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Taking pictures is easy. We do not do easy. We use photography to push you out of your comfort zone, because that is where the most interesting things are happening. We teach you to be resourceful, resilient and creative. We teach you how to be meaningful.
Our Active Learning Program based on rigorous one-to-one training with real time messaging and video conferencing. Homework assignments are custom designed for every student to address their individual problem areas and to tap into their strengths.
We supplement online learning with live lectures, workshops and intensives held in many countries.
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Thanks to classes at artphotoacademy.com I realized what my real passion is, and what I want to do with my life. You gave me a real push, which brought me where I am now. Thank you very much!
Advertising Photographer, San Francisco
An online class that I took at International Academy of Photographic Arts made me realize that photography is a real art form and an outlet for creativity. It would not be an overstatement to say that my successful career started here.
Commercial Photographer, Moscow
I have taken several Irakly's classes and the most important thing I have learned is how not to think as a photographer. My favorite quote from Irakly when someone showed him the photo for his critique, he asked very simple question: "why should I care about this photo?" I think we all strive to make photographs that others care to see. Irakly's classes made me a better photographer.
Portrait and Wedding Photographer, San Francisco
Prepare to have your mind blow. Irakly is unlike any other instructor or coach you will meet... Brilliant, original, unpredictably fun, and a gentlemen.
Photography Teacher, Honolulu
Irakly Shanidze is practically evil. He says whatever is on his mind without the slightest regard to his student's self esteem. He constantly tells them they've failed completely and even LAUGHS at this and takes great pleasure in their pain. However, he is a brilliant photographer and a fantastic teacher despite his horrifying tactics.
Portrait Photographer, Detroit
I sincerely believe that a person engages in art because there is something inside, something so interesting, huge, beautiful and important that he/she absolutely must share it with the rest of the world. However, it does not always come out right. At the International Academy of Photographic Arts they teach how to say it right, what to use to say it why to say it to begin with. Irakly Shanidze's online course makes you think constantly, search for the beautiful at the most unexpected places, convey this beauty in a technically and emotionally flawless way. Thank you for this intelligent, kind and eternal in my head. It works!
Motion Picture Camerawoman, Moscow
I ended up in hands of the majestic and terrifying Irakly Shanidze at the very beginning of my photographic life. Now I can say that this experience largely determined my perception of not only photography, but visual arts as a whole. At first, I enrolled in the online course and then came to Irakly's two-week intensive in Moscow. It is then that I had this unbelievable magical epiphany, which became pivotal in my life and determined my future profession. The most important thing, in addition to being very thorough with all this technical stuff, Irakly opens in students an entirely new vision and ability to see the picture, helps "read" the image, decipher its hidden meaning. He turns whatever you imagined in your head about what photography should be entirely upside down. It is a thrilling trip, and after taking it, you will never be the same. Throughout my photographic life, I had many teachers who helped me develop my style and find my direction in photography. Irakly, however, gets the golden palm for his contribution.
Fashion Photographer, Fashion Model, Paris
I have know Irakly for well over a decade now. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have seen him work and teach. In all my years of learning I have seen quite a few world famous photographers speak and attended dozens of workshops. I can say that to this day Irakly is without a doubt the best of the best. He possesses immense technical knowledge but it's his authentic point of view and absolute honesty that makes him the person you'll want to learn from. He brings the notion of "shooting with a purpose" to a whole new level. Whether its his street photography, portraits or conceptual fine art work he is a master of story telling with uncanny attention to details. What's more, he teaches in the same efficient and purposeful manner he shoots and that is not easy.
Wedding Photographer, Detroit
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