Seville's Streets, Easter Procession and Flamenco Workshop takes students into the heart and soul of Seville, Spain, one of Europe's most dynamic cities and the cultural epicenter of the Andalucía region. During this week of dozens of Easter processions students will experience one of the most dramatic, moving and visual scenes of a lifetime in what is already one of the most colorful and interesting cities in the world. Seville is a lively mixture of old world charm and new world energy, full of winding medieval lanes, secluded stone plazas soaked in the scent of orange blossoms and a fascinating blend of Islamic, Roman and Renaissance architecture. It is a city steeped in romance and tradition; a place that prides itself as Spain's ancestral home of Flamenco and bullfighting. It is also an energetic cosmopolitan center, famous for its lively tapas bars, pulsating nightlife and stylish residents.
The workshop is taught and led by Peter Turnley, one of the pre-imminent visual communicators and world traveling photographers of our time. He is also a tremendous teacher who has vast experience teaching overseas workshops. The workshop focuses on Seville at Easter during its week of religious processions known as the Semana Santa, a centuries old event. Each year during the week before Easter, tens of thousands of religious Spaniards march through Seville's streets in somber repentance, clad in traditional costumes, carrying symbolic religious floats. More than 50 processions happen throughout the week, each with their own theme, route, and distinct visual character. The Semana Santa is an emotional and a vivid visual experience that captivates and inspires a photographer's heart and eye.
Students will spend approximately 3-4 hours each day in class with lectures, presentations, photo critiques of daily work and discussion with Turnley and members of Spain’s photographic community. At least half of each day students will explore the streets of Seville to develop a photo essay based around a particular visual theme of their choosing. Peter will work with students in their choice of theme; it is not necessary to know ahead of time what the theme will be. The Semana Santa is full of scenes that are incredibly rich in visual interest and offer opportunities for stunning photographs of local reality. Since this is a workshop focusing on street photography and photographing the life and reality of an incredible city at a dramatic time, students are expected to photograph mostly independently or in small groups. Peter will help the students become aware of the amazing visual opportunities to witness and explore each day.
Workshop meetings will take place each day at Peter’s rental loft in central Seville. Here Peter will discuss various insights into technique, intent, composition and the creative use of the camera and lens in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. He will review and critique each student’s portfolio and works-in-process, discuss careers, getting published and offer each student an idea of how far along they are and how they can become even better photographers/visual communicators. Most importantly, he will help each student revel in the joy and wonderment of observation and seeing. Students will focus on how to use documentary photography as a tool for visual storytelling and illuminating the intimate moments of everyday reality. Students will be encouraged to photograph both the ordinary and extraordinary scenes of daily life and to not shy away from the challenge of photographing people. With Peter's guidance and support, students will learn to overcome any hesitations and timidity which limits their work.
Turnley is a master at photographing people and has vast experience in helping students relax and find a sense of purpose in the process of photographing people and daily life. He is a disciple of Henri-Cartier-Bresson and passionately encourages his students to hone their attention to the “decisive moments” of everyday life. Students will create a final 15-image photo story/essay from their week of shooting in Seville. Peter Turnley will help the students refine their photography, gain a greater sense of creating a narrative with images and learn how to conceptualize images into dynamic storytelling. Most importantly, Turnley will help students find the threads of commonality in the images that contribute to each person’s individual vision.
The Seville Workshop offers students an unforgettable opportunity to experience the unending surprises of Seville in the midst of a truly unique and culturally significant annual event in Spanish life. This workshop is a visual and human experience of a lifetime.
This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son or daughter or partner. Non-photographic companions may join the group sessions and meals but are not involved in the critique or review sessions. Companion supplement is $150.
Peter rents a house in central Seville where workshop meetings are held. Peter has found 6 very nice hotels with different rates; all are within a short walk of Peter's house. These are listed below and are only suggestions. Students are welcome to stay anywhere in Seville, which has a fast and modern public transportation system and is easily traversed by foot or bicycle. Students are, however, advised to make hotel reservations well in advance of the Workshop as some Seville hotels are fully booked or considerably raise their rates during the Easter week. That said, the hotel rates of Seville are very reasonable compared to many overseas destinations.
