Improve your technique, clarify your vision and learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you. Under the individual guidance of the experienced photojournalist.
Finding your own ‘voice’ in photography is key. What can separate one’s work is a thorough ability to critique and understand yours and other’s work. This is why photographic workshops are so important. They provide a rigour and a confidence and clarity that you can’t get any other way. I learnt to take photographs on my own. Whilst it was a great experience, I wish I’d had mentors to provide constructive criticism so that I could get to where I want to faster. Nic Dunlop
This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve or start their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. During the six days in Bangkok you will cover a chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Nic Dunlop in his home studio.
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 days
Tuition: 2000 EUR
Nic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer represented by Panos Pictures and a renowned author.
His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek and The Guardian. He also worked for Greenpeace International and UNICEF. In 1994, a book entitled War of the Mines was released, in which Nic, together with Paul Davies, campaigned against the devastation wrought by landmines.
In 1999, Nic received an award from the John Hopkins University for Excellence in International Journalism for exposing the head of the Khmer Rouge secret police and commandant of the infamous S-21 (Tuol Sleng) prison, comrade Duch. This was described in his world famous book, The Lost Executioner, which is a real-life detective story of finding the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Cambodia’s killing fields. The research was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and eventually led to a trial and sentencing Duch to life in prison for crimes against humanity.
Nic also co-wrote and co-directed Burma Soldier, an HBO film which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the United Nations Association Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing the following year. The film tells the story of Nic photographing a former soldier of Burma’s regime who was badly injured in war, witnessed atrocities committed by his own comrades and spent 15 years in prison for his activism as a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.
Altogether, Nic spent 20 years photographing Burma’s military regime (1992–2012). His newest book, Brave New Burma is an intimate portrait of the country in pictures and words.
The main goal of the workshop is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful photographic assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. The guidance of Nic Dunlop will ensure the right direction of your development.
You will begin discussing your assignment with Nic after your participation has been confirmed, ahead of time of the workshop. We encourage you to propose your own researched subject. This should be a story that is both appropriate to your skills and exciting for you. If you do not have your own subject in mind, please clearly detail your fields of interest and photographic needs in order that Nic can find one that suits you best. In following e-mail conversation, he will decide on particular goals you should achieve and hence define the final shape of your assignment.
During the six workshop days you will photograph on your own, developing your assignment story according to Nic’s directions. This combination of intensive practice and live mentoring is the core of the learning process. You will meet daily for evaluation and editing at Nic Dunlop’s home studio which is located five minutes walk from Lumphini MRT station.
With respect to Nic’s working method, you will be editing your day’s shoot with using small paper prints. The meetings will be supplemented by Nic’s lectures on his own work and selected aspects of photographing process.
Magali Couffon de Trevros, India
The workshop is over for almost a week and I now cherish the memories of working with Nic Dunlop in Thailand and sharing so many talks about all kind of subjects I’m passionate about. This was photography of course, but also literature, travel experiences, ethics and many more. Like just life and friendships.
Bangkok is a mega big and congested city, so the main drawback of the week was commuting. But the subject I worked on – the Chao Phraya living river – was itself limited to a certain stretch of the river and its surroundings what made shooting very efficient. I kind of missed a possibility to communicate with my subjects, for my Thai is non existent. Nevertheless the learning was immense as Nic is a very focused and structured person. I love the fact he is also a writer who has an extremely organised and slow way of approaching things in all honesty. I’m just a total contrary, so we did clash at times but as he was the mentor I had to accept and try his ways. I had to accept him and he had to understand me. The time we had together was only a week so one has to also accept those constraints of time and see that Rome was not built in one day. The thing is to take away the learnings which will remain and you can all the time refer to as time passes and you continue to develop your photography practice. The final edit was a bit of us mixing our approaches, which worked really well, for Nic kept my ways of seeing but still conveyed the message.
Altogether, it was a very positive experience and a lot of hard work, and I now know for a fact that along my path as a photographer I can count on Nic to structure me when needed! I would warmly recommend serious and dedicated self-driven photographers to attend this workshop but would not advise it to people not used to be fully independent.
Thanks again to the workshopx team for making this possible and hope we meet again soon in some interesting location.
Christelle Flisch, Switzerland
This learning experience was very different from the previous workshop I attended. The mood was also different. I took the challenge offered by Nic Dunlop from the very first day as an assignment’s simulation. I tried hard not to be influenced by my own feelings and even though I didn’t like shooting some of the images Nic asked for, I did it. It pushed me out of my confort zone and made me shoot the images we kept at the final edit.
I experienced a new way of approaching a project. “If you’re not 100% satisfied… go back and shoot again! Until you got the picture! And if not… approach it from another angle!”. I have been impressed by Nic’s patience and calmness. I wish I could have taken more time to talk about the way he proceed during editing.
I really enjoyed shooting this subject and especially liked the challenge it gave me. I tried hard everyday to make the routine different and special, even if after the first day I thought I was done and I had covered the whole subject already. But that wasn’t the case at all. I was pushed to make it interesting when I found it boring. That was a great experience!
Application is made by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the message subject please state “Nic Dunlop workshop”.
Please include: full name, billing address and a link to your personal website (body of work). If you don’t have a website, please attach a zip file with 12-20 photographs (1000px wide jpg images) and a personal statement. The application should also contain a proposed date of the workshop.
Applicants will be accepted on the basis of the quality of their portfolios.
By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.