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 with Curator Cig Harvey



NEW DATES: April 26TH - May 2ND 2021


Tbilisi - GEORGIA

PORTFOLIO is tailored for photographers who wants to be part of a group of creative people, travel to an exclusive locations to be inspired, and produce new work. The work you produce on this journey will be reviewed and selected by our guest curator Cig Harvey, to be part of the 2020 issue of the limited edition Fine Art Book PORTFOLIO,

published by NORDphotography.


This years PORTFOLIO is set in one of the worlds oldest cities, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Named “the city of legend and romance” by Alexandre Dumas, this is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history. A city neither European nor Asian but a heady blend of both East and West. Tbilisi looks like it is straight from the pages of a Gothic fairytale. The architecture throughout the city reflects its diverse history with medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and the Modern structures. It has a burgeoning art scene, a mild climate, amazing food and wine, and by many voted as the most strikingly original travel destinations in Europe or Asia, if not the world.

To inspire you to create your best work, we will be shooting in exclusive locations in and around the capital of Georgia. We will have local models, and hair/make-up team most of our days. On the day without models we will be at the local flea market, and using the streets and the people of Tbilisi as our inspiration.


To complete the experience we will be staying in one of the few privately owned castles in this part of the world. The Castle in Old Town is renovated into a luxury hotel boasting a swimming pool, a shared lounge and a garden and views of the mountain.

Curator Cig Harvey will be with us on location, to create her own work, which will be included in the PORTOFLIO. She will also conduct brainstorming 

sessions with the class on our first evening, and 2 image critics with the participants throughout the week. In addition, you will have a private Skype session with Cig after the journey, where you will go through your work, and select the best images to submit to PORTFOLIO. The final pick for the PORTFOLIO will be by Cig Harvey in collaboration with Elisabeth N Aanes.

NORDphotographys founder Elisabeth N. Aanes, who is a curator, gallerist and mentor to photographers, will also be with us in Georgia, to facilitate and help participants with their ideas.


Our produser from our workshops in St Petersburg, Art Historian Tanya Yermolayeva, is part of our team in Georgia, and will use her network to get us access to unique buildings and sites of importance for our photo-shoots.  


The goal of the PORTFOLIO, in addition to creating a beautiful presentation of Fine Art Photography, is to promote the artwork of the photographers 

included. Each participants will get one copy of the PORTFOLIO, and is guaranteed a minimum of 5 images in the PORTFOLIO.

We accept 10 participant in this class. Participants are accepted by portfolio.

PLANNED INTINERARY (open to changes): 

April 26TH:

7PM: Welcome Dinner - a typical Georgian feast. 

Brainstorming session with Cig Harvey at our castle


April 27TH:

In the morning: First photoshoot

In the evening: editing work, or keep shooting


April 28TH:

In the morning: Second photoshoot

In the evening: Image critic and feedback from Cig Harvey

April 29TH:

In the morning: Third photoshoot

In the evening: editing work, or keep shooting

April 30TH: 

In the morning: Forth photoshoot

In the evening: Image critic and feedback from Cig Harvey

May 1ST:

In the morning: Fifth photoshoot

In the evening: editing work, and wrap party

May 2ND: 

Departure after breakfast 

NOK 28.000,- (deposit NOK 6.000,-). 

Included in the tuition:  

Models, locations, make-up/ hair team and transportation throughout our stay. Our crew (Cig, Tatiana, Elisabeth) which will facilitate, curate and guide this journey. Brainstorming and image critic, pluss a private Skype meeting with our curator Cig Harvey after the journey is completed. Part of the tuition goes to cover the design and production of PORTFOLIO. Included is also each participants own private copy of PORTFOLIO.


Not included:

Accommodation, plane ticket, visa, transportation to airport, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and transportation from airport is included in accommodation cost.

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner. International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.


We have booked the only privately owned historical Castle in Georgia as our accomodation. Once a fortress before the Mongol invasions, it was from the 16th century the house of the Persian Shah Administrator for Eastern Georgia. The Castle in Old Town is now a luxury hotel boasting a swimming pool, a shared lounge and a garden and views of the mountain.


The rooms are very spacious, ranging from 17 to 72 square meters. The interior is pristine with original artworks decorating each room. The Castle is an experience in itself (

Prices pr night depends on your preference of room, and ranges from 294 USD pr night to 124 USD pr night. The listed price is pr room pr night, and might vary a little depending on the currency value on the time of the payment


Shared accommodation is possible, and the price will then be divided on the number of people staying in the room. Price include breakfast and transportation from airport. Accommodation is not included in the tuition. WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE WORKSHOP PLEASE LIST YOUR ROOM PREFERANCE AND IF YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR ROOM. 



