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Street Photography Workshops with an In-Public member and Fujifilm X-Photographer Maciej Dakowicz in 2018


Very small groups and reasonable fees. True adventures and learning experiences. Exciting locations in Asia – countries such as Myanmar, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and cities including Dhaka, Colombo, Mandalay, Vientiane and Hanoi.

 

INTRODUCTION

A photography workshop with Maciej Dakowicz is an an experience you will never forget. It will change your photography (and its understending) so much, that you will refer to it as “before” and “after” the workshop. You will see it in your portfolio too. This happened to most of the participants – simply browse through their Instagram feeds to notice the change. Many participants said that a workshop with Maciej was the best workshop they have ever done.
 
Maciej has been teaching workshops since 2010 and has a lot of experience in photography education and mentoring. His workshops are well structured and organised. A small number of participants makes the experience very different to other workshops, which are mostly overcrowded and offer little in the way of personal feedback or tuition from the tutor. With Maciej it is a 24-hour-a-day photography adventure for a week or two with a like minded group of enthusiasts. Maciej not only reviews participant photos, but stays at the same hotel and shoots with them. He is always around. When out shooting he observes the way each participant works with the camera, approaches subjects and gives personal advice on improving their photographic art and skills. His daily photo reviews are deep and detailed. 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), get better at editing photos, find your own personal style and learn how to use social media (facebook, Instagram) properly. Apart from various aspects of travel and street photography participants also learn how to travel independently, so that after the workshop they should be confident enough to undertake any independent photographic trip to a destination of their choice. Participants return from the workshop confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as photographers. Many of Maciej’s students progressed immensely during workshops and took their photography to a completely different level.
 
Well before the workshop Maciej introduces all participants to each other on facebook and together all details of the workshop are discussed and planned, so everyone goes well prepared. A very small size of group means a high level of participant interaction with Maciej – before and during the workshop. Participants get to know each other well, exchange experiences and knowledge, share good times and perhaps even form lasting connections.
Not only photography entusiasts join Maciej’s workshops. Often experienced professional commercial and wedding photographers sign up too – just to take a break from their busy routine and be away for a week or two taking photos in a good company! And many return. Regularly. To join another workshop. And another.
After the workshop Maciej stays in touch with most of the participants and continues supporting them. He can be always found running his lively workshop community group on facebook – the workshops is just the beginning of a new adventure.

 
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  1. VIETNAM
    1 – 7 October 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Hanoi.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    1 PLACE AVAILABLE – email for details.
    Previous Hanoi workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-hanoi-vietnam-april-2017/.
    Hanoi is simply a paradise for street photographers. There is so much life in the streets! Food is super tasty and beer is super cheap – so much fun to be there.

  2. MYANMAR
    21 – 27 October 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Mandalay.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    It is the week of the Festival of Lights (Thadingyut) and Mandalay is one of the best places in Myanmar to experience it.
    1 PLACE AVAILABLE – email for details.

  3. MYANMAR
    29 October – 4 November 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Yangon.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    FULLY BOOKED – email for the waiting list.
    Yangon is a paradise for street photographers! Fascinating Downtown full of crumbling colonial architecture contrasting with modern developments, vibrant street life, amazing markets with one of the best fish markets in the workld, relaxed parks, incredible Buddhist temples and monasteries, exciting railway stations… There is so much to do there!
    Previous Yangon workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-in-yangon-myanmar-in-february-2018/.

  4. INDIA
    11 – 17 November 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Kolkata.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    It is the week of the unique Chhath Puja festival.
    FULLY BOOKED – email for the waiting list.
  5. INDIA
    19 November 2018 – 25 November 2018 (7 days)
    Street photography workshop in Varanasi during Dev Deepwali festival.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    FULLY BOOKED – email for the waiting list.
    Festival information: Dev Deepawali.
    1 PLACE AVAILABLE – email for details.

  6. BANGLADESH
    9 – 15 December 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Dhaka.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    FULLY BOOKED – email for the waiting list.
    See Maciej’s photos from Dhaka taken during previous workshops: /dhaka-bangladesh-street-photography/.
    Previous Dhaka workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-dhaka-bangladesh-january-2018/.
  7. BANGLADESH
    17 – 23 December 2018 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Dhaka.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person. email me for details.
    Dhaka is simply a paradise for street photographers – see some photos from previous workshops there.

