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"On the Road" Workshop with Nikos Economopoulos in Varanasi, India
August 1, 2013
by Nikos Economopoulos
"On the Road" is a series of workshops, combining spontaneous photography with the joy of the journey. They are organized for a limited number of participants, ranging from professional photographers to curious amateurs. Through the selection and discussion of the best images of the day, the participants will work towards developing their own photographic style, and see their overall approach improve each day. The goal of these workshops is to guide the participants through technical, theoretical and aesthetic issues towards developing their own photographic style.

Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. The city of Shiva is one of the holiest places in India where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones.
The city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds, and the Ganges is viewed as a river of salvation, an everlasting symbol of hope to past, present and future generations. The magical city is where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city’s ghats. The accessibility to the practices of an ancient but still living religious tradition is what captivates many visitors, and a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river is one of India's most absorbing experiences. (Lonely planet)

Participants are welcome to bring portfolios of past work for review.

Dates: November 3-10, 2013

Cost: The seven day long Varanasi workshop costs 900 euros.
20% deposit is due upon registration, via bank transfer. The remaining fee is paid in cash the starting day of the workshop.

The cost for “On The Road” workshops varies according to each workshop’s length, and covers workshop fees only.
7-day workshops: 900€, 9-day workshops: 1.200€, 11-day workshops: 1.500€

Workshop location:
Alka hotel, Varanasi

Accommodation info:
Accommodation is arranged individually by the workshop participants. We can recommend the names of some hotels, yet, in case they do not have availability or do not suit your needs, it is recommended you make alternative arrangements.

Whatever changes may occur on the workshops schedule would be due to reasons beyond our control, and would not affect confirmed participants without their prior agreement.
Nikos Economopoulos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled in case of an emergency. We strongly recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

For further details and booking, please contact Marianna at

2013 workshops:

Havana, Cuba 2-13 Dec (11 days)

2014 workshops:

Thailand, Bangkok/Mae Sot 4-13 Feb (9 days)
Myanmar, Inle lake/Bagan 13-24 Feb (11 days)
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa/Lalibela 17-26 Mar (9 days)
Turkey, Istanbul 16-23 Apr (7 days)
Iran, Tabriz and the North 23 Apr-4 May (11 days)
Ukraine, Odessa 29 May-5 Jun (7 days)
USA, New York 1-8 Jul (7 days)
Balkan expedition ?V 1-21 Aug (21 days)
Turkey, Istanbul 28 Aug-4 Sep (7 days)
Greece, Athens 19-26 Sep (7 days)
Buenos Aires/Montevideo 22 Oct-2 Nov (11 days)
Nepal, Kathmandu 11-18 Nov (7 days)
India, Varanasi 19-26 Nov (7 days)
Cuba, Havana/Trinidad 9-20 Dec (11 days)

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