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How To Get Your Message Out with Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop - Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop workshop in Bangkok

How To Get Your Message Out with Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop - Workshopx Documentary Photography Workshops Photojournalism

A humanitarian photography workshop in Bangkok.


Award-winning duo of Panos Pictures photographers Nic Dunlop and Patrick Brown will help you improve your skills and hone your creativity to best prepare you for covering humanitarian issues and photographing for NGOs and aid and development agencies.

The course is designed to enhance your photographic and reporting skills to communicate effectively; from natural disasters and crises to on-going development projects, Nic and Patrick, together with Workshopx photo editors will help you research and create powerful photographs that will successfully engage your audiences. From the initial idea, to the final edit of images we will guide you through every step of the process.

The Workshop, held at Patrick Brown’s studio on the Chao Phraya River, will include daily shooting, mentoring, one-on-one critiques and insider’s tips and tricks. There will also be visiting lecturers offering presentations on the uses of images on social media and how best to get your message out.


Date: 1-4 February 2018 (opening evening + 3 days)
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
Number of participants: 6-12
Tuition: 1600 USD

Come and join us for a great professional and social experience.


nicdunlopNic 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.


How To Get Your Message Out with Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop - Workshopx Documentary - Patrick Brown Bio PhotoPatrick Brown has been represented by Panos Pictures since 2003 and continues to cover social issues that are often forgotten by the mainstream media today.

He dedicated more that ten years of his life to produce one of the world’s most comprehensive and influential photography projects on the illegal international wildlife trade, titled Trading to Extinction, which was published as the now iconic book in 2014.

Patrick is the recipient of the 3P Photographer Award, World Press Photo Award, Days Japan Award, Picture Of The Year Award, New York Photographic Book Award and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award for his work. His work has been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums, including the International Centre of Photography in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, and Visa pour l’Image in France.

His photographs have been published in all the major international magazines, such as The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Stern Magazine, Der Spiegel Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Times, Aperture, GEO Germany, International Herald Tribune, plus such origination’s as OXFAM, Human Rights Watch, The Red Cross, and World Vision.


The leading tutors will be supported by Workshopx co-founders and editors Aleksander Bochenek and Grzegorz Ostrega, both of whom have documentary photography and journalistic backgrounds and who for the last five years have dedicated themselves to develop a platform specializing in individual and group documentary photography workshops that provide students with the skills and knowledge essential in becoming successful visual storytellers.

The names of guest lecturers will be announced soon.


The workshop will combine theory and practice in an intensive but well designed manner that will help you focus but won’t overburden you.

During the workshop you will:

  • attend a series of lectures and presentations from the leading tutors Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop regarding various aspects of photographic and storytelling process,
  • shoot in the city to complete an assigned short photographic story,
  • meet the editors and tutors for individual critique and editing sessions,
  • learn the theory and practice of on-line and social media communication,
  • know how to talk to magazines, editors and media officers in order to publish your story,
  • attend evening presentations by invited guests (photographers and activists from the related fields).


Thursday evening, 1 Feb.

During the introductory evening meeting Patrick Brown and Nic Dunlop will present their work and talk about their experience of being photographers and reporters. We will also discuss the workshop program in detail and assign photographic subjects to each participant. Food and drinks for a nice and relaxed atmosphere will be provided.

Friday – Saturday, 2-3 Feb.

On these two days you will combine individual shooting with daily one-on-one editing and critique sessions with the tutors. The sessions are key: we will go through your photographs and discuss them extensively. This is when most of the learning happens – in a process in which you gradually discover your personal style and vision, clarify your message and build the plot of your short story.

This will be supplemented with evening lectures by guest tutors.

Sunday, 4 Feb.

On the final day we will edit your work into a coherent visual narrative, practice the social media usage, sum up the whole workshop experience and discuss your future plans.

The workshop will end with an evening screening of the participants’ work and a goodbye meeting with invited guests and food&drinks provided.

What you will need

You should arrive with working knowledge of your equipment and ready to shoot. The workshop is limited to digital cameras – during the critique and photo editing sessions we will use electronic equipment only. Having your own laptop is required. You should be able to download, select and then export the taken images to a portable device on your own.

The workshop will be conducted in English.


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Application is made by e-mail: Please include your name, bio, a personal statement explaining why do you want to join the workshop and a set of 5-10 of your images. If you don’t have a personal website, please attach a zip file containing the photographs. Please also provide the details of the photographic equipment you’re planning to take with you.

IMPORTANT: By applying you agree to the workshop regulations.

The workshop is organized by Workshopx Ltd Hong Kong (CR no: 234022). See what students and tutors say about Workshopx.