Bangkok and Cambodia Workshop

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Emily Garthwaite, a London based photojournalist and Rohit Vohra, Leica Akademie Mentor invite you for this unique opportunity to shoot in the streets of Bangkok (Thailand) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia). This is a great opportunity to learn from both the photographers who have their own distinct styles and ways of shooting. They will talk about various aspects of street photography and photojournalism. Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street and documentary photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light.

This Workshop is in two parts, participants are free to attend either or both the workshops. Each workshop is unique in terms of location and content. Bangkok workshop starts on the 11th of April and ends 14th April. This workshop is being held during the Songkarn festival, the festival of water.

Songkran festival is one of the best times to visit Thailand. Songkran is also known as the traditional Thai New Year. One of the Thailand’s biggest and grandest festivals. The most common sight during Songkran is the ultimate water flights which take place on the streets. It’s also the time when parties dominate the street scene.

© Emily Garthwaite
© Emily Garthwaite

Water as Symbolism Contradictory to what you may witness throughout Songkran, fun-loving Thais don’t just throw water at each other for no good reason (besides having a kick out of seeing other people soaking wet). The real meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start. Traditionally, Thais would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike. “credit”

© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra

During this intensive 4-day workshop Emily Garthwaite and Rohit Vohra will focus on the following topics:

– Street Photography

– How to approach subjects on the busy streets and still stay candid

– How to start working on a story

– Composition – from simple to multi-layered

– Developing your style

2nd workshop is being held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). “Cambodia’s capital can be an assault on the senses. Motorbikes whiz through laneways without a thought for pedestrians; markets exude pungent scents; and all the while the sounds of life – of commerce, of survival – reverberate through the streets. But this is all part of the enigma. Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But the city has since risen from the ashes to take its place among the hip capitals of the region, with an alluring cafe culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene.” Lonely planet

© Emily Garthwaite

During the Phnom Penh workshop Emily Garthwaite and Rohit Vohra will focus on the following

– Travel / Street Photography

– Developing a greater understanding of colour photography and how colour can inform the viewer

– Approaching subjects on the street and building in confidence

– Creating intimate portraits

– Understanding Light

– Telling a story with your photographs

– Developing personal vision

Each Workshop is limited to Maximum 12 participants.

© Rohit Vohra

1st Workshop (Bangkok) starts at 5:30 pm on 11th April and finishes at 4:30 pm 14th April.

2nd workshop (Phnom Penh) starts at 5:30 pm on 18th April and finishes at 4:30 pm 21st April

The practical session will take place in the streets of Bangkok(Thailand) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia). The group will have a chance to turn their freshly acquired theoretical knowledge into the practice. The mentors will accompany students while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques.

A make shift classroom will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques. There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

– A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work. Please feel free bring your own cameras, Leica or not. Leica Cameras can be provided if you would like to try one out.

– A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

– A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

Includes : Workshop Charges Bangkok (£ 450), Cambodia (£ 450)

Complete package which includes Stay (3 nights, individual room with breakfast), daily local travel and workshop charges is also available for Bangkok (£ 1000), Cambodia (£ 1000)

To book your workshop or to book a complete stay package write to us at


– Return international air ticket

– Any private expenses

– Hotel stay

– Porter services, Room service fees

– Visa fees (if applicable)

– Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner/ Beverages

– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

Behind the scenes from Rohit and Emily’s last workshop in Kolkata.

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