Photo Retreat Workshops are led by fashion and portraiture photographer, Janusz Kawa. Janusz started out as an assistant to acclaimed photographer Aurthor Elgort, and over time realized a very successful editorial career.

15 years later, Janusz is now offering to share his years of experience through boutique workshops. The workshops are purposely small so each student gets full attention and hands one experience, working directly with Janusz. He is dedicated to providing students with strong technical skills, as well as the essentials of tapping into the creative spirit.

Workshops are run as though Janusz were on assignment. The classes are fast paced and very hands on. Janusz enjoys sharing his real-world knowledge to educate and inspire.

Read what previous students have had to say about his classes.

Janusz Kawa was born in Warsaw, Poland and studied photography and film at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Afterwards he moved to Paris, and his photographs began appearing in major world publications such as French Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Australian Vogue American GQ, New York Times Magazine and Interview.

Since then, he has moved throughout the world as a professional photographer, capturing the essence of people through portraits from world-renowned artists such as Morgan Freedman, Luciano Pavarotti, Ann Sophie Mutter, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Day Lewis among others.  During that time, his personal work included projects from India, to Morocco and Mexico. The thread running through much of his personal work, shows the nomadic spirit of people, similar to his own way of life.

Janusz currently teaches photography at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.

He has shown his work internationally in Mexico City, Paris and New York City, where he is currently based.

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