Our mission is to create, expand and maintain a centre of photographic excellence in Tuscany.  Providing solid educational and practical foundations to anybody interested in or involved with the fine art of photography.  Finely balanced with affordable training based on real-world insights, creating tomorrows image-makers and sustaining a bright future for photography.



MPW is based 10 miles north of the charming town of Cortona, where founder Cymon Taylor warmly welcomes you to the heart of the Valdichiana, Tuscany.

You will find it very hard to name another region of the world offering, such variety in a small region, comparable in size to Wales or New Hampshire.

Unlimited photography, length and breadth of ten exceptional provinces of Florence, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.

Cymon has 30 years of experience as a full-time professional photographer.

Notable photography projects include shooting campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, including the World Cup for MasterCard, Pepsi “Lineup” with BBDO Italia, Speedo, Honda, and Toyota, to mention a few, you can see a complete client list and latest commercial work at

A career spanning two photographic revolutions, autofocus and digital.

Experience acquired from a lifelong dedication to this art form is now readily available to you, via our workshops, tours and courses offering travel, adventure and photography, designed to suit all abilities in one of best places to develop your creativity.

MPW’s aim is to help people build their confidence and skills, whilst working at a suitable pace and, most importantly, enjoying the learning process.

We gain enormous enjoyment from training our guests to consistently create and capture beautiful subjects in the finest light in and around Tuscany.

MPW offers amazing private guided photography adventures and vacations for individuals, couples, families and small groups.

Photo adventures which combine travel, portrait, landscape, nature, street or light, at all levels, with a relaxed and rewarding custom learning experience designed around your requests, we’ll be happy to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

cymon taylor photographer working at london olympics 2012
Cymon Taylor, London 2012

We concentrate on delivering the most favourable environment, complementing your individual learning, achieved by focusing mainly on in the field one to one tuition, where group size is kept to a maximum of four people.

Photography Workshops are open to all who are interested, from beginner to professional. Typically focusing on a particular discipline or range of disciplines, such as landscape, portrait, street, lighting, macro, nature, film, black & white, etc.

Ideally for those requesting a more in-depth learning experience, involving the majority of time on location, complemented by required classroom theory and editing sessions.

Photography Tours are comprised of beginners, amateur, enthusiasts and semi-pros who enjoy a more casual approach based on how to capture great images.

MPW primarily focuses on all your requests, guaranteeing that we 'meet you where you are' in terms of photographic skill, creative ability and locations in Tuscany.

Your time will be spent enjoying and photographing your surroundings when time permits we will conduct image editing sessions.

Photography Courses are balanced between the classroom and on-location tuition. Our Masterclass, a four-level series, is designed assisting those taking their first steps, or the more adventurous who return to focus on specific skills and techniques.

The Pro Masterclass series provides our Business of photography course covering various routes into the professional market. Those looking to master post-production are well served by our comprehensive Imaging software for Photographers course.

Did we forget to mention numerous Unesco sites, the cradle of the Renaissance, an unrivalled artistic and cultural history or that the food and wine are not too shabby?

Reason enough to come and share real-world photography experiences with those who know and love this unmatched region.

"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all,
know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography"
George Eastman


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