A. Deluxe Room with Garden View: This quadruple room features seating area, kitchenette and dining area. 2 double bed (can fit 4 people) - room size 46 kvm - NOK 2 687 (USD 294) pr night pr room.

B. Suite with Terrace: This quadruple suite room has a private entrance, big terrace, seating area, kitchenette and dining area: 2 double beds (can fit 4 people) - room size 72 kvm - NOK 2 687 (USD 294) pr night pr room.

C. Quadruple Room with Balcony: 2 double beds (can fit 4 people) - room size 50 kvm - NOK 2 374 (USD 260) pr night pr room.

D. Double Suite with Terrace: This double deluxe room has a seating area, private terrace, kitchenette and city view. 1 double bed (can fit 2 people) - room size 42 kvm - NOK 2 062 (USD 226) pr night pr room.


E. Suite with City View: This quadruple suite has a seating area, dining area, garden view and city view. 2 twin beds, one double bed (can fit 4 people) - room size 70 kvm - NOK 2 062 (USD 226) pr night pr room.

F. Deluxe Room with Garden View: This quadruple room features seating area, kitchenette and dining area. 2 double bed (can fit 4 people) - room size 46 kvm - NOK 2 062 (USD 226) pr night pr room.

G. Deluxe Double Room with City View: This quadruple suite room has a seating area, kitchenette and city view. 1 double bed, one single bed (can fit 3 people) - room size 45 kvm - NOK 1 999 (USD 219) pr night pr room.

H. Double Suite: This double deluxe room has a seating area, kitchenette and city view. 1 double bed (can fit 2 people) - room size 42 kvm - NOK 1 749 (USD 192) pr night pr room.


I. Standard Double Room: This double room features private terrace, and kitchenette. 1 double bed (can fit 2 people) - room size 17 kvm - NOK 1 125 (USD 124) pr night pr room.

J. Studio Apartment with Balcony under the Castle: 1 double bed (can fit 2 people) - room size 68 kvm - NOK 1 125 (USD 124) pr night pr room.


There are many ways to get to Tbilisi Georgia. Not many direct routes, but of course that depends where you travel from. There are many connections to Georgia via Wien, Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Riga and more. For good tickets we suggest to check different traveling sites. 


You need a Visa to travel to Georgia. Most countries are eligible for the e-visa application, which is done online, and cost 22 dollars (Dec. 2019). You can check info and apply for your visa here:


You will need a travel insurance to apply for visa.

Full: NOK 28.000,-

(currency converter)

Deposit: NOK 6.000,-

Se payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


We have reserved all the room in the Castle for this workshop from the 26TH  of April. The workshop starts in the evening of the 26TH.


The workshop ends on the 2ND of May after break-fast

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later then a month before the workshop start. 


You need to bring your camera, and your laptop.


You should bring your reflector(s).


Props and clothes/ fabrics for your models might come in handy. 



Cig Harvey, is a passionate working fine-art photographer and educator.

She was a finalist for the BMW Prize and The Karl Lagerfield Collection at

Paris Photo 2017, and the winner of Prix Virginia 2018. Her first monograph,

You Look At Me Like An

Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012) sold out in all printings. Her second book, Gardening At Night,

was released spring 2015. Harvey’s third monograph, You an Orchestra You a Bomb (Schilt Publishing, 2017) was applauded in a number

of international publications, including in The New York Times, BBC, Vice, New York Magazine, and Creative Review.

Cig’s workshops has been highlighted by American Photo as one of the best to attend.



Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of NORDphotography and SAGA Center for Photography. She teaches NORDphotography’s mentor program in Oslo and at SAGA. Elisabeth took her photo-education in USA, and worked for several years with the world renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson. She  has also worked at the Polaroid Studio in NYC, and assisted 

photographers like William Wegman and Timothy Greenfield Sanders.


Her work has been exhibited at The Photo District Gallery (NYC), CMCA (Maine - USA), DogA (Oslo), Trondhjem Kunstforening and Sekkefabrikken (Oslo) in addition to private galleris in USA and Norway. 

She holds the cover for Book 'The View Project' by Joyce Tenneson.

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Instructor Replacement:


It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund. NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrolment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies: Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition. NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.

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