Due to the ongoing corona crisis, it is uncertain whether the masterclass excursion can take place in 2020 as planned. If you are generally interested, please send an e-mail to ANMELDUNG@FFFRANKFURT.ORG 

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Teachers/ Photographers


Masterclass Workshop on Sicily 
in cooperation with 
“Collezione Donata Pizzi”

Sunday, September 20 – Sunday, September 27, 2020

Workshop: Sunday, September 20 – Friday, September 27, 2020


Culture, landscape, self-portraits, staged portraits, contemporary postcards, intimacy, diary, travel, journal, myth, magic

Travel/Workshop schedule

Sunday, September 20: Arrival at Catania Airport, transfer to Scicli by van. Hotel check-in 12.30–1 pm. Free time. Meet at 7 pm for dinner in Scicli.

Monday, September 21: 10 am–1 pm  introduction to the workshop “Cultural Landscapes”. Individual discussion of participants' themes. Free time. Meet at 3.30 pm, van departs for Modica. Visit to the historical centre, photo shooting: options during the visit: The Church of San Giorgio or Bonajuto, the oldest “cioccolateria“ (chocolate factory) in Modica. Return to Scicli.

Tuesday, September 22: 10 am–1 pm review of work from previous day, Simona Ghizzoni will give an introduction into portrait and self-portrait. Free time. Meet at 3 pm, van departs for Sampieri beach. Photographing projects.

Wednesday, September 23: 10 am–1 pm review of work done, Free time for photographing. For those interested, Alessandra Capodacqua will give an introduction into smartphone photography.

Thursday, September 24: 10 am–1 pm review of work done, Simona Ghizzoni will give an introduction into landscape and portrait in the landscape, Donata Pizzi talk about what makes a collection special. Free time. Meet at 15 pm, van departs for Ragusa Ibla, photographing all afternoon.

Friday, September 25: At 9 am van leaves for the natural reserve Foce dell’Irminio. Photographing. Lunch in Donnalucata. At 2:30 pm return to Scicli, final reviews and selection; Summary of the week. Presentation & Special Farewell dinner event.

Saturday, September 26: free time

Sunday, September 27: departure

Workshop teachers/photographers

Simona Ghizzoni

Donata Pizzi

Alessandra Capodacqua


Each participant is asked to bring their camera equipment and laptop or tablet/iPads suggested.

Workshop location

Meeting place for lectures and reviews (Monday to Friday): Refettorio Villa Penna, Scicli, Sicily

Accomodations are at different locations.

Language: English
Price members: 2.000 EUR, The fee includes all courses, van transports within destinations, two dinners and one lunch. Flight and hotel costs not included.
Price non members: 2.500 EUR
Number of participants: min. 7 / max. 10
Registration deadline: August 1st, 2020
Duration: 1 week

The FFF Academy is cooperating with Collezione Donata Pizzi by introducing photographers and photography enthusiasts to the intriguing landscape and culture of south-eastern Sicily. The locations we will visit are Scicli, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and the surrounding area. This region is rich in art, culture and natural environments of incredible beauty. Our teachers are the award winning art/documentary photographer Simona Ghizzoni; the photographer and collector Donata Pizzi and photographer and New York University lecturer Alessandra Capodacqua. The workshop will take place in the Refettorio Villa Penna, a renovated 10th century structure located in the picturesque village of Scicli. The program is comprised of discussion, photographing, critical reviews. On the last day a closing event and presentation of all participants´ work will take place, summarizing the results of the workshop.

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Simona Ghizzoni, born in 1977, is a photographer and visual artist working on independent long term projects. Most of her work stems from personal issues, which she processes and interprets through photography and video. Mainly known for her work on eating disorders, Odd Days, and her self-portraits series Rayuela addressing the ambivalent relationship between man and nature, Ghizzoni blurs the lines between documentary and autobiography. Her work has received several prizes, such as World Press Photo, POYi Pictures of theYear international, The Aftermath Project, Burn Magazine EPG, Sony WPO World Photography Organisation, among others. Her photographs have been been widely presented in one-person and collective exhibitions including the at the Nobel Peace Centre, Paris Photo, PhotoEspana, Auditorium di Roma and the Athens Photography Museum.


Alessandra Capodacqua was born in Naples and lives and works in Florence. She is a photographer, a curator and a teacher of photography at NYU Florence and SACI (Studio Arts College International). She is also a founding member of the school of photography Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy, where she held the position of vice president until 2016. As a curator, Alessandra has developed exhibitions of photography and has participated to the creation of festivals of photography in Italy and abroad. She is regularly invited as portfolio reviewer and as juror for international photo awards and prizes. Her photographs have been shown nationally and internationally and are in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Her most recent appointment as a curator and an organizer is focused on the Collezione Donata Pizzi, a private photography collection that includes the works of more than 70 Italian women photographers and artists.


Educated in Italy, in Political Science at Milano Università degli Studi, Donata Pizzi furthered her studies at John Cass School of Arts in London and West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK. Starting in 1980 Pizzi worked with photography and photographers as an archivist and picture editor for magazines and publishers; she was the head of the Roman branch of The Image Bank, later known as Getty Images. Subsequently she pursued a career as a free-lance photographer, working for international magazines and major Italian companies, producing books and exhibitions. Since 2014 she has built up a unique ongoing collection of Italian women photographers. Collezione Donata Pizzi has recently been shown at the Milano Triennale in 2016–17, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome in 2018, and Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia in 2019.


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