30 August 2010

New Vimeo page and Bucharest workshop promo

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/14530767 w=400&h=300]

I now have a Vimeo page with Aga with a promo video for our series of Bucharest street photography workshops.

19 August 2010

Bucharest: Exploring Your Vision



Bucharest: Exploring Your Vision

Join Davin Ellicson and Aga Luczakowska for an intensive street photography workshop in September 2010 in Bucharest, one of Europe’s least known capitals.

The city is a beguiling place which still suffers from outdated Communist-era stereotypes. Well off the tourist track, there is a raw energy to Bucharest that has to be experienced to be believed. Globalization has yet to run its course here and a curious blend of old and new Europe exists side by side.

The workshop is the only one of its kind to be currently offered in Bucharest. The pair will be working closely with participants and providing daily critiques . The goal is to perfect one’s street shooting skills and the art of spontaneous photography by exploring Bucharest as well as how to edit — select and sequence your photographs — intuitively. It’s a workshop open to amateurs and professionals alike.

Through group as well as one on one discussions of the best work, participants will see their picture making skills improve. Technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues will be discussed as attendees work towards honing their individual visions.

The workshop will begin with individual portfolio reviews and Davin and Aga will show their own photography as well as the work of classic masters. We will then discuss the principles of street photography before we head out to explore the streets of Bucharest.

On Sunday morning we will review saturday's work as well as give a tutorial on the archiving and image manipulation software called Adobe Lightroom that we highly recommend.
The workshop is limited to 12 students.

DATES: 4-5, 18-19 and 25-26 September

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Our studio in central Bucharest.

WORKSHOP FEE: €250.

Accommodation, transportation, meals, and other expenses are not included.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has knowledge of digital cameras and editing software. Participants must come with their own camera, laptop and editing software. All ages welcome!

Bios:

Aga and Davin are freelance photographers based between Katowice, Poland and Bucharest, Romania.

Aga studied in the US with National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig and National Geographic photo editor David Griffin. Later, she studied with photographers Stanley Greene, Alex Majoli and Lorenzo Castore At Masterclass Focus on Monferrato in Tuscany.
Davin worked at National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry's studio in New York and studied with photographers Eugene Richards, Ken Light, Constantine Manos, George Tice and Paul Lowe. In 2006 he completed an MA in documentary photography at The London College of Communication.

Aga has worked for Polish newspapers and magazines and her photographs have been published worldwide (Poland, Turkey, Germany, China, USA). She has won numerous awards including one from the Office for the City of Katowice, Poland, Newsweek Poland and National Geographic Magazine.

Davin has completed assignments for such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Courrier Japon, Bloomberg News. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Der Spiegel and the book This Day of Change, among others. The recipient of the 2009 Portfolio Award at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, Davin has also won an honorable mention in Jen Bekman´s Hey! Hot Shot Contest in both 2008 and 2009. He has worked for various NGOs such as Leslie Hawke's Ovidiu Rom in Bucharest and The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

Check out Davin's archive on Bucharest here.

Please contact us with any questions:

mail: luczakowskaellicson@gmail.com

phone: +40 754 928 306

28 July 2010

Documentary Photography Workshop in Maramures 9-13 August



Maramures: Reportage at its Limits

Join Davin and Aga Luczakowska in the Maramures region of northern Romania in summer 2010 for a week of enchantment in some of the most traditional villages left in Europe.

For decades Romania’s closed border policy under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu as well as a natural fortress of mountains kept Maramures isolated from the rest of Europe. Even after the fall of Communism change was slow to enter the region. But Romania joined the European Union in 2007 and Maramures is at last changing. Come savor this rural life before it vanishes forever!

We are offering a week-long documentary photography workshop based in the village of Valeni where Davin has photographed since 2002 and has extensive contacts and experience. Everyone will stay with a family and have great access to village life and enjoy traditional Romanian food. The pair will be working closely with workshop participants and providing daily critiques and group discussions. The goal of this workshop is to create one’s own personal photo essay on peasant life. We will shoot during the day and edit in the evenings. Over the course of the week participants will perfect their storytelling abilities and learn to edit — select and sequence your photographs — intuitively. It’s a workshop open to amateurs and professionals alike. Technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues will be discussed as attendees work towards honing their individual visions. The workshop will begin with individual portfolio reviews and Davin and Aga will show their own photography as well as the work of classic masters.

It will be an opportunity to witness the last peasants in Europe living life as they have for millennia albeit with a few aspects of modern life mixed in! It is an all digital workshop and students should come with their own laptop and editing software.

