2022 - Paris Fashion Week with Mark de Paola

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Experience Paris Fashion Week from a Behind the Scenes perspective with Leica and Mark de Paola.
Paris. France
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Join renowned photographer and director Mark de Paola backstage during Paris Fashion Week. Experience and document first-hand the excitement in watching future trend and style come to life. Document the transformation process of the models from street to runway with the most highly regarded makeup artists, stylists, and hairstylists in the world. See the unseen!

A day before your assigned Paris Fashion Week show, you will meet with Mark de Paola and the production team for an hour briefing at a local parisian cafe to discuss backstage etiquette, pacing, etc. Meeting information and show schedules will be emailed to each photographer one week prior to fashion week. Call times for your assigned show or presentation will typically be three hours prior to show time, with the show lasting up to an hour.

In addition, we welcome you to a group dinner with other fellow attendees shooting backstage for an authentic Parisian dining experience to kick off a week of immersion. Attendees will also be offered two group outings during the week to two different featured museums and exhibitions in the fashion and portraiture sector. Admission to these exhibitions will be provided.

You will be provided with an extensive list of recommended activities and restaurants and strongly encouraged to also shoot the world-renowned street style in between events.

Once settled back at home from a memorable week, you'll schedule a one on one online review with Mark de Paola to discuss your backstage body of work.


Mark de Paola has had multiple covers for the likes of Vogue Spain and Vogue Mexico as well as campaigns and commercials for Donna Karan, Laura Biagiotti, Neutrogena, Gucci, Brioni, Sephora, Sony, Leica Camera, Giorgio RED perfume worldwide launch (Bergdorf windows), and MAC Cosmetics to name a few. He has directed nearly 700 television commercials in the fashion/beauty sector (Anheuser Busch on Superbowl, Smart Car, Neutrogena, and many others) as well as extensive campaign and retail experience.

Fine art exhibitions have included his series 60 Seconds, a series of nudes shot with handheld 60 second exposures, exhibited at Leica Gallery Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and San Francisco, as well as "Art of Backstage" exhibited in China, Leica Gallery Ginza Six in Tokyo, and New York City.

Mark is also a frequent lecturer at many educational institutions and venues including a recent talk with Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor at Vogue Italia, and masterclasses with the New York Film Akademie and the Leica Akademie worldwide.

Additional exhibitions include a group exhibition at Caelum Gallery curated by Alice Gabriner (TIME, White House) and James Wellford (National Geographic) as well as SF Photofairs alongside Ralph Gibson and Maggie Steber.

Mark's most recent brand collaborations include a worldwide product launch with Leica Camera, and fine art collaborations with Oscar de la Renta and Prabal Gurung.


Alessia Caliendo is a Producer, Stylist, Photo Editor, Project Leader, Talent Developer and Lecturer.

Trained as a fashion designer and fashion stylist at IED in Rome, Alessia Caliendo then moved to London to attend the “Fashion Styling for Professionals”, the “Art Direction for Fashion,” and the “Fashion Journalism” specialization courses at Central Saint Martins.

She has several international publications to her credit, and you can find her name within many advertising campaigns, music videos, and celebrity work. From 2014 to present, she teaches internationally established fashion courses with universities and institutions. In 2018, Caliendo was hired by Condé Nast Italia to produce contents with Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and GQ, and as a master instructor for Condé Nast Academy. In 2021 she joins the Polimoda teaching staff as a Project Leader, Talent Developer and Lecturer at the same time she starts her career as Photo Editor.

Location: Paris, France
Participants: 1 person
Duration: approx. 3 hours, plus an emailed review of images
Inclusions: All instruction, location, production, and model fees.
Exclusions: Travel to and from Paris, accommodation, and local transportation
Gear Recommendation: Keep it simple. Less is more. One body and no more two lenses.

OPEN SESSIONS - September 26th - October 1st, 2022


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