Rediscovering Black & White Film Photography in Tuscany

Rediscovering Black & White Film Photography in Tuscany

A Comprehensive Shot to Print Workshop

October 20-27, 2019

Join renowned artist, photographer and fine-art printer, Andrea Calabresi, for his comprehensive, hands-on workshop, as he takes you from the spectacular landscape of Tuscany to the historic center of Bologna on a photography adventure designed specifically for black and white film enthusiasts. Andrea brings his thirty-plus years in the darkroom, and extensive experience as an artist and professional, to this in-depth photography experience, as he shares with you his photographic tools, sought-after techniques and best-kept secrets – from shot to print.

About Andrea Calabresi

Andrea Calabresi has been a professional photographer since 1989, and a true passionate and expert of the darkroom. Initially self-taught, he owes his professional training to Jim Megargee, one of the most influential American printers, and to the famous artist Arno Rafael Minkkinen. From 1996 to 2001 Andrea ran a black-and-white, fine-art printing workshop in Rome, and has made prints for numerous important exhibitions and publications.

In 1996 Andrea began to teach and share his artistic and photographic knowledge with others. He has held courses for the Roman School of Photography and Toscana Photographic Workshops, and he is a visiting instructor at the Art Department of Syracuse University in New York, where he regularly holds short, specialized courses. Andrea also teaches a variety of courses for CorsiFotoAnalogica, where he not only provides a high quality training, but also a different cultural and visual approach to photography; an approach that can open new horizons thanks to an in-depth knowledge of photographic tools and techniques, as well as the historical evolution of photography as a form of art.

In this Extraordinary Workshop You’ll Learn…

  • how to find new points of view
  • how to use different composition techniques
  • how to think about exposure creatively
  • how to incorporate your own artistic vision into your shots
  • how to acquire new skills and improve your knowledge of film photography
  • how to understand the process as a whole – from the shot to the print – and not as separate steps
  • how to develop film accurately
  • how to use a consistent and sound process with film development
  • how to make contact sheets
  • how to make your contact sheets a learning tool
  • how to view a previous day’s images with fresh eyes
  • how to make darkroom prints that reflect your inner vision

And did we mention this is Italy? 


  • morning cappuccino with freshly baked cornetti
  • access to some of the most sought-after sites in Tuscany
  • winding alleyways in medieval villages
  • classic Italian scenes around every turn
  • time to explore and photograph on your own
  • wine and cheese tastings
  • delectable dinners by a private chef or in hand-selected restaurants
  • and expert Tuscany natives, who know how to get insider access to the best sites for shooting

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for black and white film only! If you’re enthused about black and white film photography, have some experience in film photography and want to learn cutting-edge skills, creative techniques for exposure, film use, making contact prints in the darkroom, using test strips, proper contrast, and best ways to produce a final print, then this workshop is for you!


Day 1 – October 20: Arrival Poggio alle Trese

  • Welcome and trip orientation and workshop overview with Andrea, aperitivo, welcome dinner
  • Dinner

From Florence Peretola Airport you’ll journey through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria to your elegant villa accommodations, Poggio alla Trese, nestled along the border between Tuscany and Umbria. After a friendly welcome and check-in, take some time to get acquitted with your fellow film photography enthusiasts before Andrea gives you an in-depth overview of the days to come, as well as an introduction to the workshop. Then it’s time for a friendly aperitivo together, followed by a delectable welcome dinner. 

Day 2 – October 21: Vineyards & Olive Groves, Città della Pieve

  • Instruction with Andrea, shooting vineyards and olive groves, olive oil tasting and bruschetta
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, after a generous breakfast spread, grab your camera and gear as you join Andrea for some in-depth, on-site instruction time. Then it’s off to the adjacent vineyards and olive groves for set-up and shooting, followed by a hearty lunch back at the villa. In afternoon, you’ll head to nearby Città della Pieve where you’ll practice shooting the town’s fantastic, medieval avenues.

This evening you’ll enjoy a friendly aperitivo, along with an olive oil tasting and bruschetta toasted on the open fire. A delectable, chef-prepared dinner follows. 

Day 3 – October 22: Val d’Orcia 

  • Review and instruction with Andrea, sites in the heart of Val d’Orcia
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after a generous breakfast, you’ll join Andrea for a group review and discussion of the contact sheets of the films shot yesterday. Next, private driver and Tuscan native, Emanuele, will be taking you straight into the heart of Tuscany’s classic landscape: the Val d’Orcia. This part of Tuscany, with its spectacular rolling hills and historic sites, is often pictured on calendars and postcards, and today you’ll be treated to up-close access, and onsite instruction with Andrea. 

Lunch today is picnic style, then it’s on to more locations for more incredible shooting opportunities and one-to-one instruction with your expert teacher.

In late afternoon, it’s back to the villa to enjoy a friendly aperitivo and a delectable dinner. 

