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Michael McCarthy has launched Atelier Vagabond to offer short term photography tours and art and photo workshops in Paris, France to students of all ages and backgrounds to share his passion for art and photography. Michael has been passionately involved in art making for some twenty-five years and has developed an impressive range of skills and knowledge in photography and printmaking. Michael has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums, been recognized for excellence in the art world (including having his exhibition Human Form voted Best Gallery Exhibition in Paris in 2012 by Le Monde blog writer Marc Lenot. Visit our Press Review page to see various articles about Michael's work). Michael's work is represented by the Galerie Duboys in the Marais near the Picasso Museum.

Atelier Vagabond is an effort to move outside the university/art school setting with its limits and constraints and to offer short term learning opportunities where students can benefit from the instructors' substantial experience and knowledge in a wide range of art practices. The photo tours and art and photography workshops are designed for individual or small group instruction to insure that all students receive maximum attention to help them make the most progress in our brief but intense encounters.

Years of teaching experience have enabled Michael to adapt his teaching to the needs of the student. For those who are convinced "I'm not an artist!" we've seen repeatedly that creativity isn't genetic but rather must be worked at and cultivated--and so is therefore available to everyone! Come discover your untapped creative skills!

Photography Guided Tours in Paris

Currently, our photo tours of various neighborhoods of Paris (the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, the Marais, the Covered Passages, the classic sites of Paris as well as the lesser known neighborhoods in Belleville, Menilmontant, Charonne and Buttes aux Cailles) for those who would like to get to know Paris better while learning more about their cameras and how to capture stronger, more beautiful images of the famous and not-so-famous (but very beautiful) sites you visit in Paris and elsewhere.

Art & Photo Workshops in Paris

We are also offering week-long art and photo workshops covering a range of topics, from extended photo tours of various Paris neighborhoods to more studio-based art and photo workshops where we'll explore traditional photography and printmaking techniques such as Pinhole photography and historical 19th photo processes like cyanotype, van dyke brown or gum prints and monotypes, woodcut, etching, collographs and lithography. Come study art and photography with a true artist who has been immersed in the artistic world for twenty-five years!

Private Photo Portrait Sessions in Paris

If you're coming to Paris, why not consider working with a professional photographer to capture some special portrait images of you and your loved ones with Paris as your backdrop. We can suggest the best locations and capture beautiful, classic images of you in Paris! In addition to receiving a CD of all the digital images shot during your 90 minute session, there is the option of receiving a hand-made photograph using an ancient 19th century photographic process for a really special record of your time in Paris.

Join us in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

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