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The Tuscan House of Photography - Associazione Culturale

 Via di Grotta al Leccio, 7 56036 Palaia (PI) Vat IT02329590505

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visionary photography

Kenro Izu, born in Osaka in 1949, graduated in photography at Nihon University in Tokyo, and then moved to New York, where he still lives. Considered one of the greatest names of contemporary Japanese photography, Izu started his extensive world travels began at the end of the Seventies, inspired by historical site with a profound spiritual heritage. Attracted by sacred monuments and their symbolic meaning.

In order to capture the spiritual air which surrounds the sacred sites, Izu uses the large format camera, specially built for him. Published 14 titles of books include most recent books “Eternal Light” by Steidle and “Seduction” by Damiani.

Kenro Izu is today is one of the top expert printers in the technique of platinum/palladium, process that uses ferrous salts creating an almost infinite range of greys. Winner of international awards, Izu’s photographs have been part of both collective and personal exhibitions, in the United States, Europe and Japan and have been acquired by prestigious collections, like the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

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post reportage

Jodi Bieber, born in Johannesburg in 1966, is one of the most important representatives of South African photography. After graduating from The Market Photo Workshop, a historical photography school in South Africa founded by artist David Goldblatt, Bieber started her professional career documenting the 1994 elections in the country. In 1996 she is selected to compete at the World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam, jump-starting her artistic journey and allowing her to travel the world on behalf of prestigious magazines and newspapers, like The New York Times.

At the same time, she dedicates a significant part of her time on personal projects focusing on contemporary social issues in her home country and also collaborated with several humanitarian organisations.


From the Nineties to this day, Bieber won many international awards, published monographs and her work has been shown in galleries and museums in South Africa and around the world, becoming part of high-profile collections, like the one belonging to François Pinault.


She gives photographic lectures all over the world and mentors student on long term projects.


The photographic work of Jodi Bieber occupies an important position in the contemporary artistic scene, telling the stories and documenting the social conditions of a changing country, from apartheid to the present days.

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contemporary landscapes

Axel Hütte was born in 1951 in Essen, Germany.  Included amongst the masters of the School of Dusseldorf, he starts his career in this city, attending the eponymous Academy and the courses of famous photographer  Bernd Becher.


Hütte, who initially pursued a career as film-director, focuses his attention on the landscape, natural and urban alike, characterised by a style that’s neutral and objective, or tending to apparent impartiality.


During the years, the interest for the landscape is a pillar of Hütte’s work, expanding and developing both in its style and the choice of subjects. Domestic interiors, industrial buildings, night urban views and snowy heights: landscapes that the photographer deprives of any human presence and represents in large format, a distinctive characteristic of his style. 

His most recent solo exhibitions include “Night and Day” at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf in 2017, “Axel Hütte: Rheingau” at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg, "Axel Hütte. Imperial - Majestic - Magical " in Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, in 2018.

The work of the German artist acquired by prestigious collections, both public and privat and has been shown internationally, amongst others at the MAGASIN-Centre National d’art Contemporain in Grenoble, at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia, at Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice. The artist also published more than ten monographic volumes.

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the workshop week  

During the week, you’ll get to enjoy the amenities of Podere San Giorgio, while learning from a top-notch artist and connect with like-minded people.




private or shared bedrooms


six breakfasts

five lunches 

six dinners

veggie options available




Pisa or Florence Airports 

Pisa or Florence Train Stations




fully fitted outdoor fitness area and 12 metres swimming pool





an engaging programme carefully curated by the artist




equipped with

iMac | Epson | elinchrome





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