Travel and Street Photography Workshop in India in March 2014


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A week of street photography in Mumbai with the In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. Organised together with Doc! Magazine.
Details:, pages 10-11.


17 – 30 March 2014.


Mumbai – Pune – Bijapur – Hyderabad.

Workshop Report by Maciej

- Benicio Murray –,,
- Ridwan Prasetyo –,
- Heriadi Yoewono –

Workshop guests – street photographers from the Indian street photography collective That’s Life:
Kaushal Parikh –,
Swapnil Jedhe –,
Swarat Ghosh –,
Vinod Munna –


Heriadi photographs a vegetable seller at the fresh produce market in Dadar on the second day of the workshop with his digital Leica M9 and a 35mm summicron lens. This is the only camera and lens he uses.


All set for a presentation about street photography in my hotel room in Mumbai. During the workshop I show a couple of presentations in which I discuss practial aspects of street photography – how to do it properly and what mistakes to avoid. Each of them is a real brainstrom for all of us, very inspiring each time, also for me.


Ridwan photographs electricians in Worli area of Mumbai on the third day of our photography workshop. He shot with an ultra-wide 18mm lens often. I find such wide angles very challenging, but the effects can be very interesting.


A critique session in our hotel room in Mumbai on the third day of the workshop. Here looking at Ridwan’s photos taken the day before and discussing them with him and the whole group. We were trying to have these critique sessions as often as possible as they are very useful.


Ben works on a complex multi-layered shot on the promenade in Mumbai on the morning of the third day of the workshop. Getting close, making people feel comfortable, working the scene and getting the shot – that’s what we were doing. Mumbai people are super friendly and easily accepted us pointing our cameras at them.


Ridwan, Ben and Heriadi on a train from Mumbai to Pune. It was a short 3 hour ride in an ordinary Sleeper coach, a true Indian experience.


Time for another street photography presentation, this time in our hotel room in Pune. During the worskshop we discussed various aspects of street photography, we talked what makes a good picture and what spoils it. All very practical, with lots of real life examples.


Ben shares a cup of chai with the locals in Bijapur during our stay there. The man in blue shirt did not let Ben pay for it. Situations like that are very common. Indian people are very hospitable.


This is what happened when Ridwan entered a courtyard of a primary school in Bijapur. Now he knows what it is be be a mega celebrity. Children were very happy to see foreigners and each of them wanted to be photographed. Their enthusiasm was a little bit overwhelming and soon we had to say “Bye Bye” to all of them and leave.


Discussing Heriadi’s photos in our hotel room in Hyderabad together with Swarat Ghosh from the Indian street photography collective That’s Life.


Going through Heriadi’s photos with Vinod Munna from That’s Life while shooting at Makkah Mosque in Hyderabad on one of the last days of the workshop.


Heriadi and Ben and their “What is your name? What is your country?” session at the courtyard of Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. I wish I had counted how many times I answered “What is your name?” question…


Patricipant Photos


Heriadi Joewono


Ridwan Prasetyo




Photography workshop student photo from Bijapur, India taken with a a digital Leica M

Photography workshop student photo from Pune, India taken with a a digital Leica M


Benicio Murray

Photography workshop India participant photo.


Workshop Information



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.”
More about Mumbai on wikipedia and Lonely Planet.

About Pune from Lonely Planet:
“Once little more than an army outpost, Pune (also pronounced ‘Poona’) is a city that epitomises ‘New India’, with its baffling mix of capitalism, spiritualism, ancient and modern. Today, it is a thriving centre of academia and business. Pune is also famous, or notorious, globally for its number-one export: the late guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his ashram, the Osho International Meditation Resort.
Pune was initially given pride of place by Shivaji and the ruling Peshwas, who made it their capital. The British took the city in 1817 and, thanks to its cool and dry climate, soon made it the Bombay Presidency’s monsoon capital. Globalisation knocked on Pune’s doors in the 1990s, following which it went in for an image overhaul. However, some colonial-era charm was retained in a few old buildings and residential areas, bringing about a pleasant coexistence of the old and new, which (despite the pollution and hectic traffic) makes Pune a worthwhile place to explore. In September Ganesh Chaturthi brings on a tide of festivities across the city, and provides a fantastic window for exploring the city’s cultural side. On a more sombre note, the fatal 2010 terrorist attack on the German Bakery, a once favourite haunt for travellers and ashramites alike, remains a painful memory in this peace-loving city.”

About Bijapur from Lonely Planet:
“A fascinating open-air museum dating back to the Deccan’s Islamic era, dusty Bijapur tells a glorious tale dating back some 600 years. Blessed with a heap of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications, it was the capital of the Adil Shahi kings from 1489 to 1686, and one of the five splinter states formed after the Islamic Bahmani kingdom broke up in 1482. Despite its strong Islamic character, Bijapur is also a centre for the Lingayat brand of Shaivism, which emphasises a single personalised god.”

Hyderabad from Lonely Planet:
“Hyderabad, City of Pearls, is like an elderly, impeccably dressed princess with really faded, really expensive jewellery. Once the seat of the powerful and wealthy Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi dynasties, the city has seen centuries of great prosperity and innovation. Today, the ‘Old City’ is full of centuries-old Islamic monuments and even older charms. In fact, the whole city is laced with architectural gems: ornate tombs, mosques, palaces and homes from the past – some weathered and enchanting, others recently restored and gleaming – are peppered across town.
The 1990s saw the rise of Hyderabad’s west side (the aged princess’s fun, stylish granddaughter) and the emergence of a new decadence. ‘Cyberabad’, with Bengaluru (Bangalore) and Pune, is the seat of India’s mighty software dynasty and has created a culture of good food and posh lounges for the city’s new royalty.”

All sound very exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot in India! People are super friendly, food is great and being there is cheap. Maciej knows India very well and will lead you to some fascinating areas, where not a single tourist ventures. You will love it there.

Workshop Description:

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 5 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 and comfortable hotels.

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

Click here to email Maciej if you would like to register or ask about details.

Maciej’s photos from India shot on the previous photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant):

Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India.
Drink stand at Sonepur Mela in India.
Morning bathing at the Mallick Ghat on Hooghly River in Kolkata,
Varanasi, India
Morning Exercises- Varanasi, India.
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Please also take a look at the previous workshops to see what kind of pictures is taken on such trips. Before settling down in Mumbai Maciej visited India more than 10 times, so he is very experienced at photographing this country. He has organised and lead seven 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.