Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Erotic Eye Workshop

The Erotic Eye Workshop
Mallorca, Spain, November 13-20, 2015
Internationally acclaimed photographer Donna Ferrato is proud to announce the The Erotic Eye photography workshops. In the spirit of Ferrato’s 2004 book Love & LustThe Erotic Eye will guide photographers through the process of shooting in highly charged, intimate situations. At its heart is the belief that we are born to love and be loved, and that, in the words of the late great Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý, “All of society is based on sexuality.” Photographing sexuality is very difficult, and this workshop will teach photographers how to make images that evoke questions rather than condemnations of behavior that may be misunderstood.

The first of the three Erotic Eye workshops will take place on the island of Mallorca from November 13-20, 2015.The group will live as one in a villa by the beach and will work under the watchful eyes of Karen Kuehn, master of Burning Man; Tomeu Coll, master of the Badlands; and master of the senses Donna Ferrato. It’s about the organic process of looking, shooting, and editing 24/7. Shooting will take place largely at night and in the early morning, and lessons in non-traditional lighting will be provided. While photographers will be encouraged to work independently, daily group critiques are mandatory.

The workshop will have a group van and driver. Areas for shooting will include the Badlands and the local villages. Photographers will need to form their own stories and narratives from the mise en scène created. A book will be published as the culmination of the three workshops. A video will also be made, and participants must sign a waiver upon registering. NO NUDITY is required of participants; this workshop is about eroticism, not pornography. 
The workshop is limited to eighteen. All levels of proficiency are welcomed. The cost is $3,000 and covers food, lodging, and transportation in Mallorca. Photographers who have previously participated in a Donna Ferrato workshop will receive a returning participant 10% discount.

The second Erotic Eye workshop will take place in Berlin in spring 2016, and the final workshop will take place in New York City in summer 2016. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Photographers who register for all three workshops will receive a 20% discount. 

To apply to The Erotic Eye, please send a one-page letter stating why you would like to attend the workshop, along with a link to your online portfolio to

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