Join world renowned photojournalist Manoocher and his wife Ursula, an archaeologist and chef, on their farm estate in the south of Italy for a week of photography and storytelling during the region’s traditional Holy Week celebrations, from the eery Quarantana to the moving “Processione della Desolata.”
US $3,180/ person. Includes accommodation in trullos and yurts.
As an archaeologist and passionate cook, Ursula will prepare historic meals from the region’s past and present with locally grown ingredients, as well as the wine and olive oil they produce themselves.
Manoocher is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist. He got his start photographing the revolution in his native Iran, and he has been documenting news, conflicts, and social and environmental issues around the globe ever since. Featured in publications ranging from Newsweek to National Geographic, Manoocher’s photography has helped tell the story of world events for over 40 years.
Ursula is an archaeologist and avid cook who has combined her two passions as an expert in historic cuisine. She teaches the history of food and cooking in the southern Italy region, spanning from antiquity to the Middle Ages to the early Modern Era.
This VAWAA will take place over a period of ten days, with a half day theoretical session (adaptable to the participants’ skills and interests), and shooting assignments, visits, and outdoor activities.
Saturday, April 13: Arrival and welcome
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday in Locorotondo: Benediction of the palm branches (olive twigs, actually), the Quarantana (lent witch), traditional palm Sunday lunch. In the afternoon: Slideshow and comments on photography, photojournalism and review of portfolios of the participants.
Monday, April 15: Shooting assignment in Polignano a Mare. In the afternoon: The role of art history in photography and editing: Why are pictures important for humanity? When and how did it all start? How does art history and our perception of aesthetics influence our choices in photo editing? Why is it important to be aware of it? Review and discussion about the previous day’s photos.
Tuesday, April 16: Visual story telling. Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment. In the afternoon: The Medieval cave village of Lama D’Antico and its churches with Byzantine frescoes.
Wednesday, April 17: Shooting assignment in Ostuni. The technical aspects of photography: composition, light, exposure. Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment.
Thursday, April 18 Ethics: What ethical guidelines are important in photography and editing? Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment. The night of Maundy Thursday in Martina Franca: At midnight between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the statue of the Virgin is carried by hooded and barefoot members of traditional confraternities.
Friday, April 19: Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment. 7pm Passione vivente (life passion) in Alberobello, among trulli.
Saturday, April 20 Holy Saturday morning: Processione della Desolata in Canosa: hundreds of women dressed in black, their faces veiled, hold a procession in commemoration of the sufferings of Mary, Christ’s mother Easter Eve: Il Sparo della Quarantena: On that evening the Quarantana (lentwitch) is burned, marking the end of lent. Later that evening, as the beginning of the Easter liturgy, the Easter fire is lightened and blessed in front of all churches.
Sunday, April 21: Easter Sunday is a day of celebration within family, which is spent eating and drinking throughout the day. We will have a traditional Easter lunch.
Monday, April 22 Easter Monday / Pasquetta: Literally everybody is out on that day for the traditional, sumptious Easter picnic. Evening: Review of the participants’ assignments and evaluation of the experience
Tuesday, April 23: Departure
Dates: April 13 – 23, 2019
Pricing: USD $3,180/person
Availability: Limited to 6 spots
Excludes: Flights and travel insurance.
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