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I’m happy to release my full workshop schedule for the second half of 2019. They’re all set and I’ll be leading them in some of my favorite cities in the world for street photography. So, check them out and sign-up before they fill (limited spots). I look forward to seeing many of you there. 

  • All Previous Workshop Participants Receive a 10% Discount
  • Early Price Discount Ends One Month Prior to the Workshop (Both Discounts Apply if eligible)
July: London, United Kingdom
  • 20 July – 21 July 2019 (2 days)
  • A street photography workshop in London
  • £350 £275 GBP per person (Early Price Discount)
  • More Details
RESERVE SPOT 
Deposit (w/ Early Price) £150.00 GBPFull Early Price Payment £275.00 GBP

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August: Odessa, Ukraine
  • 22 August – 25 August 2019 (4 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Odessa, Ukraine
  • €700 €550 EUR per person (Early Price Discount)
  • More Details
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) €250.00 EURFull Early Price Payment €550.00 EUR

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October: Tokyo, Japan
  • 24 October – 27 November 2019 (4 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Tokyo, Japan
  • $750 $600 US per person (Early Price Discount)
  • More Details
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $250.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $600.00 USD

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November: Havana, Cuba
  • 25 November – 30 December 2019 (6 days)
  • An intensive week-long street photography workshop in Havana, Cuba
  • $1100 $850 US per person (Early Price Discount)
  • This workshop combines my favorite city in the world for photography with the most intensive week-long workshop of the year  
  • More Details
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $300.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $850.00 USD

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2-Day Street Photography Workshop in London, United Kingdom
  • JULY 20TH-21ST : LONDON, UK
  • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH FORREST WALKER

I’m excited to announce a 2-Day workshop I’ll be leading this July 20th-21st in London, UK. Read on for more details and how to sign up…

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, and improve your editing process. We will work together to accomplish these goals through a variety of lessons covering a variety of work, reviews of your own work, editing sessions, activities and plenty of shooting throughout the streets of London. Led by international photographer Forrest Walker, this workshop will be an immersive and educational experience in one of the world’s greatest cities for street photography.

Full 2-Day Workshop Fee – £350 £275 GBP per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) £150.00 GBPFull Early Price Payment £275.00 GBP

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

FORREST WALKER

Forrest Walker is an internationally acclaimed photographer from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is also the sole creator of the popular street photography blog, ShooterFiles.com. His work has been published, awarded and exhibited across multiple continents and showcases his interest in capturing the world candidly in vibrant color, along with a passion for exploration. He has been an invited speaker and judge at multiple major international street photography festivals, including the Miami Street Photography Festival, London Street Photography Festival and StreetFoto San Francisco, in addition to be featured and interviewed across media, including the immensely popular ‘The Candid Frame’ podcast.

Currently, Forrest is in the final stages of photographing a five-year project covering over 100 Major Cities across all major regions of the world, where he strives to capture the diversity and connections found in daily life across all regions and cultures. His images distil the layers of life within major cities and reveal the commonalities of human experience. This project is documented on his popular blog ShooterFiles.com, where he provides street photography city guides, tips, photography, stories, local photographer interviews and more.

SEE MORE OF FORREST’S WORK ON INSTAGRAM & HIS WEBSITE

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

WHERE: London , UK WHEN: July 20-21, 2019 (2 Full Days) Daily Schedule (Detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants):
  • Saturday July 20th: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday July 21st: 9am-6pm

*We will break for lunch daily and all are invited to dinner and drinks afterwards for more interaction

Workshop Description:

This will be an intensive and highly involved two-day workshop led by someone who’s photographed over 100 major cities across the world inside and out. London still stays at the top of my list for street photography and I’ve spent countless hours exploring its endless streets of interest over the years. With a 5 participant max on the workshop, you’ll be able to get the most out of our time together in this great city.

The full two-day workshop experience includes a mixture of daily photo walks, photo critiques, interactive lessons, editing sessions, and discussions. A major focus will be on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, and improve your editing process when looking through your work. There will also be a lot of walking and photography, with myself fully involved each step of the way to make sure you get the most out of our weekend together in London.

What’s Included?:
  • A variety of guided street photography walks giving a wide view of photo opportunities and exploration in London.
  • 1-on-1 shooting with your instructor to provide feedback, tips, guidance, and allow you to observe how I work. You will also be allowed to work on your photography without distraction during the walks.
  • Multiple educational and inspirational lessons covering different aspects of street photography.
  • An initial portfolio review followed by daily critiques and a final editing lesson covering your work during the workshop.
  • Constant access to your instructor, including outside of the workshop’s scheduled time. 
  • Activities planned to give time for bonding with other photographers, while having a great time in London.
  • A memorable experience not only improving your photography, but also enjoying one of the world’s greatest cities.
Additional Information:
  • The workshop will be very limited to keep the group small and give plenty of personal attention and quality interaction.
  • The workshop fee covers not only the time during the workshop schedule, but also the time spent on workshop preparation with each individual, and any time needed outside of the daily schedule while in London.
WHAT TO BRING:

Good walking shoes, camera(s), lens – between 50mm and 21mm equivalents preferred, sunscreen, water bottle, cool and comfortable clothing, laptop with appropriate processing software installed (Lightroom, Capture One or Photoshop), spare batteries and memory cards, notepad, pen, and mobile/ smart phone.

Full 2-Day Workshop Fee – £350 £275 GBP per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) £150.00 GBPFull Early Price Payment £275.00 GBP

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

Terms and Cancellation Policy:

  •           Workshop fees include tuition ONLY. Participants are responsible for their own equipment costs, food and beverage costs, and travel expenses.
  •          Forrest Walker accepts no liability for any loss or damage of participants’ equipment or liability for injury, illness or misadventure during the course of the workshop. The public liability of the participants is their own responsibility as is conducting themselves safely and according to English Law at all times.
  •           Forrest Walker reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time, for any reason. In this event, participants will receive a 100% refund on any fees paid.
  •          Forrest Walker is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in the event of a cancellation. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance. Cancellations: More than 21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 100% refund. Between 7-21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 50% refund. Within 7 days of workshop, participants will receive NO refund.

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4-Day Street Photography Workshop in Odessa, Ukraine
  • AUGUST 22ND-25TH : ODESSA, UKRAINE
  • INTENSIVE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH FORREST WALKER

I’m excited to announce a 4-Day workshop I’ll be leading this August 22nd-25th in Odessa, Ukraine. Read on for more details and how to sign up…

This intensive four-day workshop will focus on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, improve your editing process and help find yourself in your photography. We will work together to accomplish these goals through a variety of lessons covering a variety of work, reviews of your own work, editing sessions, activities and plenty of shooting throughout the streets of Odessa. Led by international photographer Forrest Walker, this workshop will be an immersive and educational experience in one of his favorite cities in the world for street photography.

