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Monday, April 27, 2015

04/27/2015 - Umbria, Though Your Tastebuds and Your Lens

An intimate Photography, Food & Wine Tour in Umbria

With Master Photographer/Teacher Murray Rockowitz and Umbrian Cookbook Author/Teacher Suzanne Carreiro

Spend 8-1/2 splendid days touring Umbria with Murray and Suzanne (author of The Dog Who Ate the Truffle: A Memoir of Stories and Recipes from Umbria). We bring our skills, experiences, and passions together to create this unique photography, food, and wine tour. You’ll learn to cook authentic Umbrian recipes, you’ll eat delicious regional dishes and sip great wines, and you’ll learn to capture rich cultural experiences with your camera. By the end of the tour, you’ll feel like a local.


Author and Tour Guide

 Suzanne Carreiro lived in Umbria for a year and a half while researching her Umbrian cookbook, The Dog Who Ate the Truffle: A Memoir of Stories and Recipes from Umbria. During her time  in Umbria, she learned to speak Italian, made many new friends, and learned to cook authentic Umbrian dishes.

 Prior to writing her cookbook, her long career in food included developing recipes and writing for major publications and food companies, styling food for photography, and acting as PR director for Beringer’s Italian wines. Throughout Suzanne’s career, she has taught cooking classes—most recently at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of American St. Helena, where she lives. Suzanne is passionate about using good, fresh ingredients, preferably organic and locally grown. She’s also NUTS about Umbria!



Murray is referred to by fine art collectors as a “master photographer.” The label suites him–he is a master.  His work is well known among collectors of fine art portrait photography. Collectors seek him out for his insightful and beautifully crafted black-and-white portraits that he meticulously prints in his darkroom. His skill at printing is exceptional–one can understand why most of his portraits are in black-and-white. The depth of tone and richness cannot be matched by digital prints–nor can the story be told as well in color.  Murray has served private and commercial clients throughout the world for over twenty-five years.  Throughout his five decades of photography Rockowitz has also been passionately making personal photographs of life as he experiences it. Murray has exhibited his photography in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout his career in museums, galleries and various alternative spaces.

Over the last five or so years, he got bitten by the digital bug, fully embracing color and the digital medium. (Although I don’t think he’ll ever give up his Rolli, black-and-white film, or his darkroom.)

As a photographer, he is not only an artist, but a storyteller and a documentarian. Murray has taught at Napa Valley College, done guest lectures from Public Schools to the San Francisco Art Academy, and currently through the Petaluma Arts Center, Excel, private consultations, workshops in his studio, and other venues, bringing his passion and years of experience in photography and life into the classroom to inspire, teach, and learn with his students. He is really excited to teach while he tours with students in Umbria.


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