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Review of ‘Intensive Street Photography Workshop with GMB Akash‘

October 26, 2014

On the 17th–  20th October 2014, First Light Institute of Photography organized ‘Intensive Street Photography Workshop with GMB Akash‘ at its school campus in Bangladesh.

The main intention of this intensive workshop was helping participants to find the signature style that they can put as their stamp on and find confidence to show the world. In two location of outdoor practical shooting mentor supervise each participants individually how to capture “the decisive moment”, how to interact with people in the street and how to conquer fear of shooting street photography. A three days intimate involvement helps participants to visualize their future project that they are continuing to pursue.


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Day 1:

During the 1st day of the workshop every participant received feedback regarding their portfolio. Our special guest teachers Katja and Bojider made this workshop more compelling by describing visual literacy of street photography, by showing live example of their projects and by giving constructive feedbacks on participant’s work. At the 1st day of workshop instructors build up a solid understanding of composition of street photography and its basics. Class lecture that specially designated to introduce street photography interestingly helps students to prepare for their next two days out door shooting with their instructor. Moreover three days participants do not think about anything else than photography!

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Day 2:

The day begins at 6 a.m. First Light got a devoted group of participants who were divided into two groups and started shooting from early morning. Instructor GMB Akash attended each group separately and the group successfully continued shooting until afternoon. During the break they print out their selected images and headed towards their class room. The recap of the review session took place at the First Light Campus and our enthusiastic participants group showed their charisma by delivering wonderful images in such short time. Their self esteem and self motivation was wondering as the class ended up at 8 P.M but they were ready to hit the ground of day three same as the day two!

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Day 3:

Day three started with better pictures and with some more energy! The day started same as day 2, but when participants were with their instructor they continued to capture their best images. GMB Akash praised them for their transportation. The day was a repeat of day two but ended up by producing better images, by gathering more experiences and by knowing own strengths and weaknesses! After pointing about future projects and evaluating the course, participants were overwhelmed while they were receiving the certificate. Indeed the workshop ended with ‘Load of memories’!

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During the workshop the passion and knowledge that all of the participants brought to the discussion and critiques were amazing! The group bonded quickly and it was a pleasurable collection of amateur photographers from different backgrounds. At the end participants completed their story that presents striking images of their signature style.

First Light is happy to share some anonymous comments (As in instructor evaluation sheet writing name is prohibited). Also it’s a great pleasure to share the students’ works from ‘Intensive Street Photography Workshop with GMB Akash’!

Students’ work and comments:


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Individual Review:

When we attend a group workshop we set our mind that it will deliver a general views upon everyone’s work. But the amazing fact is in this workshop every individual his/her work counts. There is no chance to seat in a corner because you have to be in the center of discussion it is so much engaging individually. Loved it!

Every image matters:

There was a discussion about every single image we took. Learned a lot form this overall go through process. It is really motivating!

Excellent Lecture:

The lecture was so interesting that made this workshop more interesting. There was no chance to get bored from the lecture because it was full with so many live examples and our day to day experience. I feel amazed about it!

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Value of humanity:

I not only learn about how to become a photographer but also learn how to become a good human being that will help me to become a good photographer.

Friendly Environment:

Super friendly environment and such informative lectures! What we need more! Leaning form comfort zone by bringing out my best. It’s extraordinary!

Hands on experience:

What I need more than join a team who is receiving continual hands of experience. How to shoot, where to shoot, what to do when! The workshop has everything!


It was most valuable photography training I have ever attended.


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The most dedicated Instructor:

I never saw such a dedicated teacher in my life, never saw such a beautiful mind, we have learned with pleasure!

Best workshop:

This workshop is my best workshop.

Feels like home:

Informal environment and it feels like home! That’s make it easier for me to focus and give my best

Practical classes!

The workshop was wonderful, broadening, real-world experience. You are an outstanding teacher.

Real Learning:

Learned A LOT about street photography.

Field work:

Field work was intense and powerful.

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Workshop Message from GMB Akash:

‘I want to thank each and every student of mine for patiently redo things that I have asked you! Thanks for playing as a perfect team in the field. I am absolutely impressed by the openness, focus and attention you all have put in these days. After Three days of intensive immersion in the possibilities of Street Photography, I am glad to know that all of you leave with a portfolio of photos worth sharing, worth printing and worth remembering!

My special thanks to our Guest Instructors, Katja Illers and Bojidar, who worked tirelessly to motivate, to share knowledge and offer thoughtful critique to all students.’


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Really all photos are Amazing

  2. Makinur Rahman permalink

    Naturally the workshop is always intense, when it is mentored by Mr. GMB AKSH, this time pictures also even great, awesome,…..(no words man), I can complement in a way that every pictures almost talk like Mr. GMB Akash picture talk, few are more even refreshed. Thanks to all for such visual treat.

    -Makinur Rahman ( An Admirer of Mr. GMB Akash works, and learner from ‘Making Photo Essays of the Street’ by GMB Akash and David Bathgate )

  3. FH PRIOK’s 2nd & 3rd photo was awesome . excellent pov (y) H.A. Raihan’s work was good also 🙂 btw congratulations to all of the photographers ! keep clicking 🙂

  4. That was a life time opportunity for me ………. Thanks Akash vai……..

  5. Thanks for sharing the photos. I like the photos very much.

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