Travel and Street Photography Workshops in India in November 2013


Two two-week-long travel and street workshops in India in November 2013 with Maciej Dakowicz.



Workshop Reports


The first workshop

28 October – 10 November – travel and street photography in Kolkata and Orissa.

- Nakarin Teerapenun –,
- Chris Meirick –,
- David Edge –,
- Alexandru Ilea –


Nakarin, Alex, Chris and David in my hotel room wait wait for the next part of the street photography presentation, followed by a session of photo critiques. Busy days, busy nights.


Nakarin photographs morning activities at Malik Ghat on Hooghly River, near Howrah Bridge in Kolkata.


Alex photographs quiet scenes near the famous temple in Konark in Odisha.


David photographs a group of teenagers playing in the sea at the beach in Puri.


Chris photographs inside a barber shop in Cuttack, Odisha.


Relaxing with Kingfisher beer after a long day of shooting in our hotel bar in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.

The second workshop

11 – 24 November – Sonepur Mela and travel and street photography in Kolkata and Varanasi.

- Nick Lorkin –,
- Tony White –,
- Peter Blahut –,
- Alfred Pleyer –


Alfred photographs on the ghats in Varanasi early morning.


Nick photographs a man praying in the Ganges early morning in Varanasi.


Discussing Tony’s photos at our hotel’s terrace overlooking the Ganges in Varanasi.


Peter, Alfred, Tony, ma and Nick on the train from Varanasi to Patna, on the way to visit Sonepur Mela.


Peter photographs in a barber shop in Kolkata.


Peter, Tony and Alfred at our hotel’s restaurant in Varanasi. Right on the bank of the Ganges. A beautiful early night glow from the river, wonderful atmosphere.


Time to leave Varanasi and board an overnight train to Patna. Here we are on the way to the station, looking for an autorickshaw. Photo by Alfred.


Waiting at Patna Junction railway station for our overnight train back to Kolkata.


Participant Photos


Nakarin Teerapenun


Chris Meirick


Alexandru Ilea


Peter Blahut

more to come

Original Workshop Description


Two separate two-week long workshops in November 2013, each intended for maximum 4 participants:
28 October – 10 November – travel and street photography in Kolkata and Orissa.
11 – 24 November – Sonepur Mela and travel and street photography in Kolkata and Varanasi . The adventure starts and finishes in Kolkata.

Participants are encouraged to arrive a day or two before starting the workshop to get used to being in India.


• £600 per person.

Workshops summary:

• The first workshop:
The first workshop is Maciej’s classic photo adventure, this time starting and finishing in Kolkata. From Kolkata the group will travel by train south to neighbouring Orissa and visit 2-3 cities there (Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar or Konark). Kolkata is one of India’s largest cities, a former capital of colonial India, full of history and teeming with life on the streets. Kolkata is a gold mine for street and travel photography. There will be chances to photograph photogenic morning activities on the bank of Hoogly River (a part of Ganges) with the backdrop of the impressive steel structure of Howrah Bridge, the famous super busy flower market, the Kumartuli district of artisans making clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, the most atmospheric meat market ever, the beautiful gardens of Victoria Monument and the huge Maidan park, traditional looking yellow taxis and hand pulled rickshaws, the Kali Temple and lots of other attractions. There will also be many chances to wander through lots of interesting, colourful and full of life street and lanes.
Orissa (now called Odisha) is a laid back state south of Kolkata. The cities the group will visit are not distant from each other. Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state is known as a City of Temples. There are more than 400 temples in its Old City. It is the largest city in Orissa and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India. Nearby Puri is a small pilgrimage town famous for its Jagannath Temple, a very important Hindu temple. It is also a popular beach resort famous for its lively beach. Cuttack is a commercial center and host to many ancient temples and excavations sites. Konark is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – Konark Sun Temple temple, one of the most renowned temples in India.
• The second workshop:
The main event of the second workshop is a 5 day visit to the very interesting and lively Sonepur Mela, which starts as a religious festival and soon turns into one of Asia’s largest cattle fairs and a huge amusement park. Maciej has been to the mela three years in a row already and is very familiar with the event. To learn about the mela: Maciej’s photos from Sonepur Mela. It will be a very intense 5 days of shooting various events and aspects of the mela – the religious Hindu ceremonies and bathing in the river, the animal fair with elephants, horse riding, the wall of death motorcycle and car performances, the amusement park rides, theatres and circuses. A real adventure.
The trip will start and end in Kolkata, where the group will have a chance to practise street photography. There will be many opportunities to capture perfect decisive moments, work on complex multi-layered compositions, play with different light conditions and develop social skills needed to deal with people when shooting street photography.
The group will also visit Varanasi – one of the most photogenic places on the Earth, the holy city on the Ganges. Click to see Maciej’s photos from Varanasi on flickr.


The participants of each workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport. Luckily India is still a very affordable place to travel and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £100. The group stays in decent and comfortable budget hotels (where rooms cost £5-10 per person) and uses public transport, so the travel cost are not high. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500).
To secure a place in the workshop you will be required to send a deposit, refundable up to 10 weeks before the workshop. Later cancellations are not refundable. A full payment is required no later than 3 weeks before the workshop.
Click here to email Maciej if you would like to register or ask about details.
Maciej’s photos from previous Indian photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant):

A portrait of a smiling Indian woman in a sari shop in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
A street photograph capturing a decisive moment on the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A young man in trance performs religious rituals in Gandak River
Hand pulled rickshaw in the Kumartuli district of clay artisans in Kolkata, India.
Srinagar, India
Morning bathing at the Mallick Ghat on Hooghly River in Kolkata,
Morning Exercises- Varanasi, India.
Drink stand at Sonepur Mela in India.
Varanasi, India
A decisive moment street photograph taken in Dwarka, India taken during the January 2012 travel and street photography workshop.
Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India.
A complex composition street photograph taken at Sonperur Mela, India taken during the November/December 2012 travel and street photography workshop.
Travel photography workshop photo from Srinagar, India taken in 2010.
Street photography workshop photo from Delhi, India taken in 2010.
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Please also take a look at the previous workshops to see what kind of pictures is taken on such trips. Maciej has been to India 11 times already. He is very experienced at photographing this country. He has organised and lead six Indian workshops so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).

Here are some scenes from the last two Indian workshops in November 2012:

Travel and street photography workshop participant takes photos on the beach in Mumbai, India.

Nicolas takes photos with his off-camera flash on the beach in Mumbai, India.

Travel and street photography workshop participant takes photos on the bank of Ganges in Varanasi, India.

Anna works on a complex composition photo on the bank of Ganges in Varanasi, India.

Last night in My Bar in Delhi - last beer with workshop participants.

Last day of the first workshop and last beers in My Bar in Delhi with the participants.

Travel and street photography workshop participant takes a photo of an elephant at Sonepur Mela, India.

Mike takes a photo of an elephant at Sonepur Mela, India.

Travel and street photography workshop participant shares his photos with Indian pilgrims at Sonepur Mela, India.

Mike shares his photos with Indian pilgrims at Sonepur Mela.

Please also read some testimonials from the participants of previous workshops: Workshop Testimonials.

ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller, organiser of photo trips and gallerist living in London, UK. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of 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 international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled among 46 leading street photographers in the “Street Photography Now” book published by the British publisher Thames & Hudson, who also published Maciej’s first monograph – Cardiff After Dark in October 2012.