Leica Destination Seville Journey: Exploring Andalusian Traditions

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“The annual spectacle, featuring fanciful caravans and riders on horseback, is arguably the most potent visual representation of Andalusian culture.” - Anna Hart,The New York Times
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Imagine covered wagons pulled by oxen and adorned with flowers crossing the Spanish countryside. Pilgrims in traditional dress riding on horseback from the beautiful sun-drenched city of Seville to the picturesque village of El Rocio in Andalucia. Stop imagining and immerse yourself in this rich tradition by joining award winning photographers Hector Emanuel, Michael Robinson Chávez and Leica Akademie for a 6-day photographic workshop during the historic El Rocío Pilgrimage.

We will be based in Seville, a center of Spanish culture and one of Europe’s most beautiful and photogenic cities. Michael and Hector will be helping you push your vision and raise your photographic talents to a new level while photographing one of Europe’s truly unique and visually captivating spectacles.

One on one sessions with Michael and Hector, paired with group critiques and talks, will improve your composition, enhance how you see light, anticipate moments and break down the barriers between you and the people you are photographing.

The talks and a closing reception will be held at Cobertura Photo, an acclaimed photographic school and gallery space in the heart of Seville. Your photographs will be proudly projected during the reception. We see this as more of an experience than a workshop. Join us!

This workshop contains a $1,000 nonrefundable deposit participants accept when signing up. 
Any questions can be answered by emailing AkademieUSA@leica-camera.com or seeing our terms and conditions page. LINK HERE


Tuesday, May 21 – Upon arrival and after settling into your accommodations, we have an orientation, introductions and an opening reception/photo presentation with Michael and Hector.

May 22 – 25 – The next few days are spent photographing pilgrimages, pageantry and events in and around Seville and on the road to El Rocío. We will also spend a day exploring and photographing Seville and its fascinating “barrios” or neighborhoods. There will be one on one instruction with students in class and in the field throughout the week.

Sunday, May 26 – We will edit the work together and then have a final fiesta. End of workshop.


  • Private accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Local transportation to events
  • One on one instruction sessions with Michael and Hector
  • Classroom instruction
  • Local guides
  • All permit, entry fees and taxes
  • Farewell dinner and reception
  • Book of participant’s selected photographs from the workshop

Not included:

  • Air fares
  • Airport transfers and taxes
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not included with the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities

Total Tuition: $6,599


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INSTRUCTOR: Michael Robinson Chávez

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The Washington Post, became seduced by photography while traveling through Peru with a borrowed camera in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, he previously worked with the Associated Press, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times and is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Robinson Chávez has covered assignments in over 75 countries including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru and the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war.


He was part of a team from The Washington Post awarded a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Public Service Medal for coverage of the January 6th coup attempt on the US Capitol and for Explanatory Journalism in 2019 covering climate change. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2020. His photographs have been exhibited in France, Australia, Peru, United States, Croatia, Georgia and Spain.


INSTRUCTOR: Hector Emanuel

Renowned documentary photographer, splitting his time between Washington DC and Granada, Spain. With a passion for exploring social, political, and environmental issues, he has embarked on extensive travels across the globe. However, his heart lies in Latin America and the US, where he delves deep into the rich tapestry of ethno-racial and cultural diversity found in the Americas. 


His exceptional talent has been recognized with numerous accolades, including a prestigious World Press Photo prize and an NPPA's Best of Photojournalism award for his remarkable documentation of the civil conflict in Colombia. Additionally, he has received two POYi prizes for his captivating portrait series shedding light on life in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and his compelling work capturing the vibrant festivals in Lake Titicaca communities in Peru. 


Emanuel's impactful photographs have graced the walls of prominent galleries and museums worldwide, captivating audiences with their thought-provoking narratives. His powerful imagery has also been featured in esteemed publications such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, and many others. 


During his time in Spain, Emanuel has immersed himself in street photography, skillfully capturing the beauty, culture, and timeless traditions of Andalusia. Through his lens, he unveils the essence of this captivating region. 

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