Travel photography WORKSHOP


“There are two states we live in. One exists within us, the other outside us. Great photography comes with  the melding of those two states. What we see and when we see it is directly connected to our interior state, is driven by our personal history and the emotional reaction to a subject, regardless of what that subject is”.

There’s nothing better than a typical and authentic Cycladic island for a photography and reportage workshop. Imagine losing yourself on small winding roads leading you to the Aegean sea, or becoming familiar to locals, who welcome you into their homes, or simply wander around and discover unique places such as the old Monastery of Panachrantos with its legendary cookbook author Abbot (85 years old), or exploring the small kiosk in the ancient area of Paleopoli, situated under an immense plane tree, savouring the best lemon blossom jam of the island.

Andros is just like this, it surprises you all the time and creates a continuous form of inspiration. Join us for 4 full days with William Abranowicz and Allegra Pomilio. Every level is welcome, from photography enthusiasts to professionals. A small group of participants will allow each one of them to immerse themselves as much as possible. We will visit beautiful villages, calm hamlets, and wonderfully isolated beaches. There will be endless possibilities to photograph awe-inspiring sceneries of an untouched Greek paradise. William will guide you and support you through this journey, from the fundamental steps of composition and technique to the development of connected, related, and well-executed image. Develop your skills, relax and explore the beautiful island of Andros in the luxurious simplicity and comfort of Mèlisses.

Here’s some practical information about the workshop:


Mèlisses, Andros, Greece.


July 3-7, 2019.

Check in: from 3 pm onwards;

Check out: from 12 pm onwards.

Our Hosts:

William Abranowicz has been a photographer for more than 40 years. His work is found in collections throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery in London, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, The Smithsonian Institute, and the Goulandris Museum in Andros, Greece. His work has appeared in nearly every major publication in the United States, Europe and Asia. He served as a contributing photographer to Condé Nast Traveler for 25 years, and has created campaigns for American Express Platinum Card, Rolex, Tiffany&Co, Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gold Peak, Eddie Bauer, Orvis and Target. He has published four monographs of his work including The Greek File Images from a Mythic Land (Rizzoli 2001); Hellas/Photograph of Modern Greece (Hudson Hills); The Minus River Gorge (MRG) and is the co-author of a dozen more. His newest monograph is the bestseller, American Originals published by Vendome.

Allegra Pomilio our culinary host has been working in the field for many years. She assisted and spent time in Mimi Thorisson’s kitchen, in the heart of the French countryside. She spent two years honing her skills, studying at the Alain Ducasse Academy, as well as attending many prestigious Italian chef’s classes. Her photography and visual art background studies combined with her passion for food found perfect balance in Andros. Greece is her second home and Mèlisses is her continuous source of inspiration, gathering like minded people together to discover the wonders of the island, each time, under a different perspective.

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What’s included in our workshop:

  • 5 days & 4 nights accommodation at Mèlisses;

  • Daily photography classes hosted by William, starting from a review of your existing images, to then familiarise with the basics of photography techniques, camera operation, photography composition, editing and printing;

  • Daily review of your works and one-on-one sessions;

  • All meals during the workshop (4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts, aperitivos/snacks, drinks & refreshments);

  • All activities and excursions, including all transfers on the island to and from the house*;


  • Visits of Andros’ most beautiful villages;

  • Photograph at and around Mèlisses and on a number on daily excursions across Andros;

  • Everyday outings;

  • Getting to know and documenting locals;

  • William photography classes;

  • Meals in a local taverna;

What’s not included in our workshop:

Airfare and/or Transportation to & from the island.


At Mèlisses, everything is aimed to endorse the local flora and fauna; the house is located in the exclusive and majestic bay of Paleopoli. There, underwater, you can still see the old city, once the main harbour of Andros. The bay is opposite the extraordinary scenery of Ghiaros’ island, which is still today considered legendary and protected for its marine wildlife.

The property is completely isolated with its private access to the sea. All around the house there is quietness and peace. The property has been realised by the best team of landscape designers and architects, completely respecting the surroundings by using local plants and rough stones, creating a continuous harmony with the environment. Mèlisses is surrounded by crystal waters and countryside, where wild figs and grapes grow uninhibited, together with plenty of fruit trees and its own vegetable garden.

Not to mention the elegantly thought interior design, a mixture of Hellenic antique furniture combined with a hint of Italian extravaganza.The outdoor area is designed to seduce all guests thanks to its breathtaking sea view. Enjoy a good swim in the crystal waters of the sea or in one of its natural sea water pools while relaxing under the pergola shade, pampered by the Aegean breeze.

This is Mèlisses.


How to reach us:

Please consult our Mèlisses’ guidelines here for all details and extra assistance.


The Sea Urchin suite (workshop + private accommodation)

  • single occupancy: 2500,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1750,00 €

The Red Mullet suite (workshop + private accommodation)

  • single occupancy: 2500,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1750,00 €

The Coral Apartment (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Master Bedroom

  • single occupancy: 2200,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1550,00 €

-Bunk beds

  • single occupancy:  2000,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1400,00 €

 The Oyster Rooms (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Room one BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 2200,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1550,00 €

-Room two 

  • single occupancy: 2200,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1550,00 €


Please know that due to nature of the event, there will be no refunds or cancellations. So please ensure you are able to attend before registering. Please contact us for any additional information

Bookings & CONTACTS:

If you wish to reserve your spot, please email us at 

NB: Deposit of 50% will be needed for registration and a final payment will be due May the 3rd, 2019.


See you soon ! xx

ph credits: William Abranowicz.

* NB: Andros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, all participants will be driven by us on 4x4 cars, as some roads may be not paved. A little bit of adventure is what we love !

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