Discovering the ancient tribe of Sanniti

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“Discovering the ancient tribe of Sanniti” is a photographic workshop focused on archaeology and architecture photography with a darkroom experience; a full immersion through a whole weekend side by side with a professional photographer, structured through a one day trip visiting the archaeological sites of Pietrabbondante, with its worship and institutional complex consisting of a theatre, a temple and two arcaded buildings on both sides, from late 2nd century BC, Vastogirardi, with its samnite sanctuary and Saepinum, an old samnite city where ancient ruins are still visible, integrated to the modern town houses walls.
This short trip across the Alto Sannio area (between Abruzzi and Molise regions of Central Italy), will let the participants develop topics related to architecture, archaeology and landscape photography, and will be followed by a darkroom session to explore film processing and B&W printing with analog and mixed analog/digital techniques.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in photography, ancient history and archaeology and to those photographers who aim to improve photographic skills on architecture, archaeology and landscape photography and traditional black and white processing and printing techniques. Topics ranging from photographic composition to use of tripods, filters and shift lenses will be addressed, with a final introduction to darkroom, film processing, and black and white printing on variable contrast photo papers.

A film camera is required for those who wish to use and process film. It is also possible to use a digital camera to produce digital printed negatives; in this case, participants must bring their own laptop computer with photo enhancing software installed (preferably Adobe Photoshop).

A wideangle Nikon shift lens is available to participants; a tripod and ND and polarizing filters are required for each participant.

The workshop will be held in English.

Workshop is scheduled as follows:


Day 1 – Friday

2,30 – 3,30 p.m.: meet and assistance upon arrival; accommodation;

4,30 – 7,00 p.m.: introduction to the workshop and the darkroom;

8,00 p.m.: welcome dinner in a genuine Abruzzo’s horse farmers family country restaurant.

Day 2 – Saturday

8,30 a.m. – 6,00 p.m.: photo excursion visiting the archaeological sites of Pietrabbondante, Vastogirardi and Saepinum with packed lunch; subjects: photographic composition, landscape photography and use of shift lenses;


6,30 p.m.: tea break;

7,00 – 9,00 p.m.: film processing and/or digital negatives printing;

9,15 p.m.: free dinner.

Day 3 – Sunday

8,45 a.m. – 1,15 p.m.: printing session from film (by enlarging) or digital (contact) negatives;

1,30 p.m.: free lunch;

3,00 – 5,30 p.m.: analysis of results and final discussion.


The program is indicative and subject to change if necessary to facilitate the participants’ work.


Tuition fee: euro 400.00

Participants: from min. 3 to max. 6

Sali d’Argento annual membership fee (mandatory – not included in tuition): euro 20,00


Fee includes: photographic workshop and guided excursion, private transport, use of darkroom, supplies, welcome dinner, overnight accommodation (two nights), tea and coffee available all the time.

Supplies provided include:

  • 2 135/36 or 120 black and white roll films;
  • VC 18×24 and 24×30 photo paper for contact sheets and prints;
  • OHP digital A4 negative sheets;
  • Chemicals and their waste disposal.

Fee does not include: everything not specifically mentioned.

Any additional supplies (not included) are available on location upon request.

Participation is open to “plus ones” even if not interested in photography, at 30% discount on tuition fee.

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