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Join Photographer Francisco Marin On Board
Aqua Mekong Departure – 8th December 2017

Join Francisco Marin, a talented fine art and architectural photographer and videographer on board the Aqua Mekong in December 2017.

When Aqua Expeditions founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, met Francisco Marin and viewed his breathtaking images, he immediately saw the mission of Aqua Expeditions unfolding in a visual story: sharing with our guests some of the world’s most remote communities, captivating landscapes, and immersing them in history, culture, and nature.

Watch Francisco in action in Cambodia as he captures the spirit of the villagers of Southeast Asia…

Unique opportunities for our guests on these photography departures include:

  • Join hands-on outdoor photography workshops: Under his guidance, you will capture the most dramatic moments you experience within this living cultural kaleidoscope. Journey together along the fabled Mekong River to ancient Buddhist temples, floating Khmer villages and fragrant riverside markets. Set off into the field with Francisco, practicing tips and techniques for photographing the fascinating people and lifestyles you will encounter along our route. Watch and learn from this modern master known as much for capturing the Mekong’s exceptional natural light as for coaxing a smile from everyone he meets along the way.
  • Visualize the Mekong through the eyes of a photographer: Travel alongside this personable, talented artist as he shares with you the secrets to creating visual stories of your epic adventures. Photograph local artisans at work on their craft, visit floating villages or grab a bike or kayak and just contemplate the magical surroundings. Tour Phnom Penh’s colorful historical sites including the National Palace and view the sobering black and white photography displayed at the Khmer prison at Toul Sleng. Then take home your once-in-a-lifetime photographic journal on the Mekong, professionally created by this talented artist.
  • Get tips from a professional: Learn the tips and techniques architectural photographers use to capture and highlight architectural features. Listen to his stories about blending artistic treatments from fine art into his photography, use of black and white versus color in imagery and how to capture light to add drama and emotion to photography subjects.
  • Join in interactive Q&A Sessions: Meet and get to know this Leica Akademie instructor in the intimacy of a small group of likeminded travelers, as he shares his love of the panoramas and people of Southeast Asia, where he has made his home for the past three years. After joining Francisco on hands-on excursions photographing subjects out in the field during the day, in the evenings, ask him all your questions about composition, lighting, and technical enhancements. Then share your own photography challenges with this award-winning artist over a drink at the bar.

This unique collaboration between Aqua Expeditions and Francisco Marin offers you the rare chance to learn and practice new skills as you explore photographic opportunities in one of the most historically and culturally rich areas of the world. Grab your camera and book your cabin now!

Limited number of spaces available:

2017 Departure

December 8th to 12th, 2017
Phnom Penh (PNH)
Journey aboard the Aqua Mekong



Francisco Marin is a successful commercial photographer and teacher, practicing his craft in Asia for over 10 years and currently an instructor with the renowned photography school, Leica Akademie, in Singapore. A native of Mexico, Marin is an artistic photographer who specializes in capturing architectural and interior design for real estate developers and editorial customers.

Francisco-MarinInspired by his father as early as age 8, he comes with a trained eye, having studied architecture at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He also has a certificate from Maine Media College in architectural photography and studied digital photography at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
In addition to his architectural and design portfolios, Marin has worked in many other areas of commercial photography, including jewelry, fashion, sports, and food and food packaging. He is also an accomplished photographic artist. Four exhibitions of his work have been staged, most recently “En el Café” in December 2016 at Leica Gallery in Singapore, together with his second book of the same name. His first book, “W.I.L.L. Walk into Life and Learn” was published for charitable purposes.

Marin also teaches, leading training courses in commercial photography in China and photography classes for the general public, mostly in Shanghai. He is currently an instructor with Leica Akademie Singapore.
Outside of photography, Marin successfully uses his talents in video production. He twice won second place in the Mei Wen Ti Short Film Festival in Shanghai. Francisco continues his professional photography work and artistry in Singapore represented by Aflote Inc.


Enjoy a slideshow of Francisco’s recent work photographing what he saw while traveling with us on the Aqua Mekong:

Limited cabins available – reserve your room now for this exclusive and unique cruising opportunity!