Travel and Street Photography Workshops in Asia – India and Myanmar


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Travel and Street Photography Workshops with an In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. Very small groups and reasonable fees. True adventures and learning experiences. An array of exciting locations in Asia – countries such as India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia and cities including Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Jodhpur, Bangkok and Yangon.

 

INTRODUCTION

A photography workshop with Maciej Dakowicz is an intensive travel and street photography adventure intended for a small group of usually three or four participants. The small number of participants makes it very different to other workshops, which are mostly overcrowded and offer little in the way of personal feedback or tuition from the tutor. Also Maciej not only discusses participant photos, but shoots daily in pairs with them. The aim of the workshop is not only to bring home some great pictures but through Maciej’s tuition to improve photographic craft (composition, light, social skills), learn about editing your work and find your own personal style. Apart from various aspects of travel and street photography participants also learn how to travel independently on a limited budget, so that after the workshop each of the participants should be confident enough to undertake any independent photographic trip to a destination of their choice. Most imporantly, participants return from the workshop confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as photographers.

Every day during the trip, participants shoot in pairs or on their own. In general there are no larger group shoots, so there are never too many people trying to take the same shots. Maciej shoots with a different person each day, so there are ample opportunities to observe the way Maciej works and approaches subjects, and to learn his tricks and techniques. At the end of each day everyone gets together to discuss and edit their photos. An encouragement and advice is given towards working on a personal project and produce a photo essay at the end of the trip.

During the workshop Maciej also presents a series of slideshows in which he discusses street photography and practical aspects of it. The presentations give an opportunity for the group to learn what makes a good photograph, how to make one and what can spoil it.

A very small size of group means a high level of participant interaction with Maciej so that everyone receives his full attention. Maciej observes the way each participant works with the camera, approaches subjects and gives personal advice on improving their photographic art. Travelling together for a longer period of time means that participants get to know each other well, exchange experiences, knowledge, good times and perhaps even form lasting connections.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

• 1 December 2014 – 7 December 2014 A week-long travel and street photography workshop in Rajasthan, India – Jaipur and Jodhpur.

• 5 January 2015 – 11 January 2015 A week-long street photography workshop in Mumbai, India.

• 19 January 2005 – 25 January 2005 A week-long street photography workshop in Kolkata, India.

• 14 February 2015 – 20 February 2015 A week-long street photography workshop in Varanasi, India during Maha Shivaratri festival.

• 9 March 2015 – 22 March 2015 – two weeks of travel and street photography in Myanmar – Yangon, Sittwe, Mrauk U. 5 participants. £700 per person. 1 LAST SPOT AVAILABLE.

• 23 March 2015 – 29 March 2015 – a week of street photography in Yangon, Myanmar (plus Bago or Pathein – this will be decided with the group). 4 participants. £550. 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE.

• late June 2015 – a week of travel and street photography in Kashmir, India. 4 participants. £580.

• July 2015 – a week of travel and street photography in Ladakh, India. 4 participants. £580.

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

• 17 November 2014 – 23 November 2014 – a week of street photography in Mumbai, India.
• 20 October 2014 – 26 October 2014 – a week-long street photography workshop in Varanasi, India during Diwali festival.
• 27 October 2014 – 2 November 2014 – a week-long street photography workshop in Varanasi, India during Chhath Puja festival.
• 6 August 2014 – 12 August 2014 – second week-long street photography workshop in Istanbul.
• 28 July 2014 – 3 August 2014 – first week-long street photography workshop in Istanbul.
• 19 April – 28 April 2014 – ten days of travel and street photography in Kolkata and Varanasi.
• 7 April – 13 April 2014 – a week of street photography in Mumbai.
• 17 – 30 March 2014 – two weeks of travel and street photography in central India.
• 10 – 23 February 2014 – two weeks of travel and street photography in southern Myanmar (Burma).
• 27 January – 9 February 2014 – two weeks of travel and street photography in Myanmar (Burma).
• 13 – 19 January 2014 – a week of street photography in Bangkok.
• December 2013 – a week of street photography in Mumbai.
• November 2013 – two travel and street photography workshops in India.
• October 2013 – a week of street photography in Mumbai, India.
• September 2013 – a week of street photography in Mumbai, India.
• June 2013 – travel and street photography workshop in Albania.
• May 2013 – two travel and street photography workshops in Istanbul in May 2013.
• Jan/Feb 2013 – two travel and street photography workshops in Bangladesh.
• Nov/Dec 2012 – two travel and street photography workshops in Mumbai and North India.
• June 2012 – travel and street photography workshop in Istanbul.
• Jan 2012 – travel and street photography workshop in Gujarat, India.
• Nov/Dec 2011 – travel and street photography workshop in North India.
• June 2011 – travel and street photography workshop in Jordan.
• Mar 2011 – Travel and Street Photography Workshop in Tunisia.
• Nov/Dec 2010 – Travel and Street Photography Workshop in North India.
• Jun 2010 – Travel and Street Photography Workshop in North India and Kashmir.

