Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kissed in Provence + More Photo Workshops

Oakland, California-based photographer Elizabeth Opalenik (who took all the photos above) will lead a ten-day photography workshop in Provence from September 1 to 11, 2012. Called Provence, Kissed By the Light, the workshop will allow students to shoot in a variety of locations, creating intimate portraits while enjoying the gorgeous September weather. The group will also take in festivals, harvest time, daily markets, ancient ruins and much more. 

Elizabeth has been leading workshops in Provence since 1983 and says it's one of the very best for locations and ambiance. She will be assisted by local photographer, Emilie Ballif, who will help with digital editing and restaurant selection! 

The group's base for the first five days will be Le  Clos du Buis at the entrance to Bonnieux in the Luberon. On the itinerary are tme to view the unique work,  in their homes,  of French photographers Claudine and Jean Pierre Sudre in Aix and Denis Brihat in Bonnieux, both strong influences to Elizabeth in  the mordançage process. After daily field trips to the hill towns,  the group will move to Arles, where the festive Féria du Riz will be taking place. They'll stay at the Hotel Constantin for five nights while exploring the Camargue, St. Remy, Les Baux and other villages. Among the many activities planned are night shoots at the roman ruins and a visit with photographer Lucien Clergue.

The week will finish with discussions on how best to present your work and the group will collectively create a book on their Provencal journey.

Tuition is $3395 which includes ten nights shared accommodation with private bath, breakfast and one other meal each day, model session with dancers, visits with three famous French photographers, all instruction and critiques. Transportation is by shared rental cars. Non-photographing companion fee is $2700. Class size is limited to 12.  For more info see Elizabeth's website here or email:

*Note: Posts about other upcoming Provence photo workshops are here and here. Spring workshops through the Rencontres d'Arles are listed here. Talented Frech food photographer and cookbook author Bea Peltre is leading a workshop in the Languedoc; I wrote about it here and more specific details are here. Here's a photo tour in Provence in June 2013. Finally, one more French photo workshop to consider is here; this one is not in Provence but up in the equally gorgeous Dordogne region.


  1. These photos just made my evening!! Nothing brings more happiness than images of the South of France... sigh
    I tagged you today and was wondering if you had time to answer a few questions?!
    Thanks for always sharing such inspiring posts!

    Best wishes,

  2. This workshop looks so wonderful!!





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