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A geometry of disorder. Lighting techniques for portraiture

with Paolo Verzone September 22nd-23rd 2018


Two days of intensive conceptual and visual study of lighting techniques for portraiture plus practical shooting excercises inside one of the town’s historic buildings.
In-depth study of different lighting methods allowing students to experiment with alternative lighting sources (available light / flash / continuous).

Workshop programme

Day 1
Morning: Student portfolio reviews and presentation of my work according to lighting usage. Analysis of alternative lighting sources and their practical application.
Afternoon: Shooting with daylight and flash in interiors and outside
Evening: Shooting after dinner, with artificial light and flash

Day 2
Review, editing and screening of students’ workshop output.

Who is Paolo Verzone?

Paolo Verzone was born in Turin in 1967 and took an interest in photography from an early age. He now divides his time between Italy and Spain. In 1991 he undertook a joint project with Alessandro Albert shooting portraits of Moscovites which was then published in book form by Peliti Associati, entitled Volti di Passaggio (Passing Faces). His Moscow portraits won him the Kodak European Panorama prize in 1992. He contributes as a photo journalist and portrait photographer with leading international and Italian journals, such as Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, The Independent, Sunday Times , Liberation, Vanity Fair, D la Repubblica delle Donne, Geo, Io Donna, GQ, Amica, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, Courier International, Das Magazin.

In 2014 he completed a book project on the Military Academies of Europe entitled Cadets, published by Editions de la Martinière.

In recent years he has received accolades for his work from: World Press Photo 2001, 2009 and 2015, Canon Giovani fotografi, Leica Oskar Barnak Award finalist, American Photography 2009-10 and the Sony Photography award 2011.

His photography is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome.

Paolo Verzone is a member of the Agence Vu de Paris agency and was nominated a Canon Ambassador in 2017.

Materials: All workshop participants must bring: a tripod, computer, card reader and 1 camera + 1 lens (preferably standard focal length). Students may present their work in printed form (prints, books) or digital (computer).

Addressed to: Professional photographers and students

Date: 22-23 September 2018

Time: 10.00 am-1.00 pm/3.00 pm-6.00 pm/from 8.00 pm

Where: Fortezza del Girifalco, Cortona

Cost: 200€

Language: Italian

Number participants: min 8 – max 12

Cancellation: Once the payment has been made the amount will not be reimbursed, unless the teacher is absent or if the minimum number of participants is not reached.

Info: if you want to have more info please write to Jonathan:

Accommodation: we will help all members to find suitable accommodation through our local network of property owners. For information write to