Streets with Sgroi

300EUR per person

Stories | Street Photography | Advanced, Professionals

Palermo is a city of manifold faces, a city that seems to fall and wither and then is born again, over and over, nurturing many different realities. The history of Sicily’s capital is as full of controversy as glamour, shaped by dusty memories of a noble past and the dark decades characterized by the presence of mafia. One of Palermos sons is street photographer Fabio Sgroi. His works are strongly connected to his home town and reflect Palermo in all its contradictions between tradition and rebellion. Together with Fabio Sgroi, you will discover and get to know an unknown Palermo, hidden away from touristic and common destinations, a city full of stories and sidelong glances. During one of the oldest religious celebrations in the city at Christmas time, you will learn more about reportage photography and go out to capture situations and faces of the procession. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated instead to a photo expedition in Palermos rural outskirts. Here you can follow your inner impulse and photograph life and architecture of a “forgotten” part of the city.

Tour dates: The next workshops of this tour is provided for the following date. Please check in the calendar of our booking form the availability of places for your selected date.

8th – 9th December 2018

Your Coach

Fabio Sgroi was born in 1965 in Palermo. From 1984 on he began as an autodidact to photograph his friends, young rebels of the Sicilian punk and underground scene, and thus approaches photography. Two years later he joined the photography agency “Informazione fotografica” of Letizia Battaglia and Franco Zecchin for the daily newspaper “L’Ora” in Palermo. From the beginning he dedicated his photographic works to his hometown Palermo and Sicily with a focus on religious ceremonies and Sicilian everyday life. Part of his portfolio are also panoramic formats of extensive urban landscapes and industrial archeology. In 2018, he launched the two photo books “Past-Euphoria. Post-Europa” (Crowdbooks) and “Palermo 1984-1986. Early works” (Yard Press). Sgroi published his photographs in several Italian and international magazines and newspaper and took part of various single and group exhibitions.



Costs included: The Workshop fee of EUR 300 p. pers.  includes: photography coach, local guide, training materials, welcome lunch, farewell dinner and Siciscatta Kit.

Discount: Students of photography, visual arts and film (with a document certifying the current studies) and group booking (min. 3 persons) pay only EUR 150 p. pers.

Costs on tour: Thanks to our partnerships with reliable, trustworthy local operators the estimated cost of travel in Sicily will be around 150 EUR,  based on a 3-night-stay and the records of our previous trips. Please contact us for more information about your accommodation, meals and local transfers.
Is it for me?

The workshop is suggested to advanced and professional photographers who desire to enlarge their personal portfolio with unique documentary captures and street photos, and live a collective experience. We expect participants to be familiar with their (digital) camera and lenses and work easily with common post-production tools.

  • Destination
  • Departure Time
    We will meet in Palermo at 5:00 PM, please make sure to check-in before.
  • Return Time
    Our workshop tour ends with a farewell dinner and time to celebrate together.
  • Included
    Farewell Dinner
    Personal Guide
    Photography Coach
    Sici:scatta Travel Kit
    Training Materials
  • Not Included
    Traditional Picnic
On our first workshop day we will have a welcome meet-up in the historical city center of Palermo and get to know each other. All participants will get the chance to introduce themselves with a portfolio of their photographs, so we can begin to understand the different styles and ambitions we have within the group. After a lunch break we will follow our impulse and creativity in the streets during a photo walk through the street market and historical neighborhoods. It is the moment to explore the small streets and places, and experiment on your own. In the afternoon, the main procession of the Immaculate Concezione, primary patron of the city and venerated since 1624, will begin. During the procession all photographers will be free to build a set of pictures of the event til it reaches its culmination, when firemen place a wreath of flowers  at the top of the column of the Virgin in Piazza San Domenico. The celebration will continue in the evening hours and offers captures with sparse light and dark ambience, perfect to exercise our photography skills in the night.
The last workshop day is dedicated to Palermo's "forgotten coastline". Chasing the first morning light we will meet at the little harbour close to the city center and capture the scenic ambience of the fisherman boats with some documentary snaps. We will continue our photo walk along the southern coast and explore the rural outskirts in this part of the city. Under the guidance of Fabio Sgroi you will get inspired by rich contrasts and iconic scenery of the urban landscape. Nowhere Palermo is more contraddicitional than here. Captured between natural beauty and wistful decay you will learn more about the story of Palermo's previous noble beach area and the social disintegration after the second world war. Before your Sicilian experience comes to an end, we will get together for a last photo lab session where we will present our best shot of the trip, and celebrate our time with a traditional Sicilian farewell dinner.
Palermo is a city of contrasts and controversy. Founded by the Phoenicians as Ziz ('flower') in 734 BC and conquered by Carthaginian, Romans and Greeks, its history goes back to ancient times. Until today the manifold multicultural footprints tell us about the various influences of the city, which was a cultural melting pot in Europe’s extreme South. Whether it’s architectural heritage, food or local traditions, Palermo's soul unifies diverse faces and languages. From arabesque charm to popular ferocity, you will discover inimitable situations in the streets of Palermo. The Sicilian capital is the political and cultural hotspot of the island. Around 1.2 million people live in the fifth most populated metropolitan area of Italy. In recent history, Palermo has had to fight with turbulent changes and social upheaval. Organized crime, rural depopulation and migration movements are topics Sicilians deal with every day. Maybe it’s also because of this reason that the spirit of the city draws distinctive lines, and creates a special atmosphere that has already inspired plenty of artists, writers and directors in their work. Every year numerous tourists visit the widely known monuments and colorful street markets in the popular neighborhoods Vucciria, Ballarò and Capo. And outside of the town, Palermo offers fascinating views. Surrounded by mountains and bounded by the Mediterranean Sea it is embedded by appealing landscapes and natural beauty. How to arrive:
  • The International airport Falcone-Borsellino is located about 30 minutes west of the city center. It is dedicated to the two anti-mafia judges killed by the mafia in the early 1990s.
  • Other airports close to Palermo are Catania, Trapani and Combos
  • The port of Palermo, founded over 2,700 years ago, is on of the main ports in Italy. From here ferries link Palermo to Cagliari, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, Tunis and other cities as well as minor to the minor Sicilian islands such as Ustica and the Aeolians.
  • The main Sicilian roadways A29 (from Messina), A20 (from Catania) and A19 (from Trapani) lead to Palermo.
  • The Central railway station is connected to the national network.
  • Workshop type: Smartphone Photography Special
  • Skill level: beginner, advanced, professional
  • Class: 4-7 participants
Sici:scatta Travel Kit:
  • Personalized street map of Palermo
  • Digital Google Maps route planner
  • Lecture about the history and background of all locations and local projects
  • SD Memory Card for your camera
What you need to bring?
  • Digital photo camera, with everything that comes around (cables, charger, card reader) Consider an external hard disk to make a back up of your daily shooting.
  • Minimum of lenses (we recommend a 24-50mm prime lense + zoom lense and/or tele lense)
  • Laptop
More detailed infos to our terms & conditions you find here.