Guilin Photography Workshop

The Guilin Photography Workshop provides participants unique access to world-renowned photography and Mandarin instruction while immersed within one of earth's most breathtaking natural landscapes: Guilin. This year's workshop will be led by Tillman Crane, CLI Immersion Program alum and renowned photography teacher since 1988.

Welcome to Guilin


“Most Beautiful Under Heaven”


The proverb 桂林山水甲天下 (Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎtiānxià) proclaims that “Guilin’s scenery is the most beautiful under heaven.” Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and karst mountains that jut out of the earth like giant limestone pillars, Guilin has been famous for its breathtaking natural beauty for a thousand years.

Guilin was selected as the location of the 2018 Photography Workshop due to CLI’s strong presence throughout the city, our deep knowledge of off-the-beaten-path locales, and the friendly and welcoming nature of the people of Guilin.

Workshop Description


Workshop Schedule


Workshop Instructor


Tillman Crane’s photography career began in 1978 as a photojournalist for The Maryville Daily Times. He began teaching the craft of photography in 1988. His passion for photography continues to evolve as he embraces new technology while furthering his mastery of the platinum/palladium print. The focus of his imagery remains the unique sense of place in the ordinary, everyday locations where he lives, travels, and teaches.

A skilled teacher with deep experience, his workshops offer a variety of locations for all levels of expertise and camera formats. Tillman actively leads workshops for the Maine Media Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops. With his extensive knowledge of platinum printing, he has taught in China, Mexico, Scotland, England, and throughout the United States.

Tillman has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone (2008), and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). For the discriminating collector, Tillman collaborates to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of your choice of platinum/palladium prints.

His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are included in major collections throughout the United States, China, England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. Tillman’s images are also included in several influential books on contemporary photography.

Program Dates and Fees


Dates: October 28 to November 9, 2018

Program Fee: 2,950 USD (double occupancy); 3,480 USD (single occupancy)

Included in Fee: all group transportation, high quality housing, full-time CLI guides, 24/7 support from CLI’s Guilin team, two meals most days (breakfast everyday)

Important links:

Floating Down the Li River


See You In Guilin