Street photography workshop in Mumbai in September 2013



Workshop Report

Workshop participants:
• Mihir Desai: his flickr
• Jason S Moore: his flickr
• Nakarin Teerapenun: his flickr

Workshop guest:
Kaushal Parikh from That’s Life Indian street photography collective.


10:23pm – a busy early night in one of our hotel rooms. Each of us is selecting the best pictures taken on that day and then we are discussing them together.


Mihir photographs in the Fort area. Mihir is originally from Mumbai and lives here. He turned into a tourist in his own city for the duration of the workshop and enjoyed it very much.


Jason photographs in a barber shop in Bandra area of Mumbai. I encouraged workshop participants to shoot not only on the streets, but indoors too. Not just t get different pictures, but mostly to practice social skills – talking to people, befriending them and taking their photographs. So we shot in barber shops, restaurants, temples, markets and other places.


Mihir photographs at Crawford Market. In the middle of the day the light in Mumbai is quite harsh, so at that time we were shooting in shady areas or indoors mostly. Crawford Market is a perfect location to wait for a better light outside.


..and you can get really close to people in India. It is all up to your personality and the way you approach them.


Nakarin works on a complex shot with dogs and people at Bandra Fort using his new Ricoh GR digital camera.


Another busy night at our hotel room. Going through Mihir’s photos taken on that day.


Mihir photograps a man practising yoga on the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Mumbai. We got up early before 6am to be at the promanade before 7am to photograph people exercising there. These early mornings were definitely among the highlights of the workshop.

india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_tour_adventure_course_photographer_henna_heena_ mehndi

Jason photographs hands of girls decorated with henna tattooes in Bandra.


The last night of the workshop in a bar in Colaba. A couple of beers with Kaushal Parikh, who shot with us on several days. A great way to finish a wonderful week of street photography.


Workshop Information

A week of street photography in Mumbai with the In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. For 3 participants only.


Mumbai, India.

Wikipedia says that Mumbai “is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.” “It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Mumbai has been ranked 6th among top 10 global cities on billionaire count, ahead of Shanghai, Paris and Los Angeles.” “Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5% of India’s GDP”

and Lonely Planet says: “Measure out: one part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; stir in half a dozen colonial relics (use big ones); pour in six heaped cups of poverty; add a smattering of swish bars and restaurants (don’t skimp on quality here for best results); equal parts of mayhem and order; as many ancient bazaars as you have lying around; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; fold in your mixture with equal parts India; throw it all in a blender on high (adding generous helpings of pollution to taste) and presto: Mumbai.”

Exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot there!

More about Mumbai on wikipedia and Lonely Planet.


2 – 8 September 2013.
Participants are encouraged to arrive a day or two before starting the workshop to get used to being in India. September is the last month of monsoon, so it is possible that there will be some rainfall occurrences. Bringing an umbrella is advised. As you know, the rain creates very interesting photo opportunities and very rich colour.

Workshop Description:

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of 3 participants means a very high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. You will be shooting with Maciej every day since there will be only four of you altogether. For example you shoot with Maciej on Monday morning, then you shoot with the first person in the afternoon, the next morning with another person and with Maciej again in the afternoon. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people, talk and photograph them. Maciej is a very experienced travel and street photographer and you will learn a great deal of new things. In the evening you will edit and discuss your photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. There will also be presentations on several nights of the workshop in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too.




The participants of the 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 be and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £150. The group will stay in the Salvation Army guesthouse, which is one of the most affordable options in Central Mumbai, full of character and the location is excellent. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500).

Click here to email Maciej if you would like to register or ask about details.

Maciej’s photos from Mumbai shot on the previous photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant):

Fumigation against mosquitos in Mumbai, India.
Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India.
street scene in Mumbai
street photography from Mumbai, The Taj Hotel
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_tour_adventure_course_photographer_henna_heena_ mehndi
india_mumbai_beach_skyline_girgaum_chowpatty_night_family_chaupati thumbnail
Fumigation against mosquitos in Mumbai, India. thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_traffic_mosque thumbnail
Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India. thumbnail
photography_workshop_india_mumbai_marina_drive_street_photo_photography thumbnail
street scene in Mumbai thumbnail
street photography from Mumbai, The Taj Hotel thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_photographer_crawford_market thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_photographers_hotel_editing_discussing_tuition_learning_course_adventure thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_tour_adventure_course_photographer_henna_heena_ mehndi thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_course_tuition_adventure_tour_photographer_marine_drive_exercising thumbnail
india_mumbai_street_photography_workshop_tuition_course_tour_photographer_crawford_market thumbnail


ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller 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 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.