Patrick Nicholas studied photography and art in Oxford and London graduating in 1977. He came to Italy on an assignment in 1981 and has pretty much been there ever since. He worked for many years as a fashion, portrait and advertising photographer, but then in 2007 dropped purely commercial work except portraiture (see Portrait in Italy) to concentrate on Art Photography in Orvieto where he started his own gallery.
He founded Camera Etrusca photo workshops in 1999 near Lake Bolsena in Central Italy on the borders of Tuscany and Umbria. He is only too happy to impart the knowledge and experience gathered in 30 years in the profession to his clients.
Camera Etrusca is based in Orvieto a picturesque and lively hill town in Umbria on the Tuscan, Latium borders. Workshops are one day for those already in the area, 4 day residential or 7 day residential.
There is no other part of Italy with more variety than this area known as Tuscia. There are ruins, mountains, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, Rennaisance gardens, the Mediterranean sea and so much more all within an hour of Orvieto. Further info on Camera Etrusca’s website
Patrick taught Traditional Photographic Processes at Santa Reparata the International School of Art in Florence. Among the techniques covered were traditional darkroom printing, Cyanotypes, Van Dyke Brown, and Bromoil. He now teaches photography at the Lorenzo de Medici.
For many years he printed his work in the darkroom but now uses an Epson 9800 pigment printer.
Patrick has a lot of experience in nude photography and runs Nude in the Italian Landscape masterclasses twice a year.
His other passion is the history of the area, from the Etruscans of three thousand years ago through the Renaissance to the recent past and he’s happy to enlighten others. He lives in Orvieto with his Italian wife Lucia and eight year old daughter Allegra.