Spirit of place: Genoa, Italy – Workshop with Douglas Beasley


October 25 – 27, 2019 GENOA

Join Doug in beautiful Genoa, Italy for a special weekend workshop exploring this amazing city filled with art and culture. We will be wandering the ancient pedestrian alleys of the Old Town – too small for motor traffic, they are lined with small shops and bustling with life. This workshop includes a series of photo exercises and assignments specially developed to take our photography to a deeper and more meaningful level.

Held at both VisionQuest Contemporary Photography gallery and at the Castello d”Albertis  – Museo delle Culture del Mondo, where we are in the heart of this historic seaport city, close to the ancient but very active Old Town of Genoa. We gather Friday night for an informal get together and then spend Saturday and Sunday on photo field trips, as well as in discussions and demonstrations with Doug.

The workshop is held in English, but also translated into Italian by Clelia Belgrado, Doug’s Italian art rep and owner of VisionQuest Contemporary Photography gallery. Although Doug’s Italian is horrible, Clelia’s English is very good!

On Thursday evening before the workshop, all are invited to the historic Castello d’Albertis home of the Museo delle Culture del Mondo(Museum of World Cultures), where Doug has an opening reception for an update on his permanent exhibit on ‘A Journey Through the North American Sacred Landscape’.

Who should attend this workshop:
Appropriate for all levels, but participants should have a good working knowledge of their camera. All types of cameras and formats welcome, this is a visual, not technical, workshop.

Thursday (optional) October 24, 6 – 9 pm : Doug’s opening reception at Castello d’Albertis, Genoa

Friday October 25, 7 – 9 pm: Introduction meeting at VisionQuesT 4rosso Contemporary Photography gallery, Genoa

Saturday & Sunday October 26 + 27, 9 am – 5:30 pm: Workshop continues at Castello D’Labertis Museo della Culture del Mondo (Museum of World Cultures)

Class limit: 12

Cost: € 220,00
Includes lunch


Douglas Beasley
After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture, he worked for several prominent commercial photo studios as a photo assistant and darkroom slave. Both helped him develop a appreciation for attention to detail, lighting and technical proficiency but left him longing for artistic self-expression. He then opened his own studio in Minneapolis, MN emphasizing commercial and editorial fashion. As a strong feminist, he considers himself the world’s most unlikely fashion photographer but greatly enjoyed the creativity and spontaneity of fashion photography. This evolved into shooting extensively throughout the country and internationally for various advertising, educational, public service and non-profit clients. Doug currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world.
Much of his personal work is supported by grants and commissions and is widely exhibited and collected. In 2010 he had a permanent installation at the Castello D’Albertis Cultural Museum on Sacred Places of North America. He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy and is distributed by Abrams.
As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’. His workshops are held at art and cultural centers across the US and in Ireland, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Japan, and China as well as the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin/retreat center in Northwest Wisconsin.