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Prague Photo Workshop

12 Days

    • Develop your artistic vision with the help of a National Geographic photographer.
    • Go on photo shoots in the forests and medieval towns of Bohemia.
    • Hone your photography skills through field-based classes and seminars.
    • Curate and display your work for a gallery opening.
Prague Photo Workshop

Dates & Tuition

June 28-July 9, 2015


Airfare is not included. We have arranged a round-trip group flight between New York and Prague. Click here for information on transportation to and from programs.

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Photographer Matthieu Paley will lead the Prague photography workshop.
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On Assignment: Photography

Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, this special workshop will challenge and inspire students to take their photography to the next level. The program culminates with a gallery opening featuring students' work.

Itinerary — 12 Days

At once ancient and modern, Prague provides a unique and inspiring backdrop to explore the creative and technical aspects of photography. From Bohemian kings to Communist rule and revolution, this city has a story to tell. Learn how to seize that story through images during hands-on classes led by our instructors and a National Geographic photographer. Then hit the streets to experience the grandeur, grit, and enchantment of a city that has captured the hearts of artists, musicians, and writers for centuries.

Prague is a visual feast where Gothic, baroque, art nouveau, and cubist architecture mingle with weird and witty modern sculpture, and a creative energy fills the streets. Our base in this captivating city is at the junction of the Old and New Towns, just steps from the National Museum. Spend time in our classroom each day, learning how to develop your eye and improve your technical skills. Then take to the streets in small groups, practicing what you’ve learned on photo shoots. Climb up to Prague Castle at the “golden hour” to capture the city's iconic skyline, punctuated by a multitude of spires. Ride a boat down the winding Vltava to catch the city from a different vantage point. At Letná Park, perched on a hilltop overlooking Prague, frame skateboarders in action and panoramic views of the city.

In the evenings, review the day’s work or attend seminars by our National Geographic photographer and instructors as they share their professional experiences and insights, then head out to photograph the city at night. Document street life against the dazzling lights of Wenceslas Square, or train your lens on the illuminated arches of the Charles Bridge as they cast reflections on the river below.

Escape to the wooded hills and storied villages of South Bohemia on a two-day photo assignment. Stay in a 14th-century hunting estate and work on your landscape photography while hiking through the Šumava forest and canoeing pristine rivers. Capture the faces of our village neighbors and step back in time on a shoot in the labyrinthine medieval city of ˇCeský Krumlov.

Throughout the workshop we will prepare for a final gallery opening of large-print photos of the group’s best work. Help organize and curate the exhibit, and share your images on our final night.


We stay in dormitory-style accommodations near central Prague. Breakfast is provided at our residence, while other meals range from picnics to sit-down meals at restaurants. Classrooms are equipped with computer workstations and digital projectors.
Apply now for this program or call us for more information at 877-877-8759.

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