Paris Around Arrondissements by Martin Toft

Street Photography workshop: (Order out of Chaos)

Dates: 26th of February- 2nd of March

Small group size: max 10 participants To receive the detailed itinerary, please email us at info@journeyboutique.com or fill contact form form on your right.

Explore different approaches to street photography from classic to contemporary during a 3-day intensive workshop in Paris’ romantic and chic districts and in some less undiscovered cosmopolitan neighborhoods.

Paris is one the world’s most popular city destination. It has plenty of must-see places but wandering off the beaten path is the only way to discover the real Paris. The center of Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts with the majority of the world famous attractions (Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Panthéon, Notre-Dame) situated in the first 8 districts. The Seine River with its left and right banks and bridges, cuts through the heart of the city.

Paris is renowned world over as the “The City of Light” (La Ville-Lumière). The city was given this name because of its early adoption of street lighting. For all these reasons and more, photographing Paris during the day or night makes Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world to photograph.

Join us as we explore this amazing cosmopolitan city for a photographic adventure and a cultural experience of a lifetime.

Moss Bross by Martin Toft

Moss Bross by Martin Toft

Who is it for? Anyone with a keen interest in photography who wants to become more confident as a street photographer and develop new skills as a visual storyteller. Although technical advice will be given on the best way to set up your camera for street shooting, the course will not focus on basic camera handling so you should have some prior knowledge on how to operate your camera.

Street Photography in Paris

Within the history of street photography Paris holds a unique position as one of the cities that gave birth to street photography towards the end of the 19th century, most notably with the photographs of Eugène Atget, or ‘simple documents’ as he preferred to call his pictures of Parisian streets. But, it was during the 1930s, 40s and 50s that Paris became the capital of Street Photography with an explosion of talented photographers roaming the streets with small portable cameras, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and his contemporaries, Brasssaï, André Kertész and Robert Doisneau. Since then Paris has always been an attraction as well as a challenge for young, budding photographers trying their hands on one of the most elusive but also rewarding of photographic genres; Street Photography.

Young Guards by Martin Toft

Young Guards by Martin Toft

A 3-day course will cover

  • An introduction to Street Photography – History and Contemporary Practice
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Tools, techniques and tips
  • Intensive practical photography on the streets
  • Image critique and feedback

Workshop Overview

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. Every day during the trip, participants shoot in pairs or on their own. In general there are no larger group shoots, so there are never too many people trying to take the same shots. Martin will shoot with a different person or pairing during each day, so there are ample opportunities to observe the way Martin work, approach his subjects, and to learn his tricks and techniques. This will also give Martin an opportunity to observe how each participant approach their subjects and he will give you hands-on guidance on how to advance your style, technique and set you specific tasks to bring you outside your comfort zone to make those pictures you always wanted to be able to do but never thought you had the courage to pursue. Special attention will be put on developing and practicing “social skills” – how to interact with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also exploring more of a confrontational approach in the style of William Klein and get close to people, talk and photograph them. Throughout the day and in the evening at dinner everyone gets together to discuss and share photos.

Old Man by Martin Toft

Old Man by Martin Toft

Small group sizes means a high level of participant interaction with Martin so that everyone receives his full attention. Photographing together for a longer period of time means that participants get to know each other well, exchange experiences, share knowledge, good times and perhaps even form lasting connections. It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. Participants will be set assignments specifically designed to teach different strategies and approaches to capturing the unusual moments in everyday life. Your tutor, Martin Toft will convey in words and images his own unique way of working and encourage students to find their own visual vocabulary. Photographers who wish to join us must have their own camera and we recommend that you bring extra memory cards, batteries and a laptop for uploading, processing and editing pictures. In addition to a keen interest in photography, anyone signing up should bring a comfortable pair of shoes, as there will be a lot of walking and a good sense of humor will help you interact with the public and with skill make you capture those unguarded moments.

Day 1: Artists’ Paris; Latin Quarter, the Left Bank, Saint Germain, Montparnasse, and the River Seine.

Day 2: Village Paris; Montmartre, Batignolles, Saint-Georges Theatre District, Saint-Pierre Market, Pigalle, Moulin Rouge and Champs-Élysées.

Day 3: Cosmopolitan Paris; le Marais District, Pompidou Centre, Jewish Quarter, Saint-Martin Canal, Belleville and la Ménilmontant District.

Price for workshop £695 per person includes:

  • Workshop tuition ( 3 days)  by Martin Toft
  • 4 nights accommodation at Royal St. Germain hotel on a shared twin basis room
  • Breakfasts
*Please let  us know if you would like extra services ( flights, transfers, extra nights and others) and we will be happy to send you a proposal

Price doesn’t include:

  • Not mentioned meals
  • Single room supplement £250
  • Private travel insurance
  • Flights
Cafe by Martin Toft

Cafe by Martin Toft

Professional photographer and tutor, Martin Toft who has over 20 years of experience working freelance in documentary and editorial photography as well as teaching photography across all ages from A-level to higher education, lead the Street Photography Workshop. He has extensive local knowledge of the areas where you will shoot and on many previous occasions he has organized and led photography workshops in different locations. To view examples of his work go to www.martintoft.com

How do I sign up?

We prepare a detailed itinerary (day by day, hour by hour), send us your request info@journeyboutique.com

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