Portugal Workshop 2021 • September 2021  • dates to be announced

San Joao celebrations in Porto

TPW goes back to Portugal! After three workshops in Lisbon, we want to explore another part of the country, and we will head towards Porto.

Less touristic then Lisbon, much cozier,  the old city and the river and the beach at walking distance: these are some of the reasons why you will fall for Porto.  And don’t forget its   character of Celtic influence, compared to  Lisbon’s  character with its Arab influence.

You will have the opportunity of enjoying daily life of this fascinating city, evolving around the river Douro, and take unique portraits of its people, walking around the  medieval and baroque side of the city.



Porto is  becoming one of Portugal most popular destinations.

You will  find the old-fashioned restaurants with waiters in white shirt and black tie, and close by the new music bars – buzzing with inimitable Portuguese elegance and style. Fado mixes with jazz and hip music from Angola and Cabo Verde, weaving a dance that swings back and forth between the past and the present, stepping out into the future.

To photograph all this – the venues, day and night life in the city, the colours and shapes of Porto –  Pauliana Valente Pimentel is the perfect teacher.

Born in Lisbon, and still using it as home when not traveling to photograph around the world, Pauliana has recently spent time shooting in Porto, and she will show you corners of the city you would not find on your own, where the public space is intensely lived. She will be your guide to the unseen Porto, and she will help you plan your urban photography project. Pauliana’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious. She will make this workshop not only memorable but also hugely enjoyable.

This workshop is perfect for those who want to improve their experience in street-photography, pushing their ability and technique to the limit, whilst immersing themselves in the life and culture of the second largest city of Portugal. Over the week, there will be daily meetings and critiques.


Pauliana Valente Pimentel was born in Lisbon in 1975, the city where she still lives but she is working all around the world.

As an artist and a freelance photographer she has been producing photo reportages since 1999 for various Portuguese and foreign magazines and newspapers. In 2005 she took part in the photography course of the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program. She was member of the [Kameraphoto] collective from 2006 until its extinction in 2014, and a founding member of the N’WE collective in 2016. Besides her participation in collectively authored books, she produced her own first book “VOL I” in 2009, published by Pierre Von Kleist, “Caucase, Souvenirs de Voyage” in 2011 by Gulbenkian Foundation and “Quel Pedra” by Camera Infinita in 2018. Filmography: “Diz-se que Portugal é um bom país para se viver”, 40’, Portugal 2011; “Youth of Athens”, 13’. Athens, Greece, 2012; “Entre Nous”, 51’. Portugal, France, 2014. In 2015 she won the prize for the best photographic work of the year by the Portuguese Author Society and in 2016 she was nominee for the Novo Banco prize, the most important prize in Portugal for contemporary photography.

She did already several exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Greece, but also outside such as EUA, Turkey, China, Morocco and Cape Verde. She was represented for five years by Galeria 3+1 Arte Contemporânea and seven years by Galeria das Salgadeiras, in Lisbon.

Nowadays she collaborates with several galleries in Europe and part of her work belongs to private and institutional collections.


Date:  June 21-27, 2020
Location: PORTO, Portugal
Workshop fee: €  1100
We are booking rooms at a local hotel that will also be the base for our workshop (or very close to it).
Costs will vary according to the size of the room and number of persons in the room. We will let you know in advance the cost: you are also free to search your own accommodation if you prefer. Once you confirm the participation, we will confirm your room and you will pay the hotel directly.

Meals will be independent and paid separately. Usually we all dine together in the evening.