Asia. It conjures images of exotic destinations, ancient languages, delicious food, and vibrant cultures. Some 4.4 billion—60% of the world's population—lives in the 48 countries that span this massive continent. The incredible allure of its many unique landscapes and peoples beckons us, yet the sheer size and diversity of the "East" can be intimidating.
With Santa Fe Photographic Workshops as your guide, you experience carefully cultivated and compelling locations meticulously selected by our well-traveled expedition leaders and our local experts. Our programs allow you to go deeper into the heart of Asia than the typical photo tour, with immersive experiences at the very soul of this fascinating place.
It is with careful consideration that we chose Japan as our starting point for our Asia Expeditions. It is an awe-inspiring place: an archipelago of 6,500 mountainous islands spanning over 1,800 miles from north to south. Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Tokyo, Pokemon, Harajuku fashion, sumo, sushi, advanced electronics, maiko (known to us as "geisha")—the images we have of Japan are many, but in truth there is far more to explore.
For October 2017 we add India, the vast South Asian country with diverse terrain—from
Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline—and history reaching back five
is perhaps India’s most visually vibrant
and culturally fascinating state. It is the quintessential travel photographer’s paradise; we have
all seen the iconic images of camel drivers with brilliant red turbans,
entire neighborhoods painted deep blue, and extravagantly ornate golden
palaces and ancient temples.
The photographic and cultural opportunities in Asia are immense, truly providing something for everyone. Our team guides you through the many nuances of traveling and photographing in Asia, teaching you the histories, and showing you both the hidden gems and the must-see locations.
Join us and experience the photographic expedition of a lifetime!
Journey to the cultural and spiritual heart of the Himalaya and experience a visual feast for photographers: ornate Hindu and Buddhist temple architecture and ritual events, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an outdoor Tibetan masked dance festival in Paro, Bhutan.
Explore India's most visually vibrant and culturally fascinating state with two National Geographic photography instructors and India experts. Visit the must-see famous attractions of the major cities as well as small traditional villages far off the beaten tourist path.
Extend your Indian photography adventure with four amazing days of festival photography in Varanasi, holy city on the banks of the Ganges and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for the world's billion followers of Hinduism.