Join Greek-American Stella Johnson on a journey of imagemaking, storytelling and discovery on the Greek Island of Crete. Stella has been photographing Crete since 2007, working on her book ZOE (Mother Life), and making invaluable contacts for her students.

Participants learn how to approach the incredibly welcoming Greeks for a storytelling project or learn how to make a set of disparate images work together to form a narrative that chronicles the students’ week- think culture, light, color or whatever strikes you!

Stella teaches how to develop a personal style of shooting, see and use all sources of light, abstract the details, and make strong compositions. She assists students in determining and defining their interests and ideas while learning how to shoot compelling images that tell a story.

The class takes a historical look at photographic documentary traditions and major practitioners. Participants are out each day photographing an area, a segment of the culture or a person, depending on individual interests. Stella meets privately and in class for daily critique as she reviews images, shares her professional experiences working on stories in remote destinations, and explores what it takes to develop the strong relationships necessary to work on long-term projects.

The class works with Greek teaching assistants who photograph with the group and act as translators and guides adding an essential local flavor to the experience with insiders’ perspective of the culture.  

The class is open to all students who love photography, love learning about new cultures and want to hone their visual skills. An iPhone for imagemaking is encouraged and helpful for photographing strangers.


Plan to arrive in Chania by Sunday, June 19.  The workshop begins that evening with a group dinner and introductions. The first day of classes is Monday, June 20. 


The workshop ends Saturday, June 25 with a group dinner and presentation of all participants’ work. Departure is the following day, or you can remain on to explore more of Crete. 


This workshop is conducted using digital cameras and iPhones. If you wish to shoot film, you may so do, but we suggest that you take it home for processing. 

What to Bring

Besides your SLR and Point-and-Shoot digital cameras, bring a body of your creative work with you to share—a portfolio or CD of images. Bring a notebook or journal, a small tape recorder or iPod with mic to record the discussions along with ambient music and sound effects. 

Camera Gear

Digital SLR and Point-and-Shoot digital cameras are suggested. Two bodies are recommended, along with lenses from 28mm to 50 mm. Bring at least 5 extra cards (1 Gig each), extra batteries, battery charger and a laptop with image management software. Make sure you have a back-up system on which to download each day’s work. This can be an external hard drive like LaCie. 

iPhones are welcome!

You may shoot traditional film. 

Research and preparation

Research and preparation are important parts of any adventure. The more research done before the workshop, the more effective the time in country.  


Stella stays in the beach town of Nea Chora at the Danoas Hotel, which is right on the water. Classes will be conducted at the Danaos.

Nea Chora is 10 minutes walking distance outside of the Venetian port town of Chania.



Terms and Conditions for Travel Workshops

1. Reservations & Payments

A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the start date of  your workshop unless stated differently in the course description..  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.

2. Cancellations

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3. Basis of Rates

All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

4. Insurance

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

5. Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.

6.  Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.

7. Medical Issues

All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.

8. Liability Waiver

Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.

9. Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe  experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

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Stella Johnson

The work of acclaimed, Boston-based photographer Stella Johnson spans editorial, corporate, documentary and artistic genres. Grounded in her photography training at The San Francisco Art Institute and her advanced degree in journalism at Boston University's College of Communication, Stella has worked extensively in the United States, Africa, and Europe. Stella was a Fulbright Core Scholar to Mexico in 2003-2004 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Mexico in 2006, for photography and teaching, respectively.

The University of Maine Press is the publisher of Stella Johnson’s monograph, AL SOL: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, 2008. She currently teaches at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston University and the Maine Media Workshops in Maine and Greece and teaches workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico and Cuba.

Select Single and Group Exhibitions include: The Girls’ Club Collection, Ft Lauderdale, FL, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon, The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona, FL, and The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME        

© Francie Bishop Good 

Major projects include a view book for the Riverdale Country Day School in New York, the annual report of Lycos, and numerous brochures for investment banking firms and hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s. Her work has appeared in US News & World Report, Time and Fortune magazines and has been commissioned by Continental Airlines, Fidelity Investments and The Ford Foundation.                                                                                                                  



Course Dates

Jun 25 to Jul 1



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