Street photography workshop in Mumbai in January 2015



A week-long street photography workshop in Mumbai with In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz.


5 – 11 January 2015.


Mumbai, India.


• Daniel Miller –
• Jill O’Loughlin –
• Rose Vandepitte –



Jill in a crowded street of Central Mumbai on the second day of the workshop. There are quite a few people in Mumbai, sometimes they are all around you.


Daniel photographs morning activities at the sea promenade along Marine Drive on the third day of the workshop. We woke up before 6am. Ouch. But as usually the pictures we got there were worth the morning pain.


A well deserved breakfast at the atmospheric Radio Restaurant after a 6am start to photograph morning activities along Marine Drive on the third day of the workshop.


A great London based photographer Dougie Wallace was in Mumbai working on his taxi project at the time of our workshop and we spent some time with him. Here we were on our way back to Colaba from Chowpatty beach and Dougie was in another taxi demonstrating his flash technique.


Me in action of Chowpatty beach caught by Dougie Wallace.


A photo critique session in Jill’s room on the third day of the workshop. Discussing Jill’s photos while Daniel is still going though his fresh images. Photo by Dougie Wallace, who joined us on that day.


A street photography presentation in the middle of the third day of the Mumbai workshop, after the morning shooting session. Here were are talking about composition. Then a quick lunch and off to photograph for the rest of the day.


Rose feeds an always hungry fat holy cow near the Lower Parel station on the fourth day of the workshop. It gave her a lot of good luck – exactly as promised by one of the previous cow feeders. Sure? Sure.



Daniel Miller

Jill O’Loughlin

Rose Vandepitte


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”

…while Rough Guides say that “First impressions of Mumbai tend to be dominated by its chronic shortage of space. Crammed onto a narrow spit of land that curls from the swamp-ridden coast into the Arabian Sea, the city is technically an island, connected to the mainland by bridges and narrow causeways. In less than five hundred years, it has metamorphosed from an aboriginal fishing settlement into a megalopolis of more than sixteen million people – India’s largest city and one of the biggest urban sprawls on the planet. Being swept along broad boulevards by endless streams of commuters, or jostled by coolies and hand-cart pullers in the teeming bazaars, you’ll continually feel as if Mumbai is about to burst at the seams.

…Mumbai is far from the ordeal some travellers make it out to be. Once you’ve overcome the major hurdle of finding somewhere to stay, you may begin to enjoy its frenzied pace and crowded, cosmopolitan feel.

Nowhere reinforces your sense of having arrived in Mumbai quite as emphatically as the Gateway of India, the city’s defining landmark. Only a five-minute walk north, the Prince of Wales Museum should be next on your list of sightseeing priorities. The museum provides a foretaste of what lies in store just up the road, where the cream of Bartle Frere’s Bombay – the University and High Court – line up with the open maidans on one side, and the boulevards of Fort on the other. But for the fullest sense of why the city’s founding fathers declared it Urbs Prima in Indis, you should press further north still to visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the high-water mark of India’s Raj architecture.

Beyond CST lie the crowded bazaars and Muslim neighbourhoods of central Mumbai, at their liveliest and most colourful around Crawford Market and Mohammed Ali Road. Possibilities for an escape from the crowds include an evening stroll along Marine Drive, bounding the western edge of downtown, or a boat trip out to Elephanta, a rock-cut cave on an island in Mumbai harbour containing a wealth of ancient art.”

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! Every day is an adventure. Additionally people are super friendly, food is great and being there is cheap. Maciej knows the city very well and will lead you to some fascinating areas, where not a single tourist ventures. You will have a chance to sample some fantastic Indian food in Maciej’s favourite restaurants too. You will love it there.

More about Mumbai on wikipedia, Rough Guides and Lonely Planet.

Workshop Description

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 4 participants means a high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks, and receive an instant feedback on your photographic technique. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only be a fly on the wall hunting for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson, but also get really close to people, engage, 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 evenings you will edit and discuss your freshly taken photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. Maciej will also present several slideshow presentations in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed. All previous workshop participants found them very useful.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. You will return back home confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as a photographer.


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 an affordable, clean, full of character, friendly and well located hotel in South Mumbai. Participants may also stay in one of the very high standard hotels nearby if they wish so. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500 and staying in the hotel for £20-£30 per night).

Maciej’s photos from Mumbai shot on the previous photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant) and during other visits to this fascinating metropolis:

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Please also take a look at the reports from previous workshops for behind the scene photos and pictures taken by the students.
Before settling down in Mumbai Maciej visited India more than 10 times, so he is very experienced at photographing in this country. He has organised and lead around 10 Indian workshops so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).


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 travel 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 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.