Alvarez Quintero 52, Seville 41004, Spain
Calle Farnesio 6 | Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville 41004, Spain
Ximenez de Enciso, 28 Santa Cruz, Seville 41004, Spain
El Rey Moro
Calle de Lope de Rueda 14
41004 Sevilla, Spain
+34 954 563 468
Hotel Puerta de Sevilla
Calle Puerta de la Carne 2
41004 Sevilla, Spain
+34 954 987 270
Calle de Lope de Rueda, nº 7 y 9
Barrio de Santa Cruz
(+34) 954 219 616
The most affordable way to reach Seville is on any of the many daily flights available from numerous U.S. cities to Madrid's main Barajas Airport or to Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport. From Madrid or Paris, you can catch a connecting flight to Seville, which has its own smaller airport for domestic and European flights.
Multiple carriers fly daily shuttle flights to Seville airport, approximately 10 miles outside of Seville. Local train, taxi, and buses depart frequently from the airport to central Seville. Travel time is thirty minutes or less.
15 high-speed trains depart from Madrid's Atocha station to Seville central station. The journey is approximately 2 hours.
Car (not necessary-only an option)
Rental cars are available at Madrid Barajas airport.
Multiple flights depart each day from Paris-Charles De Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports to Madrid or directly to Seville. Flying time is less than an hour.
High-speed trains depart from Paris-Montparnasse Station to Madrid-Atocha Station, with 15 connecting trains per day to Seville. The total journey is between 8 and 11 hours, depending on train and departure time.
Seville Office of Tourism
Plan to arrive on Saturday, April 16, or at the latest by noon on Sunday, April 17. The first workshop session will begin at 2pm on Sunday, April 17. Flights from the States are often in the evenings which means that you could fly Friday evening and make your plane or train connection to Seville on Saturday, April 16 and give yourself an evening to get acclimated before the workshop begins on Sunday.
The workshop ends at noon, April 23, with a final show of the students’ final 15-image photo stories made during the week. Students are free to leave on Saturday afternoon which enables those needing to get back to the States to work on Monday the time to do so. Those wishing to stay in the region longer are free to continue their trip Saturday afternoon.
This is a digital workshop and is conducted using digital cameras. If you wish to shoot film, you may so do, but we suggest that you take it home for processing. For critiques you must use a digital camera and are encouraged to use a 35 mm digital camera. You need to know how to download your digital images each evening to a folder so that your day's work can be brought to class the next day on either a flash drive, external hard drive, or disc for the daily review with Peter Turnley. From the outset students will be asked to choose whether they will work in color or in black and white and will be encouraged to stick to their choice throughout the workshop.
What to Bring
Besides your SLR digital camera, students are asked to bring along a body of creative work to share. This can be a printed portfolio, a digital card of images, or any sort of visual set of work. Your portfolio can be prints or digital images. The workshop will have an LCD projector and there will be a final show of all of the students' work during the final session.
A digital SLR camera is required. Students may work with a high-end point and shoot camera such as a Canon G10. Two bodies are recommended, with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens, such as a 17-35mm zoom, or 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm lens. In order to shoot comfortably in low light situations, it is preferable to have a wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture such as 1.4, 1.8, 2, or 2.8. Bring several memory cards (at least 1 gigabyte cards are recommended), extra batteries and necessary battery chargers. A laptop should have image management software, such as Apple’s Aperture, Adobe’s Light Room or, as Peter suggests, PhotoMechanic, which can be downloaded, free, on a trial basis from CameraBits.com
A back-up system for storing each day’s work is also required. This can be your laptop, a portable external hard drive storage device, flash drive, or discs. Additionally, you will need a means of transmitting your daily selection of edited images into a folder for Peter to review; flash drives are the most practical, but you can also use an external hard drive, or DVD.
Research and Preparation
Research and preparation are important parts of any endeavor, particularly adventures. There are many very thorough guidebooks about Seville, Spain; extensive information about Seville can be found on the Internet.
The first and last meals are included in the cost of the workshop. You will be a guest of the workshop for a group opening dinner on Sunday night and a final dinner on Friday night. Aside from the two group meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are independent but students are encouraged to join each other in local restaurants and cafes. Past students usually have spent around $50 a day on meals.
For more information about teacher Peter Turnley, please consult his personal website: www.peterturnley.com
Turnley has published 5 books of his work:
In Times of War and Peace
Moments of Revolution
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A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa. Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
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To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.