Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Street Photography Workshop in December 2015



A week-long street photography workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz.






Dates: 14 – 20 December 2015 (7 days)
Location: Hon Chi Minh city
Christine Vetter-Taylor –
Tam Le –
Vivien Cheng
Christopher Yin –


Dates: 21 – 27 December 2015 (7 days)
Hon Chi Minh City and Can Tho in Mekong Delta
John Spillane –
Angela Panat –
Adel Al Hunayan –





Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here – visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of contrasts. Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before catching up with the present in designer malls beneath sleek skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but the real beauty of (erstwhile) Saigon’s urban collage is the the seamless blending of these two worlds into one thrilling, seething mass, while a host of new and exhilarating tours get you way off-the-beaten track.


The epicentre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is the largest city in the region and feels like a metropolis after a few days exploring the backwaters. As the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta, it’s a buzzing town with a lively waterfront lined with sculpted gardens and an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards. It is also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, the major draw for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town.

Workshop Description

It will be a very intensive practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 3 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.

Tuition Fee

First workshop: £600 (British Pounds)
Second workshop: £650 (British Pounds)
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The fee covers not only the tuition during the workshop, but also the time spent on the workshop preparation – an extensive pre-workshop email correspondence with the participants, advices on the photo and computer equipment, travel tips and flight selection, research on shooting locations and accommodation selection. There are many hours being spent on preparing each of the workshops.


The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport.

Previous Workshops

Please take a look at the reports from the previous workshops to understand how unique they are. There are many behind the scene photos and pictures taken by the students: Great memories!
Below are some of Maciej’s photos from his early trip to Vietnam in 2003. That was Maciej’s first photo trip – 3 weeks on his own visiting Vietnam from the South to the North. Very early days of his photography.
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ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist based in Bangkok, Thailand. 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 and a member of the international street photography collective In-Public. He has worked on various photographic projects 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 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.