This workshop is now fully booked. To be added on the waiting list, please register here.

Sirmione is known for its stunning views over Lake Garda and famous castle. It is also internationally known for its thermal facilities and for being the heart of the production of the typical wine called Lugana. 

During the five days you will work with Richard Kalvar, as well as individually, to create a personal photographic response to the city. You will participate in group review sessions and explore the power of editing to create a meaningful selection of images about Sirmione. On the last evening there will be a public screening in partnership with the City of Sirmione. 

“My street photography is grounded in real people doing real things, and my observing them, reacting to them and trying to squeeze them into a rectangle.” Richard Kalvar

Work with a master street photographer to develop the mindset needed to make images on the streets. Learn about framing and composition, how to navigate crowds and find a picture, all the while gaining an invaluable insight into creating your own unique photographic voice.

This workshop offers:

  • Practical advice on how to approach photographing on the street
  • Learn about framing and composition
  • Group review sessions
  • Editing session
  • Private tour of Richard Kalvar’s exhibition in Sirmione
  • Public screening of your work on the last day
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photograph

The workshop is open to photographers of all levels, from passionate amateurs to working professionals who want to further refine their skills in the art of street photography.


Day One: 

Housekeeping and course introduction

AM – Presentation by Richard Kalvar followed by the projection and discussion of the participants’ portfolios

PM – Participants will go out to photograph in a particular part of town.  Richard will be at a predetermined place in the area to answer questions and make suggestions.

Day Two: 

AM – Group review of the photos taken the day before. 

PM – Private tour of Richard Kalvar’s exhibition.
Participants will go out again to photograph in a particular part of town.  Richard will also be on hand to answer questions.

Day Three:

All day: Possible trip in a nearby town as a group, to take pictures and experience a different atmosphere

Day Four: 

AM – Group review of the photos taken the day before. 

PM – Participants will go out once again to photograph a particular part of town.  

Day Five: 

All day: Final selection of images, creation of a slideshow for the evening’s screening. 

We have partnered with Hotel Catullo in Sirmione.

100€ per night, including full board and coffee breaks.
Participants wishing to stay at Hotel Catullo will be asked to tick a box at check-out.
Once your participation in the workshop is confirmed, we will put you in touch with Hotel Catullo for details. 


This workshop is now fully booked. To be added on the waiting list, please register here.

Ambiguity is at the forefront of Richard Kalvar’s photography. Kalvar, who describes context as the “enemy”, seeks mystery and multiple meaning through surprising framing and meticulous timing. He describes his approach as “more like poetry than photojournalism – it attacks on the emotional level.” He has done extensive personal, assignment and commercial work in the United States, France, Italy, England, and Japan, among others. Kalvar has published a number of solo books: Portrait de Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 1993; Earthlings (Terriens), 2007;Drôles de vie!, 2008; Richard Kalvar: Photo Poche, 2018; Richard Kalvar: Photofile (the English-language version of Photo Poche), 2019; and Magnum, la Storia, le Immagini: Richard Kalvar, 2019. He has had important exhibitions in the US, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and has participated in multiple group books and exhibitions in America and Europe, notably Centre Pompidou Album Photographique 1, 1979, L’Usine, 1987, and in several Magnum books, most recently Magnum Contact Sheets, 2013, Magnum Analog Recovery, 2017 and Magnum Manifesto, 2017. Kalvar’s work has appeared in Geo, The Paris Review, Creative Camera, Aperture, Zoom, Newsweek, and Photo, among many others. Editorial assignments and even commercial work have given Kalvar an additional opportunity to do personal photography. He did many documentary stories that allowed him to disengage from documentary mode when the occasion arose. Kalvar joined Magnum as an associate member in 1975, and became a full member two years later. He subsequently served several times as vice president, and once as president of the agency.

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