Description

Join Enri Canaj for a unique, week-long traveling workshop across three islands of the Cyclades, Greece. From May 21–26 you will explore how to take meaningful photographs in locations that have been over-photographed, discovering how to approach subjects with a fresh perspective whilst developing your photographic voice. 

The week will be spent with fellow photographers, shooting during the day and attending group feedback sessions in the evenings, all whilst discovering the islands of  Tinos, Syros and Naxos.

The workshop has been designed by Enri Canaj himself, coming from his desire to share with a wider audience the part of Greece that he has now been photographing for years. Enri has been organizing traveling workshops for many years, in Albania and in the North of Greece. 

“The Cyclades islands are a particularly unique destination in the Aegean sea. They are considered the birthplace of some ancient gods and home to some of the most important archeological ruins. A mix of elements between mythology and modern times, as the perfect way to glimpse the land of the howling wind.” –Enri Canaj. 

 

Where & When

Sunday, May 21–Friday, May 26, 2023
Tinos–Syros–Naxos,
The Cyclades,
Greece

See the workshop itinerary at the end of this page.

Language
This workshop will be held in English. 

Fees
1,300€ (includes ferries between Tinos and Syros, and Syros and Naxos).

Book here.

Payment Plans

We offer the possibility to pay in two instalments of 650€ each over a two-month period.
Click here for details.

Are you interested in participating with your partner, someone from your family or a friend?
We offer a 10% discount if you buy two tickets at the same time, saving you a total of 260€.
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Deadline to book: April 1, 2023

Participants are responsible for ferries to Tinos at the beginning of the workshop and out of Naxos at the end of the workshop, as well as international travel and accommodation (costs and booking) during the workshop. 

Accommodations
We have partnered on each island with hotels.
Details on how to book a room with each hotel will be shared once your registration is complete.

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, May 21
Arrival in Tinos
Evening: Welcome Drinks 

Day 2: Monday, May 22
Location: Tinos
Day: Shooting Sessions
Evening: Group Crits

Day 3: Tuesday, May 23
Early Morning: Shooting Session
Morning: Travel to Syros (travel included in price)
Afternoon: Exploring and Shooting Session in Syros
Evening: Group Crits

Day 4: Wednesday, May 24
Location: Syros
Day: Shooting Sessions
Evening: Group Crits

Day 5: Thursday, May 25
Morning: Travel to Naxos (travel included in price)
Afternoon: Exploring and Shooting Session in Naxos
Evening: Group Crits

Day 6: Friday, May 26
Location: Naxos
Day: Editing and Sequencing Session
Evening: Outdoor Public Screening (details TBC)

End of the workshop

Language
This workshop will be held in English. 

Fees
€1,300, including ferries between Tinos and Syros, and Syros and Naxos.

Book here.
Payment in two instalments is possible. Contact capella.buncher@magnumphotos.com for details.

Deadline to book: April 1, 2023

Participants are responsible for ferries to Tinos at the beginning of the workshop and out of Naxos at the end of the workshop, as well as international travel and accommodation (costs and booking) during the workshop. 

Accommodations
We have partnered on each island with hotels.
Details on how to book a room with each hotel will be shared once your registration is complete.

Tinos Island
https://faviesuzanne.hotelbrain.com/el/

Spyros island
https://www.ethrion.gr/

Naxos Island
https://www.sphinxhotel.gr/

About the Islands

Tinos:
The island of Tinos may be widely famous for its religious significance, as it hosts the reputedly miraculous icon of the Virgin, which many pilgrims visit every year, but it’s also known for the traditional architecture of its many villages and its wild natural beauty. From ancient times, Tinos has been an artistic center because of the tradition of marble carving on the island, which is the homeland of great Greek sculptors such as Gyzis and Lytras. It has its own Preparatory School of Fine Arts, teaching the craft of marble, in the village of Pyrgos. Notable villages to visit are definitely, Volax, with its out-of-this-world character, Pyrgos, with its picturesque architecture and numerous marble creations made by the local craftsmen and Panormos, the small fishing village with amazing beaches and a colorful harbor of fishing boats.

Syros:
Syros island combines culture, entertainment, and religion in the most harmonious way. Nowadays, it is world-renowned for its cultural tradition, with events that take place in its capital, Ermoupolis, such as the International Classical Music Festival and Syros International Film Festival. Arriving at the island one can immediately realize the coexistence of the orthodox and catholic communities, as Ermoupolis has two hills, each topped with a respective church, giving the city a unique skyline. Even though it is the capital of the Cyclades, Syros does not look like any other Cyclades Island, having a unique architecture, with neoclassical buildings and houses painted in pastel hues, built at the time of Venetian occupation, especially in the picturesque quarter of Ermoupolis, Vaporia. Syros is also the homeland of famous Greek composer Markos Vamvakaris, the leading personality in rebetiko music (folklore music of the 1930s).

Naxos:
Naxos is not only the largest of the Cyclades but also the greenest, being self-sufficient thanks to its fertile valleys. Portara, Naxos’ most popular landmark, lies on the neighboring Palatia Islet and is the marble gate of an unfinished ancient Greek temple dedicated to the god Apollo. Naxos’ Chora, the capital of the island, is marked by numerous fortified palaces, which date to the island’s Venetian Period. The island does not only have stunning seascapes, but also many traditional mountain villages, like Apeiranthos and Filoti, where the stone-built houses and marble-paved alleys make it look like time has stood still. As matter of fact, many locals in Apeiranthos hold on to their tradition and dialect, believed to be deriving from the fact that the village was built by Cretan settlers in the 10th century. Naxos is also an island of cultural activity, hosting traditional festivals and cultural events, like the Naxos Festival and Dionysia, which include art exhibitions, concerts, and theater shows.

Enri Canaj was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1980. He spent his early childhood there and moved with his family to Greece in 1991, immediately after the opening of the borders. He is based in Athens and covers stories in Greece and the Balkans. He studied photography at the Leica Academy in Athens. In 2007 he took part in a British Council project on migration, attending a year-long workshop with Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos. Since 2008, he has been a freelance photographer for major publications such as Time Lightbox, CNN Photo, New York Magazine, MSNBC Photography, Wall street journal, Courrier international, Vice Magazine, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Paris Match, Le monde Diplomatique, sample of his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki personal exhibition, HANOVER LUMIX Festival, Arles Festival, Benaki Museum Athens, Museum of Photography Thesaloniki, BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Athens, at the Bilgi Santral in Istanbul, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Athens Photo Festival,New Delhi Foto Festival.

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