Photography and Cultural Heritage

Photography & Cultural Heritage:

the island of tinos as a case study

13 july – 8 august 2015



Photography and Cultural Heritage: The Island of Tinos” is an intensive, four-week seminar from July 13 to August 8, 2015. Taught by noted photographers and teachers Jeff Vanderpool and Stergios Karavatos, the program is organized in cooperation with the Tinos Festival and the IHC. Students will master skills in photography, photo-manipulation techniques and photo-project production, as well as the visual representation of cultural and environmental heritage. Tinos, located in the Cycladees at the center of the Aegean Sea, boasts a significant cultural past as well as dramatic and unique natural environment.


Field School Objectives 

Using Tinos as a case study, the course introduces students to advanced technical aspects of digital photography as well as the use of documentary, architectural, landscape and art photography in heritage management projects. Students will become proficient in the use of digital photographic equipment and software, and will be required to develop a project focusing on cultural heritage issues and their visual representation. After completing this course, students will have a completed photographic portfolio, they will have participated in an exhibition, and they will possess the skills to identify and develop future photographic projects focusing on cultural heritage.


the island of tinos as a case study



Among much else, Tinos is known for  its marble-working tradition and hosts a superb modern Museum of Marble Crafts as well as the School of Fine Arts at Pirgos. Tinos is also justifiably proud of its local cuisine and culinary specialties; its unique architecture including the characteristic dovecotes; anda distinctive landscape attesting to its turbulent geological past. Tinos’s archaeological sites span the ages, from pre-historic settlements to ancient Greek and Roman remains to Venetian fortresses. In modern times, Tinos has become a pilgrimage destination for thousands who visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in TInos town particularly around her feastday on August 15. In addition to its cultural and environmental riches, Tinos is ideally situated with easy access to the islands of Mykonos;  Delos – with its vast archaeological site; and Syros, known for its grand neo-classical architecture and rearly modern industrial sites. The course is timed to coincide with the Tinos Festival, an island-wide celebration of the arts that runs May to October, and several local harvest celebrations (panigiria) in unspoiled, quaint villages. Last but not least, Tinos is rimmed by beautiful coastlines and crystal-clear waters.





The only prerequisite for this course is that students bring with them the following equipment:

• A camera with manual override settings (preferably a dSLR or equivalent model)

• Laptop

• Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, presentation software (such as PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.)


The language of instruction is English.



Students will be housed in rooms in the main town or “Hora” of Tinos.


Course Schedule



Please note that this program is intensive and consists of a 6-day workweek, Monday through Saturday.  During non-classroom hours students will be expected to be researching, scouting and/or photographing. Photographic work will be reviewed during group critiques and in one-on-one tutorials with your instructor.


Program Fees & Course Credit

The participation fee for the four-week program is 4500 Euros.  The fee includes:

• all course costs including registration fee, instruction six days per week and project assistance;

• accommodation in a double room in Tinos;

• breakfast and one meal (lunch or dinner depending on schedule) except for free days;

• overnight in Athens the night before leaving for Tinos;

• round-trip boat fare Piraeus-Tinos;

• transfer to port of Piraeus (outbound);

• program materials including exhibition costs;

• Not included: international airfare



There are a number of scholarships available on a competitive basis covering up to 50% of the program costs. Scholarships are awarded after acceptance into the program. Please apply early for consideration.


If you are interested in taking this course for credit, it is designed to be the equivalent of one semester, based on course content, hours of instruction, field work, and student projects.  However, students must consult with their home institutions’ policies to calculate credit hours and award credit.  We will support your request for credit by supplying any relevant documentation and supporting materials.


Course Directors

• Mr. Jeff Vanderpool

Jeff Vanderpool is a photographer, curator and educator. He received an MA in photography from Goldsmiths College in London (2002) and went on to a career in photography, working commissions (primarily architecture and built environment), organizing exhibitions and teaching the art of photography. He has worked for numerous clients in Greece photographing its unrivaled architectural heritage such as contributing work to the Athenian Houses of the Modern Movement book and exhibition at the Benaki Museum. His curatorial work has brought the work of a number of high profile photographers to Greece including the renown Czech photographer Jan Saudek and the Hungarian master-photographer André Kertész. His personal work focuses on mediated experiences of the man-altered landscape in Greece with solo shows at the Athens Photo Festival and Kythera Photographic Encounters. Jeff teaches and runs a number of successful photography workshop and seminar programs in Athens.


• Mr. StergiosKaravatos

StergiosKaravatos is a photographer and researcher of photography with a multifaceted teaching experience. He studied Law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an MA in Photographic Studies from Leiden University, Netherlands. During 2002-2008 he collaborated with the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in exhibition production and as assistant curator. Since 2004 he has been part of the teaching team of ESP School of Photography. He has collaborated with the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (2011-2014) in the organization of photography workshops addressing socially sensitive groups, such as immigrants and the unemployed and with the Athens Photo Festival (2013) in organizing the workshop «Introduction to the Photographic Act» and in the coordination of exhibitions. In his recent photographic work he explores local histories of small areas in Greece and abroad, combining photography with other narrative elements, such as sound, text, video and varied archival material.www.???

Since 2012 Jeff Vanderpool and StergiosKaravatos have co-organized a series of seminars entitled “Photographing Monuments” for the Greek NGO Monumenta and an extra-curricular workshop for the students of the MA in Heritage Management (University of Kent & Economic University of Athens).

in cooperation with the Tinos Island Festival

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further information

For further information about fees, scholarships, available spaces, or to apply, please write to [email protected]

You may fill out an application form here!

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