The workshop is limited to 12 students.

DATES: 9-13 August

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Valeni, Maramures, Romania.

WORKSHOP FEE: €400 and includes lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Romania and up to Maramures. Many airline carriers fly to Bucharest.

ACCOMMODATION: Homestays with families which will include all meals.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has knowledge of digital cameras and editing software.

Bios:

Aga and Davin are freelance photographers based between Katowice, Poland and Bucharest, Romania.


Aga studied in the US with National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig and National Geographic photo editor David Griffin. Later, she studied with photographers Stanley Greene, Alex Majoli and Lorenco Castore at Masterclass Focus on Monferrato in Tuscany.

Davin worked at National Geographic photographer Steven McCurry's studio in New York and studied with photographers Eugene Richards, Ken Light, Constantine Manos, George Tice and Paul Lowe. In 2006 he completed an MA in documentary photography at The London College of Communication.

Aga has worked for the Polish newspapers Polska The Times (Dziennik Zachodni) and Gazeta Wyborcza and her photographs have been published worldwide (Poland, Turkey, Germany, China, USA). She has won numerous awards including one from the Office for the City of Katowice, Poland, Newsweek Poland and National Geographic Magazine.

Davin has completed assignments for such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Courrier Japon, Bloomberg News. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Der Spiegel and the book This Day of Change, among others. The recipient of the 2009 Portfolio Award at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, Davin has also won an honorable mention in Jen Bekman´s Hey! Hot Shot Contest in both 2008 and 2009. He has worked for various NGOs such as Leslie Hawke's Ovidiu Rom in Bucharest and The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) whose Romanian staff he trains in photography.

Check out Davin's archive on Maramures

Please contact us with any questions:

mail: luczakowskaellicson@gmail.com

21 July 2010

Bucuresti: EXPLOREAZA-TI VIZIUNEA



Bucuresti: EXPLOREAZA-TI VIZIUNEA

Vino cu Davin Ellicson si Aga Luczakowska la un workshop intensiv de fotografie de strada in Bucuresti, Romania, una din cele mai putin cunoscute capitale ale Europei, intre 24-25 iulie 2010.

Acest oras este un loc inselator, care inca nu a depasit stereotipele invechite ale perioadei comuniste. Totusi, departe de obiectivele turistice, Bucurestiul are o energie bruta care trebuie traita pentru a fi inteleasa. Nefiind inca atins complet de globalizare, orasul ofera un amestec ciudat intre vechea si noua Europa la un loc.

Davin a fost atras si absorbit de Romania inca din 2002. Dupa ce a terminat facultatea, a plecat sa locuiasca la o familie de tarani dintr-un sat in Muntii Carpati ramas inca in secolul XVIII. In 2007, Davin a decis sa se mute in Bucuresti si de atunci a ramas sub vraja lui. Aga i s-a alaturat in 2010.

Cuplul va lucra indeaproape cu participantii la workshop, contribuind cu critica si discutii de grup in fiecare zi. Scopul workshopului este sa perfectioneze metoda de fotografiere stradala si manuirea artei fotografiei spontane explorand Bucurestiul. Participantii vor invata si cum sa editeze – sa selecteze si sa organizeze fotografiile – intuitiv. Workshop-ul este deschis atat amatorilor cat si profesionistilor.

Participantii isi vor vedea fotografiile imbunatatindu-se, prin discutii de grup sau individuale asupra lucrarilor lor. Vor fi dezbatute probleme ce tin de tehnica, de teorie sau de estetica, astfel incat cei prezenti se apropie cat mai mult de viziunea personala.

Workshop-ul va incepe cu comentarea portofoliilor individuale. Davind si Aga vor prezenta atat fotografiile lor cat si cele ale unor maestri clasici.

Limita workshop-ului este de 12 studenti si se va tine in LIMBA ENGLEZA.

TAXA DE APRTICIPARE: €200.

Pentru mai multe detalii acceseaza link-ul urmator:

Davin's website
Aga's website

luczakowskaellicson@gmail.com
phone: +40 754 928 306

20 July 2010

10 July 2010

From the archive



Liviu and Ancuta, Breb, Maramures, Romania, 4 September 2006.

I will be heading up to Maramures in August to continue my long-term project on the transformation of rural life in the most traditional area of Europe. I wonder what I will find this time around. . .

03 July 2010

12 March 2010

Documentary Photography Workshop in Rural Romania Summer 2010



Maramures: Reportage at its Limits

Join Davin and Aga Luczakowska in the Maramures region of northern Romania in summer 2010 for a week of enchantment in some of the most traditional villages left in Europe.

