12th till 19th of May 2017, 8 days/7 nights

Art of Seeing Morocco: The Dades Valley

Join Peter Sanders as he takes you on a journey through the colorful and historical Moroccan region of Ouarzazate, also known as the Door of the Desert. He visited the region for the first time back in 1974 and it was an unforgettable experience. He was touched by the rich colors, textures, and flavors of the cities, and much more so by the immense hospitality and welcoming faces that made his visit so much more memorable.

During the journey Peter will conduct several masterclasses and workshops – including portrait, landscape and architecture – in order to teach the Art of Seeing. There will be plenty of room for questions and feedback.


At Art of Seeing Morocco, Peter Sanders welcomes all passionate photographers to join him in revisiting these warm places and small charming villages known for their hospitality and a lifestyle that can be characterized as stepping out of time.

It’s a rare gift to be able to spend quality time learning from those that are masters at their craft. Through the Art of Seeing (AoS) program, that is precisely what we were able to do with Peter Sanders – Husna Sheriff, USA

We will start in Marrakesh and spend some time in the main parts of the city. We’ll start with our photography classes here and have time to visit shops and some famous mosques. From here we’ll take the old caravan routes to the Dates Valley region. We will stay there for almost a week after which we’ll return to Marrakesh.

Accommodation will be in hotels and traditional Moroccan kasbahs. As a bonus, we also hope to enjoy the festive kitchens and culinary richness of Morocco!

On the map

What will you learn?

The program consists of three master classes and three workshops which form the core of the program. Peter shares his experiences and stories and then demonstrates various techniques. You’ll be able to actually see and watch the master himself in action.

During the journey each participant will have opportunities to shoot pictures at various locations in the area. Afterwards the group reviews the results together with Peter.

The topics we cover during the journey. These can be changed depending on the level an needs of the group:

– 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.
– 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 Art of Seeing workshop is more than a photography workshop. Being in the presence of a legendary photographer like Peter is so inspiring, seeing him in action and hearing him speak how he approaches his ‘object’ is amazing! Ferukh Ahmed

Watch the video

The Art of Seeing video which was shot in Istanbul gives a good impression of what we do during our journeys.


Day 1 – Day of Arrival, Marrakesh, Morocco

Upon arrival at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), you’ll be picked up and transferred to the hotel, a traditional riad in the old city.  Explore the city on your own or with the other group members who have also arrived.  Floris Scheplitz will be your instructor.  He will be there for questions and talk.  Meet in the lobby at 7 pm for dinner.  This is also the official start of the journey.  Overnight in a traditional Moroccan riad.

Day 2 – Morning in Marrakesh, Evening traveling to Dades Valley

Use this day to increase your technical knowledge. We’ll divide the group in two. One will get learn the basics, the other is the advanced group  Explore the city together with the instructors Floris and Hanan and practice your skills.

We’ll meet in the riad at 1 pm for lunch.  Later on in the afternoon, we’ll travel by car and cross the Atlas Mountain towards the Dades Valley. On the way we’ll make a stop to have dinner with the locals. Peter Sanders will welcome us here and we’ll have dinner together. Afterwards we’ll travel to our hotel in Dades Valley where we’ll spend rest of the week.

Day 3 – Ait-Ben-Haddou and travel to Dades Valley

We’ll make an early start to catch the sunrise and take photos together with Peter Sanders of the ksar, the historical UNESCO sight. We’ll have free time till 11.30 am. We’ll departure with the cars on a five hour journey to Dades Valley.  We’ll have lunch on the way.  

In the Dades Valley we’ll stay in Kasbah Tizzarouine which overlooks the valley. You’ll have the option to stay in one of the cave rooms or you can choose a Berber-room with traditional decoration.  We’ll meet for dinner at 7pm.  This will be the place where we’ll spend the coming days.

Day 4-6 – Dades Valley & Rose Valley

Every day Peter Sanders will give a masterclass and a workshop (portrait, architecture and landscape).  We’ll be exploring the surrounding areas and have activities there. One of the activities includes an off-road trip in four-wheel drives, to discover the beautiful gorge of the Dades-Valley. In this area nomads travel during spring-time, moving with their herds to higher areas in the Atlas-mountains, with fresh grass to graze. 

Day 7 – Dades Valley: Photo editing

This day will be spent choosing and editing your top three photos according to the guidelines provided by Peter Sanders.  In the evening, we’ll be reviewing our final photos together.  And afterwards, we’ll have our Farewell Dinner, accompanied by the rhythms of African drums.  Our return to Marrakesh will be in the early morning.

Day 8 – Back to Marrakesh

We’ll be departing Marrakesh by car, early in the morning and arrive around 3pm. You’ll be dropped of at Marrakesh Menara Airport or can prolong your stay in Marrakesh.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change


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.


Art of Seeing with Peter Sanders: Morocco Package

Dates: 12-19 May 2017

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Masterclass & Workshops
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation
  • Airport-hotel transit
  • One-on-one session with Peter Sanders
  • Visa (We will guide through the process if needed)
  • Airfare to/from Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Medical and trip insurance (highly recommended)

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.


Book before 31th of March 2016: 1650 EUR
After 31th of March: 1750 EUR

More Information

Please feel free to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more information, and/or feel free to get in touch for any questions. We hope to see you in Morocco!


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10 Responses to Morocco Photography journey – May 2017

  1. Hj M Zin says:

    Comment on earlier Morocco visit:
    ( not photography hobbyist)

    Morroco is definately worth a visit and especially scenic and comfortable early Summer
    ( 20- 25C)
    It is very safe with Police posts in all villages that we passed, while food & guides are not expensive

    Our family slow drive trip this year, May 2016 among other routes took us alhamduli ‘Llah through that valley of 1000 Kasbahs, from the dunes of the Sahara to Marrakesh

    M Zin
    Melaka WHC

  2. Affad says:

    What are some tentative deadlines for this trip?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you welcome beginners?

  4. Hafiz Ismail says:


    Do you provide financial assistance for interested parties as stated in your FAQ?

    Plus, do you the exact itinerary on check ins date & time so that i can plan my flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?


  5. Rika says:

    Hi, Is this trip baby friendly? :)

  6. Farhana says:

    I am very excited about this. always wanted to go to Morocco. The combination with Peter Sanders is just perfect.

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