Oct. 4th - 8th 2016
Lauzerte, France

Every Picture tells a Story!

With Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - Lauzerte, France - Oct 4th - 8th 2016

Building on the success of our 2 day story telling workshop we ran in Newcastle in May this year, we have extended the programme to make it even more action packed and fun! Situated in the beautiful French town of Lauzerte the workshop will open on the evening of Tues. 4th October and culminate in a group exhibition on the evening of Saturday the 8th.
The workshop will run in conjunction with the main exhibition at The Espace Points de Vue, where Paul Hill and Maria Falconer will be exhibiting work alongside the French photographer Maurice Cuquel.

The Theme

Of course there are many different ways to tell a story through photography from the documentary approach to the conceptual - and everything in between! So this workshop will guide you through some of the technical and aesthetic possibilities, whilst giving you space, time, and the creative stimulus to explore new ways of working.

As well as helping you to construct narratives with your own photographs, we will also share some of our own experiences, and look at other contemporary image makers and historically important photographers. But in addition to the discussions, presentations and hands on exercises that we have planned, we also intend to have a lot of fun along the way!

The Workshop

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And whether you prefer photographing the landscape or people, abstract or documentary, Paul and Maria will lead you on a photographic journey of discovery

The workshop opens on the evening of Tuesday 4th with a welcome reception. Here we will all introduce ourselves and find out a little about each others' work.

Over the next three days you will be guided through a series of photographic exercises designed to inspire, stimulate and challenge you. And there will be space to experiment with new ideas and approaches in a friendly and supportive environment.

On Saturday, preparations for the final exhibition will be underway, when a selection of images produced during the workshop will be printed and hung in the Espace Points de Vue. The pop up exhibition with neatly coincide with the launch of the main exhibition on Saturday evening, (Maria and Paul's project ANON, and work by the French photographer Maurice Cuquel).

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And for those who would like feedback on any work that you may like to bring along with you, there will be an opportunity for this too .

The Location

Lauzerte is situated in the stunning midi Pyrenees. A staging post on the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrims' route, it is one of Europe's most stunning medieval hilltop towns.

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And this years workshop and final exhibition will take place at the beautiful and prestigious Espace Points de Vue, Lauzerte, France

The Tutors

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he 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," he says'.

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.

For a glimpse of how we work - take a look at this short video of our last workshop in Lauzerte

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

This will be the third time we have run a workshop in this beautiful location, here are just a few comments from last year...

"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


The workshop begins on the evening of Tues 4th October with a welcome reception and dinner for those who wish to join us. The grand finale takes place on Saturday evening with a pop up exhibition in the Art Points de Vue

Cost £315

Price includes all tuition, packed lunches and select airport transfers from Toulouse.


In order to keep costs to a minimum transfers are provided to meet the Gatwick flight leaving London at 8.25 on Tues 4th (arriving at 11.10), and returning from Toulouse at 17.15 on Sun 9th (arriving Gatwick 18.15). Transfers at other times are possible, but will incur a fee of £50 each way.
However,it is possible to travel from Toulouse by train to Montauban, where we can arrange for you to be picked up.
If you are intending to arrive by train, it is also possible to arrange collection from Moissac.

Printing Costs

Please note there will be a small fee for exhibition printing costs but this is unlikely to be more than £10 - 15.

Participants are required to provide their own accommodation and evening meals. Below is a list of B&B's that we have used in the past - with excellent results! And there is a range of centrally located restaurants that cater for all tastes and pockets.

So, as autumn begins to set in, why not escape to southern France for a few days, and join us for a photographic experience you will never forget? Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, learn some new skills, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures!

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

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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.


Bed and Breakfast

  • La Stinoise, Lauzerte, - approx 20 min walk to venue -
    90 euros per night for a double room - 80 euros for single occupancy, includes breakfast.
    Quiet, small, friendly and English spoken.
    Website:, email,Tel: 0033 5 639 52190,

  • Hotel du Quercy, Faubourg d'Auriac, 11 Route de Cahors, Lauzerte
    50 euros per night for a double, 60 for a twin. Breakfast optional at 8 euros per person.
    Half board possible. Plain, simple, great food! Very french ambiance. English spoken., email, Tel: 0033 5 639 46636

  • Le Jardin Secret, 37 Rue de Garrigue, Lauzerte
    75 euros per night for a double ensuite room, 60 euros for a single ensuite room - both include breakfast.
    Quirky, cosy and convenient, English spoken.
    Contact: Sara Costelloe, Tel: 0033 5 63948001 or email

  • Please do also check HomeAway and AirBnB, where there are some fantastic bargains to be had.

    If you are interested in sharing accommodation with other participants, let us know and we can put you in touch with each other!

For further details about Lauzerte you can consult the Lauzerte tourism website

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.


Oct 4th - 8th - 2016

Every Picture Tells a Story

Lauzerte, France, Oct 4th - 8th, 2016



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