Join us in Kolkata, where in December 2014 workshopx photographers and editors Aleksander Bochenek, Grzegorz Ostrega and Chhandak Pradhan will be joined by award-winning photojournalist Alex Masi to hold a week-long workshop. It will be a great opportunity to master your documentary photography skills while visually explore the most fascinating Indian metropolis.
Why Kolkata? Because, it is a city of many names, a city of opposites – where an American embassy sits on a street named after Ho Chi Minh and fading graffiti of hammer and sickle jostle for space between billboards selling neon fantasy. It’s a city trying to balance its crumbling colonial heritage as the erstwhile capital of the British Raj and jumpstart its development after a limbo of 34-year-old communist rule – the longest ever democratically elected one. If you manage to look beyond the impoverishment, grime, dirt and cacophony of the street life, you will notice that it is also the cultural capital of the country. In fact, it’s everything at once. Kolkata is simply an assault on your senses.
But just scratch under this chaotic life of the metropolis and you’ll find out that it’s well organized, structured and everything there has it’s place in time. It consists not only of big, exalted and world-famous festivities, but primarily from the smaller, often secular rituals; sometimes mundane, sometimes sublime, but always present in the everyday life patterns. To see them, one has to stop for a while and take a closer look. If dare to explore, you will be rewarded with a unique view of the microcosms that make Kolkata a photographer’s paradise. For it is not just a city but also an experience that can change the way you see the whole world.
Our 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.
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. The venue of our working meetings will be the legendary Fairlawn Hotel. fairlawnhotel.com
During the 7 days in Kolkata, 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.
Date: 6 – 12 December 2014
Place: Kolkata, India
Workshop is limited to 10 participants only.
If you’re interested in taking part in the workshop, please read the regulations and contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be chosen on the portfolio quality basis.
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 Ostręga – 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.
Chhandak Pradhan – journalist, editorial photographer and multimedia producer based out of Kolkata, working for such clients as Marie Claire, Forbes, BBC Good Food, Save The Children, Stop TB, Rotary International, British Council and Deutsche Bank. He has a diploma in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and holds a masters degree in Journalism from University of Calcutta. His works have been published in BBC, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Elle Décor, etc. He was a Finalist at 2012 Sony World Photography Awards : Save The Children Photo Competition and received the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism Fellowship in 2011.
Special guest tutor:
Alex Masi – Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer dedicated to exposing issues of human-made injustice. Alex believes documentary photography to be an essential and powerful channel for audiences to grasp events immediately and to empathize with other people facing extreme realities. His images have appeared in international publications such as: National Geographic, Newsweek, The Guardian, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, GQ, MSNBC.com, Time Online, Foreign Policy, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, El Pais Semanal, The Times, The National Magazine, Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin among many others.
Alex is the winner of the Photocrati Fund 2013 and the FotoEvidence Photobook Award 2012. He also won the 2nd prize in the IPA Photo Essay Asia Award 2013, 3rd prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2012 and is the winner of the Getty Images Grant for Good 2011. alexmasi.co.uk
You could also be interested in our workshop in Bangkok (16-22 Nov)