Full 4-Day Workshop Fee – €700 €550 EUR per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) €250.00 EURFull Early Price Payment €550.00 EUR

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

FORREST WALKER

Forrest Walker is an internationally acclaimed photographer from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is also the sole creator of the popular street photography blog, ShooterFiles.com. His work has been published, awarded and exhibited across multiple continents and showcases his interest in capturing the world candidly in vibrant color, along with a passion for exploration. He has been an invited speaker and judge at multiple major international street photography festivals, including the Miami Street Photography Festival, London Street Photography Festival and StreetFoto San Francisco, in addition to be featured and interviewed across media, including the immensely popular ‘The Candid Frame’ podcast.

Currently, Forrest is in the final stages of photographing a five-year project covering over 100 Major Cities across all major regions of the world, where he strives to capture the diversity and connections found in daily life across all regions and cultures. His images distil the layers of life within major cities and reveal the commonalities of human experience. This project is documented on his popular blog ShooterFiles.com, where he provides street photography city guides, tips, photography, stories, local photographer interviews and more.

SEE MORE OF FORREST’S WORK ON INSTAGRAM & HIS WEBSITE

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

WHERE: Odessa, Ukraine WHEN: August 22-25, 2019 (4 Days) Daily Schedule (Detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants):
  • Thursday August 22nd: 10am-6pm
  • Friday August 23rd: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday August 24th: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday August 25th: 9am-6pm

*We will break for lunch daily and all are invited to dinner and drinks afterwards for more interaction

Workshop Description:

On this four-day workshop, you’ll be able to capture one of the most uniquely interesting and character-filled cities I’ve covered in my work. Odessa, Ukraine is not only one of my favorite cities in the world for street photography, but also one that I’ve covered extensively. Its unique variety of character is one-of-kind and I’m excited to share that during this workshop. A hidden gem for most, you can find more info on this amazing city looking through the Street Photography Guide I created for Odessa.

This will be an intensive and highly involved workshop led by someone who’s photographed over 100 major cities across the world inside and out, with Odessa being one of my most covered cities. With a 5 participant max on the workshop, you’ll be able to get the most out of our time together in Odessa, Ukraine.

This will be an intensive, but highly enjoyable workshop experience that includes a mixture of daily photo walks, photo critiques, interactive lessons, editing sessions, activities and discussions. A major focus will be on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, improve your editing process and help find yourself in your photography. There will be a lot of walking and photography, with myself fully involved each step of the way to make sure you get the most out of your week. You will be able to fully immerse yourself into the city through street photography, so you can learn more, photograph more and have a great time experiencing Odessa.

What’s Included?:
  • A variety of guided street photography walks giving a wide view of photo opportunities and exploration in Odessa.
  • 1-on-1 shooting with your instructor to provide feedback, tips, guidance, and allow you to observe how I work. You will also be allowed to work on your photography without distraction during the walks.
  • Multiple educational and inspirational lessons covering different aspects of street photography.
  • An initial portfolio review followed by daily critiques and a final editing lesson covering your work during the workshop.
  • Constant access to your instructor, including outside of the workshop’s scheduled time. 
  • Activities planned to give time for bonding with other photographers, while having a great time in Odessa.
  • A memorable experience not only improving your photography, but also enjoying one of Europe’s most interesting cities.
Additional Information:
  • The workshop will be very limited to keep the group small and give plenty of personal attention and quality interaction.
  • The workshop fee covers not only the time during the workshop schedule, but also the time spent on workshop preparation with each individual, and any time needed outside of the daily schedule while in Odessa.
WHAT TO BRING:

Good walking shoes, camera(s), lens – between 50mm and 21mm equivalents preferred, sunscreen, water bottle, cool and comfortable clothing, laptop with appropriate processing software installed (Lightroom, Capture One or Photoshop), spare batteries and memory cards, notepad, pen, and mobile/ smart phone.

Full 4-Day Workshop Fee – €700 €550 EUR per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) €250.00 EURFull Early Price Payment €550.00 EUR

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

Terms and Cancellation Policy:

  •           Workshop fees include tuition ONLY. Participants are responsible for their own equipment costs, food and beverage costs, and travel expenses.
  •          Forrest Walker accepts no liability for any loss or damage of participants’ equipment or liability for injury, illness or misadventure during the course of the workshop. The public liability of the participants is their own responsibility as is conducting themselves safely and according to Vietnamese Law at all times.
  •           Forrest Walker reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time, for any reason. In this event, participants will receive a 100% refund on any fees paid.
  •          Forrest Walker is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in the event of a cancellation. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance. Cancellations: More than 21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 100% refund. Between 7-21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 50% refund. Within 7 days of workshop, participants will receive NO refund.

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4-Day Street Photography Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
  • OCTOBER 30TH – NOVEMBER 3RD : TOKYO, JAPAN
  • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH FORREST WALKER

I’m excited to announce a 4-Day workshop I’ll be leading this October 30th-November 3rd in Tokyo, Japan. Read on for more details and how to sign up…

This intensive four-day workshop will focus on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, improve your editing process and help find yourself in your photography. We will work together to accomplish these goals through a variety of lessons covering a variety of work, reviews of your own work, editing sessions, activities and plenty of shooting throughout the streets of Tokyo. Led by international photographer Forrest Walker, this workshop will be an immersive and educational experience.

Full 4-Day Workshop Fee – $750 $600 US per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $250.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $600.00 USD

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
FORREST WALKER

Forrest Walker is an internationally acclaimed photographer from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is also the sole creator of the popular street photography blog, ShooterFiles.com. His work has been published, awarded and exhibited across multiple continents and showcases his interest in capturing the world candidly in vibrant color, along with a passion for exploration. He has been an invited speaker and judge at multiple major international street photography festivals, including the Miami Street Photography Festival, London Street Photography Festival and StreetFoto San Francisco, in addition to be featured and interviewed across media, including the immensely popular ‘The Candid Frame’ podcast.

Currently, Forrest is in the final stages of photographing a five-year project covering over 100 Major Cities across all major regions of the world, where he strives to capture the diversity and connections found in daily life across all regions and cultures. His images distil the layers of life within major cities and reveal the commonalities of human experience. This project is documented on his popular blog ShooterFiles.com, where he provides street photography city guides, tips, photography, stories, local photographer interviews and more.

