Please check details of the itinerary below, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you.
There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend some glorious days together in April and May of 2021 making photos in Paris, and having a great time.
Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?
Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis and co-host Mark Brokering for the experience of a lifetime in Paris, the birthplace of photography. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.
We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!
Harold’s photographs of Paris have appeared in books, exhibitions, and been published worldwide on travel sites.
Here’s what some participants in past Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshops had to say:
- “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants. Itching to go back. If you’re a photographer, Paris at night is a ‘Must Do!’. Put it on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”
- “Photographing Paris at night in the company of a group of fellow photographers had instant appeal. Inspired by the scenes of Brassai, I imagined myself at the top of the steps at Montmartre, taking wonderful black-and-white images. I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did! What came as a delightful surprise was the level of talent and variety of approaches that my fellow travelers employed to capture the marvelous churches, gardens, and people of Paris, Giverny, and Fontainebleau. I learned from every one of them. And what an agreeable group of travel companions they were! A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat next spring!”
- “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
- “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”
Hotel Villa Madame is on the left bank of the Seine, in the heart of the 6th Arondissment in St Germain des Pres, and is located near many of the prime photographic locations.
Hotel Passy Eiffel is in the interesting Passy neighborhood right across the river from the Eiffel Tower, with some rooms having an Eiffel Tower view.
Choice of hotel is subject to change, but will be comparable to the two indicated.
When: Saturday April 24, 2019 (leave US April 23) to Sunday May 2, 2019 (nine days and eight nights).
Group Size: Minimum group size 6 and maximum 12. This is intended to be an intimate and small photo workshop. Non-photographer spouses are welcome.
Update as of September 20, 2020 from Harold Davis: In a nutshell, I would dearly love to be photographing in Paris in April 2021, but we think it most likely will not happen, although it is still not entirely out of the question.
To elaborate, we are deeply committed to only leading in-person trips when it is safe, legal, and complies with all health regulations both here and in the destination. From this viewpoint, a trip to France would certainly not be possible right now.
However, I’ve also found that not trying to predict too much about the future has helped keep me (somewhat) sane during these difficult times. The only thing certain is uncertainty.
So rather than making a final decision to cancel the trip, I’ll take another look at the Paris trip in November. Perhaps things will be clearer then, at least in terms of the future of our country. However, it wouldn’t astonish me in November if I put off the definite call until January 2021. Much can happen between now and January, and (here’s hoping) for the better!
We are still taking reservations for this trip, with deposits fully-refundable and guests requested not to make any non-refundable travel plans based on the Paris trip, since there is a very good chance it will be canceled.
Day-by-day itinerary (subject to change):
Code: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday April 24, 2021 (D)
- Arrive Paris and transfer on own to Villa Madame Hotel (or Passy-Eiffel, or similar)
- 3PM: Hotel check-in
- 4PM: Group meeting in hotel lobby
- Explore local highlights with Harold and Mark
- 8:30PM: Welcome dinner
Sunday April 25, 2021 (B)
- 10AM: Meet in lobby for neighborhood orientation
- Understanding the Métro
- Where to buy picnics
- Buy picnic lunch for bus (optional)
- Neighborhood shopping
- Noon: Depart from hotel lobby on two-hour panoramic bus tour with guide
- Afternoon: Free time for personal shooting
- 7PM: Meet in hotel lobby and proceed by metro to la Tour Montparnasse rooftop observation deck for night photography until closing time.
Monday April 26, 2021 (B, L)
- Photography at Puces St Ouen: The Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt
- Group lunch at Chez Lousiette in the flea market. As the Lonely Planet guide puts it, “memorabilia-filled Chez Louisette is an icon within Paris’ largest flea market, the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen. It’s not the bœuf bourguignon, sautéed veal or homemade desserts that draw the crowds, however: the real reason people come is to hear old-time chanteuses and chanteurs belt out numbers by Piaf and other classic French singers.”
- Walking tour of Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur led by Harold and Mark.
Tuesday April 27, 2021 (B)
- Morning: Explore Latin quarter, Ile de la Cité, and banks of the Seine
- Afternoon: Excursion TBD (perhaps Auvers-sur-Oise, noted for its association with Vincent van Gogh, or Bagatelle Gardens)
Wednesday April 28, 2021 (B)
- Free time for personal projects
- Walking tour with guide to include the Rodin Museum and garden.
- Visit to Museum Marmottan
Thursday April 29, 2021 (B)
- Image review
- Photographic guided excursion to Château de Chantilly and its gardens (or TBD). The gardens of the Château de Chantilly are an exceptional panorama of the art of the Western garden: they are the result of several creations according to the fashion of each period starting with the French-style garden created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden in the 18th century and the English Garden in the 19th century. These grounds provide a unique testament to the relationship between men and nature in the western world over more than three centuries.
Friday April 30, 2021 (B)
- Free time for projects
- Visit to the Fondation Henri Catrtier-Bresson
- Guided walk exploring the Marais and Jewish Quarter
Saturday May 1, 2021 (B, D)
- Note, May 1 is a national holiday with museums, stores, etc., closed
- Free time for personal projects and/or working with Harold
- Group photography TBD
- Night photography with locations TBD (Eiffel Tower, Louvre court, etc.)
- 7:00PM: Celebratory Farewell dinner
Sunday May 2, 2021 (B)
- Breakfast at the hotel, followed by group “Kumbaya”. Some participants will likely want to stay in Paris, others will head for destinations in Europe, and still others will head home.
Cost: $6,495 per person (single supplement $875)
Inclusions: Eight nights lodging, all breakfasts (8), meals as indicated, private excursions as indicated including licensed guides and admissions as indicated (private introductory panoramic coach tour, private coach to Giverny with garden and after-hours admissions, admission to the Rodin Museum, transportation by train and admission to Chantilly with guide; licensed guides to Giverny, Rodin Museum, Chantilly, and the Marais), expert photographic instruction and guidance with Harold Davis, appreciation of Paris with Mark Brokering, and service charges.
Exclusions: Airfare and transportation to Paris, airport transfers, admissions except as indicated in the Inclusions, meals except as indicated in the Itinerary, travel insurance (which is highly recommended), and personal items such as souvenirs.
To Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit and Reservation Form, and a copy of your passport page.
About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many bestselling photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press, awarded as a Top 10 Best 2013 Photography Book of the Year by Photo.net). Harold Davis’s most recent book is Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook (Focal Press). His Photographing Flowers (Focal Press) is a noted photography “classic,” and is rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography byDigital Photographer Magazine.
In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is an Adobe Influencer, a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is in collections around the world. It is licensed by art publishers, in annual reports, and has appeared in numerous magazines and many publications.
Harold’s black and white prints have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by Fine Art Printer Magazine, and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” by Popular Photography.
Recently Harold Davis’s work has been exhibited in venues including Photokina in Cologne, Germany, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the Gallery Photo in Oakland, California, the Arts & Friends Gallery in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Awagami Gallery in Japan.
Harold Davis has led destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Spain and Morocco; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.
Harold has created online courses for Craftsy and Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. His ongoing photography workshops in partnership with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Maine Media Workshops, and the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography are continually in demand and popular.
According to Rangefinder Magazine, Harold Davis is “a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” You can learn more about Harold and his work at his website, digitalfieldguide.com.
We look forward to having a great time photographing Paris in the spring with you! Click here for the Reservation Form!