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About Japan

"Even in Kyoto, Hearing the Cukoos cry, I long for Kyoto” -Edo period Zen Buddhist haiku

We strive for our workshops to be transformative creative and cultural experiences. Participants will spend time exploring and shooting in urban and rural settings throughout Japan. 


Dan and I will guide you in shooting a variety of subjects and locations through assignments focusing on intent, technique and composition. Wide Angle’s philosophy is simple: deep creative and cultural experiences in historically significant and unique countries.

About Us

Snapshot of instructor Elena Dorfman with student


Elena is an established photographer whose career has taken her all over the world shooting assignments for magazines that include the New Yorker, The New York Times, T, Time, and Marie Claire among many others. She also lived and worked in Lebanon and Jordan for the UN, with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis. Her work from the Middle East has been published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US. Five books about her work have been published. 

Selfportrait, double exposure of instructor Dan Milnor


A photographer and media director who currently works as “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. the world’s premiere print-on-demand publishing platform. Milnor is a former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer who now works primarily on long-term projects.

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