Who We Are

International Photo Workshop invites you to come and share in our passion for travel and photography. We offer personal attention by world-class professional photographers (most of whom are fluent in 2 or 3 languages) that will provide you with the tools you need to explore new places and help you realize your true potential as a photographic artist.

Our workshop packages include great accommodations, wonderful restaurants and amazing photo opportunities. It’s a great vacation with a creative learning experience! Additionally, you will have the opportunity to also work with local photographers who will take you behind the scenes to places not normally visited by regular tours.

Our team of instructors, who are full-time magazine photographers, have an unprecedented amount of experience photographing all over the world for top magazines and newspapers such as Time, Life, National Geographic, Stern, Geo, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Corrierre della Sera and many more.

We strive to provide an incredible experience, carefully crafted with our unique brand of professionalism and knowledge. See you soon


Manuello Paganelli was raised in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Italy & the USA and is fluent in three languages. He has traveled most of the world and has lead photo workshops in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Spain and Morocco.

His photography career began after college when he cold-called photographer Ansel Adams one day and the conversation turned into a life long friendship and mentorship.

In 1989, he began to explore Cuba, its land, its people, and its complex relationship with the USA. He had his first solo photo show of his work on Cuba in 1995. The Washington Post wrote about the exhibit, “Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes. Working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson & Robert Frank, he brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs.” Paganelli recently published a book of the series called Cuba: A Personal Journey, Photographs 1989-2016.

Paganelli has done many documentary projects including his Black Cowboy series which was featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography & the Manege Museum during the 2012 Photo Vernissage in in Russia. His award-winning work has graced the covers and pages of many well-known magazines, such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, Forbes, Life, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, People, Time, Reader’s Digest, Stern, Spiegel, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.

Now he lives in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. When he is not traveling the world, he spends time with his family, their two dogs, Irish Wolf Hound and a Tibetan Terrier, riding his Vespas or practicing martial arts, which he learned as a child from Bruce Lee.

Read more at www.manuellopaganelli.com.


Elzbieta Jablonska was born in Poland. She has been passionate about photography ever since she first got her hands wet in her older brothers’ home-built darkroom. She has spent the last 20 years traveling the world both as photographer and as a scientist.

Elzbieta’s main passion lies in documenting disappearing cultures and the human condition. She is drawn to in unique, challenging situations and works to portray respect, compassion & dignity. Her determination to give the voice to the voiceless has driven her to document social injustice and the beauty of patients in health institutions, mostly mental and geriatric clinics.

She also employs her rigorous academic training to produce an in-depth reportage. She has lectured and shown her bodies of work in countries all over the world.

Elzbieta loves to spend time in the mountains, mostly in her beloved Himalayan country of Bhutan. See more of her work at elajablonska.com



Patricio Crooker is a true adventurer and gifted photograher who was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Journalism, then returned to Bolivia and worked as photographer and editor in La Razón newspaper.

In 2001 he was a member of the Kotamama Expedition, a three-month trip from the Andes to the Amazon by boat. He also worked as personal photographer of President Carlos Mesa from 2004 to 2005. Crooker now teaches photojournalism at the Evangelical University in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

He has contributed to Smithsonian Journeys magazine as well as Iberia and Avianca airlines magazines. During his time off he loves to play golf at the highest grass golf course in the world.



Tomasz Tomaszewski has a Ph.D. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and is a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers, the Visum Archiv Agency of Hamburg, Germany, the National Geographic Creative Agency of Washington D.C., and the American Society of Media Photographers.

He specializes in journalistic photography and has had his photos published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide including National Geographic Magazine, SternParis Match, GEO, New York Times, Time, Fortune, Elle, and Vogue. He has also authored a number of books, including Remnants: The Last Jews of Poland, Gypsies: The Last Ones, In Search of America, In the Centre, Astonishing Spain, A Stone’s Throw, Overwhelmed by the Atmosphere of Kindness, Things That Last, and has co-illustrated over a dozen collective works.

He has held numerous individual exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Brazil, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia and Poland. Tomasz is the recipient of many Polish and international awards for photography. For over twenty years he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine USA in which eighteen of his photo essays have been published. Tomasz has taught photography workshops in Poland, the USA, Germany and Italy.

Read more at www.tomasztomaszewski.com


Fang Zhou has lived in Beijing all her life. In college, she was a student of Chinese literature, then after graduating, she worked as a journalist for a Chinese language newspaper. Fang transitioned to photography when she discovered that it was the best language for her to describe and communicate with the world.

Over the past five years she has focused her work on portrait, editorial, travel, and live performance photography. She covers assignments around the globe for some of the world’s leading magazines and companies. In 2015, she became a signed photographer with Getty Images. She has done work for Wall Street Journal, GQ, Travel and Leisure, COLORS magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, LOHAS, CBN weekly, BMW, Insider, Time Out, Beijinger, Women’s Health, Image Source, Ministry of Public Health of China , China Railway Group, and CRI.

When she is not shooting, she loves playng sports, baking, painting + spending time with her cat. “I live in Dongcheng district and I’ve been here forever. I can’t even think about another district to live in Beijing…everything happens here!”

Read more at http://www.yifeifang.com



Ian Lizaranzu was born in Spain and raised in Mexico, where he studied photography. He has worked for over 25 years as a photographer, first in advertising as well as in fine art landscape photography (which he continues to do), specializing for the last 10 years in architectural photography. In addition to participating in over 30 photographic exhibitions, both in Mexico and abroad, Ian has been awarded scholarships on three occasions by the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA, acronym in Spanish). Besides working as a full-time photographer, Ian has been a photography instructor for the last 20-odd years in prestigious photography schools, as well as both private and public Art Institutes in Mexico.