SEE MORE OF FORREST’S WORK ON INSTAGRAM & HIS WEBSITE

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

WHERE: Tokyo, Japan WHEN: October 24th – October 27th, 2019 (4 Full Days) Daily Schedule (Detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants):
  • Thursday October 24th: 1pm-2am
  • Friday October 25th: 12pm-6pm
  • Saturday October 26th: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday October 27th: 9am-6pm

*We will break for lunch daily and all are invited to dinner and drinks afterwards for more interaction

Workshop Description:

On this four-day workshop, you’ll be able to capture the areas that Tokyo is famous for, along with some of the local photographers’ favorite spots, while challenging yourself to improve your photography in a variety of ways. This will be an intensive and highly involved workshop led by someone who’s photographed over 100 major cities across the world inside and out. Tokyo still stays at the top of my list for street photography and I’ve spent countless hours exploring its endless streets of interest over the years. With a 5 participant max on the workshop, you’ll be able to get the most out of our time together in Tokyo, Japan.

This will be an intensive, but highly enjoyable workshop experience that includes a mixture of daily photo walks, photo critiques, interactive lessons, editing sessions, activities and discussions. A major focus will be on photographic vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, improve your editing process and help find yourself in your photography. There will be a lot of walking and photography, with myself fully involved each step of the way to make sure you get the most out of your week. You will be able to fully immerse yourself into the city through street photography, so you can learn more, photograph more and have a great time experiencing Tokyo.

What’s Included?:
  • A variety of guided street photography walks giving a wide view of photo opportunities and exploration in Tokyo.
  • 1-on-1 shooting with your instructor to provide feedback, tips, guidance, and allow you to observe how I work. You will also be allowed to work on your photography without distraction during the walks.
  • Multiple educational and inspirational lessons covering different aspects of street photography.
  • An initial portfolio review followed by daily critiques and a final editing lesson covering your work during the workshop.
  • Constant access to your instructor, including outside of the workshop’s scheduled time. 
  • Activities planned to give time for bonding with other photographers, while having a great time in Tokyo.
  • A memorable experience not only improving your photography, but also enjoying one of Asia’s most interesting cities.
Additional Information:
  • The workshop will be very limited to keep the group small and give plenty of personal attention and quality interaction.
  • The workshop fee covers not only the time during the workshop schedule, but also the time spent on workshop preparation with each individual, and any time needed outside of the daily schedule while in Tokyo.
WHAT TO BRING:

Good walking shoes, camera(s), lens – between 50mm and 21mm equivalents preferred, sunscreen, water bottle, cool and comfortable clothing, laptop with appropriate processing software installed (Lightroom, Capture One or Photoshop), spare batteries and memory cards, notepad, pen, and mobile/ smart phone.

Full 4-Day Workshop Fee – $750 $600 US per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $250.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $600.00 USD

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

Terms and Cancellation Policy:

  •           Workshop fees include tuition ONLY. Participants are responsible for their own equipment costs, food and beverage costs, and travel expenses.
  •          Forrest Walker accepts no liability for any loss or damage of participants’ equipment or liability for injury, illness or misadventure during the course of the workshop. The public liability of the participants is their own responsibility as is conducting themselves safely and according to Japanese Law at all times.
  •           Forrest Walker reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time, for any reason. In this event, participants will receive a 100% refund on any fees paid.
  •          Forrest Walker is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in the event of a cancellation. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance. Cancellations: More than 21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 100% refund. Between 7-21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 50% refund. Within 7 days of workshop, participants will receive NO refund.

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6-Day Street Photography Workshop in Havana, Cuba
  • NOVEMBER 25TH-30TH, 2019 : HAVANA, CUBA
  • INTENSIVE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH FORREST WALKER

I’m excited to announce a 6-Day workshop I’ll be leading this November 25th-30th in Havana, Cuba. Read on for more details and how to sign up…

This intensive week-long workshop will focus on vision and seeing more. You’ll learn to see more photos when out shooting, how to put together what you see into the photo you want to make, improve your editing process and help find yourself in your photography. We will work together to accomplish these goals through a variety of lessons covering a variety of work, reviews of your own work, editing sessions, activities and plenty of shooting throughout the streets of Havana. Led by international photographer Forrest Walker, this workshop will be an immersive and educational experience.

Full 6-Day Workshop Fee – $1100 $850 US per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $300.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $850.00 USD

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

FORREST WALKER

Forrest Walker is an internationally acclaimed photographer from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is also the sole creator of the popular street photography blog, ShooterFiles.com. His work has been published, awarded and exhibited across multiple continents and showcases his interest in capturing the world candidly in vibrant color, along with a passion for exploration. He has been an invited speaker and judge at multiple major international street photography festivals, including the Miami Street Photography Festival, London Street Photography Festival and StreetFoto San Francisco, in addition to be featured and interviewed across media, including the immensely popular ‘The Candid Frame’ podcast.

Currently, Forrest is in the final stages of photographing a five-year project covering over 100 Major Cities across all major regions of the world, where he strives to capture the diversity and connections found in daily life across all regions and cultures. His images distil the layers of life within major cities and reveal the commonalities of human experience. This project is documented on his popular blog ShooterFiles.com, where he provides street photography city guides, tips, photography, stories, local photographer interviews and more.

SEE MORE OF FORREST’S WORK ON INSTAGRAM & HIS WEBSITE

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

WHERE: Havana, Cuba WHEN: November 24-30, 2019 (7 Days) Daily Schedule (Detailed itinerary will be emailed to participants):
  • Monday November 25th: 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday November 26th: 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday November 27th: 9am-6pm 
  • Thursday November 28th:9am-6pm 
  • Friday November 29th: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday November 30th: Free shooting day until 5pm-8pm final edit/lesson (followed by celebration)

*We will break for lunch daily and all are invited to dinner/drinks afterwards for more interaction

Workshop Description:

On this week-long workshop, you’ll be able to capture many areas of Havana that others don’t while challenging yourself to improve your street photography in a variety of ways. This will be an intensive and highly involved workshop led by someone who’s photographed over 100 major cities across the world inside and out. Havana still stays at the top of my list for street photography and I’ve spent countless hours exploring its endless streets of interest over the years. With a 5 participant max on the workshop, you’ll be able to get the most out of our time together, all week long in Havana, Cuba.

Havana is no secret destination for photographers, but most don’t see all that it contains. On this workshop, we will include plenty of venturing outside of Havana Vieja too, so you can really capture the variety of what makes Havana so special.

Experiencing and capturing a variety of the city, as we will, is also designed to help maximize your improvement and learning in street photography. You will be challenged, while seeing more and having more opportunities to reach your goals during the workshop.

This will be an intensive, but highly enjoyable workshop experience that includes a mixture of daily photo walks, photo critiques, portfolio reviews, interactive lessons, editing sessions, activities and discussions. There will be a lot of walking and photography, with myself fully involved each step of the way to make sure you get the most out of your week. You will be able to fully immerse yourself into the city through street photography, so you can learn more, photograph more and have a great time experiencing Havana.