For decades Romania’s closed border policy under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu as well as a natural fortress of mountains kept Maramures isolated from the rest of Europe. Even after the fall of Communism change was slow to enter the region. But Romania joined the European Union in 2007 and Maramures is at last changing. Come savor this rural life before it vanishes forever!

We are offering a week-long documentary photography workshop based in the village of Valeni where Davin has photographed since 2002 and has extensive contacts and experience. Everyone will stay with a family and have great access to village life and enjoy traditional Romanian food. The pair will be working closely with workshop participants and providing daily critiques and group discussions. The goal of this workshop is to create one’s own personal photo essay on peasant life. We will shoot during the day and edit in the evenings. Over the course of the week participants will perfect their storytelling abilities and learn to edit — select and sequence your photographs — intuitively. It’s a workshop open to amateurs and professionals alike. Technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues will be discussed as attendees work towards honing their individual visions. The workshop will begin with individual portfolio reviews and Davin and Aga will show their own photography as well as the work of classic masters.

It will be an opportunity to witness the last peasants in Europe living life as they have for millennia albeit with a few aspects of modern life mixed in! It is an all digital workshop and students should come with their own laptop and editing software.

The workshop is limited to 12 students.

DATES: TBA

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Valeni, Maramures, Romania.

WORKSHOP FEE: €400 and includes lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Romania and up to Maramures. Many airline carriers fly to Bucharest.

ACCOMMODATION: Homestays with families which will include all meals.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has knowledge of digital cameras and editing software.

PAYMENT: A non-refundable deposit of € 100 is payable to confirm a place. The balance is due 4 weeks before the commencement of the course.

*Please check if you need a visa

Bios:

Aga and Davin are freelance photographers based between Katowice, Poland and Bucharest, Romania.


Aga studied in the US with National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig and National Geographic photo editor David Griffin. Later, she studied with photographers Stanley Greene, Alex Majoli and Lorenco Castore at Masterclass Focus on Monferrato in Tuscany.

Davin worked at National Geographic photographer Steven McCurry's studio in New York and studied with photographers Eugene Richards, Ken Light, Constantine Manos, George Tice and Paul Lowe. In 2006 he completed an MA in documentary photography at The London College of Communication.

Aga has worked for the Polish newspapers Polska The Times (Dziennik Zachodni) and Gazeta Wyborcza and her photographs have been published worldwide (Poland, Turkey, Germany, China, USA). She has won numerous awards including one from the Office for the City of Katowice, Poland, Newsweek Poland and National Geographic Magazine.

Davin has completed assignments for such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Courrier Japon, Bloomberg News. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Der Spiegel and the book This Day of Change, among others. The recipient of the 2009 Portfolio Award at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, Davin has also won an honorable mention in Jen Bekman´s Hey! Hot Shot Contest in both 2008 and 2009. He has worked for various NGOs such as Leslie Hawke's Ovidiu Rom in Bucharest and The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) whose Romanian staff he trains in photography.

Check out Davin's archive on Maramures

Please contact us with any questions:

mail: luczakowskaellicson@gmail.com

11 March 2010

Bucharest Street Photography Workshop





Bucharest: Exploring Your Vision

Join Davin and Aga Luczakowska for an intensive street photography workshop in Bucharest, Romania, 24-25 July 2010, one of Europe’s least known capitals.

The city is a beguiling place which still suffers from outdated Communist-era stereotypes. Well off the tourist track, there is a raw energy to Bucharest that has to be experienced to be believed. Globalization has yet to run its course here and a curious blend of old and new Europe exists side by side.

Bucharest suffered the worst of the former Eastern Bloc Communist regimes under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. By 1989, Romania was a police state akin to North Korea with the feared Securitate (secret police) waging a war of psychological oppression against ordinary Romanians. Bucharest and its citizens emerged from Communism dramatically changed. The once elegant city had been stripped of its beauty and its citizens severely traumatized. But two decades since Ceausescu’s overthrow, Bucharest is finally poised for revitalization.

Although economic progress was slow in the 1990s, the last five years have seen nothing less than astounding change as banks began to make loans and the entire population went on a shopping spree for the first time. Today, the citiy is full of sharp contrasts. While the scars of Ceausescu are still visible, the city is forging a new identity. Some of the trendiest fashions and nightlife outside Moscow exist against a backdrop of spectacular urban decay and it remains to be seen what will become of the city known between The World Wars as “The Paris of the East”.

