Alfredo was born in Chianciano Terme; as a teenager, he would spend his days cycling around Val d’Orcia. There are not many people who have such a deep knowledge of the area as Alfredo. Later, Alfredo began to travel and fell in love with the art of photography, moving to New York and studying at the International Centre of Photography. While in New York, he was awarded a three-month internship in the world-famous Magnum agency’s archive department. He then moved back to Italy and began working with the Contrasto photo agency.
Alfredo has always been fascinated by other cultures, and through his photography he has been able to travel the world and meet some extraordinary individuals. He has undertaken many commissions in Africa for UNICEF Italy. Amongst many other magazines, his photo stories have been published in Vanity Fair, The Australian Photojournalist, Sport Week, and El Pays Seminal. Amongst the photography festivals that have featured his work are Fotonoviembre, Biennial of photography, Tenerife, and Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France. His first book, Lost Angels (2006) was awarded first prize in the International Photography Awards (book category).
Alfredo is now based back in Tuscany, running photography workshops as well as continuing to work with Contrasto. He enjoys the opportunity the workshops offer to meet fellow enthusiasts for photography and the beauty of Tuscany and to help them to get the very best out of their cameras and the astonishing Tuscan landscape.
Alfredo’s workshops are rooted in his deep knowledge of Tuscany and the people who make it such a special place. Tuscany is one of the most photogenic and photographed landscapes in Europe, and it is certainly worth photographing. However, Alfredo brings you a unique opportunity to photograph the people of Tuscany as they go about their daily lives and work, gaining a perspective that few tourists and casual photographers will ever have. Alfredo will show you how to employ your camera in a variety of styles and conditions, teaching you how to get the perfect light settings, how to frame an image, and how to approach different subjects. Alfredo’s photographic experience combines with his storytelling and reportage skills to make his workshops ones from which you will return not only with some of the best photographs you’ve ever taken but also incredible memories of the stories behind your images.
Alfredo suggests that you join one of his workshops at the beginning of your Tuscan holiday, so that you will be able to use your newly-taught skills on the rest of your trip.
Weekly Workshop Program
Alfredo’s workshops run every day of the week from March through November. All of the workshops are based around the Val d’Orcia region, an astonishingly beautiful area in the very heart of Tuscany, replete with virtually untouched medieval villages; on different days Alfredo moves to different locations, offering a variety of subjects and different photographic opportunities and challenges. The workshop schedule is detailed below.
- Monday: Photography workshop at a vineyard
- Tuesday: San Quirico and Vitaleta
- Wednesday: Italian garden and Montichiello
- Thursday: Crete Senesi and Asiano
- Friday: Sunrise and Val d’Orcia
- Saturday: Photography in Val d’Orcia
- Sunday: Cheese producer and Val d’Orcia
Each workshop runs between five and seven hours.
Each workshop is guaranteed to run provided a minimum of two guests book (maximum eight).
Prices begin at $210 USD per person per workshop.
If you would like to learn more about these incredible workshops, or to make a booking, please get in touch.
If you’re traveling in a group of two or more, one of get in touch and organize a customized workshop for one or more days? Matteo and Alfredo can put together an incredible package for you, including bonuses such as cookery classes, wine tastings, or other incredible experiences. These custom workshops include transfers and accommodation. Tell us where you want to go, what you want to see, and where your photographic interest lies, and leave the rest to him. Perhaps you want to take better photographs in lowlight scenarios; Alfredo can take you to churches, wine cellars, and similar settings. Do you want to become a better portrait photographer? Alfredo can introduce you to some of Tuscany’s great craftsmen, artists, and cheesemakers. All workshops will include morning or evening landscape photography. If you want to book for an extended period, we can add in a personalized critique of your images, classes on image retouching, post-production, or archiving.
All customized packages are run in Tuscany, particularly in Asciano, Cortona, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Radicofani. If there are any other areas you’d like to visit in the course of your customized workshop, just let us know.
Please do get in touch to discuss your requirements so that we can design you the perfect customized workshop in this incredible area.
As well as offering workshops, Alfredo offers the chance to get obtain exclusive personal mementos of your Italian holiday that will bring back memories for a lifetime. Alfredo is an expert portrait photographer, with his work appearing in major magazines; among his subjects have been the actor Elio Germano, the filmmaker Daniele Vicari, the writer Ken Follett, Savile Row tailor Dominic Sebag-Montefiore, and Pirelli’s racing manager, Mario Isola. Alfredo will take you for a two-hour portrait session, from which he will provide you with two professionally retouched images that will encapsulate your Tuscan holiday experience. If you’re holidaying in this magical area with family, friends, or loved ones, and would like an absolutely unique memento of your time here, please do get in touch.