National Geographic photog to lead workshop at Snowmass Club |

National Geographic photog to lead workshop at Snowmass Club

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Italian photojournalist Massimo Bassano is teaching two workshops at the Snowmass Club Sept. 2-5.
Vaxo Naveriani/Courtesy photo |

Travel photography is never boring.

That’s what Italian photojournalist Massimo Bassano says anyway.

“What is unique is that every day, I want to say every hour, is different,” Bassano said.

From the location to the culture to the different flavors of the local cuisine, “you’re never bored,” he said.

Bassano shoots for National Geographic Traveler and also leads magazine-sponsored workshops and group trips. On Aug. 14, he was in Florence, Italy, one stop on an expedition he was leading through Tuscany.

On Sept. 2, he will be in Snowmass Village.

Bassano is leading a workshop at the Snowmass Club for the third time. He will teach a one-day class on Sept. 2 on the use of Adobe Lightroom, a photo-editing software.

That will be followed by a three-day class about different topics such as HDR, time-lapse and night shooting with digital cameras. The class is geared toward advanced photographers because many of the participants have attended his workshops before.

The Snowmass Club’s Camera Club is organizing the event. The club meets once a month and works on certain skills.

In the three-day workshop, Bassano will lecture about a technique and then take students out on location to places like Ashcroft, the Maroon Bells and some indoor sites around Aspen and Snowmass Village.

“Of course, I am fascinated by the landscape (in Colorado),” Bassano said. “But I am a people photographer. I always look for people, and it’s kind of a challenge in Aspen.”

On his first trip here, Bassano was taken to the Maroon Bells, and he said he was shocked to realize that that scenery, which he had seen in Ansel Adams’ famous photograph as a child, was here.

“I was like ‘I know this place,’” he said. “It was quite incredible for me.”

Ashcroft entices him as well.

“I’ve seen a place like this only in the movies,” he said, speaking of the “Spaghetti Westerns,” the films about the Old West made by Italians.

There are a few spots left in the workshop. Tuition for the one-day class is $150. The three-day class is $450 for Snowmass Club members and $550 for non-members. For more information, email