The Delta: A Photographic Journey Through the Deep South

Featuring Documentary Photographer Magdalena Solé

“I first visited the Delta in 2009, and, in a sense, I have never left. Or more precisely, the Delta has never left me. Such is the magical spell cast by the place and the people who live in that slender stretch of fertile flat land in northwestern Mississippi. It is a place where lives are shaped by a close attachment to the land, by the unhurried rhythms of the season, and by the shared memories of a tortured past. There is something about the Delta people that goes to the very heart of what it means to be human. Perhaps nowhere else in America do such extremes in ways of life and emotional history exist so intimately.”  - Magdalena Solé

Workshop description

Workshop location is in Stovall, near Clarckdale, Mississippi, at the beautiful Seven Chimneys Farm.  For amateurs and professional alike, the workshop begins with reviews of each photographer’s work as a jumping of point for a larger discussion about various topic issues. Magdalena Solé, author of "New Delta Rising (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) will explore a series of topics: including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to photograph in cultures other than one’s own; how to edit photographs so they reveal a story; how to get close to the people you are photographing. This workshop will emphasize the development of a unique, personal way of seeing and the development of an intuitive way of editing your photographs. We will also discuss with participants how to take their work to the next level. You should be prepared to bring twenty prints to class. The workshop will be held at beautiful Seven Chimneys Farm in Stovall, MS.

Each day will be filled with photographing, a lecture or presentation, editing and review of student´s work from the previous day.  You will also meet local storytellers, musicians, fishermen, and artists.


The first day will start Tuesday evening, October 15 at 6pm and finish in the morning of Thursday, October 24th. Our base will be at the beautiful Seven Chimneys Farm near Clarksdale, MS. We will kick-off the workshop with a welcome dinner on October 15th.

Accommodations are available in individual cabins at Seven SEVEN CHIMNEYS FARM, and also in nearby Clarksdale at the SHACK UP INN. For those on a very tight budget there is the Uptown Motor Inn. We will send out a list of all accommodations with special workshop rates.

We would very much like you to join us for dinner every evening, and to be able to do so in a restaurant, we will order a set menu for every night. Individuals will be responsible for the cost of their meals.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for amateurs and professional photographers. All participants must bring a digital camera, a laptop computer and software for organizing and presenting images. 

If you use film, that needs to be developed, please let us know in advance, so we can make arrangements for developing. Developing costs are not included in the workshop. 

The workshop is limited to 16 participants to allow for maximum individualized attention.

terms and conditions

To reserve space in this workshop, a $500 per person deposit is required at the time of making the reservation. Deposits are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop. All payments must be made by credit card to Photo Xpeditions, LLC, and instructions for payments will be mailed upon confirmation of participation.

Photo Xpeditions reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 60 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel 90 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administrative fee equal to 50% of your deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to departure are as follows:

60–90 days prior to departure: 100% of your deposit amount;

45–60 days prior to departure: 50% of the expedition cost;

45 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the workshop cost.

Photo Xpeditions reserves the right of cancelling the workshop at any time if the minimum amount of students required for the workshop is not reached. If a workshop needs to be cancelled for this reason, a full refund will be given to all participants.