Photojournalism with Manoocher
  • Martina Franca, Italy
  • 25 hours over 5 days

Photojournalism with Manoocher

Learn from a globally renowned photojournalist at his vineyard in the picturesque Valle d’Itria. Manoocher will teach you the history of visual storytelling, as well as technical aspects of photography and photojournalism. Then you’ll venture into charming nearby towns to develop your skills.


    One Guest
    USD $1270
    Additional guest(s) (max 4)
    USD $180


    One Guest
    USD $345
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    Meet the Artist

    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. Today, he leads a self-sustaining life in southern Italy, where he grows his own food and produces wine and olive oil. As generous as he is wise, Manoocher has more than a few stories to share and plenty of advice to give!

    VAWAA Includes:

    • Review of famous photographers’ artwork.
    • Discussions about role of art history in photography and editing, importance of pictures for humanity and how our perception of aesthetics influences our choice in photo editing. 
    • Technical aspects including composition, exposure, light and visual storytelling.
    • Photojournalism guidelines as it relates to ethics, interaction with subjects, and security in situations of conflict and social unrest.
    • Shooting assignments and feedback.
    • Photo editing and printing.
    • Your finished selection of photos fit for an exhibition. 

    Stay at Manoocher's

    Stay on his charming family estate and vineyard. You can choose to stay in a traditional trullo, with two bedrooms, one living room, a full bathroom, a terrace with a view over the vineyard, and a swimming pool. Or stay in the yurt, a glamorous mongolian round tent with a double bed. Both options include breakfast.

    Explore Martina Franca

    Nestled in the picturesque Valle D’Itria, Martina Franca is one of several small Mediterranean jewels set in a landscape of vineyards and olive trees. The culinary experience is excellent; find authentic local pizzerias on the street and enjoy amazing house wine for just 2 euros a bottle. You will also find trullos tucked away in many of the small towns. These traditional little one room structures are built without brick or mortar and feature a conical roof. Historically, a pinnacle is placed on top or a symbol is painted onto the roof, such as a cross, evil eye, star, etc. to encourage good luck and ward off misfortune.

    Additional Details

    This experience can be extended for a longer duration. Besides English, Manoocher speaks Persian and Dari, Turkish, Azeri, Italian, French and Spanish.

    Guest Reviews

    • Afsaneh, United States

      Manoocher and Ursula were great hosts and went out of their way to give us an authentic local experience and to teach us about the art of photography.