What’s Included?:
  • A variety of guided street photography walks giving a wide view of photo opportunities and exploration in Havana.
  • 1-on-1 shooting with your instructor to provide feedback, tips, guidance, and allow you to observe how I work. You will also be allowed to work on your photography without distraction during the walks.
  • Multiple educational and inspirational lessons covering different aspects of street photography.
  • An initial portfolio review followed by daily critiques and a final editing lesson covering your work during the workshop.
  • Constant access to your instructor, including outside of the workshop’s scheduled time. 
  • Activities planned to give time for bonding with other photographers, while having a great time in Havana.
  • A memorable experience not only improving your photography, but also enjoying one of the world’s most interesting cities.
Additional Information:
  • The workshop will be very limited to keep the group small and give plenty of personal attention and quality interaction.
  • The workshop fee covers not only the time during the workshop schedule, but also the time spent on workshop preparation with each individual, and any time needed outside of the daily schedule while in Havana.
WHAT TO BRING:

Good walking shoes, camera(s), lens – between 50mm and 21mm equivalents preferred, sunscreen, water bottle, cool and comfortable clothing, laptop with appropriate processing software installed (Lightroom, Capture One or Photoshop), spare batteries and memory cards, notepad, pen, and mobile/ smart phone.

Full 6-Day Workshop Fee – $1100 $850 US per person (Early Price Discount)
RESERVE SPOT
Deposit (w/ Early Price) $300.00 USDFull Early Price Payment $850.00 USD

Places are strictly limited, sign up early to avoid disappointment

Terms and Cancellation Policy:

  •           Workshop fees include tuition ONLY. Participants are responsible for their own equipment costs, food and beverage costs, and travel expenses.
  •          Forrest Walker accepts no liability for any loss or damage of participants’ equipment or liability for injury, illness or misadventure during the course of the workshop. The public liability of the participants is their own responsibility as is conducting themselves safely and according to Cuban Law at all times.
  •           Forrest Walker reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time, for any reason. In this event, participants will receive a 100% refund on any fees paid.
  •          Forrest Walker is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in the event of a cancellation. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance. Cancellations: More than 21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 100% refund. Between 7-21 days before workshop begins, participant will receive a 50% refund. Within 7 days of workshop, participants will receive NO refund.

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*A series of guides on shooting Street Photography in cities around the world. Find the best spots to shoot, things to capture, street walks, street tips, safety concerns, and more for cities around the world. I have personally researched, explored and photographed every city that I create a guide for. So you can be ready to capture the streets as soon as you step outside with your camera!

Almaty

Overview:

Central Asia is a region that most people aren’t too familiar with, but Almaty makes for the best and easiest introduction, in my opinion. For the adventurous nature lovers, Central Asia is a paradise, but Almaty can be a transit city for many of them. If you saw the city’s beautiful mountainous background you wouldn’t know why, though. Almaty has plenty of the nature the region is known for, but it mixes it with an urban, cosmopolitan atmosphere that makes it special. You have the mix of Russia meets Asia influences, but in Almaty you also have a strong European flavor recognizable by the trends, cafes, and nightlife. It makes for one of the more unique and enjoyable street photography experiences around.

Almaty, Kazakhstan

So here’s a Street Photography guide so you can be ready to capture all that Almaty has to offer before you even arrive.

Map:

  1. Zelyony Bazaar (Green Market)
  2. Panfilov Park / Zenkov Cathedral
  3. Sayakhat Bus Station
  4. Gorky Park/Central Park
  5. Arbat Street
  6. Dostyk Plaza/Almaty city mayor’s office
  7. Nikolsky Bazaar/Church
Top 6 Street Spots: 1. Zelyony Bazaar (Green Market)

Zelyony Bazaar, also known as the Green Market, is Almaty’s busiest and biggest market. With a mix of inside and outside stalls selling an endless variety of goods, this older styled market has been a hub of the city for over a century and you can feel it. Its long history also makes it a main attraction for visitors, but you still have a local feeling when exploring the area with your camera. It feels authentic and is a spot I come back to as much as any for street photography. You’ll find plenty of characters and character here, but you’re also nearby many other nice spots to continue for more photography.

Zelyony Bazaar | Almaty, Kazakhstan

You can walk up by the Central Mosque where you’ll find more activity, but one of my favorite spots in the city is just above the mosque around Sayakhat Bus Station. Here, you’ll not only find all the locals coming for transportation, including lines of hitchhikers, but also another busy market. The market here has even more local character than the Green Market, with a more rural vibe. It’s a quirky and interesting area to experience and capture.

This condensed section of Almaty provides a great street photography walk where you can hit up multiple spots, find great light and colors, and spend hours without realizing it.

Zelyony Bazaar | Almaty, Kazakhstan 2. Panfilov Park / Zenkov Cathedral

Panfilov Park is one of Almaty’s most popular green spaces and home to the Zenkov Cathedral, also known as Ascension Cathedral. The park’s location puts it in the heart of the city, attracting both locals and visitors due to the cathedral, one of Almaty’s main sites. Made completely out of wood and no nails, this domed cathedral is one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world. The Russian Orthodox styling and colors add to it, making it one of the more unique and impressive cathedrals I’ve seen. The main attraction for street photography here is the activity it attracts and the variety of park space surrounding it. In front of the Cathedral is a popular spot for feeding pigeons and bringing children, along with a few street vendors. Exploring further away, you’ll find locals relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. It’s worth a walk and a nice area to walk through on your way to the Zelyony Bazaar or Gorky Park for more street photography.

Panfilov Park | Almaty, Kazakhstan 3. Sayakhat Bus Station

Bus stations, especially in ex-soviet countries, can make for some of my favorite spots for street photography. They’re always filled with activity and endless foot traffic, but they’re also usually filled with a quirky, authentic character that I love. They also tend to attract surrounding street markets, providing even more interest to explore. Almaty’s Sayakhat Bus Station makes for a prime example of what I’m talking about.  

Sayakhat Bus Station | Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty has two bus stations, Sairan for long distance and Sayakhat for shorter distance. I prefer the latter because of its more interesting character, greater activity, and location. Located near the train station, you’ll find a mix of buses and marshutkas (shared vans) providing transportation, but you’ll also find a quirky, old street market and a very local, less urban vibe. If you want to find characters, this is the place to come in Almaty. It’s a bit of a mess of activity, but that’s part of its charm. Nearby, you’ll also find the Central Mosque with its reflective dome, which can attract some surrounding interest and activity too.

