Workshop: Photographic Narratives retreat at a castle in Dordogne

The Dordogne river seen from castle ramparts

Perfect your visual storytelling skills at this immersive photo workshop at the Domaine Cazenac in Dordogne, France

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Dates: 15 – 19 November 2023



Workshop venue: Domaine Cazenac
4-night retreat inside an exceptional chateau in the Périgord Noir area of Dordogne
Individual photo assignments in surrounding medieval villages, castles and gardens
One-on-one photo review sessions with Tomas van Houtryve

Opportunity to test Leica cameras and a range of lenses


Learn to master photographic narratives while drawing inspiration from the heritage sites and landscapes of the Dordogne valley. During this intensive workshop, participants will learn to construct a visual narrative and refine their photographic skills in an exceptional setting. Classes will be held in the chateau and estate of the Domaine Cazenac. Premium accommodation and meals are included in the workshop price. Photo assignments will take place in the surrounding medieval villages, castles and gardens. Participants will have access to try Leica cameras in the field. Participants with previous analogue darkroom experience will have access to the facilities on site.


About your instructor:

Since 2020, Tomas van Houtryve has been documenting the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral of Paris for National Geographic Magazine. For his previous work, he is the winner of a World Press Photo Award, the ICP Infinity Award, the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents and is a two-time finalist of Leica Oskar Barnac Award. He uses a wide range of photographic techniques for his projects, from 19th-century wet collodion to aerial drones and Augmented Reality. He is a member of the VII photo agency and represented by the baudoin lebon gallery in Paris.


Notre-Dame de Paris


The venue:

Domaine Cazenac is a large estate nestled in the heart of the Dordogne valley in the Périgord Noir area of France. The chateau is located on a hilltop that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Dordogne river. Peaceful and secluded, the estate hosts culinary and artistic workshops and private events. Facilities include a sauna, tennis court, swimming pool and analogue darkroom.

Key details:

Maximum participants: 10
Languages: English and French

Themes: Storytelling, Landscape, Architecture




1700 Euros
Includes workshop, meals and single room in the chateau
Note: Reservations and payments are made through Leica France



• Wednesday 15 November

– Arrive and settle into the Domaine Cazenac. Participants will have dinner in the chateau and be lodged in premium rooms. Facilities include a sauna, swimming pool and tennis court.

• Thursday 16 November

– Morning: introductions and group presentations

– Afternoon: in-depth presentation and discussions on photographic storytelling

– Evening: participants given their specific assignments

• Friday 17 November

– Morning: participants photograph their assignments in nearby medieval villages, castles and landscapes

– Afternoon: one-on-one review sessions with Tomas van Houtryve

– Evening: after dinner presentation

• Saturday 18 November

– Morning: participants continue photographing their assignment, taking into account the feedback from their one-on-one review sessions

– Afternoon: photo selection, editing and group presentations

– Evening: access to analogue and digital darkrooms for printmaking

• Sunday 19 November

– Morning: access to analogue and digital darkrooms for printmaking



“My imagination was opened up to a variety of new and challenging ideas. The focus on storytelling vis-a-vis a personal project pushed me to rethink my own work.”

– Danny Uhlmann, past workshop participant


Please note: this workshop is run in partnership with Leica Akademie France. Participants do not need a Leica camera to attend this workshop.

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