Bangladesh with Petr Lovygin

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Feb 20, 2016 – Feb 29, 2016

Genre: Genre, Street, Travel

The workshop has been completed

Manager: Karen Hovhannisian

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.


© Alexander Dragunov

© Andriy Sanosyan

© Dmitry Kuznetsov

67 photos from 15 authors

Lead photographer

Petr Lovygin

Renowned Russian photographer, photo-scriptwriter, "writer", clip-maker. A returning participant in the Moscow Biennale, "Fashion and style in photography" festival, as well as the large European fairs. Worked for several years with the projects of Yevgeny Grishkovets, publishing consequently first the "Costarica-soul", and then the "Indian summer" books.

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About the workshop

«I’ve always prided myself on having been to Bangladesh. It’s my trump card whenever there’s talk about exotic places. To me „For Bangladesh!“ is a good toast or a name for a medal.

There is a hundred a fifty million of people living here. Imagine the entire population of Russia was herded into Vologda Oblast. You’re a white drop in the sea of dun-skinned inhabitants of Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi. And object of curiosity, because tourists don’t get this far and so hundreds of eyes follow you on a walk.

Haram, Islam, Shariah, any clothes you can imagine, Bengal tigers, painted rikshis, „No English,“ ridiculously low prices — a perfect place for a little slumming, just the way I like it. I know the places. They meet me halfway. A little rough experience for a taste of Bangladesh the way it really is — or rather the way she is, because the name is properly of the feminine gender.

This really is a very special journey, for the hardiest and bravest. If no one else comes, I’ll go alone, but you’ll regret missing this one-of-a-kind chance for the rest of your life.» Petr Lovygin

This is a hands-on workshop for genre and street photography, and we’ll work together on a creative project as well. The best pictures taken on the trip will go in an album, and every participant will receive a copy. During the trip enough time will be given for both independent photography and work with the group guide. The pictures will be regularly reviewed with a projector and discussed with the group.

Program hide

Day 1. Saturday, February 20th

Arrival at Dhaka. We’ll check into our hotel, get first impressions of the city and each other at a dinner.

Day 2. Sunday, February 21th

Come morning, we’re out to Сhowk Bazar and Kawran Bazar, two great markets in the city. After lunch we’ll continue to Tanti Bazar, where a lot of jewelry is made and sold, then Sadarghat, the city’s central harbor on Buriganga River. We’ll explore the latter in small boats and take pictures to be discussed after dinner.Day 3. Monday, February 22nd

Shakhari Bazar and Bangshal road, a.k.a. Bicycle Street, should provide enough material in the Hinduist part of old town before lunch. After lunch it’s the clothes market on Islampur Road for us, and then back to the hotel to pack up and board the ferry to our next destination. We’ll spend this night on the ferry.

Day 4. Tuesday, February 23rd

We’ll get up by dawn to catch life on the river awakening and early in the morning arrive at Barisal. We’ll check in a hotel in this town, eat our breakfast and set out in tok-toks to Banaripara. From there we’ll continue on boats to a floating market selling rice and veggies. In the afternoon we’ll come back to Barisal and stroll there. In the evening — a picture review and dinner.

Day 5. Wednesday, February 24th

A ship will take us to Hularhat. We should get there by 10:30 and continue on a bus to the country’s third-largest city, Khulna. It stands near the Indian border and is in many ways an Indian city. After check-in and lunch we’ll spend the rest of the day exploring this curious place. Picture review and dinner in the evening.

Day 6. Thursday, February 25th

At 6:30 a.m. we’re off to Rajshahi by train. It’ll get us there by 1:15 p.m., to a new hotel. We’ll rest a bit, have lunch and spend the afternoon taking pictures on Rajshahi streets and on the waterfront by Padma River, where the locals like to promenade. Picture review and dinner.

Day 7. Friday, February 26th

Early breakfast will be followed by a dive into the chaos of the New market in the city. Around midday we’ll get on shuttles to visit first Puthia, a nearby village with an overgrown palace and ruined, forsaken mansions, and then to the northernmost point of our journey — Bogra. We’ll spend the night in that town after a picture review and a dinner.

Day 8. Saturday, February 27th

Breakfast, then out we go to Sariakandi on Jamuna River. We’ll go by boat to some alluvial islands in the middle of the river, where lives perhaps the poorest commune of this poor country. Once we’ve glutted our memory cards on this exotica we’ll go back to Bogra for a nice dinner and a 10:50 p.m. train to Dhaka. We’ll sleep the night on board.

Day 9. Sunday, February 28th

Arriving at Dhaka by 9 a.m., we’ll drop the bags at the hotel, have some well-deserved rest and a final review of the best pictures. In the afternoon you’ll have a chance to finish shooting anything left unshot in the capital, then enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 10. Monday, February 29th

Departure from Dhaka.