Central Mosque | Almaty, Kazakhstan 4. Gorky Park/Central Park

Gorky Park is the busiest and most elaborate park in Almaty. Filled with recreational spaces, you’ll find an amusement park, a water park, sports complex, boating lake, cinema, zoo, pony rides, food, beer stands, and other attractions for all ages. All this is mixed into a variety of trees, gardens and other scenic surroundings, making an impressive park to walk. With all of these attractions, it makes for one of the most active spaces in the city for street photography, especially on the weekends. You get a wide variety of interest to explore too. For many, this would make for a favorite spot to bring your camera, myself included. The amusement park full of rides probably provides the most interest and color, but there’s enough here in Gorky Park to last you at least half a day of shooting when it’s sunny out. And there’s no entrance fee to the main Central Park or the amusement park. 

Gorky Park | Almaty, Kazakhstan 5. Arbat Street

Arbat Street is a main shopping street in Almaty. It’s pedestrian-only too, making it one of the more popular streets for activity. It’s lined with a variety of shopping, from the old, Soviet styled TSUM shopping mall to designer brands and smaller shops. You’ll also find cafes, restaurants and maybe even a few street performers. And along the street, artists set out their paintings of Kazakhstan’s natural landscapes. It makes for one of the most diverse walks in Almaty, bringing together a mix of all the shopping the city has to offer in one place, while attracting a mix of characters too.

Arbat Street | Almaty, Kazakhstan 6. Dostyk Plaza/Almaty city mayor’s office

Dostyk Plaza is Almaty’s most modern and elaborate shopping center, making it a popular hangout for locals. For most foreigners, it won’t be anything you haven’t seen before, but in Central Asia, it stands out. Its location puts it in the heart of the city so foot traffic is also good around here. There’s university life, shopping, popular coffee houses and more, giving it a young, vibrant feeling. It’s also become a popular area for expats to live. With its more modern feeling, I don’t find it as interesting or unique visually as other parts of Almaty, but it does provide a different scene with guaranteed activity so I’d give it some time with your camera too.

Almaty city mayor’s office | Almaty, Kazakhstan 7. Nikolsky Bazaar/Church

There’s not much info on Almaty online for visitors so I had to do a lot of exploring on foot to find interest on my own. The bazaar by Nikolsky Church was one of the better finds I discovered on foot. It’s hidden and away from places that visitors go so it’s unlikely you’d find it without knowing where to go. While somewhat hidden, the Nikolsky Church will help you find the bazaar and its turquoise painted wooden exterior is interest enough to quickly check out while you’re here too. The actual bazaar is just a few steps further down the sidewalk where you’ll see an alley entrance between a couple of small shops. After entering the alley of shops, it opens up into a bigger market. There’s a very local feeling here with a mix of covered and open market life. While not huge, it’s big enough and brings some authenticity that’s worth coming this way for some street photography at this hidden spot most will never see. It’s also not far from Abay Avenue, which is a main street in the city and nice to walk with your camera.

Nikolsky Bazaar | Almaty, Kazakhstan Sample Street Walk:

For a full day of Street Photography, covering some of the best spots, you can follow this sample street walk for Almaty:

  • Start your morning walking east along Arbat Street (5)
  • Then walk southeast to Panfilov Park (2), especially around Zenkov Cathedral
  • Head north up to Zelyony Bazaar (1) and spend some time shooting around this authentic local market
  • Then continue north above the Central Mosque and up around the Sayakhat Bus Station (3)
  • After this, walk southeast and finish your day exploring Gorky Park (4) with your camera
Abay Ave | Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 Things I’ll Remember Most about Almaty: 1. Backdrop of Mountains & Nature

One of the first things you’ll notice in Almaty is the beautiful backdrop of mountains that line the city. Almaty is located at the Zailiski Alatau mountain base, a mountain range that reaches heights over 4000 meters and extends for almost 400km. When the skies are clear, it can be an impressive sight, especially in a big urban city. Not many major cities have backdrops like this so it’s definitely one of the things that stands out immediately and something I enjoy about the city. For photos, they can make their way into the backgrounds for a nice touch that shows some of Almaty’s charm. The south of the city has the best view of the range behind the buildings. This also brings up a nice navigational tip they provide. Uphill is south and downhill is north, which can come in handy when walking the city.

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Along with those mountains comes plenty of nature in an urban setting. For many, this is what they’ll like the most about Almaty. Not many cities this size provide so much nature with parks, tree-lined streets, mountains, rivers, natural pathways, and more. Even the city walls are covered in pictures of mountains and lakes, so no matter where you are, you’re surrounded by nature in the city. Central Park and Panfilov Park are musts to check out for a mix of nature and people. Almaty’s river walks are nice too for activity and life, while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere within a city.

If you want a complete break from street photography, Almaty is located near 100% nature-focused activities too. Hiking is a very popular activity here so you can find plenty of mountains and hikes with amazing views at the top. You might even want to mix some landscape photography with all those street shots.

Zelyony Bazaar | Almaty, Kazakhstan 2. Mix of Russia meets Asia meets Europe

Sitting between Russia and China, you have a strong blend of their influences in Kazakstan. This is seen in the character and atmosphere of the city in Almaty. One thing that Almaty brings more than much of the Central Asia region, though, is a definite European vibe mixed in. Coffeeshops are all over the city and make for a big part of the social life. Another part of the social life is a bigger nightlife scene than you’ll find elsewhere in the region. There’s a free/european vibe that a lot of the younger culture gravitates towards. 

Abay Ave | Almaty, Kazakhstan

Still, that Soviet past with a mix of Asia is seen and felt all over the city, especially in its quirks. Soviet style statues are found all over the city, sometimes in random places. Architecture, markets, parks, shops, and soviet block apartments all add much to the feeling of the city. But you also have a very modern, more European side of the city blending together with its past. The people themselves show the mix of influences in look too. There’s a very exotic look here with a mix of Russian and Chinese that is unique to the country. And while you can find the older style fashion, Almaty’s younger crowd is much more fashion forward, bringing some more of that European vibe. It’s a city with a strong mix of different influences that makes it stand apart from other cities. 

3. Easiest intro to Central Asia

Central Asia makes for an interesting region to discover. It doesn’t attract as many visitors compared to other areas of the world, but that provides part of its charm. Many of the visitors that do make their way here come for the nature and to experience an area of the world that feels distant from other parts. Kazakhstan, along with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan make up Central Asia. Out of all the cities found here, Almaty probably provides the easiest transition and introduction for the common traveler, though. While you still feel like you’re away from other parts of the world, it doesn’t feel too exotic, making it any easy city for less experienced travelers.

Gorky Park | Almaty, Kazakhstan

In Central Asia, Almaty is also the city probably most equipped for foreigners. It has everything you could need in a comfortable city to live, especially compared to some of the more exotic locations in the region. You have the quirks and different ways of life in the city that this region provides, but in a city with many other influences and developments that you may be more used to. For many, that will make Almaty a great first stop in Central Asia.

