massimo bassano

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly announces personal portfolio review sessions with National Geographic Photographer Massimo Bassano (in Vancouver from Italy).

Getting a personal in-depth porfolio review from a qualified and experienced photographer is likely the quickest and surest way to improve your photography.

Massimo has travelled to all five Continents for National Geographic, covering a wide variety of subjects. His enthusiasm about photography to discover people and culture is highly contagious. Massimo is in Vanocuver from Italy, so this is a very rare opportunity to sit down with a National Geographic Photographer without having to leave our beautiful city.

For these personal sessions, Massimo will share his vast experience and knowledge to help you elevate your photography. You get 25 minutes of personal one-on-one time with Massimo. You can use this time to show and share your photographs, and we also encourage any questions / comments about your work.

This personal portfolio review session is not just for the advanced photographers – beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers can all benefit from a portfolio review.

The purpose is to show you where you are, and where to go to learn the next step so that you can continue to improve your craft.

How to prepare for the portfolio review:

We suggest to bring between 10 and 20 photographs for your review. You can bring digital images (jpeg image format preferred) on a USB stick. You are welcome to bring your computer with the images loaded on it as well. Prints are welcome as well (4"x6" is large enough).

Please note we have several session offered on July 11 and 12. When you click the registration link below you will be able to select which day and time works best for your schedule. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled review starts.

The portfolio review session are being held at the Ironworks Studios, 235 Alexander Street in Vancouver. Free street parking located outside, ad there are several pay-lots in gastown (only a couple of blocks away). Bus routes #3, #4 and #22 have stops closeby.

While in Vancouver, Massimo also teaches an exclusive 4 Day Master Workshop on visual story-telling.

About your Workshop Leaders: Massimo Bassano and Myriam Casper

Massimo has been traveling for National Geographic all over the World for the past 27 years. Exploring all seven continents. He started to be interested in photography working for a Nat Geo photographer around a story about Christopher Columbus. He formed his skills through this “exclusive and alive” school working for many others after the first one. Storytelling has been always his target. His way to communicate through photographs it’s enriched by his Italian roots. Massimo's distinctive sign is always the way he tells stories. He is able to go deeper and closer to everyone. He loves to be connected, to understand, to share.

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Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Level.


Personal One-on-One Reviews

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Your images (10 to 20)


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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massimo bassano

Born and raised in Italy, photojournalist Massimo Bassano has published his work in National Geographic Traveler and on the National Geographic website, as well as in numerous European publications.

He regularly teaches National Geographic photography workshops in Tuscany and Venice.

His acclaimed photography book The Color of Silence detailed the 12 weeks he spent in a little-known Italian monastery. Massimo has also traveled and photographed extensively in Europe and Africa.

A veteran of numerous Around the World by Private Jet trips, Massimo frequently joins photography and other expeditions for National Geographic, and is a favorite with the Society's travelers.

VPW is excited to welcome Massimo to Vancouver and look forward to an inspirationla evening presentation!

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Session Dates Time Location Instructor Registration

Tuesday and Wednesday

July 11 + 12, 2017 10am - 7pm The Ironworks Studios, 235 Alexander Street, Vancouver Massimo Bassano Click Here to Register