Africa Photo Tours
Our goal in producing excursions in Africa is to introduce our clients to the many incredible things that we have experienced while on assignment for magazines and organizations. For example, a Samburu wedding ceremony, a Maasai circumcision ceremony, a Daasanach Dimi ceremony. These are important cultural events that most tourists never seen but represent the true meaning of the word tradition. With help from our experienced guides, we are welcomed into a unique world unlike our own and treated as welcomed guests. We can experience the excitement of the event and learn about it, increasing our knowledge and awareness of what Africa has to offer. Our hosts can be as curious about us as we are about them, and an exchange of information takes place. On many occasions, beautiful handmade textiles and jewelry made by the villagers can be purchased, which allows us to help them sell their goods outside of market day. We have been invited many times into their homes for a traditional hot tea with milk, which gives us a chance to get to know them on a personal level. You will walk away changed and enlightened.
John Rizzo is an award-winning photographer and educator whose work has been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Overseas Press Club, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Fortune and Money Magazines. He has worked on six continents, is a staff photographer at WAG Magazine, covers the financial industry for corporate clients worldwide and has received seven Artist-in-Residency programs from ArtsWestchester teaching photography in the public schools and community. In 2013 and 2016 he received Arts Alive grants from ArtsWestchester, the latter subject being a photo exhibition and documentary entitled “Our Path,” covering wounded soldiers in Westchester. He also leads photography and family tours to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Niger for wildlife safaris and personal tribal experiences with the Maasai, Turkana, Samburu, Mursi, Arbore, Hamer, Daasanach, Fulani and Nyangatom people.
We will advise you on which equipment is best to bring and work with you to get the most out of your experience. Lessons will be given daily on a wide range of topics to inform and help you reach your goals. We believe that lessons combined with field experience is the best way to learn and we will challenge you to raise your game. Do you want to make a book? We will help you with your capture, then teach you the software.
We are photographers, so we understand what you want to see. The unusual. The extraordinary. That right moment with the best light. That incredible image that tells a special story that will live in your portfolio for years.