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TPW turns 25!

More or less, one generation…

Looking at the photographs in TPW archive, in order to put together the slide show to include in our page, I can really see that it is like looking at a family album…

From the very first days in Buonconvento, back in 1994 when this started, to last summer photographs, it is like looking at a film in flashback.

There are so many photographs capturing moments of happy life together. Some of our photographers have been coming back for years – Arno Minkkinen, Paul Elledge,  Antonin Kratochvil, David Alan Harvey. The same for many of our students: they keep returning year after year, sometimes even taking the same workshop…

Together with the workshops in Tuscany, we started other projects:

in Sicily with Paolo Pellegrin, …the series “Street life of…” all around Italy, an unforgettable winter workshop in Venice with Michael Ackerman in 2003, another unforgettable one in Genoa in 2004 with Alex Majoli… the first workshops in India, then in Transylvania, then in Mississippi, Prague, Bangkok….

The projects and collaborations that emerged contemporaneously: workshops with FNAC, Focus on Monferrato, TPW Light, Canon Academy, in.between, Passion & Profession…

If TPW were a mechanical box, such as a radio or a camera, it would be easy to dismantle and have a look inside, and see what it is made of…fortunately, this is not possible, and we can only imagine it the components it is made of:

Location: being in Tuscany certainly helps. Not only Tuscany, but the heart of Val d’Orcia, a magic place where time has stopped.

People: participants at our workshop have two things in common: a passion for photography, and a passion for life. They are all extremely nice people, with stories to tell, ready to listen and learn…well, they wouldn’t be here otherwise! Same for our teachers, they all come here to share what they know. Assistants at TPW are a very important component of our family.

And of course people of Tuscany, our friends, who have been supporting us for many years, helping us in many ways, from logistics to…anything else!

Food: come on, we can’t avoid talking about Tuscan food and wines.

But still there is more: maybe just the simple fact that for one week we all change priorities, and we can concentrate of what we like to do.

And the dream goes on once you go back home what you have assimilated at TPW comes back: working on the photographs you took, contacting the new friends you have made…

Every year new people join the family – it is a Facebook made of real faces – creating an international community of aficionados, people passionate about photography, coming with their own families sometimes: some have met their soul mate at TPW, others have made a life out of photography and gone on to have careers, many others impatiently wait for a new season of workshops to begin…

One of the students from last summer, during the Sunday afternoon welcome drink, said ” I know almost everybody!” …and it was only her third time at TPW!

TPW: a lot of photography, many words, intimacy, friendship, loves, looking at the stars while lying in a field (who does that anymore???), to stay up all night, to live to the fullest, to fall straight to sleep, to wake at sun-up, to get into conversations, try new foods, to create, to cry, to laugh…

For me, these have been years of discovery: get to know photographers from all over the world, visit festivals and exhibitions, make contacts, meet new people each year and reunite with friends from years past…did you know that every year at least 30% of our participants are former students…?

We want to expand beyond photography, to carry the spirit of TPW to other fields…. and if someone asks us what it means – easy: (almost) Totally Perfect World!

Are you always with us?

Carlo Roberti – TPW founder and director

Carlo Roberti