1 October 2017 till 6 October 2017, 6 days and 5 nights.

Art of Seeing Istanbul: The Majestic City

Join legendary photographer Peter Sanders on an unique journey through the magical city of Istanbul, which for centuries was considered the light of the world. This photography journey will offer a rare opportunity to delight in the company of and learn from one of the foremost photographers of the Islamic world. It will also be a not to be missed chance to see Istanbul through the eyes of a photographer.

Together with other passionate and ambitious students from across the globe, you will attend workshops given by Peter Sanders, and under his guidance photograph the city from various locations. A wonderful week spent discovering some of the famous as well as hidden gems of Istanbul. Everyone is welcome regardless of their level and experience.

This is an experience not to be missed. Not only do you get to photograph in amazing locations, the input of information combined with practical experience and feedback truly makes this a unique learning (and growing) experience. The organizational details were carefully considered and looked after. I left feeling better about my photography and even better about the world because the positive energy of the group was truly uplifting. I look forward to the next trip. Annie Ozsarac from Istanbul, Turkey

What will you learn?

The program consists of three master classes which form the core of the program. Peter shares his experiences and stories and then demonstrates various techniques. This is followed by opportunities for each participant to shoot pictures at various locations in the area. Afterwards the group reviews the results together with Peter. The topics we cover:

– Digital versus film – is there a difference?
– Importance of the perfect exposures – finding the perfect equilibrium.
– Can photography be learnt? Or is it a gift?
– ‘Tuning into the Moment’. Understanding Henry Cartier-Bressons famous quote.
– The principles of Architectural Photography.
– Light and Shadow – is this out of fashion?
– Portrait Photography – Meetings with Mountains.
– Understanding Colour – in the deepest sense. What the Masters say.
– The etiquette of photography. Paparazzi, reportage or the silent observer.
– Photographing what cannot be seen.

The workshops will take place in the Istanbul Design Center which is located in the old city of Istanbul. We will visit different places in Istanbul in order to apply the knowledge you have gained during the workshops. Please note that this isn’t a sightseeing trip of Istanbul. If you wish to sightsee, we advise you to do this in your own personal capacity before or after The Art of Seeing program.

This program is made to serve both as a teaching platform, and as a social forum where we may benefit from each other’s unique company and background. At the end of each day, we sit together as a group and share with each other everyone’s best pictures and the stories behind them. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback from both Peter and each other.

One on one session with Peter
We want every participant to spend as much time as possible being able to learn directly from Peter, and feel welcomed to talk/ask about any topics one may have in mind. There will be plenty of time and opportunities for such interactions.

What’s included

All transportation and lodging are included in the price of our photography trips. We will gladly help you with reservations and booking should you desire the convenience of arriving early and likewise staying an extra night after the workshop ends.

Lodging is based on double occupancy. Single participants will be paired with a compatible roommate but should you desire single accommodations, there will be an additional charge per night dependent on hotel rates. Please let us know when you register if you need special reservations.

All formal meals are included, meaning breakfast, lunch and dinner. One drink with each meal, any additional drink you will have to cover yourself. We’ll be eating in traditional restaurants and also with locals. An airport transit to the hotel is included.


Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders began his career in the mid 1960s as one of London’s key photographers of rock musicians. His pictures of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others performing are classics of the genre.

In 1970, he set off for India, cameras in hand. He travelled for seven months. This trip became a spiritual odyssey that led him onto Morocco and thereafter to the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, where he photographed the hajj, at a time when few professional photographers had access to Islam’s holiest sanctuaries.

Visit petersanders.com for more about him and his work.

Peter Sanders will be assisted by Floris and Hannan:

Floris Scheplitz

Floris Scheplitz

Floris was born in 1971 in Germany. During his university study of biology he received a scholarship for The Netherlands. During his PhD he fell in love with photography.

He works as a freelance commercial photographer worldwide with his home base in The Hague. He published several books.

Hannan Mian

Hannan MianHannan is a student from the inaugural Art of Seeing course back in 2012. He’s been a photographer since 2005 when he came to learn of Peter Sanders after being impressed with the masterful lighting and meaningful imagery he had seen in Peter’s work.

Hannan has a background in Computer Science so DSLR photography and editing software are very welcome tools in his process of creating images.

His passion lies in the use of film as a photographic medium and in this regard he discussed and learnt from Peter about various technologies and techniques whilst on the course in Istanbul.

He has taken the skills introduced at the Art of Seeing in to the areas such as fashion shoots for bridal wear, wedding photography and more specifically on location couple shoots combining traditional lighting techniques with modern off camera lighting tools.

He credits Peter directly for showing the depth and meaning that exists in photography as an artistic medium. Hannan focusses his attention mainly in the areas of portrait and monochrome photography.


Does one have to have a certain level of photography skills to participate?

Sidi Peter will be focusing mostly on how to put a story in a picture. We welcome beginners but we do ask the photographers to have some understanding of technical terms such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Does this program accomodate the physically disabled?

The trip is physically intense as there will be several times of walking from site to site. If one is unable to do so, we recommend traveling by cab instead, however those transportation costs must be paid for by the individual. We welcome all people and will try our best to custom design transportation route for anyone who may need extra assistance.

I am very enthusiastic but can’t afford it, any solutions?

Nothing is impossible. We have helped participants financially in the past to attend the program. Get in touch with us please, then we can work out a solution.

What are the payment instructions?

Initial deposit for each event is 325 GBP at the time of reservation. You’ll get the option to pay the deposit during the reservation. Payment will be done through Paypal which accepts all major credit cards. The remaining amount for the program will be collected on location.

What will be the total number of participants in the group?

In order to keep the photography trips effective we aim to have a group of around 15 people.

What is the back-up plan in case we have unpleasant weather e.g. rain or storm?

In the situation that there is bad weather forecast, we will spend more time inside and focus more on indoor and portrait photography.

Is it possible to stay more nights in the hotel?

Yes, this is possible for most destinations. Always make sure to mention on your registration form the number of extra nights you wish to stay.

Which places will we visit?

The Art of Seeing program will focus on quality instead of quantity: We wont rush through the program so everyone can take his time to get the best. This will also mean that we won’t able to visit many famous sites. For a more intense sightseeing of the destination we will visit, we advice you to plan something around the Art of Seeing Program on your own capacity.

What equipment should I bring?

Bring what you can and bring what inspires you. But not too much, our advice is to spend you time taking pictures not thinking on what lens to use. Compact cameras are OK but not the best choice for this trip.

On most trips, we accommodate participants with three pieces of luggage, specifically one sturdy camera backpack, a second pack for computers, chargers, extra batteries, extra memory cards, sensor cleaning supplies, lenses, etc, and one large duffel bag ( maximum size, no exceptions: 36″L x 20″W x 20″H) or a similarly-sized suitcase. Room for gear is limited on our vehicles & you will be held responsible for adhering to these baggage requirements. Should you exceed these requirements, you will have to make your own arrangements to store your extra gear.

Do I need a visa?

The need for a visa differs for every country and strongly depends on which nationality you hold. We recommend to visit the embassy’s website for details.

Visa Information

As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings. Applicants just need to log on to www.evisa.gov.tr , provide the requested information,(after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa. For more information regarding visa policy in general and for your nationality specific, please visit the website of Turkey’s Ministery of Foreign Affairs.

More Information

For any questions feel free to get in touch with us through the comment form on this page, on our facebook page, or our contact page. We hope to see you in Istanbul!

2 Responses to Photography journey to Istanbul

  1. Sabahat says:

    Hi I’m would like to attend this course. Is there a deadline to book my place?

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