  8. SRI LANKA
    6 – 19 January 2019 (14 days)
    A street photography adventure in Sri Lanka.
    5 participants. 2400 EUR per person.
    1 PLACE AVAILABLE – email for details.
    The itinerary will be decided with the group. Option one: Colombo – Galle – Kandy – Negombo. Option two: Colombo – Kandy – Dambulla/Sigiriya – Anuradhapura – Puttalam – Negombo. Other options are possible too.
     
    Maciej’s photos from previous Sri Lanka workshops: www.maciejdakowicz.com/features/sri-lanka-street-photography-travel/

  9. MYANMAR
    17 February – 3 March 2019 (15 days)
    A street photography adventure in small towns of Myanmar.
    5 participants. 2400 EUR per person.
    1 PLACE AVAILABLE – email for details.
    Several small towns off the tourist trail – we will be the only foreginers in town most of the time. Another edition of Maciej’s best workshop. The itinerary will be decided once the group is complete – there are several exciting options. The workshop group will meet in Yangon or Mandalay. Initial itinerary idea: Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk-U – Kyaukpyu – Thandwe – Ngapali Beach – Yangon. A true adventure for adventurous people. Involves 2-3 domestic flights.

  10. THAILAND
    17 – 23 March 2019 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Bangkok.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    5 PLACES AVAILABLE – email for details.
    The Grand Palace, beautiful Buddhist temples, atmospheric parks, traditional wet markets, modern shopping streets, crazy nightlife, Chinatown, Little India, river boats and more. Maciej knows the city very well and will take you to the best spots!

  11. TURKEY
    9 – 15 June 2019 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Istanbul.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    FULLY BOOKED – email the for waiting list.

  12. TURKEY
    17 – 23 June 2019 (7 days)
    A street photography workshop in Istanbul.
    5 participants. 1200 EUR per person.
    4 PLACES AVAILABLE – email for details.

  13. UKRAINE
    early July 2019 (14 days)
    A street photography adventure in Ukraine – an overland trip from Lviv to Odessa.
    5 participants. 2400 EUR per person.
    5 PLACES AVAILABLE – email for details.

WAITING LIST

Please email Maciej at maciekda@gmail.com if you wish to be added to the waiting list for the workshop that is already fully booked. It is rare, but sometimes due to various reasons people cancel their participation.


 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

  • Maciej’s workshop is a mixture of daily photo shootings, photo critiques and theoretical presentations. There are no fixed hours. Basically it is a 24-hour-a-day experience.

  • The participants take pictures every day, working in pairs, small groups or on their own. In general there are no larger group shoots, so there are never too many people trying to take the same shot. Maciej shoots with different people each day, so there are ample opportunities to observe the way he works and approaches subjects, and to learn his tricks and techniques. Every evening everyone gets together to discuss and edit their photos. Maciej reviews participants’ photos every day.

  • At the end of the workshop Maciej selects a set of best photos from each participant. Advices and encouragement are given towards working on personal projects.

  • During the workshop Maciej presents a series of slideshows discussing street photography and practical aspects of it. The presentations give an opportunity for the group to learn what makes a good photograph, what can spoil it, discuss different types of street photography, way of working, the light and composition techniques. Maciej is a very experienced and respected street photographer and happily shares his theoretical and practical knowledge.

  • The main theme of the workshop is street photography, mixed with documentary and travel. Serious photography. Taking pictures of smiling children and old bearded men is allowed, but for personal use – Maciej is not reviewing such photos during the workshop.

  • Well before the workshop Maciej discusses all practical issues with the participants – the photo and computer equipment, air tickets, visas, accommodation and other travel arrangements. This is done is a secret private group formed on Facebook for each workshop, so the participants have a chance to get to know each other and discuss with Maciej all workshop matters. Everyone comes to the workshop well prepared.

  • Maciej discusses hotel options with the group while planning the workshop and then all participants are required to make their own reservations. Ideally the whole workshop group stays at the same hotel – this makes the workshop much easier to manage and turns it into a better experience. Maciej favors affordable budget or mid-range options – those requiring more comforts can make their own arrangements, but their hotel must be within a 5 minute walk from Maciej’s.

  • Each workshops starts in the morning of the first day and ends in the evening of the last day. The participants are encouraged to arrive at least a day before the workshop.

