Join us in Bangkok where we will hold an intensive, week-long workshop in November 2014, led by a group of workshopx photographers and editors. It will be a great opportunity to visually explore one of the most intriguing Asian metropolis, improve your documentary skills and connect with a network of experienced photographers.
This will be an intensive week. We have prepared a broad list of assignments with behind-the-scenes access to real-life situations. Bangkok is far more than its famous glowing neon nights, crowded streets and skylines of skyscrapers. Under its colourful exterior lies a whole universe of parallel worlds, from a fast living high-tech society to a slow-paced tranquil life along the meandering banks of the Chaophraya River, things which not many visitors are lucky enough to see.
Based in the heart of Bangkok’s old and secretive Chinatown, we’ll explore these less obvious, more hidden faces of this unpredictable metropolis. In such a rich environment, we hope to give the participants the chance of navigating through the ever-changing situations, negotiating and solving all kinds of problems that arise when photographing a story.
The workshop is aimed at photographers interested in developing their documentary, narrative and storytelling skills. Participants will be encouraged to complete a photographic story or build a coherent portfolio of single images under the guidance of experienced photographers and journalists. The tutors will actively assist each participant in their individual journey and help them edit the photographs into a visually engaging narrative.
During the 7 days in Bangkok, participants will combine intensive individual shooting with extensive daily editing and critique sessions, both as a group and as individuals. The schedule of every participant will be adjusted to the specifics of her or his project, within the timetable set for the week.
Participants will propose their own projects or choose one of a set number of topics. We will help to gain access to places and people of interest in order to maximize time spent shooting. The preparation process will be consulted with the participants before the workshop starts. During the workshop, local assistants will be available to help translate and commute within the city.
During the workshop, there will be daily meetings with experienced photographers operating in SE Asia, who will present their work and share their knowledge and inspirations exclusively with participants. Our main guest tutors are: Jack Picone, Philippe Schneider and Nic Dunlop.
Lectures, screenings, discussions and connecting with the network of local photographers will be vital elements of the workshop. The venue of our working meetings will be a private studio in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Date: 16 – 22 November 2014 (7 days)
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
The workshop is limited to 10 participants only.
If you’re interested in taking part in the workshop, please read the regulations and send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be chosen on the portfolio quality basis.
Nick McGrath – freelance editorial photographer and photo editor based in Bangkok. He completed his Advanced Diploma of Photography (Photojournalism Major) at Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia in 2008. Previously working with Asia Life Magazine, Thailand, he is now a photographer for Getty Images. Founder of Rear Windows Photography screenings, Bangkok and he is also a copywriter and judge with the Yangon Photo Festival.
Aleksander Bochenek – documentary photographer and photo editor based in Krakow, Poland. He studied photography in Barcelona, where he graduated in photojournalism at the GrisArt Escola in 2008. Since that year he has been regularly visiting Kolkata, where he started his main long-term project documenting the life of a local family. He also has extensively traveled to dozens of other destinations around the world. Aleksander is a member of the Polish Journalist Association and a co-founder of workshopx.org.
Grzegorz Ostrega – photographer, journalist and editor based in Krakow, Poland. Before co-founding workshopx, he worked for the Polish quality paper “Dziennik Polski” daily and then for “Southeast Asia Globe” magazine, covering social issues. For a long time he travelled, photographed and lived in South and Southeast Asian countries. Now he focuses on photo editing and promoting documentary photography.
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