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The Prize

Experience a 4-hour one-to-one photography course for two with a professional Leica Italy instructor.

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to get to grips with photography as a beginner or for those who want to improve on a specific technique. 

For over a hundred years, photographers have been using Leica cameras to capture special moments all over the world. Some of these remain timeless artefacts. How does an image become an icon? It is the aim of the Leica Akademie and its students to explore this art in detail, to scrutinize it technically and to decipher what gives a picture allure, as well as to have fun and experience the joy of good photography. This wasn’t always the case. Leica’s focus, in 1930s Germany, was initially on science, research, and documentation.

The themes discussed during the course can be agreed with the instructor, selecting from the following:

- basic technique course 
- Black and White photography 
- portraits 
- street photography
- photographying architecture 
- food photography

Please note: The two participants will have a Leica camera as their disposal during the course. The course dates will be agreed in accordance with availability provided by Leica Italy.


The Cause

The Cooperative IL VOLO Onlus, with its headquarters in Monticello, was founded in 2000 thanks to a group of volunteers and mental health specialists, to help youth with psychiatric problems associated with personality disorders—specifically Borderline Personality Disorder—by designing and realizing structures and services for the cure as well as social and work re-insertment.

Personality disorders are conditions of grave psychiatric suffering characterized by an instability of emotions and interpersonal relationships. They are different from other mental issues in that personality disorders don’t deteriorate mental or cognitive functions, and if properly treated at a psychotherapeutic and rehabilitative level they can allow the patient who is suffering to live a life that is balanced socially and workwise.

After chasing this goal, VOLO has created and runs the Comunità Terapeutico-Riabilitativa “Villa Ratti” in Monticello Brianza (LC), which hosts twenty youths between the ages of 18 and 35.

The path of the patients in Villa Ratti lasts about 12-18 months and is based on a Therapeutic Rehabilitative Project which is done through a series of activities—daily, rehabilitative and psychotherapeutic on a few different leves such as personal, social and work.

Additional Details

  • Experience may not be resold or re-auctioned.
  • Does not include a meet and greet.
  • Winning bidder may be subject to a background check.
  • We expect all winning bidders and guests to conduct themselves appropriately and be polite and respectful at all times.
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