Photography Workshop in Vietnam
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Participants in these workshops, limited to 7 people per tour, are free to choose between either black and white or color photos with digital or film camera. They spend 10 days and 10 nights, with safe accommodation facilities, in a total immersion in Ho Chi Minh City’s swirling life (Saigon) as well as in the charming towns of Hué.
Photo Journalism is the main theme of the workshop – participants will focus on developing a storyline using the pictures taken throughout the trip. The theme of each participant’s narrative will be individually chosen at the beginning of the workshop. The members of the group use to work together to select the final 30 pictures that are the most representative of each photographer’s work. Pictures are to be taken during field excursions as Cartier Bresson use to do it himself. Each day is organized with visits in the field, at daylight or moonlight, at dusk or dawn, according to the needs and inspiration of the group.
Most of the trips will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, with 5 days out of it, in the city of Hué. The peculiar colonial city of Hué is for instance a town of both Vietnam and French influences. We aim to build-up a close-knit group with a common vibe shared between the instructor and all of the participants. This is for the sake of the work which will be done together and for the sake of friendship. It is very important that the participants of the workshop live in the same place in order to maintain a united group and promote sharing of ideas – the aim is to explore the different backgrounds and photographic styles of the participants with a common goal and passion.
As in all the other workshops I teach, my ultimate goal is to help each participant to create an appealing body of work with personal strong individual images. Each student will be encouraged to develop his or her own photographic language and to search for the invisible thread that ties his or her images together. I’ll help you to improve your ability to see and create new photographs, to discover your hidden potential. It will definitely be a valuable educational experience where you will develop the skills to look at your own work more critically, to appreciate and discuss yours and other people’s work by learning a new visual vocabulary. Our final objective is to produce a series of revealing; lasting images that will display a sense of the place, of its people and traditions.
Cost: 1300 euro*. This price includes the photo workshop, the accommodation during the entire duration of the trip (breakfast, ADSL connection included). Nicolas is present and available all the time during the workshop, 24/24 hours. Internal flights between Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang (closest airport to Hoi An) are not included. It is advisable to buy the flights before the workshop, but you can also buy them at Ho Chi Minh.
*In case of individual accommodation, an additional USD 15 per night will be charged.
A visa is required to enter Vietnam. It can be bought at any Vietnamese embassy or consulate. Or you can buy a ‘Visa upon arrival’ at the Internet. With this option, you will receive by email a copy of the authorization letter for your visa. You need to print it and present it at the Ho Chi Minh airport upon arrival, to get your Visa. You will be asked for one ID photograph, and 25 US dollars.
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Foto Asia is a cultural organization that promotes exchanges between European and Asian photographers. The purpose of Foto Asia is to promote and present in Europe exhibitions of young Asian photographers – who also run photo workshops throughout South-East Asia with the supervision of Nicolas Pascarel.