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Athens, Greece

 April 24-30, 2023

"Being on the road, traveling without a predetermined purpose, looking around me with visual curiosity, and being surprised by what I encounter. While shooting, somehow, thinking is suspended. It is like playing a game with reality".






​​Don't miss this opportunity to experience a week with Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Nikos will share with participants the best spots in the city to take pictures as well as Nikos' secret spots to eat and visit in this wonderful city. This is an amazing opportunity to take your photography to the next level guided by a world-class photographer. Nikos Economopoulos is one of the most famous living greek photographers

Athens is full of ancient monuments, temples, ruins, and churches. For lovers of history and photography, this city is a paradise, with the perfect climate and the legendary greek sunlight. A unique combination of glorious history with modern, urban innovation, the coexistence of great culture with astonishing natural beauty and the vibrant rhythm of lif makes Athens the perfect photography destination.

​During the workshop, we will explore Athens guided by Nikos' insider tips on the best places to visit and shoot ( and eat!!). We will also take a day trip to the nearby island of Aegina, a charming small town with lush natural views, gorgeous beaches, and important archaeological and historical sites, The town of Aegina offers great opportunities to photograph the local fisherman. You’ll find antiquities and traditional tavernas, a port town with a 19th-century atmosphere, beaches, deserted Byzantine chapels, as well as pine-clad hills and mounds of freshly roasted pistachios.


What is a  Magnum photographer? The Magnum Photos Agency represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers. Magnum photographers are a rarity and the agency is self-selecting; membership is a minimum four-year process and is considered the finest accolade of a photographer’s career.



The aim of this program is to guide participants through technical, theoretical, and aesthetic issues toward developing their unique photographic style under the guidance of Magnum photographer, and Athens' native, Nikos Economopoulos. The focus of the workshop is geared toward whatever interests you, other than the city itself and the local lives of the people. The participants explore different areas in the city and photograph what interests them. 


At the beginning of the workshop, Nikos will review each participant's portfolio of images to have a better understanding of your interests and plan the workshop accordingly so that you can have the maximum benefit.

Participants will go out daily and shoot on their own at different locations. Nikos will provide guidance on the best areas and times to shoot. Nikos will accompany the group on a shooting session in a location to be determined that week, most likely around Monastiraki / Plaka area.

You will need to select images from what you shoot every day and submit them for feedback and discussion with the group. Please make sure to bring a USB drive to class every day with your images. You may also email or air-drop them.

The equipment that you would need is a digital camera, a laptop, and a USB flash. Basic skills in camera technique

 is required for this workshop. You may take a look at the photos and comments of past participants in his workshop, you can check the Participants' Work page on Nikos' Website and you'll get the best idea possible, apart from participating, as to what the workshops can offer.

MSPF Founder and Executive Director Juan Jose Reyes will be accompanying the group the entire week to help coordinate daily activities, places to visit, meals as a group, etc. 




6 PM  Meet and greets session/drinks at 6 pm followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant ( dinner included).

Location TBD 

APRIL 25 - 29:

 Daily group feedback sessions with Nikos. On the first day ( Tue 25th) Nikos will review each participant's portfolio. The group then will meet with Nikos daily for feedback and reviews in a location near Viktoria Square ( Time and location TBD). Metro passes are included in the workshop


4 PM Shooting session with Nikos at Monastiraki Square


8 AM - 5 PM Day trip to the Island of Aegina.


9 AM   Final editing and group feedback. Nikos will edit the work and prepare the final slideshow presentation. 

7 PM Group exhibition There is a group exhibition on the last night of the workshop. This is usually a projection on a public street wall or at the gallery where we meet for the class. Nikos will help prepare a final selection of each student's work during the week and we will present it to the public as a slideshow. Location TBD 

8 PM Final group dinner at a local restaurant ( included)


The workshop ends after the group's breakfast. You may make plans to depart Athens at any time after that or at your own convenience.


DATES: From Monday April 24th to Sunday April 30th , 2023






  • Single accommodations for 6 nights/7 days at Athens Tiare Hotel 4-star hotel in the center of  Athens.

  •  Full breakfast daily

  • Two group dinners (first and last night) in some of Athen's finest restaurants.

  • Day trip to Aegina: Lunch and round-trip ferry transfer included

  • Tuition for the workshop: Personal portfolio review with Nikos, daily feedback, and assignments.

  • Street shooting session in-person with Nikos in Monastiraki Square Flea Market or Plaka area

  • Group exhibition



TUITION ONLY price: $3,250

  • Tuition for the workshop: Personal portfolio review with Nikos, daily feedback, and assignments.

  • Two group dinners (first and last night) and one lunch. 

  • Street shooting session in-person with Nikos in Monastiraki Square Flea Market or Plaka area.

  • Group exhibition

  • Lodging is not included. Plenty of hotel options in the Monastiraky or nearby areas

Note:  Air travel or airport transfers to/from ATHENS are not included in any of the options.


Fill out the registration form below to register and hold your spot. A deposit is required to secure your spot for this workshop. The full balance is due by March 1st, 2023. 

(Please also see our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page)




 Email Juan Reyes:



  • If canceled more than 90 days in advance: Full refund

  • If canceled between 90-75 days prior, full refund minus $250 fee

  • if canceled 60 and 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop, we will refund 50% of all payments made.

  • Withdrawal less than 45 prior to the start date of the workshop will result in no refund 

Email juan for any personal situations that you may have. We will work with you 



Mgnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988 he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism in order to dedicate himself to photography. He joined Magnum in 1990, and his photographs started appearing in newspapers and magazines around the world. In the same period, he started traveling and photographing extensively around the Balkans. This won the "Mother Jones Award" (San Francisco, CA) for work in progress.


Upon the completion of his Balkans project in 1994, he became a full member of Magnum. His book "In The Balkans" was published in 1995 in New York (Abrams) and in Athens (Libro). 

In the 1990s, he started working on borders and crossings, photographing the inhabitants of the "Green Line" in Cyprus, the irregular migrants on the Greek-Albanian borderline, and the mass migration of ethnic Albanians fleeing Kosovo. In the mid-1990s, he started photographing the Roma and other minorities. In 2000 he completed a book project on the Aegean islands storytellers, commissioned by the University of the Aegean.


A retrospective of his work titled "Economopoulos, Photographer" was published in 2002, and later exhibited at the Benaki Museum, Athens. Subsequently, he returned to Turkey to pursue his long-term personal project on the country, where he received the Abdi Ipektsi award (2001), for peace and friendship between Greek and Turkish  people. 


He has recently turned to the use of color. Currently, he is spending most of his time away from Greece, traveling (mostly in S.America and Africa), teaching and photographing around the world, in the context of his long-term “On The Road” project.

Nikos Website

Leica Camera Interview with Nikos

Nikos Profile on Magnum Website

Instagram @nikoseconomopoulos


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