Sunday, December 12th

Leica Akademie: Mark de Paola

Photography Wide Open


This hands-on, shooting intensive workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.

For over 40 years, de Paola has delivered projects for clients in his signature documentary style. His first-hand experience in still and motion imagery, will provide a solid foundation for the class and serve as a point of inspiration. Attendees will discover de Paola’s visual aesthetic and the process that allows him to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances.

Take steps towards defining your personal vision style, and explore how to shoot with an open mind and heart.

 Workshop includes:

(2) hours of in-depth discussion and storytelling through the medium of fashion and portraiture.

 (2) hours of shooting assignments with portraiture models indoor and on the streets of New York City.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to bring a blank SD card.


General Admission: $399.99

Members: $349.99


Sunday,  December 12th
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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About Mark de Paola

Mark de Paola is a director and photographer based in New York City and Los Angeles, best known for his wide-open shooting style. de Paola has had multiple covers for Vogue Spain and Mexico, as well as campaigns and commercials for Donna Karen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Brioni, Neutrogena, La Perla, Sephora, and MAC Cosmetics to name a few.

de Paola has directed nearly 700 television commercials in the fashion/beauty sector, including Anheuser-Busch (Superbowl), Sony, Kawasaki, Ford Motorsports, Ducati Motorcycles, Toyota, Giorgio RED Perfume (exhibited at MOMA, NY), and English Ideas Cosmetics amongst others. Mark’s fine art series “60 Seconds” (a series of nudes shot with handheld 60-second exposures) and “The Art of Backstage” (shot during NY Fashion Week) have been exhibited at the Leica Gallery LA, Boston, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Dali, China.

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