4. Hitchhikers

Hitchhiking can feel like the main transportation here. It’s unlike most any big city in the world. All over the city you’ll see people standing in the road sticking out there thumb. Some spots are even designated for hitchhikers, where there will be a line of people with their thumbs out waiting for a ride. Cars stop to see where they’re headed and let them hop in if it’s convenient. Funny enough, though, it’s usually around 90% women hitchhiking, as they have the best luck of getting a ride.

Zelyony Bazaar | Almaty, Kazakhstan 3 Non-Street Photography Things To Do in Almaty:
  • Eat: Beshbarmak, Baursaks, Pilaf Mămăligă and horse meat
  • Drink: Kumis, Vodka, Beer and coffee
  • Visit: Big..
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“Fill The Frame” is a new film following eight contemporary New York street photographers and why the art inspires them. Currently in post-production, they are running a Kickstarter to finish things off, with a variety of rewards from the featured photographers themselves. I saw a sneak peek from the film and I have to say it looks intriguing with a cast of talented photographers whose work many of you will be familiar with, but now will get to see the people behind the photos in a very personal way. 

Fill The Frame‘s director, Tim Huynh, sat down for an interview with me to give us an idea of what makes this film special. 

1. First off, please introduce yourself, with a little info on your background and what inspired you to start this film?

Thanks for this opportunity Forrest. My name is Tim Huynh, I am a freelance video content creator; born, raised, and based in Honolulu, Hawaii. I first came across street photography while in Chicago in 2009, when a fellow intern showed me Vivian Maier’s work (this was the early stages of her discovery) and ever since I’ve been hooked. I love street photography because it allows me to be creative on a daily basis without much effort compared to making a short film or video.

Featured photographer Melissa O’Shaughnessy (left), Film Director Tim Huynh (center) and Director of Photography Jessica Gallegos (right)

What inspired me to pursue this film? Well I’m a huge fan of documentaries and have produced a few short documentaries over the past 10 years, my first one was when I was in college where it won the best documentary award from my film school and screened at festivals as well. I’ve always wanted to pursue a bigger challenge in making a feature length documentary but could never come across the right subject matter, logistics, and other factors that come with producing a film with very limited resources. 

I started to do interview blogs for my street photography website featuring other photographers around the world. I really enjoyed learning about their backstory and understanding the person behind the camera. I think with social media nowadays we get all caught up in the artist’s photographs and nothing more. For me, I’m curious about the photographer’s journey, how did they make that photograph, what’s their goal(s), what do they think about this whole social media explosion, etc. So, for a documentary to even begin, you as the filmmaker must be curious first. 

Most importantly, I’m a father and husband. I want to lead by example and be able to tell them to follow their dreams just as I am doing. Even though the road may be difficult, with a little creativity and hard work you can pursue the things you are passionate about.

2. Can you give us a quick overview of what Fill The Frame is about?

Fill The Frame follows eight contemporary New York City street photographers. The film takes an in-depth look at their work as a photographer but also individually as a person and their journey up to this point and beyond. The main cast are Dimitri Mellos, Jonathan Higbee, Julia Gillard, Lauren Welles, Mathias Wasik, Melissa Breyer, Melissa O’Shaughnessy, & Paul Kessel. But also features some of the very best to give their insights on the genre as well. We interviewed Jeff Mermelstein, Richard Sandler, Matt Weber, Meryl Meisler, Colin Westerbeck (author of Bystander), and Sandra Philips (SF MOMA Curator of Photographs).

Film Trailer:

3. Everybody Street is a prior film that impacted many street photographers. As it seems to share some similarities with your film, what would you say sets Fill The Frame apart?   

What sets Fill The Frame apart from Everybody Street is that the main cast aren’t Magnum Photographers or Masters of the genre. The cast consists of eight ordinary, but very talented individuals. They’re just like you and I. These people could be your neighbor or your coworker. Just normal people who have a passion in documenting everyday life. They have flaws and are vulnerable and want to achieve more. Fill The Frame takes a much deeper look into the journey of the photographer. While the focus is on street photography, it’s not only meant for photography enthusiasts. This film is for anyone and everyone. I promise that at least one of the eight cast members’ stories will resonate and connect with you. 

Featured Photographer Julia Gillard 4. How did you go about selecting the cast of photographers featured in the film?   

I reached out to a list of photographers via email whom I was already following on Instagram and asked if this would be something they’d be interested in. I sent preliminary questionnaires to the ones that responded back, so that way I could learn more about who they are and what inspires them. To me photos are not enough, the person needs an interesting story to share. Everyone has a nice Instagram feed, but I want to know what’s their story, what inspires them, what struggles did they have, what’s their insecurities, and how can their story help others. Those were the things I was looking for when selecting the cast. 

Featured Photographer Lauren Welles

Also, I wanted to make sure the cast didn’t have a similar body of work. I wanted to touch upon a variety of different photography styles. Diversity was something I thought of a lot throughout this entire process. This was challenging because I needed folks that one, wanted to be a part of this project, two, had a good body of work to showcase, three, had an interesting story to share, and four, lived in NYC.

Some people dropped out half way after the initial questionnaire process. Then there were a few others whose schedules didn’t align. All in all, I am very happy with the cast that’s in the film. I believe it is a diverse group from age, gender, and background. 

Featured Photographer Jonathan Higbee 5. Other than funds, what has been the biggest challenge thus far. And what has been the most enjoyable part too?   

We’re lucky to have Alex Webb and Magnum Photos allow us to use his photos for the film. Webb, William Eggleston, Garry Winogrand, and Vivian Maier are among other great street photographers that are spliced in briefly to give some historical context to the film. So therefore, the biggest challenge has been locking down an interview with someone to talk about Alex Webb’s work and how much he has influenced modern street photographers today, as well as other topics about the industry. 

The most enjoyable part is editing these different stories. Every vignette is unique and can stand on its own. This has really gotten my creative juices flowing and pushed me to think outside the box.  My vision is for the vignettes to have its own unique look and feel to represent each photographer, like it’s almost a separate mini film on its own. I want to make sure I do justice for each individual photographer and make their story come to life.

Featured Photographer Dimitri Mellos 6. Other than being a fan of street photography, why should someone choose to support this particular project and what exactly will the funds go towards?

This film is not only for street photographers. If you are in a rut in your life and need motivation, or you’ve been bullied, this film is for you. If you are near retirement and trying to figure out what’s next, or want a change in career, this film is for you. The stories shared in this film are relatable whether you like street photography or not.

We have a lot of exclusive rewards to help raise money for the film, from previewing a sneak peek, prints, a workshop/photowalk with Melissa Breyer, and as of now, Richard Sandler just donated three prints to help raise money for the film. All of this, from the prints to photo walks, are all donated by those involved in the film. We all share one common goal and that’s to finish the film.

