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An Alternative Processes of Photography Retreat in Italy

You will have the opportunity to delve deep into experimental photography and be inspired by the magical surroundings of Val D’Orcia. Nestled just minutes away from healing thermal baths, you can rejuvenate both your artistic spirit and physical well-being. 

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Immerse yourself in Creativity for 5 inspiring days in Tuscany


PRICE  $4,200: single occupancy

Experience the beauty and charm of Tuscany at Villa Pienza.  Nestled in the heart of the Val d'Orcia region, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rolling hills, and captivating medieval villages. Immerse yourself in history, art, and culinary delights, with the added allure of healing thermal baths. Conveniently located within 15 minutes of charming villages like Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, and Monticchiello, the villa provides easy access for exploration, whether by car or adventurous ebikes.


$2,500: double occupancy (how to get this rate here). Limited double occupancy available: first come first serve.


Then, drop us an email (hi@jessicakassinphoto) and we’ll coordinate the rest with you, step-by-step. We’ll be sending you a promo code and a special link so the 2nd traveler is booking IN your room, not a different room. The promo code for the 2nd traveler will ensure the two rates add up to $2,500 per person. 

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What we will do

In cameraless experimental photography, the focus is on creating images without a traditional camera. Instead of using a lens, we will manipulate light-sensitive materials, employing techniques like exposing surfaces to light or chemicals for unconventional and imaginative image-making.


We shift from "taking" to "making" a photograph, exploring endless possibilities. Cameraless photography encourages experimentation, urging participants to use materials unconventionally, shaping a uniquely different and experimental creative journey.

The Schedule

  • April 7th: Check in and Welcome Dinner
    We will meet at the Villa anytime after 3 pm. Welcome dinner and dance party in the evening.
  • April 8th: Anthotypes & Chlorophyll
    Soak in the nearby thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni early in the morning. Breakfast in town. We will then take a nature walk and visit a local flower farm to collect materials for our lesson. Anthotypes are very delicate photographic images made using the photosensitive material of plants and natural sunlight. The name is derived from the Greek “anthos” meaning flower. The chlorophyll process is an organic alternative photography process similar to the anthotype process. However, instead of printing on the crushed extract of fruit or plant matter, the prints are bleached by sunlight directly into the surface of leaves. Free afternoon to explore nearby towns. Cooking class in the late afternoon.
  • April 9th: Introduction to Cyanotype
    We will begin our day with our lesson and then soak in the thermals of Bagni San Filippo. Cyanotypes are one of the earliest and simplest photographic processes. The cyanotype process was the first fully realized non-silver-based process, discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In his general exploration of light sensitive materials, he discovered that when a solution of ferric ammonium citrate combined with potassium ferricyanide was coated on paper, and exposed to sunlight, it resulted in a Prussian blue image formed by the photo-reduction of the ferric to ferrous. The cyanotype process was used to make blueprints for engineers and builders for about the next century beginning around 1876. Visit local farm for lunch. Free afternoon to explore nearby town.
  • April 10th: Adventure in Tuscany
    Road trip to Saturnia thermal baths. We will stop along the way to explore the magic of Tuscany.
  • April 11th: Lumens
    A lumen print is a type of camera-less photography. Objects or negatives are placed directly onto light sensitive photographic paper and exposed using sunlight rather than an enlarger. The actions of light and chemistry produce unexpected and often beautiful color variations from black and white paper. The resulting image becomes an indexical record of information specific to the time, weather, and physical content of the materials used. We will return to Bagni San Filippo after our lesson and then explore Monticchiello and San Quirico D’Orcia. All reached by e-bikes.
  • April 12th: Phytograms
    Phytograms are similar to lumens but are made on film instead of paper. Plant material is soaked in a solution of washing soda and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and then placed in direct contact with the film and exposed. The soda and ascorbic acid solution, combined with phenols released from plants, is actually a working developer. After exposure, the film needs to be fixed and washed, after which it is stable, and prints can be made from it. After our lesson we will tour Val D'orcia on ebikes. We will go to a local winery to learn all things wine and eat lunch. After lunch, we will return to our favorite hot springs for a last soak before returning home. Apperitivo and dinner at the villa.
  • April 13th: Check out by 11 am
    Workshop ends Friday afternoon but you are welcome to stay until today at the villa

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