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Staged Photography – Creating an image within a larger narrative

with Guia Besana September 29th-30th 2018

During the course of this workshop, Guia Besana will invite you to explore different alternatives for photographic staging – the key element of her modus operandi – in a creative laboratory which engages you both as director and subject.


– Learning how to develop and stage a scene from the standpoint of your personal vision/perception.

–  Playing with the available space so as to create a situation which illustrates an idea, and the image can become part of a larger narrative.

– Building an image

– Identifying and analysing the elements that will help you develop an aesthetic structure


Day 1
– Presentation of Guia Besana’s work, and other photographers who use staging as a working method

– Portfolio readings of participants

– Identifying objectives

– In-group preparation of a staging concept based on a prearranged idea

Day 2
– Shooting – editing and final discussion

Who is Guia Besana?

Born in Italy 1972, Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain


Canon Ambassador since 2017

Guia Besana, (b.1972), Italian self-taught photographer currently living and working in Barcelona, Spain.  After studies in media and comunication in Turin, Italy, in 1994 she becomes photographer and moves to Paris (France). With a particular attention to women’s issues she travels in different countries and joins Anzenberger Agency in 2005 and the Gallery in 2013. Her work is regularly published in international magazines and blogs: CNN photo blog, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Courrier International, D di Repubblica, Esquire…Her work has been recognized by several international awards: Los Angeles LADCA, MIFA, MarieClaire International Award, AI AP, PWP – Professional Women Photographers, finaliste au Julia Margaret Cameron Award, finaliste au prix Leica Oskar Barnack . With her personal project Baby Blues  she won the Amilcare Ponchielli Grin 2012. Her images have been exhibited in New York (USA), Los Angeles (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Italy, France, Spain and Malaysia.

Materials: Participants must bring their portfolio (digital support), computer, camera and tripod

Addressed to: Professional photographers and students

Date: 29-30 September 2018

Time: 10.00 am-1.00 pm/2.30 pm-6.00 pm

Where: Fortezza del Girifalco, Cortona

Cost: 200€

Language: English – Italian

Number participants: min 8 – max 15

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.

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