MASTERCLASS: JAPAN

HAGI: ANCIENT CASTLE AND SAMURAI FESTIVAL — NOVEMBER 6-15
TOKYO PORTRAIT MASTERCLASS — NOVEMBER 16-18

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 I'm proud to announce three all-new workshops with my partner in Japan, George Nobechi of Nobechi Creative, as well as Joshua Smith.

Hagi: Ancient Castle Town & Samurai Festival

November 6-15, 2019 — Artisans, Portraiture, Landscapes, Street Photography, Printing & Exhibition

This workshop promises to be a very special week on the coast of Japan, with the city's support giving us amazing access to artisans and locations leading up to a feudal era samurai festival in all its glory. We will also be printing our work during this workshop and exhibiting our work to the local community. A terrific formula that worked so well in our workshop last year in Takayama!


Immerse yourself in the beauty of traditional Japan with two all-new Masterclasses led by Greg Gorman, and Japanese fine art photographer and producer, George Nobechi.  Joshua Smith, accomplished photographer and long-time Gorman collaborator, will be assisting.


Hagi(萩市 Hagi-shi), a small city on the southwest coast of the main island of Japan, is one of the most picturesque and historic sites in all of Japan.  Founded in 1604, Hagi is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The ruins of Hagi Castle are known for its spring cherry blossoms and the forested slopes of Mt. Shizuki. The Castle Town area’s narrow streets are lined with samurai-era residences. Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and ceramics are on display at the Hagi Uragami Museum. Farther east, Tōkō-ji Temple is known for its collection of stone lanterns.  Hagi was also the starting point for Japan’s famous Meiji Restoration, which transformed the island nation from a feudal land ruled by samurai into an industrial leader.  Despite its modernization, Hagi preserved its historic center, with earthen and clay walls, traditional houses and gardens, as well as its many artisans and craftsmen. Hagi's history and colorful setting are celebrated every November with a traditional samurai period festival. This workshop is structured around the festival as the main event. We will have exclusive access to the festival performers -- during and after events as well as to locations like the wholesale fish market, artisan studios,  traditional temples and shrines.  Student images will become a part of an  exhibition to be displayed at the Hagi Meirin Center. All prints will be donated to the permanent collection of the City upon completion of the exhibition, and all participants are invited to the gallery opening.  

There is so much that makes this workshop unique, and George has created a special webpage with a full description of the course.  You might also want to check out the video at the bottom of this email.  To learn more about the Hagi Master Class, visit https://www.nobechicreative.com/gorman-hagi-workshop-2019/

Tokyo Portraiture Master Class (Non-nude models) 

November 16-18, 2019

Take your portraits to the next level with small group instruction, new talent from Asia, and the latest in color-adjustable LED lighting tech. Those signing up for the Hagi workshop will receive 10% off the tuition for this workshop! 

At the conclusion of the Hagi workshop, Greg is teaching a 3-day workshop that will help refine your skills in portraiture and lighting. You will use the latest in LED lighting technology with Rotolight lightweight, sleek and portable lights, as well as top-notch reflectors and silks from California Sunbounce.  Participants who sign up for the Hagi/Matsue workshop will receive 10% off the price of the Tokyo workshop.  To learn more about this Master Class, visit https://www.nobechicreative.com/workshops#/greg-gorman-tokyo-portraiture-master-class-nov-2019/.


If you wish to speak to Greg, send an email to gormanworkshops@gmail.com.  Or you can contact George at his email: george@nobechicreative.com.  

For more about this workshop, watch this 5-minute video.