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 an 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. It was published by Dewi Lewis in 2013.
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.
You will discuss the full particulars of the program and schedule with Nic. In case you have questions now, feel free to contact us.
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.