30 May 2013

29-30 June Bucharest Street Photography Workshop




“When I wake up in the morning, and I feel good, I tell myself: ‘Today may be the last day of my life.’ That is my sense of urgency”.—Josef Koudelka

Join American photographer Davin Ellicson for an intensive street photography workshop in Bucharest, Romania in June 2013.

The city is a beguiling place which still suffers from outdated communist-era stereotypes.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 fully run its course here and a curious blend of old and new Europe exists side by side.

In his fifth workshop in the city, Davin will be working closely with participants and sharing his passion for Bucharest which has been his second home for the past 5 years. 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. What are you trying to say with your photography, to communicate? It’s all about making a personal visual response to Bucharest.

The workshop will begin with individual portfolio reviews over coffee and pastries and Davin will show the work of classic masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Josef Koudelka, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Alex Webb among others. We will then discuss the principles of street photography before we head out to explore the hidden back streets of Bucharest.

On Sunday morning we will covene for more shooting before a late afternoon review of the work and more discussions of the masters. Participants will leave inspired and with a new understanding of the possibilities of street photography and how to continue in their practice after the workshop.

Limited to six students.

DATE: 29-30 June 2013.

WORKSHOP LOCATION: My studio in central Bucharest.


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

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.

Please contact me at: davin@davinellicson.com


American, born 1978.

Since 2000 Davin has been transfixed by the Eastern European country of Romania. Immediately after finishing college he lived for a year with subsistence farmers in a village in the Carpathian mountains suspended somewhere in the 18th century. The photographs from this period became his first major project: “Peasants” which is due out as a book in 2014. Today, Davin works between New York City and Bucharest, a beguiling little known EU capital that is in the midst of dramatic change and cultural regeneration after Ceausescu. An ongoing series on the city comprises the second part of a trilogy of works on Romania. In 2011, Davin began “Paradox Romania”, a wide-ranging road trip around Romania looking at the country’s post-communist evolution.

Davin’s work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, L’Espresso, ART, OneWorld, AFAR and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He regularly photographs and produces multimedia for the NGO’s Ovidiu Rom, IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board) and Not For Sale in Romania.

Ellicson’s work is included in two books: “East” which includes 20 years of photography by Anzenberger Agency photographers in Eastern Europe and beyond as well as “This Day of Change”, a group project by Courrier Japon on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration. 132 photographers captured life around the world and English and Japanese versions of the book were published.

Davin’s photography has been exhibited worldwide including at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, The Takashimaya Store in Tokyo, Japan and at The East West Gallery in Vienna, Austria. In June 2012 his Maramures work was included in the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany. Awards and honors include a grant from The Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, two honorable mentions in Jen Bekman’s Hey, Hot Shot! contest, the portfolio award at The 2009 Phodar Photography Biennial and a Larson Fellowship to photograph Saami Reindeer Herders in Sweden.

Davin is represented by the Anzenberger Agency in Vienna.

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