Since 2000, Davin has been transfixed by Romania. Immediately after finishing college he even went and lived for a year with peasants in a village in the Carpathian mountains lost somewhere in the 18th century. In 2007 Davin decided to base himself from Bucharest and has since fallen under its dark spell. In 2010 Aga joined him.

This is the first photo workshop of its kind ever to be held in Bucharest.

The pair will be working closely with workshop participants and providing daily critiques and group discussions. The goal of this workshop is to perfect one’s street shooting skills and the art of spontaneous photography by exploring Bucharest as well as how to edit – select and sequence your photographs -- intuitively. It’s a workshop open to amateurs and professionals alike. We will shoot during the day and edit in the evenings. Through group as well as one on one discussions of the best work, participants will see their picture making skills improve each day. Technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues will be discussed as attendees work towards honing their individual visions.

The workshop will begin with individual portfolio reviews and an expert tour of the historic center as well as lectures about Bucharest and its architecture by Romanian historian Valentin Mandache. Romanian reportage photographers will also join us, presenting and discussing their work and their own experiences of Bucharest. Davin and Aga will show their own photography as well as the work of classic masters.

The workshop is limited to 12 students.

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Café Verona at Carturesti

WORKSHOP FEE: €300.

Accommodation, transportation, meals, and other expenses are not included.

ACCOMMODATION: €15/night La Historia youth hostel
Hotel suggestions are available upon request.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is open to any professional or committed amateur who has knowledge of digital cameras and editing software. Participants must come with their own camera, laptop and editing software. All ages welcome!

PAYMENT: A non-refundable deposit of €100 is payable on confirmation of a place. The balance is due 4 weeks before the commencement of the workshop.

*Please check if you need a visa

Helpful links:

Bucharest In Your Pocket

Bucharest Life

Bios:

Aga and Davin are freelance photographers based between Katowice, Poland and Bucharest, Romania.

Aga studied in the US with National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig and National Geographic photo editor David Griffin. Later, she studied with photographers Stanley Greene, Alex Majoli and Lorenzo Castore At Masterclass Focus on Monferrato in Tuscany.
Davin worked at National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry's studio in New York and studied with photographers Eugene Richards, Ken Light, Constantine Manos, George Tice and Paul Lowe. In 2006 he completed an MA in documentary photography at The London College of Communication.

Aga has worked for Polish newspapers and magazines and her photographs have been published worldwide (Poland, Turkey, Germany, China, USA). She has won numerous awards including one from the Office for the City of Katowice, Poland, Newsweek Poland and National Geographic Magazine.

Davin has completed assignments for such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Courrier Japon, Bloomberg News. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Der Spiegel and the book This Day of Change, among others. The recipient of the 2009 Portfolio Award at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, Davin has also won an honorable mention in Jen Bekman´s Hey! Hot Shot Contest in both 2008 and 2009. He has worked for various NGOs such as Leslie Hawke's Ovidiu Rom in Bucharest and The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

Check out Davin's archive on Bucharest here.

Please contact us with any questions:


mail: luczakowskaellicson@gmail.com

phone: +40 754 928 306

30 January 2010

Maramures: Europe's Most Traditional Rural Life in Transition





























My new collaborative project with Aga Luczakowska!

The Maramures region of northern Romania is home to the most traditional rural life in Europe. In the idyllic valleys along the Ukraine border, cone shaped haystacks made with wooden pitchforks dot rolling hills and houses are without running water. Nowhere else in Europe do folk costumes persist so strongly with elaborate traditions and Romanian Orthodox ceremonies dominating village life.

For decades, Romania’s closed border policy under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu as well as a natural fortress of mountains kept Maramures isolated from the rest of Europe. Even after the fall of Communism, change was slow to enter the region.

But Romania joined the European Union in 2007 and Maramures is at last changing. Youth from the villages now spend most of their time working in Western Europe and send back thousands of euros to their families. Modern cement villas with satellite television stand where wooden peasant homes did just last year and strict EU agricultural regulations are threatening the beautiful way of life.

We are working as a team to document life in the villages at this moment when the pace of change is rapidly increasing. Our intent is to return in each of the seasons over the coming year to photograph village youth upon their return from working abroad. We will photograph all that surprises us. Modernity is mixing with 18th century village life in unusual ways.

A second part of our project will be to collect historical photographs of traditional peasant life and rescue them from almost certain obscurity. We will digitize the collages of family photographs that are often framed over religious icons and displayed on the walls of homes. These found images will be combined with our reportage work of contemporary village life to form a comprehensive visual document of Europe’s peasantry at a critical point in its history. The project will be equally of an historical, ethnographic and documentary importance.