life, from artisanal workshops to guided tours of historical sites.


Luxurious Accommodations

Relax and unwind in the lap of luxury at our centrally located 4-star hotel. Each carefully curated accommodation offers a blend of comfort and elegance, providing the perfect sanctuary after a day of exploration.

Travel in style and comfort aboard our private Mercedes Sprinter mini-bus, ensuring a hassle-free journey throughout the region. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic views as we navigate through the picturesque landscapes of Provence.

From luxurious accommodations to gourmet meals, every aspect of your journey is meticulously curated to provide an unparalleled experience. Leave the logistics to us as you focus on honing your photography skills and immersing yourself in the beauty of Provence.


Make your own photobook

On the last day of the workshop you will be coached in the creation of your own photobook using your best images from the week. Beyond a unique learning experience, this day-long process of editing, processing, sequencing and laying out your own photobook will result in a finished product of your work ready for the press, that you can cherish for years to come and share with your loved ones.


Get your work PUBLISHED!

Your short form photo essay will be published on AboutPhotography.com, a popular photography blog edited by Martin Kaninsky.


Arrival/Departure Logistics:

Arrive Sunday evening October 27th by TGV speed train from Paris, the workshop begins Monday morning October 28th, with a closing night dinner on October 4th, check out on November 5th and optionally head to Paris Photo with us for a VIP visit.


Join Us!

Embark on a transformative journey through Provence and unlock your creativity amidst breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're an aspiring photographer or a seasoned enthusiast, this workshop promises an unforgettable experience that will inspire and enrich your artistic journey. Reserve your spot today and embark on a voyage of discovery in the heart of Provence.


Visit Paris Photo as our VIP guest ($400 optional add-on)

Paris Photo, located in the newly renovated Grand Palais by the Champs Elysées, is the largest and most prestigious photo fair in the world. The workshop is perfectly scheduled to accommodate for visiting the fair afterwards. Paris Photo is open to visitors from Thursday November 7 to Sunday November 10. As a participant to the Provence workshop you can opt for a VIP add-on that includes:

  • VIP tickets (includes +1) valid for the entire duration of the fair.

  • Access to the prestigious vernissage held the afternoon before the official opening to the public. A unique opportunity for collectors, curators, artists, and VIP guests to experience the fair before the crowds arrive.

  • Invitation to a cocktail hour in the fair's VIP bar with other workshop attendees

  • Private guided tour of the fair by an official Paris Photo curator.

  • Excursion to Polycopies, the sister fair dedicated to independent publishers, which is hosted on a docked boat on the river Seine.

Note that lodging and meals are obviously not included in this add-on offer. Be sure to reserve your own accommodations.


Led by

Gail and Dotan

Gail and Dotan's teaching styles complement each other perfectly and so do their areas of expertise. The two of them will be with you all day every day: presenting, coaching, providing feedback in the field, and conducting honest, constructive critique sessions.

Gail Fisher and Dotan Saguy in Paris

What's Included

  • Two instructors for 8 full days. Your instructors will be available all day, every day for the duration of the workshop, so you get the personalized attention you need to take your photography to the next level.

  • 9 nights of Hotel Accommodations at a centrally located and luxuruous 4-star establishment. This includes the night before the start of the workshop so we can get started with everyone fully refreshed the next morning.

  • Lavish Buffet Breakfast every morning

  • Lunches and dinners: Foodies will be delighted by our curated selection of regional restaurants

  • Snacks, coffee, tea at hotel headquarters

  • Private Mercedes Sprinter Van to travel to the various shooting locations

Not Included

Airfare and transfers.

Accommodations

Our base price already includes a very comfortable "Classique" room (20 sq/m or 215 sq/ft) with queen bed, desk, spacious bathroom with shower, minibar, safe, A/C, TV, free wi-fi and entrance through the charming courtyard/garden area. Note that this base price is subject to availability.


The following room upgrades are also offered subject to availability:

  • "Superieure" room: 23 sq/m or 248 sq/ft, interior access, king bed, spacious bathroom with shower (+$800)

  • "Prestige" room: 27 sq/m or 291 sq/ft, interior access, king bed, spacious bathroom with shower (+$1,500)

  • "Junior Suite: 33 sq/m or 355 sq/ft, king bed, sofa, large bathroom with bathtub (+$2300)

  • "Full Suite": 41 sq/m or 441 sq/ft, "super king" bed, sofa, large luxurious bathroom with bathtub (+$2950)

Itinerary

  • 8 full days practicing your travel and street photography in the most beautiful villages of Provence.

  • Towns include Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where the hotel is located, Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes, Gordes, Roussillon, Saint Remy, Les Baux.

  • Exclusive access to the workshops of local artists and artisans, with Dotan as a resource to bridge the language and cultural gap. 

  • Dining at a curated range of restaurants of the region.

Who should attend

The photography workshop requires participants to be in good physical shape to undertake moderate hikes, including steep uphill climbs, long staircases, and navigating uneven terrain such as unpaved trails and cobblestone streets. All levels of photography expertise are welcome, from beginners to professionals; however, proficiency in operating photography equipment is essential, as the workshop will not provide instruction on using your photography gear. Participants must bring a laptop and a hard drive to facilitate the downloading, editing, and processing of images during the workshop.

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