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Street Photography Workshops with Dimitris Makrygiannakis and Kaushal Parikh
12th July 2014
Street Photography Workshops in Rajasthan, India with Kaushal Parikh and Dimitris Makrygiannakis




Workshop 1: 26 November - 01 December 2014 (Jodhpur and Jaisalmer)
Workshop 2: 03 December - 08 December 2014 (Udaipur and Bundi)

Kaushal Parikh and Dimitris Makrygiannakis, members of the Street Photography collective That's Life, are delighted to announce our collaboration to conduct two street photography workshops in Rajasthan.



Workshop description

Street photography has seen a rapid growth in popularity internationally in the recent years. It is easily accessible and yet it is probably one of the most difficult genres vis-à-vis creating memorable images. In this workshop we will aim to hone your photography and social skills when in the street, as well as your editing skills.

We believe that 6 days is a sufficient duration to provide participants with both the theoretical and practical aspects of this genre. The workshop will be split across two towns and the days will be equally divided between both (approximately 3 + 3 days).

Each day we will split participants into four groups of two each. Kaushal and Dimitris will each accompany two of these groups for a morning session and then move to the other two groups for the evening session. The groups will be shuffled so that all participants get to interact with both of us as well as with each other.

At the end of each day we will have a joint session with all participants where the day’s work will be edited and presented for feedback and advice. Every evening some theoretical aspects of street photography will be discussed too, as well as work of skilled street photographers.

Participants may submit a portfolio of not more than 20 photographs, which will be reviewed by us on the first day of the workshop. Please submit at least 2 weeks before the workshop starts. Doing so will help us to understand your skills and determine the general level of the group.



Number of participants

We have chosen to keep the workshop size relatively small so that we can maximize interaction with the participants - Maximum 8 participants per workshop.

Accomodation

We will all stay at the same hotels in order to make communication and interaction as easy as possible during the workshop.

Fee

US$500 (approximately INR 30,000) per workshop.
US$900 (approximately INR 54,000) package deal if participant chooses to attend both workshops.

Early bird fees (sign-up and make payment before 15 September 2014):
US$450 (approximately INR 27,000) per workshop
US$800 (approximately INR 48,000) package deal if participant chooses to attend both workshops.



Additional costs

Additional costs (travel, visas, transportation, food, accommodation etc) are not included in the workshop fee. India is a very affordable place to travel. Accommodation per night will not cost more than 20-30$ for single occupancy and the chosen hotels will be comfortable and of good quality.

Equipment

Participants should have a digital camera and a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom or some other program to edit photos.

Registration

To register for the workshop(s) or if you have further questions, feel free to contact Kaushal at kaush_par@yahoo.co.in or Dimitris at ngravity@hotmail.com



About Kaushal and Dimitris

Kaushal is a freelance photographer based in Mumbai, India. He discovered street photography about 5 years ago and has since had a few exhibitions and conducted several workshops. In 2011 he founded the India street photography collective – That's Life which was recently invited to exhibit at the Glasgow Visual Arts Festival. Kaushal won third prize in the most recent Invisible Photographer Asia Street Photography Awards and is one of 20 street photographers featured in the newly released Street Photographer’s Manual authored by David Gibson and published by Thames & Hudson. You can see more of Kaushal’s street work here.

Dimitris is born in 1979 and greek in origin, living the last 10 years in Stockholm, Sweden. His interest in artistic photography starts in 2010, and immediately since photography became a huge part of his life. He has spent long time in the last years traveling and shooting in India. He is a member of the indian street photography collective That's Life and of the artistic photography collective Publigraphy. He is the winner of the most recent Invisible Photographer Asia Street Photography Awards and International Street Photography Award (Fotoura) as well as a finalist in the most recent Miami Street Photography Festival. You can see more of his work here.



City information

Jodphur: With a population around 1.5 million, it is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Inside is a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets, which never seem to lead where you expect them to, with abundance of shops and bazaars. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades.

Jaisalmer: Referred to as "The Golden city", it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, rising from the sandy planes like a mirage from a bygone area, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. The narrow streets around the fort conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the same golden-honey sandstone as the fort. Light in the city is magic, walking the same streets different times of the day gives a feeling of finding yourself in different worlds created by the light and shadows. Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar desert and has a population of about 80.000. Dimitris has been in Jaisalmer in November 2012 and although he had planed to stay for 3-days, he stayed finally for 25-days and considers his stay there as one of his most productive periods in his street photography.

Udaipur: Beside shimmering lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romantic setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless, narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city's natural charms. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency, with history of the place being obvious when walking around. The city has a population of about 500.000.

Bundi: With a population around 100.000, Bundi is a captivating town with narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn. It is dominated by a fantastical palace rising from the hillside above the town. Though popular with travellers, Bundi attracts nothing like the tourist crowds of other cities of Rajasthan, nor are its streets choked with noisy, polluting vehicles or dense thongs of people. Few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of centuries past.
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© Dimitris Makrygiannakis
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