Day 4 – October 23: Val d’Orcia 

  • Review and instruction with Andrea, sites in the heart of Val d’Orcia
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you’ll join Andrea for another group review and discussion of the contact sheets of the films shot yesterday. Then it’s time to head for a number of other gorgeous location in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. As you spend time in the field with Andrea, you’ll be constantly learning and practicing – all while being surrounded by the spectacular Tuscan landscape. This is the stuff of dreams. 

Today you’ll enjoy lunch on your own in the medieval village of Monticchiello (oh, the views!), then it’s off to photographs in a few more stunning locations.

Afterwards, you’ll head back villa to the villa for a wine-tasting aperitivo, followed by a special farewell-to-Tuscany dinner. 

Day 5 – October 24: Bologna

  • Arrival Bologna, check-in, visit to Andrea’s darkroom, overview of the process and tools
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after a lovely breakfast at the villa, it’s off to Bologna by private driver, and to your characteristic accommodations situated just off of Piazza Maggiore, at the heart of the historic center of the city. This grand and inviting piazza is lined with important, historic buildings including the Pallazo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podesta, the Basilica di San Petronio and the Palazzo Comunale. Bologna is known for its stunning architecture, which you’ll see in so many of its regal palaces and basilica. Close by you’ll also find Piazza del Nettuno with its famous Fountain of Neptune.

After checkin, you can stretch your legs and grab lunch on your own, at any one of the nearby trattorie. Afterwards, we’ll arrange a taxi pick-up for you to join Andrea in his studio and darkroom – what a thrill!

You’ll be learning an overview of film development, tools, technique, tricks, dos and don’ts, the darkroom, enlargers, lenses, easels, how to use all the tech stuff – plus the chemicals

This evening, we’ve arranged dinner at one of Andrea’s favorite restaurants (after all, he has an inside track, around here).

Day 6 – October 25: Bologna

  • Darkroom instruction with Andrea, basic technique revised, how to make the perfect work print
  • Breakfast

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, it’s off by taxi to Andrea’s studio where you’ll roll up your sleeves and get to work. The day begins with a tech talk with Andrea, including the “big issue” and contrast vs exposure. Afterwards, you’ll take part in darkroom practice with Andrea’s expert guidance.

Lunch is on your own at any number of nearby cafes or trattorie.

In afternoon, it’s back to the darkroom for guided practice. This is where you’ll really enjoy the advantages of a small group, as Andrea’s individual guidance is priceless.

This evening you’ll head back to the historic center of Bologna, and your cozy accommodations for relaxation and dinner on your own.

Day 7 – October 26: Bologna  

  • Printing in the darkroom, work prints to final prints, creating prints that reflect your vision
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, it’s back to the studio for your final day! Today begins with a special tech talk with Andrea, as he shares how to move from technique to expression – something for which he is well-known. Take good notes as you learn his creative and artistic approach. Afterwards, you’ll take part in darkroom practice – as always, with Andrea’s expert guidance.

Lunch is on your own at any number of nearby cafes or trattorie.

In afternoon, it’s back to the darkroom for one final session of guided practice.

This evening Andrea will join you for a celebratory aperitivo and dinner in the historic center of beautiful Bologna.

Day 8 – October 27: Departure  

This morning our private driver will be transporting you to Florence Peretola Airport. 

DATES & PRICES: 8 Days/7 Nights

  • October 20-27, 2019
  • Arrival and departure airport: Florence Peretola Airport
  • Trip Price: $3,895 per person, private room with private ensuite bathroom
  • Companion Price: $3,195 (in shared, double occupancy room). Upon booking, simply indicate that you’re traveling with a companion, and we’ll send along a separate payment link
  • Accommodations are 17th century Villa Poggio alla Trese (Tuscany) and Albergo Drapperie (Bologna)

Please note: The maximum numbers of students for this workshop is 4. Companions are welcome, but the group size is kept at a minimum for optimum individualized instruction.


Rediscovering Black & White Film Photography in Tuscany with Andrea Calabresi Includes:

  • 4 nights’ stay at Villa Poggio alla Trese, located near Chiusi, Tuscany, Italy
  • 3 nights’ stay Albergo delle Drapperie, historic center Bologna
  • Private group transfer via Mercedes Benz vans to/from Florence Peretola Airport
  • Private Mercedes Benz van service to/from all side trip locations included in the itinerary
  • All abundant breakfasts featuring Italian pastries, fruits, cheeses, cold cuts, cereals, yogurts and eggs, along with caffè, cappuccino, teas and juices
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 delectable dinners featuring local dishes and wines
  • Daily instruction with Andrea Calabresi
  • Use of darkroom and tools
  • Use of a limited number of cameras and lenses
  • Evening aperitivo hour for connecting and reflecting on the day’s events
  • Onsite support and accompaniment by Strada Toscana
  • Maximum number of 4 students for exceptional individualized instruction

Note:  If you’d prefer not to bring your own film or printing paper, can provide both film and paper (Kodak T-Max 400 film and Adox or Ilford RC MG paper). You will pay for film and paper at the end of the workshop, based upon consumption.

Not Included: Airfare and ground transportation, drinks and meals outside of those specifically listed in the trip itinerary

Have questions? Contact us.