The funds will go towards post-production to help finish the film. We need to obtain archival photos and additional b-roll footage. An additional interview needs to be filmed to address Webb’s work. A big portion of the funds will go towards the sound editing and mixing with a local sound studio here in Hawaii. Film festival fees also add up, and Facebook and Instagram marketing costs has really surprised me thus far. 

Exclusive prints from featured photographers offered in Kickstarter tier rewards 7. Has working on Fill The Frame inspired any ideas for more projects from you in the future?

My initial idea was to produce a feature film highlighting one photographer from a different city and/or country, but with the lack of resources and funds I needed to narrow my angle to one location with a concentrated amount of street photographers. That’s why I selected New York. I don’t want to think too far ahead, but hopefully after this film is made and gets screened in festivals, I would love the opportunity to produce a Netflix series of street photography episodes, each focusing on a different city or country. Hopefully, an executive from Netflix is reading this! But really, thank you again for this opportunity. I hope to be able to share Fill The Frame with a wide audience and would be grateful for a successful Kickstarter campaign so I can see this film through.

Thanks to Tim Huynh for the interview and for everyone interested in supporting the film on Kickstarter, click the link below.

KICKSTARTER LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filltheframe/fill-the-frame Fill The Frame movie poster

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Bucharest, Romania comes in as major city #57 on my Major City project and here I’ll share a few first impressions covering the city with my camera. While it’s been called “The Paris of the East,” Bucharest can get a bad rap. While I don’t really see where the Paris comparisons came from, Bucharest does have character. You just have to look for it more than many capital cities. It’s not the prettiest city, with a feeling of neglect and communist past in its atmosphere and architecture, but there’s interest in its edge with some exploration. And beneath that rough exterior, you’ll also find a young, dynamic vibrance to the city mixed with history. 

So here are my first impressions of Bucharest, from my personal Street Photographer perspective…

7 First Impressions of Bucharest
(From a Street Photography Perspective) 1. Little info online for such a big city

At over 2 million people, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in the EU. It’s also a very known city, but surprisingly has little info online compared to many other less known and smaller capital cities. I always research beforehand so I have a head start on areas to explore and places of interest for photography, and from there I walk as many places I can to find more to capture. But in Bucharest, most info ends at the small old town. So, this meant even more walking and discovering on my own.

Bucharest feels like a very livable city, which is echoed by how many EU expats there are moving here recently, but for a visitor it can be more difficult to find interest. Bucharest takes time to get to know and you really need to do it on your own. You won’t find much help, but for many that can be enjoyable in itself. And after putting many kilometers on foot in Bucharest, hopefully I can add a little help for future visitors and street photographers. A city like Bucharest is one of the major reasons I started this blog for others.

2. A Mix of Old & New, Neglect & Vibrance

Bucharest has been called “The Paris of the East” in the past, but once you see it, you might wonder why. There is an interesting mix of architecture here, but there’s also a strong presence of its communist past and some neglect. Many of the older buildings are crumbling or abandoned in parts of the city and there’s an abundance of soviet style apartment blocks. I wouldn’t call it the prettiest city, but you can feel a lot of its history while walking the streets. Mixed into this old feeling, there’s a completely different energy that also comes from the city. While the atmosphere looks old, the vibe is young and new. There’s a younger, hipster vibe that fills the city with cafes, restaurants, bars and places to go. Bucharest is one of the largest and cheapest capital cities in the EU, which has helped it become a popular place for young EU expats to move for jobs, cheap living and fun. For this crowd, there’s endless new places to go and things to do, many hidden within that old exterior. The outside doesn’t always match the inside.

I have a friend from Portugal that moved here for work and his feelings only echoed my impressions of the city. The more time you stay here, the more you find out you like about it. As for street photography, it can be the same. First impressions might be disappointing, but with time you can find that energy and mix of character and life.

3. Not the most interesting old town, but worth checking out

Bucharest’s Old City (Lipscani) is most of what’s left from pre-WWII Bucharest, when much of the city was destroyed. The Old City itself was put through extensive renovation too, making it feel nice, but not as authentically old, in my opinion. For many tourists, this area will be their favorite. A charming, compact old town filled with restaurants, bars and shops. It’s a nice place to spend some time with family and friends, while enjoying all the places to go in a small area, which extends to its nightlife.

As far as street photography goes, though, I can’t say it rivals many other Old Cities. It’s not very big and minus a few sites and typical older atmosphere, there’s not much to see compared to other Old Cities. In my opinion, it’s more of a hot spot for fun, which can make it good for activity. So, for some guaranteed life mixed with a different atmosphere in Bucharest, you still have to make your way here with your camera. Its location was my favorite part, as it’s right in the middle of other nearby spots to shoot.

4. Moșilor is an interesting nearby area to explore

Calea Moșilor is a historic street that runs from Obor to Piata Sf. Gheorghe. The section northeast of Bulevardul Carol up to Obor has two lanes and is more of a major road lined with communist era apartment buildings, but is less interesting in my opinion. The section southwest of Bulevardul Carol down to Piata Sf. Gheorghe is only one lane, but passes through old houses built in the 19th century and makes for an interesting area for street photography. While a little edgy and run down, it’s filled with character and older local atmosphere to explore. I spent a good amount of time walking this area called Moșilor with my camera, while making sure to always stop at Piata Sf. Gheorghe. There’s a small park here with a church, but the tram stop in front is where the best activity is. While only being across the street from the touristy Lipscani, the atmosphere here isn’t touristy. You’re likely to capture some characters and interesting scenes if you spend enough time here. And its location makes a perfect jump off spot to Lipscani, Piața Unirii or any of other active areas in the center.

5. Gare de Nord Train station is another solid spot with great light

Fellow street photographer and friend Gabi ben Avraham recommended Bucharest’s main train station for street photography from his last visit to the city. After going, I can see why he did, especially with his personal photographic style. There’s great light and shadow at Gare de Nord, some of the best in the city. The train platforms are all outside so the sunlight comes down beautifully, especially the last few hours of the day. The train station also attracts plenty of activity and characters. There’s a mix of people taking the train, but also plenty of locals hanging out. The variety of life makes it interesting. I ended up coming here many times to finish the day because of the light at that time and because the main metro station here is perfect for taking you back home when done. You can spend hours walking up and down the different platforms and exploring the rest of the station, inside and out.

6. Obor Market is a prime spot to stop

Obor is the name of a main square and metro station in Bucharest, and also home to one of the oldest and largest markets in the city. For 300 years it was the largest market in the city, covering 16 blocks and selling everything you can imagine, but has since been downsized to include a park and some more modern buildings. Still, there’s plenty of authentic old style market left to explore with your camera and its central location makes it a perfect spot for guaranteed activity. Produce dominates much of the market, which provides plenty of colors, but you’ll find other goods for sale and I’d recommend exploring the park and surrounding area too. Within the city, Obor is probably your best spot for market life for street photography. It’s big, still feels old, and has lots of foot traffic in the area, especially on the weekend. Plus, it’s by a prime metro station to get you there and take you elsewhere.

7. Trolleys and metro are good for getting you around, while Taxis are very cheap

I prefer walking to get most places, but Bucharest does have a decent metro and trolley system that I used more than most cities. The underground system isn’t the prettiest one and it’s not easy to find an accurate map, but once you know the main lines, it gets you places that aren’t quickly walkable. I probably used the trolleys more, though, as Bucharest’s system of trolleys stands out compared to other cities, making it also a bit of a city symbol. They’re all over the city, especially in some key areas, making it easy to just hop on when you’re already walking that way. On top of these transportation options, though, Bucharest’s taxis are some of the cheapest around. Surprisingly cheap, even for the region, so for a city that’s not particularly small and with many spots spread out, you have plenty of budget options to get around.

If any of you have been to Bucharest before, tell me about your experience and impressions of the city and country in the comments below! And stay tuned for more on Bucharest, including some of the best Street Photography shots I captured while there.

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1. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Completed)
  • 9 February – 11 February 2019 (3 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • xxx
  • 500 EUR per person

2. New Orleans, USA

  • 31 October – 3 November 2019 (1 day)
  • A street photography workshop in New York City
  • xxx
  • 150 USD per person

2. New York City, USA

  • 31 October – 3 November 2019 (4 days)
  • A street photography workshop in New York City
  • xxx
  • 600 USD per person
3. Istanbul, Turkey
  • 12 July – 15 July 2019 (4 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Istanbul, Turkey
  • xxx
  • 550 EUR per person
4. Odessa, Ukraine
  • 16 August – 18 August 2019 (3 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Odessa, Ukraine
  • xxx
  • 450 EUR per person
5. Tokyo, Japan
  • 30 October – 3 November 2019 (5 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Tokyo, Japan (Halloween Weekend)
  • No city in the world celebrates Halloween like Tokyo, making one of the world’s most interesting cities for street photography even more interesting 
  • 750 US per person
6. Havana, Cuba
  • 26 November – 1 December 2019 (6 days)
  • A street photography workshop in Havana
  • xxx
  • 800 US per person

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Street Light is a monthly series where I showcase photography work to purchase that might not have as much visibility or large production numbers. From smaller run-offs and zines to books and crowdfunding campaigns, I’ll try to feature selections of mostly newer work that you’re not as likely to find in bookstores everywhere. Hopefully, this can be a way to help talented photographers get their work seen for purchase, while also helping readers find great work they didn’t know was available. So, check here to find what’s out there, much of it before it’s gone. (All bi-monthly selections will be added to a permanent page, organizing them together so you can come check anytime)

And if you have a new photo book, zine or crowdfunding campaign, or if you’d like to recommend another photographer’s, please comment it below. (no e-books/e-zines, please)

Photo Books & Zines : April 2019

(Selection information quoted from links)

Books Gustavo Minas : MAXIMUM SHADOW MINIMAL LIGHT

Award-winning Brazilian photographer Gustavo Minas makes discoveries where everything seems to be known already. On the streets of Brazil the master of light and shadows subtly turns his gaze on the everyday and the unspectacular and creates a new world with his pictorial language.

Gustavo Minas studied photography with Carlos Moreira, a classic street photographer in São Paulo. Moreira introduced him to the work of Harry Gruyaert and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. “I wanted this light and these colours for myself, so I hunted for them in the streets of São Paulo, in my home town of Cássia and recently in Brasilia, where I moved to in 2014. Over the years I became more and more obsessed and passionate. The city fascinated me every day, like a new girlfriend. I had no preconceived ideas, I was interested in everything, from garbage cans to all the sleepy people riding the bus to their offices. In a certain light nothing looked normal. I have been to places I would never have come to if I did not take photographs. Strolling with an empty mind has taught me the joy of seeing.”

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View/Purchase HERE

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Zisis Kardianos : A SENSE OF PLACE

The photographs collected in this book suggest a journey off the beaten track where my personal exploration of my native island is shared with you in the hope to leave you with an emotional understanding of the place more than a literal sense of location. Photography, contrary to the common belief, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.

It’s impossible to objectively describe a place or the people who live there anyway. Every adjective suggests the opposite. Every description evokes a contradiction. In trying to document a specific place, to put it into context and to show what it’s really like, we photographers do not easily escape the traps of cliché and stereotypes. I hope that I have done my best to avoid them. Since this is a personal exploration, many aspects of life in the island have been ignored.
I am more of an observer than an intruder. Still, through my photographs, I seek to create a world that is fictional in spite of being made with the raw materials of reality.

© Zisis Kardianos

SIGNED – Plus a FREE 13x18cm inkjet print with a personalized thank you note

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View/Purchase HERE

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Alberto Selvestrel : Link

Hard Cover
Pages: 60
Size: 23cm x 30cm

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View/Purchase HERE

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Matt Weber : STREET TRIP : Life in NYC

Matt Weber has been shooting the streets of New York for the past 40 years, many of his images taken while running fares in his New York City taxi cab. His camera captures New York without pretense and with the love and attention that only a native could afford. Each image documenting the small yet extremely significant moments in the life of a city that never sleeps. Street Trip: Life in NYC is a compellingly curated collection of his finest street photography, an authentic look at daily life from someone who has consistently been ‘in the right place, at the right time’. His images are both timely and timeless and tell the stories of real life in the Big Apple in unfiltered and honest detail.

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Zines Jake Ricker : STAY STRAPPED II

A book of uncomfortable looking people who can’t seem to grasp the simple task of wearing a backpack properly… 48 perfect bound pages. 6×9 inches in size. Every book is signed and numbered in the edition of 200. A signed 4×6 print pack is included with every book. (All San Francisco. All 35mm)

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View/Purchase HERE

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Tour Dogs : Zine Subscription

6 or 12 months of zines published by Tour Dogs. Subscription costs will not auto-renew.

In an effort to get everyone access to the monthly zines, Tour Dogs is starting a subscription service. Zines are designed by Trey Michael Derbes and  will now be professionally printed, featuring a variety of talented photographers. 

Follow @tourdogs for updates on new zines and free giveaways.

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If you have a new photo book, zine or crowdfunding campaign, or if you’d like to recommend another photographer’s, please comment it below…

The post Street Light : Photo Books and Zines (April 2019) appeared first on Shooter Files by f.d. walker.

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