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Burmese Days: Documenting an Extraordinary Voyage of Discovery
December 1, 2018 - December 7, 2018
We travel together as colleagues, observing, discovering and documenting this magnificent, other world, warm cultures and local cuisines en-route to Moulmein in the delta of the mighty Salween River.
An unrivalled opportunity to benefit from one on one field-time with longtime Asia hands.
- Instructors: Daniel Schwartz and Philip Blenkinsop
- Location: Burma (Myanmar)
- Cost: $2,500
- Duration: 7 Days
- Limited to six (6) participants
- Four paid and two full scholarships for residents of South or South East Asian countries
- Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
About the workshop
One of the best ways to learn any skill is by observing master practitioners at work.
This is the reasoning behind offering such an intimate workshop experience; to ensure that participants have the invaluable opportunity to observe Daniel and Philip, seasoned exponents of their art, at work in the field.
The ability to pre-empt images and to frame, focus and shoot while moving is an art best demonstrated in such an environment
Importantly, Daniel and Philip are generous and non-possessive when it comes to the events unfolding around them, encouraging participants to go forward and engage with people, camera in hand, while offering constructive advice in real time.
Our days will be spent observing, building confidence, readying ourselves and seeking out those special moments that as photographers we live for, documenting them as they happen, whether walking the streets, journeying by train, bus or boat or simply sat at a tea shop watching the world go by.
It is these captured frames that, when pieced together to form a whole, will make each person’s journal a unique commentary on what is sure to be a memorable journey.
Leaving Rangoon, we will stay in (or in the environs of) Bago, Kyaktiyo (famous for the Golden Rock) Hpa An and finally, Moulmein.
(of course, as with any successful road-trip, the key is to always be prepared to take advantage of surprises along the way, which may mean modifications to the schedule. At times like this it is important to remember; the journey IS the destination!)
Participants will edit between forays with camera and make use of a portable communal printer to produce work for their travelogues-cum-journals which will take shape along the route and which will provide some of the focus for discussion after dark over local delicacies.
The workshop will culminate with a presentation dinner in Rangoon.
An image or excerpt from each student’s journal will be posted on VII’s Instagram feed.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, travel and living and expenses.
Presentation of participants portfolios and welcome address to outline the days ahead, our modus operandi and to introduce aspects of Burmese culture.
Days 2 to Day 5:
Rangoon to Moulmein
We will make our way from Rangoon to Moulmein, travelling by local transport, photographing along the way and in the streets of each new locale we arrive in, editing and building our journals as we go; the day’s challenges, images and highlights providing some of the focus for our evening discussions in local restaurants. We travel as light as possible and cameras in hand.
Day 6 to 7:
Moulmein to Rangoon
Evening dinner and presentation in Rangoon. (At a venue to be announced)
Terms & Conditions
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“Philip, for the first time in my life, during your workshop I could say yes to Photography with my entire heart & soul” — Habiba Nowrose
“Philip’s words and images have opened my eyes.” — Fabio Bucciarelli, Robert Capa Gold Medal recipient
“Philip, you are an inspiration and you know how precious (and rare) it is to be around inspired, talented and genuine people. Thank you for taking the time to understand where I am today with photography and leading me to take the next step with thoughtful and implementable guidance. It has been a fascinating week upon which I believe I will build for the rest of my life.” — Patrick Firouzian
“Philip, a special thank you for putting me in a position to understand a lot of technical things, framing, shooting and use of the 35mm, but most of all, thanks for showing me the most important things you have, your human side, your motivation in teaching and last but not least to make me better understand the value of a word; one of those words that everyone uses and profers, but none or very few apply in life. Ethics. Thank you very much. For me this is the beginning of a new path. I’ll try to stay focussed and make use of your teachings. This is one of those life experiences that I will treasure.” — Roberto Bianconi
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed and appreciated your time with me last week. The editing session you did with Sara [Terry] was fantastic. I felt honored and happy that you put so much energy and thought into your deliberations. I learned so much over that time.” — Jonathan Dayman
“Thank you one more time for your advice and all your kindness. I enjoyed listening to you and I will remember it for a long time. I admire your work, I particularly like From Burma Road to Wall Street. You are a great photographer but above all great, sensitive human being.” — Malgorzata Hryniszyn