September 15th - 17th 2017
Seeing Photographically, Machynlleth, West Wales

Seeing Photographically

With Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - weekend workshop - Machynlleth - 2017! FULLY BOOKED! We do occassionally have cancellations so if you would like your name to be added to the waiting list please send us an email

How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture is often referred to as the art of photography. It is called seeing photographically or camera vision.
To orchestrate all those complex elements in front of the camera into an arresting and personally relevant image can be a problem, even for the experienced practitioner.

Over the course of this weekend Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS will guide you through a series of photographic exercises designed to improve your photographic vision and technique. And their quick feedback approach will help you learn directly from the pictures that you make as the weekend progresses.
'Our aim is to inspire you, challenge you, get your creative juices flowing and stimulate new ideas.'

The Theme

This is not a weekend with a specific theme, nor is it about making pretty pictures. This workshop is about bringing you and your image making together in a wonderful location and landscape.

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or relatively new to the medium, we welcome a rich mix of enthusiastic participants.
And we do our best to create a warm, supportive, non competitive environment where you have space to experiment and also have fun!

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The Content

The workshop will be packed with short presentations, technical and creativie exercises, advice and feedback designed to help you make interesting unique images.
We will explore the ideas that underpin photographic vision, both through our own work and that of historical and contemporary photographic practitioners. And we will discuss how to create a body of work for exhibition and online publishing.

TFor those of you who wish to bring along projects that they are currently working on, there will be time for one to one feedback, but of course this is entirely optional.

The Location

The workshop will take place in Machynlleth, in stunning west Wales. A delightful market town nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia that's easily accessible by train or car.

Our base will be MOMA,a vibrant and centrally positioned art centre with a national reputation.

Almost next door to MOMA is Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, which has one of the best selections of books on photography in Wales.

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The Tutors

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A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, and originator of photography workshops in the UK, Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographic educators and practitioners, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote in 2015:
An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."

But don't just take our word for it...

Here are just a few comments from previous workshops....

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr

"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson

"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse

"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah

"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee


There are many local hotels and B&B's to choose from in Machynlleth. Here are a few recommended by the locals.

  • Maenllwyd Guest House is about a 5 - 7 minute walk away from the workshop venue. A quiet location with warm friendly hosts and excellent breakfasts. Paul and I stayed there on a previous visit and it was delightful. The owners Gareth and Jane have very kindly offered a discount for workshop participants bringing the cost to £60 a night instead of the usual £70, or for a single room £45 instead of £50. To book this special rate call Gareth on 01654702928 and tell him that you are attending the Photography Workshop with us.

  • Dyfiview B&B is run by Gill and Mike offering warm hospitality, great views, and close to the railway station. Be aware that although only a few minutes walk from the town, it does require an short uphill walk.

  • Plas Dol Guog is a large 17th C manor house situated in a wonderful location about a 15 min walk from the town.

  • Ty Hapus is self catering accommodation for 4 people. Situated in the heart of the town it provides easy access to the station, MOMA and the surrounding shops and cafes.

  • There is also an extensive accommodation list on the Machynlleth Tourist Information web site.


The workshop takes place from 6 pm on Friday 15th, to 5 pm on Sunday 17th September 2017, at MOMA, The Tabernacle, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ, Wales.


Early Bird - if paid on or before June 1st 2017 £170

Regular Price - after June 1st 2017 £185

Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887), or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.

The Photographers Place 1976 to 1996

The fabled Photographers Place was the first residential photography workshop in Britain and ran in the the Peak District of Derbyshire for 20 years.

The most renowned photographers of that era gave master classes there and many of today‘s contemporary photographers have been influenced by attending those workshops.


September 2017

Seeing Photographically

Machynlleth, West Wales, September 15 - 17th, 2017



One-to-One Tuition & On Location with Paul Hill.

Paul has been teaching photography for many decades in higher education and was the first professor of photographic practice in a British university. He created the famous Photographers‘ Place group workshops in Derbyshire and has specialised in one-to-one mentoring...


"First Class course! Excellent tuition, friendly tutors and great group!" Graham Bridgeman-Clarke

"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to laugh, have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr

"Paul and Maria make a really great team!" Dilys Evans

"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"Ian Jeffries

"Absolutely Brilliant - Learned more in a week than a whole year on my university course!" Jane - Lakes workshop

"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly

"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan

"Great two days, learned so much! Both Paul and Maria are inspiring teachers" Sue Willoughby

"A dream team: Paul and Maria are perfectly complimentary and allow their very different work to inspire rather than impress, although of course it does that too. Their sympathetic but incisive critiques are especially helpful and transformative. What a fabulous experience." Jennifer Simmonds

"Everything about the workshop I found to be an entirely positive experience" Peter Evans

"The balance of listening, learning and doing is just right and adapted to the skills of the participants" Mark Wheeler

"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse

"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins

"Great to spend the weekend with like minded people, led by the inspirational Paul and Maria, Thanks." Heather Nelson

"I knew that I would be inspired to look at things differently, and this turned out to be true and positive. Thank you both." Paul Child

"Supportive advice in a friendly atmosphere." Paul Hollin

"Relaxed, friendly group. Relaxed, friendly and inspiring teachers. Comfortable accommodation and superb food. Learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend to photographers at all levels" Jennifer Roberts

"Learning how to create a story with photographs has transformed my seeing eye" Jeanette Thompson

"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah

"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee