Street photography workshop in Mumbai, India in December 2013



Workshop Report

Workshop participants:
• Boris Hamilton –
• Alfred Pleyer –
• Faisal Al Fouzan –


A quick stop for refreshments in a small drinking hole on the way to the main beach of Mumbai called Girgaum Chowpatty.


Boris and Alfred pose to a picture with a group of Indian girls on the Girgaum beach in Mumbai. Having a photo together with a foreigner is considered cool and fashionable among quite a few Indian teenagers. So if you are a Western tourist in India be prepared for countless photo requests. It is up to you to accept them or not.


Faisal photographs an ice-cream seller and his stall at Girgaum beach in Mumbai. During the workshop we were getting close to people, interacting with them and photographing. No zooming in. Wide angle lenses and a close distance.


Boris photographs people exercising on the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Nariman Point area of Mumbai. Early morning many Mumbaikers congregate in that area to practise yoga, jog and exercise.

Workshop Information

A week of street photography in Mumbai with the In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz.


Mumbai, India.

Wikipedia says that Mumbai “is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.” “It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Mumbai has been ranked 6th among top 10 global cities on billionaire count, ahead of Shanghai, Paris and Los Angeles.” “Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5% of India’s GDP”

and Lonely Planet says: “Measure out: one part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; stir in half a dozen colonial relics (use big ones); pour in six heaped cups of poverty; add a smattering of swish bars and restaurants (don’t skimp on quality here for best results); equal parts of mayhem and order; as many ancient bazaars as you have lying around; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; fold in your mixture with equal parts India; throw it all in a blender on high (adding generous helpings of pollution to taste) and presto: Mumbai.”

Exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot there! Additionally people are super friendly, food is great and being here is cheap. Maciej knows the city very well and will lead you to some fascinating areas, where not a single tourist ventures. You will love it there.

More about Mumbai on wikipedia and Lonely Planet.


5 – 11 December 2013.
Participants are encouraged to arrive a day or two before starting the workshop to get used to being in India.

Workshop Description:

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of 3 participants means a very high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people, talk and photograph them. Maciej is a very experienced travel and street photographer and you will learn a great deal of new things. In the evening you will edit and discuss your photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. There will also be presentations on several nights of the workshop in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. You will return back home confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as a photographer.




The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport. Luckily India is still a very affordable place to be and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £150. The group will stay in an affordable, clean, full of character, friendly and well located hotel in South Mumbai. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500).

Still hesitating? Then please read the testimonials from the participants of previous workshops: Workshop Testimonials.

Maciej’s photos from Mumbai shot on the previous photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant) and during other visits to this fascinating metropolis:

Fumigation against mosquitos in Mumbai, India.
Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India.
A man performs religious rituals at Sonepur Mela.
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Please also take a look at the previous workshops to see what kind of pictures is taken on such trips. Maciej has been to India 11 times already and now he is based in Mumbai, so he is very experienced at photographing this country. He has organised and lead six Indian workshops so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).


ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist based in Mumbai, India. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, a member of the Wideangle photo agency, the international street photography collective In-Public and the un-posed Polish street photography collective. He has worked on various photographic projects in the UK and abroad and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled among 46 leading street photographers in the “Street Photography Now” book published by the British publisher Thames & Hudson, who also published Maciej’s first monograph – Cardiff After Dark in October 2012.