  • Ideally the workshop particpiants (apart from being proficient with their photo equipment and editing software) should understand concepts of street photography. No long focal length lenses/zooms are allowed, only wide angle prime lenses (unless there is a clearly specified reason for using them) – 35mm ord 28mm prime lenses are best suited. The focus of the workshop is to produce a strong body of work, not to solve technical issues with cameras or Lightroom.

  • In cases of the workshops planned months ahead a portfolio review decides about the participation – please send a link to your photos when enquiring about a workshop.

  • Each workshop requires at least 3 participants to be conducted. Those signing up are requested to wait with finalising their travel arrangements until the workshop is confirmed.

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Would you like to join a workshop?

Just drop Maciej an email at maciekda@gmail.com and he will get back to you. Easy!


Maciej also teaches 2-3 days long street photography workshops for corporate clients and institutions. The aim of such workshops apart from learning the principles of street photography is to boost creativity, build confidence and improve social skills.


 

 

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

  • “I made more progress with Maciej in one week than I did on my own and with other courses over the past 20 years.” – Alex Marquez

  • “Maciej is a master photographer and he is also a brilliant teacher. His workshop is like a boot camp and is a highly productive and creative environment. Hours of walking, taking photos, reviewing and critiquing our images and of course socialising, joking, eating and drinking beer.” – Simon Green

  • ” It was a great week, exhausting (yes), but ever so rewarding.” – Rose Vandepitte

  • “Doing the workshop was a very good investment to improve my photography, I just wish I had a time machine so I could redo the whole experience all over again!” – James Gifford-Mead

  • “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 actually 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.
 

Maciej’s student have been among winners and finalists of many photography contests, including 2014 Fotoura’s International Street Photography Awards, StreetFoto San Francisco 2017 International Street Photography Awards, The Miami Street Photography Festival 2017, The London Street Photography Festival 2017, The Brussels Street Photography Festival and others. Many with photos taken during their workshops. Photos of Maciej’s past students regularly appear in the pool of Hardcore Street Photography (HCSP) group on flickr, the best street photography group on the Internet. This says quite much about the quality of work produced during and after Maciej’s workshops.


 

