Learn photojournalism with Manoocher in Italy.
  • Martina Franca, Italy
  • 25 hours over 5 days

Documentary Photography with Manoocher

Learn from a globally renowned photo reporter at his vineyard in the picturesque Valle d’Itria. Manoocher will teach you visual storytelling, as well as technical aspects of photography and photojournalism, with an option to learn the techniques of analog photography. Then you’ll venture into charming nearby towns to develop your skills.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1410
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $360


One Guest
USD $750
Additional guest(s)
USD $150
"A group of women political prisoners in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, 1982."Manoocher and his family live on a sustainable estate with "Oil well fire fighters approach a burning oil well for capping in Al Ahmadi, 1991.""Men sit on the roof of a taxi to Kunduz.""Mullahs at the Front of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), watching burning Iraqi oil wells hit by the Iranian armed forces (1983)."Learn photojournalism guidelines around ethics, interaction with subjects, and security in situations of conflict and social unrest."Supporters of Daniel Ortega sit on a billboard reading: 'We win and everything will be better' in Managua, Nicaragua, 1990."Reviewing technial aspects of photography: camera use, composition, light, exposure…

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 your photographs.
  • Discovering your point of interest and developing those specific skills, including your photographic eye.
  • Discussions about role of art 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.
  • Learning how to interact with subjects to establish a comfortable and friendly creative relationship.
  • Shooting assignments and feedback.
  • Photo editing.
  • Your finished selection of photos fit for an exhibition.
  • Option to include analog photography and get an introduction to black and white film photography, film development, darkroom retouching and printing.

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 VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 14 days. If interested in extending your time, let us know by how many days and we will do our best to accommodate you. Besides English, Manoocher speaks Persian and Dari, Turkish, Azeri, Italian, French and Spanish.
Manoocher's Availability 5 days

Guest Reviews

  • Chenyun Y., United Kingdom

    It has been an amazing 10 days experience. I’m so happy that I have the chance to photograph the Holy Week processions, such a unique experience. Puglia is also such a beautiful region, it’s great to visit so many different towns. The workshop sessions with Manoocher are very insightful as well. Ursula prepared amazing food. They are both friendly and knowledgeable, dinner conversations have been Read more

  • Afsaneh K., 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.