Expanding personal vision: An Ιntensive Creative Photography Summer Workshop on Hydra Island

Instructors: Kostas Ioannidis, Stig Marlon Weston, Eleni Mouzakiti, Lambros Papanikolatos, Lila Zotou
When: July 8 – 15,  2018
Max number of participants: 12

Applications deadline: May 7, 2018

Where: Athens School of Fine Arts Annex, Hydra Island, Greece


This intensive workshop provides a unique opportunity for practicing photography on a daily basis in a supportive environment adopting new or refining existing shooting and portfolio editing skills. Participants will be able to expand their personal vision under the supervision of experienced photography instructors in one of Greece’s most impressive islands.

The workshop includes daily photo – practice, reviewing in depth and editing the work produced each day, attending lectures on contemporary photography and portfolio reviews of work in progress in such an idyllic environment with all the necessary ingredients for a lifetime creative experience.

The photographs in the slider above features last year’s participants works.



Daily photo and editing practice (small assignments when needed). The participants are encouraged to explore and develop their own photographic interests. Each participant will have to devote 3–4 hours daily to his/her practice (shooting – editing). The workshop instructors are responsible for providing attention specially tailored to the level of each participant.

Daily in-depth critiques and evaluation sessions – review of the work produced each day (discussion about technical and aesthetic aspects, intent, editing – sequencing and the creation of visual stories). Presentation and discussion of Contemporary Photography Aspects.

Each day during the warm hours of the day (11.00 – 16.00) we will gather to discuss, review and edit the work produced the previous day, to attend a lecture and discuss various aspects of the contemporary photography practice.

On the 2nd day of the workshop, an extra 3- hours night shooting session will be held  for those interested in night-scape photography.

On the 4th day, an extra 3-hours portrait workshop (16.00 -19.00) will be offered to those interested to attend. Participants will work in pairs for the assignments. The mansion has a unique atmosphere and light conditions.

There will be time for casual conversations, swimming, dinners in the mansion or in small tavernas, enjoying the night life etc.


Upon completion, participants will be guided to submit work for an exhibition that will be held in Athens or in Hydra and in Oslo at the CYAN Gallery. Exhibitions will be held either at the end of the same year or during  next year.



All participants must have the following:

A digital camera, a portable computer, a photo editing software, a tripod (not obligatory), memory cards and external disk for back up.


The workshop is open to a max. of 12 participants.



Upon completion a certificate of attendance is issued.


Kostas Ioannidis (MA, PhD), Stig Marlon Weston, Eleni Mouzakiti (MA, PhD), Lambros Papanikolatos (MA), Lila Zotou (MA). (see instructors bio) http://asfaphotocourses.gr/instructors/

Sting Marlon Weston, Eleni Mouzakiti, Lila Zotou and Lambros Papanikolatos are experienced artists – photographers, editors and curators, and are responsible for the daily photo-practice, the critique – editing sessions of the participants work and the portfolio development, while Kostas Ioannidis, who lectures on art history and theory as well as photography history and theory in the Athens School of Fine Arts, is the workshop leader and will be lecturing on various art and photography history and theory issues.



Hydra is the island that enchanted the musician and poet Leonard Cohen in the 1960s. In Hydra he was inspired to write some of his most significant works.

Hydra Town counts among the most picturesque locations in Greece. “Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time.

Lavish stone mansions owned by important families (Voulgaris, Kountouriotis, Tombazis, Kriezis, Bountouris etc), and built by Italian artisans reveal the wealth that experienced the island in the past. Today most of these mansions house the island’s museums.”” (Wikipedia).



Our workshop and the accommodation will be hosted in the Annex of the Athens School of Fine Arts, in one of Hydra’s most historic buildings, namely the aforementioned spacious and atmospheric Tombazis mansion, which was built around 1800.

There are 7 rooms, 6 shared bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 parlours, one living room and many terraces.


APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD: February 23 – May 7 30, 2018


The workshop is addressed to photographers of all levels of photographic knowledge stationed in Greece or abroad, who love to devote one week exclusively to photography and want to bring into the creative process new experiences from their stay in Hydra.

Prospective participants must submit electronically the following application. In addition they must submit a short statement of purpose and expectations (max. 250 words) and a sample of their work (10-20 photographs in compressed zip or rar files).

Applications will be reviewed on first-come first-served basis.

To complete their registration participants must pay the full amount of the seminar fee within a week from their notification of their acceptance.


Applicants who have previously attended or are currently attending an asfa photo courses seminar – workshop are eligible for a scholarship covering the 35% of the participation fees.

This amount includes the accommodation costs in double occupancy rooms with shared bathroom. There is no option for single occupancy.

All payments have to be made in EURO

You may pay either by credit card or by bank transfer (ΙΒΑΝ: GR2301101290000012954003849, κωδικός SWIFT / BIC: ETHNGRAA). In case of payment by bank transfer, the participant is responsible for paying the banking fees.

Cancellation and Refund Policy is included in the Terms and Conditions that will be sent to applicants together with the notification of acceptance.

Only if you have received a notification of acceptance you can pay your participation fee here: Pay for Workshop

For more information please contact


Tel: +30 210 3897156

Office hours: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 14.00


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