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‘Discovering Secrets of Streets’- Three day hands-on Street Photography Workshop with GMB Akash

November 1, 2014

‘Discovering Secrets of streets’- Three day hands-on Street Photography Workshop with GMB Akash

Dates: 5th December (Friday), 6th   December (Saturday), 7th December (Sunday)

Place: First Light Institute of Photography, Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Fees: 7000 BDT (For Bangladeshi students, other nation to be advised)

Total students: An intimate class of 12 participants

Teaching language: Bengali & English

Workshop hours: 10 AM to 5 PM

Selection: on basis of the Portfolio

Contact: To apply Email at

Phone: 01989052484

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About the workshop:

Come and join this workshop for finding street stories in this magical light of winter. Learning to capture street portraits and making street stories will be the two main concentrations in this workshop with hands-on experience. During these three days in the workshop you will learn the fundamentals of street photography which will help you to find the core concept. Besides discovering your own inspiring trigger, you will be guided towards achieving mastery in street photography. To find your style and to discover the secret of street photography enroll decisively in this workshop. Do not miss the golden light of this winter and the golden opportunity of being part of street magic. Apply today!

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The workshop is limited to a small class of 12 passionate individuals who want to take their street photography to new levels. The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs. This workshop is ideal for beginner or intermediate level street photographers.

Before enrolling visit our last workshop feedback and students final submissions of their three days work:

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Workshop course outline

  • To help you gain hands-on experience, the workshop is designed to be less lecture-based and more focused on your shooting on the streets
  • Discuss and guidance on your individual portfolio
  • The workshop will also be tailored to your individual needs.
  • The fundamentals of street photography
  • How to overcome fear of shooting street photography
  • How to get involved with strangers and situations when shooting on the streets
  • The way to anticipate and capture “The Decisive Moment”
  • Focus on ways to develop a unique third eye when shooting on the streets
  • Guidance to discover your individual style in street photography
  • Critique and feedback of the daily assignments
  • Final submission


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What you will achieve 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 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


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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


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  • Only 12 hardworking students will be selected for this session. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on email confirmation. Therefore  interested participants are requested to send 5-10 images to or call 01989052484 to know more details
  • The BDT 7000 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/her 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.

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– Registration is open from 1st November Until 30th November, 2014.

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

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


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Meet your Instructor:

‘For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it heard. Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life’

– GMB Akash


I have received more than 80 international awards and my work has been featured in over 90 major, international publications including: National Geographic, Vogue,Time, 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.

In 2002 I became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. In 2004 I received the Young Reporters Award from the Scope Photo Festival in Paris — once again, the first Bangladeshi to receive this honour. In 2005 I was awarded “Best of Show” at the Center for Fine Art Photography’s international competition in Colorado, USA. And in 2006 I was awarded World Press Photo award and released my premier book “First Light”. In 2007 I became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the 30 Emerging Photographers (PDN 30), sponsored by Photo District News Magazine, USA. I won the 7th Vevey International Photography Grant from Switzerland in 2009 and in the same year, I took home the international ‘Travel photographer of the Year” title at the International Travel Photographer of the Year Competition (TPOY 2009) in the UK, the most prestigious award in travel photography.

I was one of the speakers in the fifth Global Investigative Journalism Conference, held at Lillehammer, Norway in 2008 and as well I was the first Bangladeshi in Ted talk at TEDxOporto 2011, in Portugal. I was one of the speaker of “7th Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism”, Yogyakarta / Indonesia”. In 2011 Nikon has selected me as one of the 8 influencers in Asia pacific (APAC region). Presentation of my 10 years project published as form of book ‘Survivors’ in 2012, which has reviewed by prestigious Geo magazine.

I founded the FIRST LIGHT INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY in Narayangonj (near Dhaka), Bangladesh in August, 2013. Along with guest master photographers, I am teaching photography in workshops and seminars for aspiring young photographers at reasonable tuition. The proceeds from this are to help achieve my ultimate objective of providing basic education for street children, child sex workers, and child laborers.

I started studying this art and techniques, firstly in Bangladesh and then continued my studies in the Philippines at Ateneo de Manila University did my Diploma in Multimedia Journalism.

Growing up in a developing country filled with millions of impoverished people and abused children, I had access to the darkest corners of the world. Overwhelmed with compassion and empathy for those people in my photographs, I was determined to give a voice to the voiceless and have it heard around the world. However, at one point I realized that just effectively reporting the human rights injustices through my images was not enough. I repeatedly asked myself then; what changes have my photos brought to the lives of my subjects of abuse and suffering? I knew that as a photojournalist that it was my duty to tell the truth but besides that, as a human being I believed that it was my moral duty to find ways to alleviate the pain of abuse and poverty of those people in my photographs.

It was at that time that I decided to dedicate myself to what became more than 10 years of my life to photographing ‘Survivors’. This resulted in a self-published photography book depicting the invincibility of the human spirit to survive against all odds. The proceeds from the book and subsequent exhibitions go to helping the subjects in that book set up small businesses for which I train them and monitor their progress in order to make them and their families self-sufficient.

I also teach online and interactively at The Compelling Image. To know visit: Online course at ‘The Compelling Image


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