August 1, 2018

Artisan photo walks – get a special taste of Venice

Venice is full of small artisan workshops where you can still find the oar maker, the maker of glass beads, the coffee toaster, the book-binder and much more.

Many of these places are hidden, out of sight, unless you know where the are and how to enter.

Our artisan photo walks will end with a visit to one of our partner artisans, which can be a maker of traditional Venetian glass beads, a coffee toaster, a maker of oars and oarlocks for gondolas,…

Besides getting to know the artisan owner of the shop and learning about their trade and traditions, you’ll get the possibility of taking photos of them, their workshop and their utensils while they’re working.

Before the visit we’ll do a shorter version of our classic photo walk.

Our artisan photo walks

Many workshops are often small, with limited space and low light.

Photography is usually difficult, requiring wide open diaphragms, high ISO settings, and wide angle lenses to shoot closer up.

The use tripods and flash is not always possible or even allowed.

It will normally non be possible to ‘direct’ the artisans or get them to pose. They are, after all, there to do their work, not to be photographed.

Simone making glass beads

Photo walks in Venice currently has partnerships with

  • Bead makers,
  • Oar makers,
  • Coffee toasters,
  • Shipyards.

Practicalities of artisan photo walks

Artisan photography walks are 3-4 hours, for 1-4 persons.

We usually do artisan photography tours in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on the working schedule of the workshop we’ll be visiting.

In many cases the walks will only be available on workdays.

Availability depends entirely on the workshops.

The tour will start in a central location in Venice, depending on which artisan we’ll be going to.

The price is €300 for 2-4 persons, and €200 for a single person.

Samples photos from artisan photo walks