Down the Mekong with Sergey Maksimishin

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Nov 16, 2015 – Nov 26, 2015

Genre: Travel, Genre

The workshop has been completed

Manager: Alexander Kosenko

Photos of the workshop participants

Here you can view the photos, taken by the workshop participants. These are the best works, selected by the master in the process of joint discussions.


© Andriy Sanosyan

© Alexander Dragunov

© Tamara Storozhuk

75 photos from 10 authors

Lead photographer

Sergey Maksimishin

I was born in 1964. Spent my childhood in Kerch,the Crimea. Moved to Leningrad in 1982. Served in the Soviet army as a photographer the Soviet Military Force Group on Cuba from 1985 to 1987. Graduated from Leningrad Politechnical Inctitute in 1991 with a B.A. in physics.Worked in the laboratory of scientific and technical expertise in the Hermitage Museum. Graduated from St-Petersburg Faculty of photojournalism in 1998. In 1999-2003 was a staff photographer for the «Izvestia» newspaper. Since 2003 I work with a German agency «Focus»

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About the workshop

This trip is both a workshop and a creative project the under Sergey Maksimishin’s mentorship. Our goal is to gather pictures for a limited edition of a photobook on the people of the lower Mekong. Just for this trip the group guide will abandon his usual approach, intense photojournalism coaching, for a mix of genre and travel photography.

Prepare to travel together from Cambodia’s capital to the capital of Vietnam, taking pictures at towns along the great river and sorting out the daily catch every night behind a projector. We will see the waterfronts of Pnom Penh, an overflowing Mekong, Chaudok town on the border, floating markets of Can Tho and even more buoyancy in the supposedly «burgeois» Saigon. After the trip every participant will receive a copy of the book that emerges.

Program hide

Day 1, Monday, November 16th

Arrival to Cambodia’s capital Pnom Penh. Check into a hotel downtown, free time and rest until evening. At 7 p.m. we’ll have dinner together, get to know each other, discuss the concept of the workshop and first shooting assignments.

Day 2 , Tuesday, November 17th

Breakfast, then assemble and get your assignment for the day before going out to the city. Explore the waterfront, the markets, the royal palace, the Silver Pagoda. In the evening a lecture and review of the first pictures.

Day 3, Wednesday, November 18th

Spend the day shooting. Conclude with a lecture and a picture review — to last about 3 hours.

Day 4, Thursday, November 19th

Early breakfasting (at 5 a.m.) will be followed by checking out and boarding a ship to Chaudok in Vietnam. We should get there by 11 a.m., check in a new hotel by 11:30. Rest for an hour, lunch together at 12:30 p.m., discuss our plans. Shoot in the town until late evening.

Day 5, Friday, November 20th

A day devoted to photo exploration. All transportation is on foot only. Feel free to stop by temples, Cham and Khmer villages, reserves and other colorful places little known to tourists, with curious local crafts. In the evening a lecture with an image review.

Day 6, Saturday, November 21st

The first half of the day feel free to explore some more or lounge. Lunch will be early, at 1 p.m. we’re checking out and tripping out to Can Tho. In the afternoon, after check-in, you’ll have a waterfront to photograph. The river overflows the banks in the evening and people bathe in the streets. Lecture, review.

Day 7, Sunday, November 22nd

An early rise, no breakfast. At 4:30 a.m. we board boats and go up and down Mekong delta’s channels until 10 o’clock. See how people live and work on water, floating markets, family noodle and paper-making factories. Get back to the hotel, have lunch early, rest a bit. After 4 p.m. take pictures down by the riverside. Lecture, review.

Day 8, Monday, November 23rd

In the first half of the day you can either take another boat trip to the delta on a different route, take pictures in the city or relax in the hotel. Everyone assembles for a late breakfast, at 12 p.m. check out and move out to Saigon. The trip will take about 3.5 hours. Our hotel is downtown. A supper will be followed by evening photo work in the city.

Day 9, Tuesday, November 24th

An entire day for you to discover Saigon. In the evening a lecture and a picture review.

Day 10, Wednesday, November 25th

Another day of shutter-clicking in Saigon. A farewell dinner and a final picture review in conclusion.

Day 11th, Thursday, November 26th


Also featuring:

1. An optional interlude to Cambodia for those interested in the celebreated Khmer temples of Angkor Wat. Group guide — Alexander Kosenko.

Day 1, Friday, November 13th

Arrival to Siem Reap. Check-in, introductions, a dinner in company. A stroll through Siem Reap’s late hours. This is an epicenter of Asian exotica, drawing in the most impenitent and hardcore of globe trotters.

Day 2, Saturday, November 14th

Drive out early to Angkor Wat’s temples. Recuperate a bit after the long sight-seeing walk. In the evening explore the city together or on your own.

Day 3, Sunday, November 15th

We’ll spend the whole day in Beng Mealea, a temple preserved in the jungle. This is what Angkor Wat looked like when the French found it.

Day 4, Monday, November 16th

Transfer to the airport and fly back to Pnom Penh. This counts as Day 1 of the main program.

The optional program costs $630, add $150 if you want a single room.

2. Another expansion pack, this one oriented at sea and beach-lovers who wish to combine photography with kite surfing, board surfing and general recreation.

Group guide — Alexander Kosenko

Day 1, Thursday, November 26th

This is Day 11 of the main program. Instead of flying home we’ll get on a sleeper bus to Mui Ne — 6 hours away. Check into a 4* hotel, then free time on the seaside. Kite, wind etc. surfing lessons are available. Supper together, with seafood.

Day 2, Friday, November 27th

Nothing at all. Enjoy it.

Day 3, Saturday, November 28th

At 5 a.m. we ride in jeeps to the White Sand Dunes to meet the sunrise there. We’ll be back at the hotel by 10 a.m. for more free time and -surfing lessons, if desired.

At 4 p.m we’ll move out to the Red River canyon, where you’ll be able to take pictures of a magical-looking stream, and then to a fishing village — your chance to see the setting sun and thousands of fishermen’s boats.

Day 4, Sunday, November 29th


Day 5, Monday, November 20th

Free time in the morning, then, at 2 p.m., drive out to the Ke Ga Lighthouse. On the way there we’ll stop at Phan Thiet town to look at the thousands of ships docking there and the fish market. The lighthouse stands on a little island, and the local fishermen will carry us over. There, on the hilltop, we’ll meet the sunrise.

Day 6, Tuesday, December 1st


Day 7, Wednesday, December 2nd


Day 8, Thursday, December 3rd

Departure. We’ll move out from Mui Ne to the airport at around 2 a.m.

This program costs $680, add 200$ for a single suite.