Each China Photo Workshops Tour is personally led by China's premier landscape photographer, Thierry Bornier. Thierry's work regularly features in galleries and major publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Vice, and The Telegraph. Thierry has received some of the top photography awards. Thierry has lived in China for over 14 years and personally researches and curates each workshop, offering unique experiences for travellers who wish to share and develop their passion for photography and immerse themselves in the local culture.
Our photography tours of China are guided by award-winning local and international professional landscape photographers.
You’ll be safely transported to each location across China in a luxury car, with enough room to comfortably accommodate you and your camera gear.
Explore the diverse landscapes of China with our experienced international team guaranteeing you a stress-free adventure without any communication barriers.
You’ll stay at the most comfortable hotels in China to ensure you are fully rested and ready to tackle all of the adventures that await.
"I have carefully designed complete travelling experiences that blend art, culture, and my personal philosophy of photography. These days, anyone can use Photoshop, but very few can truly capture the essence of their subject matter. I will help you move past the ‘tricks’ and instead develop your innate abilities and eye. As a result, your photographs will gain deeper new dimensions and poignancy, and a rich new sense of purpose."
China Photo Workshops has an enduring commitment to arranging authentic travel experiences for the discerning traveler. We cater to photographers at any experience level who crave authenticity and beauty. Everything we do is driven by passion for photography, a spirit of fun and, above all, a deep-rooted sense of respect for this ancient and fascinating culture.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you plan your perfect photography tour of China.
To Thierry, Thank you very much for this excellent trip. I learned so much about composing, and I fell in love with this mystical fog in the rice terraces and mountains. China has unique landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Thank you for your company and your lessons in photography. The workshop was great, and you did everything to make everybody feel good and comfortable. I am sure this is not the last workshop we will do together.
I have been on three workshops with Thierry, the fourth is scheduled for 2020 and the fifth is in the planning. Thierry is a great photographer and a wonderful photography teacher, finding the best locations for photography and assisting us with the technical and artistic issues. Not less important, I found Thierry to be a real gentleman, listening very carefully to us, the customers, and both him and his assistant bent over backward to fulfill our requests very professionally. Besides, I found China to be a very safe and hospitable place to travel - much to my surprise - which contributed a lot to the success of the workshops.
Thierry is an outstanding landscape photographer. His pictures are just amazing! He shared his rich experiences with us and was always there to help, to explain, to teach. He did everything he could to make everybody happy. We felt like we were traveling with a good friend.
We moved around and chased the best light and weather conditions every day. Every bit of downtime was put to good use with a workshop, where we reviewed pictures and post-processing techniques. Thierry gave good suggestions in the field, and I very much appreciated his willingness to teach and explain things clearly and straightforwardly. Whether a picture was good or bad, he would just tell the truth, suggest deleting the rubbish, and then teach how to get results in post-processing with the good ones. The itinerary and transfers were well-planned, with the best possible comfort achieved, especially since some locations were in rural, undeveloped areas. I thought it would be quite a challenge to find decent accommodations, but Thierry’s partner, Yangzi, managed to surprise us all. Based on this positive experience, I have already booked another one of Thierry’s workshops for next year.
To Thierry, I’m back in rainy Switzerland. I hope you have recovered from the past two busy weeks, which I enjoyed very much despite the unfavorable weather conditions. I’m sure we will meet at several more workshops. I appreciate your uncompromised focus on photography, your detailed knowledge of the regions visited, as well as your refreshing sense of humor. Furthermore, the perfect organization implemented by your friendly and helpful collaborator Tintin was a pure blessing.
Thierry is a unique workshop leader as he speaks fluent English, French and Mandarin and he has also lived in China for 10+ years! Not only does he know the country and its photographic opportunities well, but he can also provide you with insight into the people and culture in a way that other foreign leaders may not. On my trip, I was able to eat dinner with a local, highly acclaimed photographer that was part of making Xiapu famous, see his photography studio and also get a small tour of Shanghai as it's Thierry's hometown in China. Photographing in China is a unique experience because the sights are magical but also because there are so many more people in China. Thierry will always try to get you to place early for a good spot and/or have your own space but sometimes, you should know, there is no avoiding the crowds. He also has an extensive network of local sources that are plugged into the scene which is crucial to getting you to the best locations. China is changing fast, so sometimes a location, say in Xiapu, may no longer exist as it's been demolished but a newer one has developed, and Thierry will be in the know. Finally, Thierry is also accommodating of the groups wants and needs, where possible, doing everything from modifying routes for those with physical ailments, to splitting the group up if there are disparate interests, to finding someone a MacDonalds when they are really missing home. For those of you who join a tour with Thierry, I wish you the very best adventure and, as always, great light!
We have just landed in Israel, safe and sound and tired. Many thanks for an unforgettable workshop. We left China with a strong taste for more… In one word: Chapeau! In two words: twelve Points! You won’t find a better workshop in China. Period.
To Thierry: After safely returning home, I want to thank you in writing for your great China workshop in March 2017. You are not only a brilliant photographer but at the same time a good teacher and an excellent organizer. I learned more from your workshop than from all my other photo tours together. You’re not simply offering a photo tour like most other photographers, but a real workshop. You place teaching the participants higher than taking pictures of yourself. You care about people. You work with each person to try and overcome their weaknesses. This is why I recommend your workshops to anyone who seriously wants to improve their photography and are not afraid of criticism, long days, and tiring travels.After safely returning home, I want to thank you in writing for your great China workshop in March 2017. You are not only a brilliant photographer but at the same time a good teacher and an excellent organizer. I learned more from your workshop than from all my other photo tours together. You’re not simply offering a photo tour like most other photographers, but a real workshop. You place teaching the participants higher than taking pictures of yourself. You care about people. You work with each person to try and overcome their weaknesses. This is why I recommend your workshops to anyone who seriously wants to improve their photography and are not afraid of criticism, long days, and tiring travels.