Antigua Brochure

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OUR MISSION Our mission is to provide you with the best photographic experience, combining learning, both in the field and classroom, with unparalleled access to the best image making opportunities. We also make it a priority to ensure that you are surrounded by a fun and creative environment that fosters your individual growth. It is our guarantee that you will go home with stunning imagery and a memorable/joyful experience. Our trips/workshops are meticulously planned with attention to detail. From hotels, food, transportation and shooting logistics, all arrangements come together to provide you with a photographic adventure that runs smoothly and maximizes your shooting opportunities. All of our itineraries are tailored to get you to the best locations, during the right season and at the right time of the day. “Very few people have the opportunity to go to the places we go.� Tracking the sun, the moon and the stars are just some of the elements that go into our planning process. You will have in the field coaching to make sure you get the best rendition of the scene in front of you and that you are able to make that image in camera with little or no post processing. During your down time, we provide one on one critique sessions to make the most of your learning experience.


EASTER IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA Easter Week in Antigua Guatemala is widely recognized as the most important religious celebration in all of the Americas. From the countless brotherhood processions starting with the children’s on Holy Wednesday, to the famous Merced procession on Friday morning, the myriad of events are mind blowing. This is a powerful experience full of wonderful and intimate moments. Easter in Antigua is a photographer’s dream. In this unique workshop you will photograph religious events to which you will have special access. An important part of this experience is shooting at night. Streets are full of devoted members of the brotherhoods holding candles while awaiting the “andas” (floats) to go by. These magnificent structures hold centuries-old images being carried by dozens of men and women wearing the traditional attire of each brotherhood. A band follows each procession and the air is full of incense, providing a stunning backdrop for imagery. Before each procession, streets are adorned with handcrafted sawdust carpets. Highly visual lectures and demonstrations cover digital camera settings, accurate metering and exposure, low light shooting and creative use of movement. You learn how to make pictures in the camera, not using Photoshop. The most important part of this learning experience is the critique sessions, where everyone’s photos are reviewed, analyzed and placed within each one’s individual story. The last night, a class slide show features each student’s vision of the week.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS DAY 1

Welcome to Antigua, Guatemala. After you arrive at the Guatemala City International Airport, your driver will take you to the hotel, Meson de Maria. We will be meeting on the rooftop of the hotel for cocktails followed by dinner and orientation.


DAY 2

We start our day with lectures and in the afternoon we photograph our first Procession, San Felipe. At night, we photograph the Processions of both La Merced and San Felipe in front of the Cathedral.

DAY 5

We will start the day with our second critique of your images. After lunch, we will depart for Escuela de Cristo’s Female Procession. At night, we photograph both the Escuela de Cristo and San Felipe Processions in front of the Cathedral.

DAY 3

DAY 6

We begin our day with our first critique. Right after lunch, we depart to photograph the San Francisco Procession. At night, we photograph both the San Francisco and San Cristobal Processions in front of the Cathedral.

We will begin the day with our final critique. After lunch, we will photograph the San Pedro Procession at Parque Central. This will be our last night! It is the grand finale, which includes cocktails and dinner followed by the class show.

DAY 4

DAY 7 Depart for Guatemala City’s Airport

Early morning, we depart to witness the departure of La Merced’s Holy Friday Procession, which travels around town over the most amazing sawdust and flower carpets. In the afternoon, we photograph the Escuela de Cristo Procession, hailed by many as the most spectacular of them all. Later that night, you will have a privileged vantage point to shoot this event as it travels through the town’s center.


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PACKAGE PRICE: $ 2,395 Sign up deposit: $ 500

Price includes: Includes 6 nights of accommodation, two group dinners, all breakfasts and Inland transportation, airport transfers Price is per person, SINGLE occupancy Airfare from/to your home cities, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included This workshop is limited to 10 participants


YOUR WORKSHOP LEADER RAUL TOUZON is a Documentary and Natural History Photographer who specializes in making images

that convey what he refers to as “THE ETERNITY OF THE MOMENT.” Raul has traveled extensively, exploring the remote corners of the earth never visited before. Amongst his expeditions are the completion of the Northwest Passage, Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic, the Sea of Okhotsk and the fjords of western Greenland. He has built a collection of dramatic photographs that have been featured in many publications including: TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and the National Geographic Magazine, where he has published four feature stories. In recent years, Raul has focused on visual-storytelling, documenting the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala and the ever-changing Habana. For over a decade, Raul has been a full time educator and instructor. He produces and teaches his own workshops and photography expeditions around the world as well as for National Geographic Expeditions. National Geographic Creative, Getty Images and Corbis represent his images. His list of clients includes the U.S. National Park Service, Apple Inc., and the United Nations for whom he documented their operations in Sudan. These images can be seen in his book SUDAN THE PRICE OF WAR, THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE. Raul has pioneered the production of large-scale multi-frame panoramas, images that are featured in his two limited edition landscape books: VISIONS OF MY WORLD and JOURNEYS. Some of the images in these books have been sold by Christie’s Auction House. Most recently, his work is being featured at The National Geographic Fine Art Galleries opening all over the United States.

Raul will guide you in creating unique images. We have several photography workshops that will provide you with a learning experience in some of the most unique places



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