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PAST WORKSHOPS

  • 25 June – 1 July 2018 – Yerevan, Armenia.
  • 17 – 23 June 2018 – Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • 28 May – 3 June 2018 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 20 – 26 May 2018 – Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • 23 – 29 April 2018 – Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 15 – 21 April 2018 – Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 12 – 18 February 2018 – Yangon, Myanmar. Workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-in-yangon-myanmar-in-february-2018/.
  • 28 January – 10 February 2018 – Northern Myanmar Adventure.
  • 14 – 20 January 2018 – Dhaka, Bangladesh. Workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-dhaka-bangladesh-january-2018/.
  • 25 – 31 December 2017 – Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • 17 – 23 December 2017 – Colombo and Galle, Sri Lanka.
  • 26 November – 2 December 2017 – Kolkata, India.
  • 6 – 15 November 2017 – Sonepur Mela and Kolkata, India.
  • 30 October – 5 November 2017 – Varanasi and Sonepur Mela, India.
  • 23 – 29 October 2017 – Varanasi, India.
  • 25 September – 8 October 2017 – Southern Myanmar Adventure.
  • 18 – 24 September 2017 – Yangon, Myanmar.
  • 2 – 9 July 2017 – Yerevan, Armenia. Workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-yerevan-armenia-july-2017/.
  • 25 June – 1 July 2017 – Tbilisi, Georgia. Workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-tbilisi-georgia-june-2017/.
  • 22 – 28 May 2017 – Beijing, China.
  • 17 – 23 April 2017 – Hanoi, Vietnam. Workshop report: /street-photography-workshop-hanoi-vietnam-april-2017/.
  • 26 March – 1 April 2017 – Kathmandu, Nepal. Report from the workshop: /street-photography-workshop-kathmandu-nepal-march-2017/.
  • 27 February – 12 March 2017 – Punjab, India.
  • 19 – 25 February 2017 – Varanasi, India.
  • 30 January – 12 February 2017 – South Myanmar.
  • 23 – 29 January 2017 – Yangon, Myanmar.
  • 26 December 2016 – 2 January 2017 – Kerala, India.
  • 19 – 25 December 2016 – Kerala, India.
  • 28 November – 4 December 2016 – Varanasi and Kolkata, India.
  • 21 – 27 November 2016 – Gaya and Varanasi, India.
  • 13 – 20 November 2016 – Sonepur Mela, India.
  • 9 – 22 October 2016 – Mandalay, Bagan, Pakkoku, Monywa, Mandalay, Myanmar.
  • 15 – 25 September 2016 – Mumbai and Indore, Ujjain, Maheshwar and Omkareshwar, India.
  • 5 September 2016 – 11 September 2016 – Mumbai, India.
  • 11 – 17 July 2016 – Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • 16 – 22 May 2016 – Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2 – 8 May 2016 – Hong Kong.
  • 18 April 2016 – 24 April 2016 – Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 21 March – 3 April 2016 – Mandalay and small towns of Myanmar.
  • 6 – 12 March 2016 – Varanasi, India.
  • 15 – 28 February 2016 – Mandalay and small towns of Myanmar.
  • 1 – 7 February 2016 – Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • 4 – 10 January 2016 – Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia.
  • 21 – 27 December 2015 – Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, Vietnam.
  • 14 – 20 December 2015 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • 23 – 29 November 2015 – Sonepur Mela, India.
  • 16 – 22 November 2015 – Varanasi, India.
  • 9 – 15 November 2015 – Varanasi, India.
  • 1 – 7 November 2015 – Kolkata, India.
  • 3 – 9 August 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 10 – 16 August 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6 – 12 July 2015 – Mumbai, India.
  • 1 – 7 June 2015 – Tokyo, Japan.
  • 25 – 31 May 2015 – Tokyo, Japan.
  • 20 – 26 April 2015 – Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • 9 March 2015 – 22 March 2015 – Myanmar.
  • 23 March 2015 – 29 March 2015 – Yangon, Myanmar.
  • 14 – 20 February 2015 – Varanasi, India.
  • 5 – 11 January 2015 – Mumbai, India.
  • 1 – 7 December 2014 – Rajasthan, India – Jaipur and Jodhpur.
  • 17 – 23 November 2014 – Mumbai, India.
  • 27 October – 2 November 2014 – Varanasi, India. Chhath Puja festival.
  • 20 – 26 October 2014 – Varanasi, India. Diwali festival.
  • 6 – 12 August 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 28 July – 3 August 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 19 – 28 April 2014 – India – Kolkata and Varanasi.
  • 7 – 13 April 2014 – Mumbai, India.
  • 17 – 30 March 2014 – Central India – Mumbai, Pune, Bijapur, Hyderabad.
  • 10 – 23 February 2014 – Southern Myanmar (Burma).
  • 27 January – 9 February 2014 – Central Myanmar (Burma).
  • 13 – 19 January 2014 – Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 5 – 11 December 2013 – Mumbai, India.
  • 11 – 24 November 2013 – India – Kolkata, Varanasi and Sonepur Mela.
  • 28 October – 10 November 2013 – India – Kolkata, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri.
  • 14 – 20 October 2013 – Mumbai, India.
  • 2 – 8 September 2013 – Mumbai, India.
  • 19 – 30 June 2013 – Albania.
  • 13 – 19 May 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 6 – 12 May 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 9 – 19 February 2013 – Bangladesh – Dhaka and Rajshahi.
  • 22 January – 8 February 2013 – Bangladesh.
  • 19 November – 7 December 2012 – India – Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Sonepur – Kolkata.
  • 1 – 18 November 2012 – Mumbai, Varanasi and Delhi.
  • 12 – 21 June 2012 – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 5 – 30 January 2012 – Gujarat, India.
  • 6 November – 2 December 2011 – North India.
  • 9 – 30 June 2011 – Jordan.
  • 23 March – 6 April 2011 – Tunisia.
  • Nov/Dec 2010 – North India.
  • Jun 2010 – North India and Kashmir.
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    ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

    Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer and educator based between Poland and Thailand. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is a member the international street photography collective In-Public and an official Fujifilm X-Photographer. His interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
    Maciej’s photos have been widely published, exhibited and shown at photo festivals. He is a recipient of numerous awards and has judged several photography competitions. His photos have been featured in major street photography books including “Street Photography Now“, “The World Atlas of Street Photography”, “100 Great Street Photographs” and “Bystander: A History of Street Photography”. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012. Currently he is mainly occupied with teaching his popular streeet photography workshops in Asia and Eastern Europe.
     

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