A photographic wandering and quest of waiting the unexpected

Instructor: David Gibson

The school of art and photography ”Orama”, is organizing a three-day street photography workshop, with David Gibson, the internationally renowned photographer and one of the founding members of  in-public, the international collective of street photographers. The three-day workshop will take place from 11 until 13 of May, and will cover the history, meaning, practices and aesthetics of street photography. There will be an emphasis on set assignments and constructive feedback, but the overriding aim of the workshop is to offer inspiration, by looking at great street photography, and instill in participants the ethos and the deep meaning of street photography.

Program :

Friday 11th May 18.00pm – 22.00pm
David will introduce the workshop by showing an eclectic mix of street photography from the 1930′s onwards. Master photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank will be presented.  There will also be a significant number of images from lesser-known photographers whose work has particularly inspired David. Then David, will demonstrate a selection of his own street photography, which covers nearly 25 years, from his black and white photographs to his more recent coloured work. Finally David will set assignments to the participants for the next day.

Saturday 12th May 10.00am – late afternoon
The second day, will be a day out in Athens shooting street photographs, with David offering suggestions, encouragement and in camera feedback. The  overriding aim of the day, is to help participants become familiar with street photography and enhance their work. The essence is to wander with a curious eye and as David frequently asserts ”to look for the luck”.

Sunday 13th May 17.00pm – 20.00pm
The bulk of the final session will be a thorough examination of participant’s work, with an emphasis on the photographs taken on the previous day. Participants are also encouraged to bring along any previous work. In addition, there will be short one-to-one sessions, where David will specifically look at participant’s work.

The broad aims of the workshop are:

  • To offer inspiration by looking at some of the great street photographs from the so-called masters to the lesser-known photographers.
  • To encourage participants to develop a more critical sense about their photography and a better ability to edit their work.
  • To offer the participants a tangible approach on how and where they can practice their own street photography more fully.
  • To motivate and stimulate the participants to continue taking street photographs after the workshop.

Who is it for :

The workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in photography and particularly on street photography. It is both for amateurs and more advanced photographers, but hopefully certain names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Alex Webb or even those within in-public, might already have some meaning for those interested in attending.

David Gibson’s Bio :

David Gibson is a well-known London street photographer who has been wandering with his camera for nearly 25 years. He is one of the founder members of in-public the international collective of street photographers.

David has exhibited widely and this includes recent group shows at the FORMAT Photography Festival in Derby, The Museum of London and Gallerie Hertz in the US. His work is featured in the Thames and Hudson book, Street Photography Now an anthology of 52 of the world’s leading street photographers.

In addition to his street photography David has regularly taught his particular style of photography in workshops, which took place in Tate Modern in London and Tate Liverpool. More recently his workshops have extended to Athens, Beirut and Dubai.

David, in order to underline how essential those workshops are, says:

“People often ask me what I’m working on with my photography which is a question that always perplexes me a little. I should be working on something concrete – some major project – but really I’m just working on my inspiration, always trying to get back to that original spark. Doing these workshops is part of that process because what I’m trying to pass on is simply inspiration about a very particular type of photography. Other people’s sense of discovery always reignites my photography. And of course sometimes I am both inspired and challenged by the standard and imagination of people. It all goes into the dynamic of the workshop, we all share and benefit from it.”

David has an MA in Photography: History and Culture from the London College of Communication.



Cost: 330€, VAT not included.
Registration: A few seats are left and the registrations continue until they are covered.