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July 23-29, 2023 Rome, Italy - The Passionate Street & Urban Photographer Workshop ROME with Steve Simon & Ugo Cei

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Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon and professional travel photographer Ugo Cei for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most fascinating and ancient cities, Rome, Italy. This is a mentorship workshop where Steve meets with each participant prior to the start for a one-on-one Zoom meeting assessment of your portfolio and a tech check to discuss gear and best ways to use it regardless of your system brand. There will also be a pre-workshop group meeting & lecture as well as a post workshop Zoom class as part of the mentorship.

  • Date: July 23-29, 2023
  • Destination: Rome, Italy
  • Genre: Street, Urban, Documentary
  • Skill Levels: Passionate Photographer
  • Group Size: Max. 7
  • Includes: Accommodation, Tuition, critique, pre & post workshop Zoom lectures, welcome dinner and closing dinner, breakfasts and discovering the most interesting and exciting locations
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Workshop Details

 Ugo & Steve talk about the upcoming Rome workshop...

Join me and Italian photographer Ugo Cei for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most ancient and fascinating cities, Rome. There will also be a pre-workshop group meeting & lecture as well as a post workshop Zoom class as part of the mentorship.

Rome is a city that is well-known all over the world because of its ancient history, monuments, and works of art, ranging from the Colosseum, to St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, just to name a few. But Rome is also a breathing, living city and the capital of Italy, seat of the national government.

This combination provides every photographer who has a keen, observing eye with countless opportunities to capture compelling scenes of everyday life in settings that few places can rival. This intimate seven-day masterclass (limited to 7 students) will take you on a visual treasure hunt to some of the most interesting and exciting locations in Rome. You will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods Rome is famous for. In the Passionate Street and Urban Photography Workshop Rome we will wander and explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods chosen for their visual potential.

Workshop Hotel & Meeting Room (Accommodation Included!)

We found our hotel and meeting room, in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many of its most iconic spots for us to explore. Each participant will have their own room and breakfast will be included.

Details about the ROME LIFE HOTEL Here.


We have scouted locations and worked out the final itinerary and, though the schedule might seem packed, we also have scheduled some down time to relax and edit and we encourage flexibility and independence among participants. If you fall in love with an area and want to continue working there, we encourage you to do so.

Thanks to our profound knowledge of the city, you will get the best tips and suggested shooting positions for a head start on getting great images. In the lectures, assignments designed to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work will be given. We will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!

Steve and Ugo have scouted locations and are working out the final detailed itinerary and though the schedule may seem packed, you will also have some down time to relax and edit.

In the lectures, assignments designed to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work will be given.


Rome is undoubtedly one of Italy's main culinary hubs and many recipes trace their origin to the Eternal City or its surrounding region, including the famous Carbonara. Its recipe NEVER includes cream, by the way and you should probably not even mention it: Romans are very attached to the traditional ways of preparing food. 😉

Many other pasta recipes are also typically Roman, like cacio e pepe, amatriciana, and gricia. But of course Roman cuisine covers all types of dishes, from entrées to meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts.

In the Ghetto neighborhood you will also find restaurants serving unique Jewish specialties, including the famous carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style fried artichokes).

During our days in Rome, we will visit a number of typical restaurants, serving locally sourced fresh ingredients, prepared according to hallowed traditions. This will certainly help you get through our long days of walking and shooting.

Street Philosophies

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Steve will be teaching you new and powerful street photography techniques guaranteed to push you from your comfort zone to new heights in your work and share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera.

This intensive workshop will help you find your own unique vision and street style through assignments created to get you past photographic fears and cliches to capturing lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy of the streets.

But mostly you will be shooting the theatre that is the street; sometimes together, often on your own.

All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop.

You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and you will discuss the laws and ethics of street photography as well as dealing with difficult situations that might pop up.

You will define a strategy for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street; overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers, framing, juxtaposition, layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision.

And you will have fun!

“I am a tourist.“ – Garry Winogrand

Street Tech

You will talk street-tech and Steve will give you his minimalist view on gear along with a simplified shooting process to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments.

Steve’s street tools include the Nikon Mirrorless Z System, a Z9; along with a carefully curated selection of lenses and an iPhone. He is also familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirrorless, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling street images.

Ugo has adopted the Fujifilm X-System and routinely carries the X-T3 and the X100S in his bag, with an assortment of lenses.

Regardless of the tools you choose and use, Ugo and Steve will be able to help you with all your technical questions. Though the technical is arguably the least important area of photography, you need to get past tech issues to get to the other side of great images. So we will talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting form the hip, using live view, flash and a host of other tips, tricks, distractions and ideas that will improve your work dramatically. We want to make sure all tech issues are taken care of to free you to make your best work; closing the gap between where you are now and becoming the photographer you know you can be. 

It’s a street photography workshop but the lessons learned will benefit you in all genres of image-making.

Critique Is Critical

In class, you will look at a selection of your best work from the previous day.

These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where you share ideas and constructive criticism as you look through each others’ images. The workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward.

Ugo and Steve will help guide participants work in to a cohesive set of images, through careful editing. You will visit a photography gallery and participate in lectures and critiques every day. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final set of pictures.

Steve will also be providing assignments to push you to a higher level in your work.

“A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? “ – Ernst Haas


The detailed shooting agenda is still being defined, but you can count on days to start with an Italian breakfast, followed by a morning shoot. Between 11AM and 2PM we will have sessions in the classroom and lunch, with some time for rest and attending to personal needs. We will do another shoot in the streets in the afternoon, followed by dinner and, on some days, a night shoot.

We will of course cover much of Rome's historical center which is characterized by its ancient Roman ruins, but also by a large number of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical buildings and churches. You will be able to photograph them as architectural subjects on their own or as the backdrop to the life of Romans and tourists together, as Rome is a city whose daily life naturally happens within a scenery that has no equals in the world.

We will also visit neighborhoods, like Trastevere, that have fewer examples of magnificent architecture on display, but are characterized by narrow, stone-paved streets that offer countless opportunities to photograph intimate details and daily life scenes.

On some days we'll take public transport to reach more peripheral neighborhoods, like EUR, with its brilliant examples of rationalist architecture from the 1930s, or Garbatella, with its colorful murals.

We will not include visits to museums in our itinerary. If you have never been to Rome or have not visited them, we recommend staying in Rome a few more days and see, at the very least, the Vatican Museums together with the Sistine Chapel, the Galleria Borghese, and the Capitoline Museums, as those contain some of the world's most notable Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque period works of art. We can of course assist you in organizing your extended stay.

What’s Included...

Most everything is included in your workshop fee--including all breakfasts and two group dinners. You are responsible for your return flight to and from Rome and transportation to and from the hotel. Make sure you are fully insured in cases of emergency. 

You will need to book a flight to and from your hometown and get to the hotel from the airport. Trains from Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO) to the city are frequent and affordable. The hotel is in walking distance for most of the great shooting opportunities we will encounter but we will take and arrange for local transportation when necessary.