 

Requirements

• Serious interest in photography and desire to learn and improve. We will talk about a lot about photography, photographers and photobooks, but not so much about cameras and photoshop. It will be more about the art and technique than gear.
• A digital camera, laptop with photo software (Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop, BreezeBrower, Photo Mechanic, iPhoto or any other) for displaying/editing/sharing photos and preferably an external hard drive for backup. If you choose to shoot with a film camera you will not be able to receive critiques of your workshop photos.
• Good camera and editing software proficiency (you must know your camera equipment well, be ready to shoot independently from the first day and know how to import and browse/edit the pictures on your laptop).
• Fit (long hours of walking), active, energetic and willing to take pictures every day for the duration of the whole workshop. However, a day or half off once a while can be arranged.
• Ready to be challenged and step out of your comfort zone – you will talk to people and shoot at unusual places. You might not feel comfortable photographing strangers on the first day or two, but by the end of the workshop your personal confidence and social skills will be on another lever.
• Prepared for different travel conditions (occasional long train or bus rides – this concerns travelling workshops).
• Ready for budget travelling (backpacking type conditions) – local transport, local restaurants (but we try to find the best ones – clean, cheap and yummy), budget hotels (but we pick the best budget options with best price/quality ratio – private bathrooms, fan/AC). In general people do not spend much on Maciej’s workshop as there is no need for that. Once you know how to do it properly, you can travel comfortably without big spendings. Maciej is an experienced traveller and happily shares his travel tips with the group.
• A little bit of humour (needed when the weather is poor, the bus is broken or everybody is tired or hungover), patience and understanding that things can go their own way sometimes.

 

Benefits

• A very small group of participants means a very personal experience.
• Multiple opportunities to shoot in a pair with Maciej only. You will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his tricks and techniques, and receive instant feedback and guidance.
• Daily photo critique sessions and a final editing session to select best photos from the workshop.
• A regular feedback on the work you produce and on the way you work.
• Several educational and inspirational slideshows about photography presented by Maciej on separate days.
• A guaranteed vast improvement of your photographic and social skills – understanding the light and composition, higher personal confidence to photograph people in the streets.
• Unlimited access to Maciej’s travel and photography experience.
• A promotion of your work by Maciej on his website, Flickr and Facebook.
• Unforgettable experiences of visiting fascinating places with a like minded group of photography enthusiasts.
• …and most probably you will take some of the best pictures of your life during the workshop. Not only your photography will change, but you as well. All will be different.

You will also be invited to join Maciej Dakowicz Photography Workshops group on Facebook. This group is a small but lively online community where participants of Maciej’s workshops interact, share their experiences, photos and plan future photo adventures. It is run by Maciej and you can always ask him questions there.

 

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

“Maciej is a tough teacher: he immediately spots each and every deficiency in the pictures and clearly lets you know. (…) It was exhausting but a great experience!” – Philippe Lanchès
“His critique is spot on and he focused on plenty of details most of us participants have not even realized before. (…) He judges each student individually and adjusts his remarks according to their own skill.” – Torsten Hendricks
“I am delighted to have conquered my fear of approaching and photographing people in their environment!” – Christine Vetter-Taylor
“Watching him work scenes and communicate with the locals was invaluable, and can’t be learnt by opening a book, no matter how insightful.” – Boris Hamilton
“He showed me how to enter a place and tell the right thing to people so that I can take pictures without feeling like an intruder.” – Alexandru Ilea
“It was such an intensive week. It was like a full time job. (…) Definitely one of the best times I have ever had.” – Marcin Sikorski
“As a result, I actualy got a very diverse set of photos throughout the 10 days – largely due to getting involved in situations I would previously not even think of.” – David Gaberle
“Each day we reviewed our work to see what our best shots were and where we could improve on and this helped me approach a scene differently than I would have, learning from past experiences.” – Michael Foo
“While I had positive expectations for the workshop, what I didn’t know at this stage was that I was going to have one of the best experiences of my life.” – Chris Meirick
“Be prepared for long days, sore feet, tough critiques and a fast track to improving your photography.” – Mark Carey

Read more: testimonials from the participants of the previous workshops.

Also, three of my workshop students were shortlisted for 2014 Fotoura’s International Street Photography Awards. Two of them with photos taken during my workshops in India and Bangladesh. Several others were the winners of their country categories in that important street photography competition. This says quite much about the quality of work produced during my workshops, even by those who are beginners.

 

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ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller, photography teacher and gallerist based in Mumbai, India. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of the cult Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, a member of the Wideangle photo agency, the international street photography collective In-Public and the un-posed Polish street photography collective. He has worked on various photographic projects in the UK and abroad and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012.

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Istanbul, Turkey, August 2014.

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Varanasi, India. April 2014.

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Yangon, Myanmar, February 2014.

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Albania, June 2013.

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India, November 2013.

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Mumbai, December 2013.

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India, November 2013.

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India, November 2013.

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Mumbai, India, March 2014.

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Mumbai, India, April 2014.

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Mumbai, India, September 2013.

Photography workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. Maciej and students discuss student photos.

Bangkok, Thailand, January 2013.

Photography workshop in Mumbai, India - discussion of photos on the back a digital camera.

Mumbai, India, November 2012.

Maciej Dakowicz photographs in Varanasi during travel and street photograph workshop.

Varanasi, India, November 2012.

Travel and street photography tour - Maciej and Gareth in Istanbul in June 2012.

Istanbul, Turkey, June 2012.

Photographer Maciej Dakowicz with workshop participants Gareth and Oli in Istanbul during the travel and street photography workshop in June 2012. Maciej with Gareth and Oli with Istanbul in June 2012 looking at the screen of Canon EOS 5D mark II.

Istanbul, Turkey, June 2012.

Bangladesh - Maciej photographs in an Islamic school.

Bandarban, Bangladesh, January 2013.

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Myanmar, March 2012.

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Myanmar, March 2012.

Street photographer Maciej Dakowicz in India.

Varanasi, India, December 2010.

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