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‘Making Photo Essays of the Street’ With David Bathgate and GMB Akash

January 21, 2014

Workshop:           ‘Making Photo Essays of the Street

                            With David Bathgate and GMB Akash

Dates:       7th March (Friday), 8th March (Saturday)

              14th March (Friday), 15th March (Saturday)       

Place: First Light Institute of Photography, Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Duration: 4 days

Fees: 8500 BDT (For Bangladeshi students)

          200 USD (For Foreign students)         

Teaching language: Bengali & English

Workshop hours: 10 AM to 4 PM

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Like an onion, cities are made up of many layers.  At first glance it is only complexity and chaos.  Only when one stops to concentrate on a single “layer” of the “whole,” does the character and “truth” of that layer begin to take focus.  This is what this 4-day (two weekend) workshop is all about – turning your lens and creativity on just one component part – or “theme” (specific subject or situation), that adds to the bustling social and technological sphere that is Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Designed for beginners and advanced photographers alike, this workshop will consist of both classroom instruction and discussion, as well as practical one-on-one help when and where it is needed during our week in the field.  The goal of this workshop will be to not only produce a short, defining narrative of your chosen city theme, but do it in a way that is content-rich, creative and moving.

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Shiite Muslim Ritual

What you will gain from this workshop:

  • Greater ability to work quickly and decisively with your camera.
  • Increased confidence in your skills as a photographer.
  • Effectiveness in establishing rapport with subjects.
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience with, editing and sequencing your work to create a powerful visual narrative of your subject.
  • Certificate after the completion of the workshop

What you will need:

  • Digital camera and just one or two lenses (for example – 24mm, 28mm 35mm, 50mm or zoom covering a part of this range).  Emphasis will be placed on going light and simple and moving yourself to get the photo.
  • Computer and photo-processing software


Only 20 hard working students will be admitted for each session. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore interested participants are requested to email or call 01989052484

– The BDT 8500 fee does not include transport, accommodation, food nor on-the-ground expenses.

– In order to confirm your application, 80% advance payment is a must.

– If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his application by email.

– To confirm registration, the participant must return this contract to us, signed, within three days, along with payment of 80% of the fee of the workshop.

– The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest. The participant will then will receive a complete receipt and ID card.



– Registration is open from 21st January until 1st March 2014.

– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, the school must notified at least five days prior to the workshop

– If you have any query at all please write to or call at 01989052484

Summary of the workshop:

Day 1:

  • Introduction to instructors
  • Student portfolio reviews by instructors
  • Discussion (with examples) of just what a “Photo Essay” is.
  • Discuss ideas / topics of possible photo essays
  • Gaining Access / How to get the shots you want
  • Take to the street with an instructor and get started

Day 2:

  • Group review of student work
  • Snap-shots vs. Photographs
  • What makes a powerful image
  • Advice for refining or changing student’s topics
  • Work on essay project with instructor

Day 3:

  • Group review of student work
  • Discussion of how to edit photos
  • Hands-on editing session
  • What shots do I still need?
  • Street project shooting with instructor

Day 4:

  • Group review of student work
  • Final edit of student photo essay project
  • Preparation of student work for presentation
  • Presentation of student photo essays
  • Concluding remarks for students and instructors
  • Summary of workshop content

Meet your instructors:

David Bathgate:

David Bathgate studied anthropology and journalism at the Pennsylvania State University in the U.S., earning a doctorate and master’s degree, respectively, in those two disciplines. Subsequently, university teaching and visual journalism followed as parallel career pursuits. First photographing and writing for local magazines and newspapers, David eventually took his co-careers to Australia and worked on photographic projects in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In 1993 he closed the door on academia to become a full-time visual storyteller, covering social and environmental topics, worldwide.

Pro-Syrian and Anti-American Demonstration

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David Bathgate is represented by Corbis Images and works regularly in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in Europe, for publications such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Geo, Stern, Spiegel, Focus and The London Sunday Times Magazine. David Bathgate is the Founder and President of the online-interactive photography and multimedia school, The Compelling Image David also serves in the editorial committee of the on-line photo documentary magazine Photojournale. He is the featured photographer at the Fuji X- Photographer’s gallery.

To read his interview and to get some of his photography advice visit:

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GMB Akash:

GMBs passion for photography began in 1996. As a multimedia Journalist GMB has traveled intensively in 25 countries and received more than 80 international awards. In 2002 he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. His work has been featured in over 90 major international publications including: National Geographic, Vogue, Time, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Brand Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Hello, and Sunday Telegraph of London.


GMB Akash uses his talent, his perseverance and his camera to communicate through the extraordinary images he takes: those injustices that most people do not want to acknowledge. More than a photojournalist, GMB Akash goes much further than simply informing and provoking societies with his exceptional photographic gift. He takes concrete action to improve the lives of the impoverished and the abused. This is his life mission. He speaks for the voiceless through his photography and two published photography books as well as spreads the word of the situation of the poor and uneducated at many conferences to which he has been invited around the world.


GMB Akash was one of the speakers at the 5th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2008 , held at Lillehammer, Norway. He was the first Bangladeshi photographer to be invited to TED Talks and spoke at TEDxOporto 2011, in Portugal. In 2012 he was one of the speakers at the 7th Annual Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He presented his 10 year long project resulting in his second book ‘Survivors’ on Dutch television partnering with UNICEF for the production UNICEF NIGHT in 2012. In Hamburg, Germany he was one of the key note speakers at The Power of Pictures in March 2013 and panelist together with Jens Schröder, Vice Editor in Chief of the magazine GEO and Wolfgang Krach (Süddeutsche Zeitung).Webster University in Geneva invited him to speak and participate at their international 3-day MEDIA TRENDS 2013. In addition to his solo exhibition, ‘Survivors’ held twice in 2013 until 2014 in Lugano, GMB Akash was the co-guest speaker along with Swiss photographer, René Burri at the photography festival, LuganoPhotoDays in Lugano, Switzerland.



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