NEW: special Photography Retreats around Olive Oil in October/November and during the Settimana Santa (Holy Week) in April. 

We are delighted to offer Photography Retreat Master Classes. Located in the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Southern Italy, the retreat is an opportunity for professional and amateur photographers to improve their skills, reflect, present and exchange experience in a unique and inspiring place, within a small group of participants under the tutorage of Manoocher Deghati, world-renowned photojournalist with more than 40 years of experience.

Manoocher has been photographing news, conflicts and social issues around the globe since 1978, starting with the Iranian revolution and subsequent war with Iraq in his native country Iran. After being exiled from Iran in 1985 he worked for several major agencies, magazines, and the United Nations in Central America, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle-East. He worked for publications such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, GEO, and National Geographic. In 2002, after the fall of the Taliban, he founded AINA Photojournalism Institute in Kabul. After directing the photo operation for The Associated Press in the Middle East for four years, he is now freelancing from his home base in Southern Italy.

The workshops are designed for all amateur or professional appassionates of photography. It focuses specifically on developing mind and eye for chosing the right angle and frame as well as on developing a story, as well as technical aspects.

The Photography Retreat takes place in the picturesque Valle d’Itria between Martina Franca, Cisternino and Locorotondo, on our small-scale farm home and vineyard. Host Ursula will take care of your culinary well-being. As an archaeologist and passionate cook, she prepares historic meals from the region’s past and present with km0 ingredients and our own wine and olive oil.

In addition to the workshop, participants can enjoy the calm and peace on our land, use the pool or the archery facilities, visit the surrounding towns or take a trip to the nearby sea.

One week Session per person: € 1,600,-. The price includes accommodation (trullo or yurt), breakfast, and the photography workshop.


The workshop will take place over a period of one week, with a theoretical session in the morning (adaptable to the participants’ skills and interests), and seasonally varying shooting assignments in the afternoons.

Day 1 Arrival and welcome

Day 2 Slideshow and comments on photography and photojournalism by Manoocher

Review of portfolios of the students

Day 3 The role of art history in photography and editing

Why are pictures important for humanity? When and how did it all start? How does art history and our perception of aesthetics influence our choices in photo editing? Why is it important to be aware of it?

Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment

Day 4 The technical aspects of photography: camera use, composition, light, exposure…

Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment

Day 5 Visual story telling

Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment

Day 6 Ethics: What ethical guidelines are important in photography and photo editing?

Review and discussion about the previous day’s assignment

Day 7 Review of the participants’ assignments and evaluation of the course

Celebration and certificate of participation

Day 8 Departure

Please contact Manoocher or Trullo Cicerone for further information.