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Urban Awards 2017, A urban photography contest

in Photo Festivals/photography by
©Adam Falk

www.urbanphotoawards.com

In conversation with Angelo Cucchetto. His Bio

Call for entries of your International Contest URBAN Photo Awards 2017 has started, what are the numbers of past editions?

URBAN sees every year thousand of participating pictures and hundreds of photographers from all over the world. It is an always growing international contest, one of the very few that goes “over the boundaries” of Internet offering to photographers real visibility through dozens of international photo exhibitions. Only in 2016 URBAN saw more then 3.500 pictures uploaded, by more then 900 participants, focalized mostly in Europe, USA and Eastern Countries (India especially), and realized 32 exhibitions displaying about 700 pictures. The Total price value was more then 5.000 €. Behind it all, there is always the pursue of enhancement of photographic talent and quality.

What is the subject of the Contest this year?

URBAN 2017 is dedicated to Urban Photography. The aim is to explore the contemporary through all forms of photography based in the urban fabric. The star of the show: the City. Daily life in the city and in small villages, artistic views, architectural geometries, the fragments of colour that break the city greyness.

The thematic areas are seven: Street Photography, the many aspects of the urban fabric and the lives that inhabit it; Architecture, buildings, streets, urban geometries; Social City, places, events and gatherings in the City; Urban Art, the relationship between people and art in the City; Transport, different style of mobility in the city; Green Life, green areas, places, projects and sustainable lives and the last one Visions, that is a new area thought as a laboratory of artistic and experimental photos outside previous thematic areas (the main theme is always Urban Life). In this case the post-production is allowed. Moreover there is a section for portfolios and projects, where each participant can submit a series of images oriented to show his or her idea through photographs.

Who can participate and how?

Call for entries of your International Contest URBAN Photo Awards 2017 has started, what are the numbers of past editions? URBAN looks for talent and quality both among professional and amateur photographers, offering them an international stage from which to get noticed.

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©Adam Falk

Are there any fees to pay for participation?

For THEMED PHOTOS the participation costs € 10 as entry fee for the first picture; further photos may be entered at a cost of € 5 per photo.

For STORIES & PORTFOLIOS, the participation costs € 10 as entry fee for portfolio, regardless of the number of photos that make up the portfolio (min 3 photos, no more than 12). Each participant can submit a maximum of 5 portfolios.

How will winners be selected?

The presented works will be selected by dotART and judged in a final manner by a prestigious international Jury.

Finalists will be published on the website in alphabetical order, without ranking at the end of July 2017. The absolute winner of Urban 2017 will be personally chosen by Jury President Maurizio Galimberti and he will be awarded personally by him during the award ceremony during the International Photo Festival Trieste Photo Days at the end of October in Trieste, (IT).

Final ranking will be published on URBAN website and Facebook page.

What are the prizes and what is the total amount?

First prize for the contest winner will be of 1.000 € plus accommodation in Trieste for the winner. The other prizes will be 24 along with 16 Honourable Mentions for a total prize of more then 4.000 €, and the chance to be chosen for Urban 2017 Summer Exhibitions around Europe.

Why to apply? Why to partecipate? What is the visibility of winning photographs?

The highest placing works will be published on the competition’s website and will be displayed in a collective exhibit on October/November 2017 in Trieste during Trieste Photo Days 2017.festival together with publication of the winners on our media partners world wide Magazines. Some of the submitted photos may in addition be selected for exhibits in Italy and abroad.

Among partners, other than Image in Progress, I can see many international names…

Even if it is too soon, how will you manage the Winner’s Exhibition and the Awards Ceremony?

From April we will be working on details about TPD Festival. I can already tell you that we will have a public free call for dummy about a personal photo book, with a winner also selected by Maurizio Galimberti and produced by dotART, a nice price for a nice urban photo project…

How do you live along with in the city of Trieste? What is the cooperation until now by the City Hall?

Hopefully this year we will have a good support from the City Hall and Government Region, with nice and important locations for personal exhibition. It seems that they finally understood the potential of this initiative.

Italy has an important historical tradition about photography, what is happening now?

A lot of local initiatives, done with a lot of passion, low budgets, often missing a central coordination; as usual in Italy, government policies are not oriented to professionals but to friends and political issues.

About the Italian photography history that has to be written, what URBAN Photo Awards represents?

A very good chance for Photography, as it is Trieste Photo Days: an international contest and a festival focused on Urban Photography. Today, most of the people in the world live in a urbanized area and there billions of pictures are shot every year.

Among your many initiatives, I have become curious about “Foodgraphy”. Considering the international success of TV program MasterChef and  the Italian  undeniably popolar cuisin, you chose a perfect country and a perfect timing for promoting this kind of photography, both traditional and experimental… what exactly is Foodgraphy?

Foodgraphia is an Exhibion of Food Art & Photography. It comes from my last project www.shootfood.it, launched in September 2016, an authorial project about food photography. I started it because food in Italy is very important. In the last years we saw the explosion of cooking, food blogging, food story telling, etc. but the quality of the visuals often is not at the level of the food and it misses artistic values, so I thought it was about time for an authorial food photography project.

Are you expecting to organize again another edition next year?

Foodgraphia Exibithion went really well, we had a good public success, a lot of visitors, a good press diffusion. A very nice book produced, also published in digital version at https://issuu.com/shootfood/docs/foodgraphia. I understood Foodgraphia answers to a demand, and we see will go for a second edition in 2018.

By the way, in May 2017 there will be Milano Food Week, an important festival about food and Ho.Re.Ca. world, sponsored this year by the City Hall, the Regional Government and other Government Institutions. As Shootfood we are organizing with them two dedicated projects about Food Photography. But this is a gossip J !

What is happening to still life photography right now?

Professionally not a great period, but I see a good potential in B2C cultural activities.

How can our readers be updated about your next projects?

On our websites: Urban Photo Awards 2017 (www.urbanphotoawards.com), Shootfood (www.shootfood.it), on my historical web portal Photographers.it (www.photographers.it) and, of course, Facebook!

www.urbanphotoawards.com

www.photographers.it

www.shootfood.it

XPOSURE, not just a festival but a journey!

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©Vineet Vohra

I have been shooting streets from past eighteen years and I’ve been practicing, yes practicing! I feel photography is something which we keep practicing all our lives, the day we master we cease to grow, we evolve and start seeing things differently and it reflects in our work. I have met some phenomenal photographers and at the same time have met people who aspire to be photographers, an interesting thing which came up was that lots of budding photographers didn’t even have the answer on whether they picked up photography to relish the art or they just wanted to be known as photographers. They are shooting images from eating in the restaurant to shooting while they were in a gallery looking at Renoir’s work, nothing wrong, but one has to learn to live in the moment to be able to make good street images, if we take street photography as a chore then we are trying to please an audience and look for wow, outstanding, epic, mind blowing, beautiful etc, words to satisfy our ego and enjoy few minutes of fame. If one can’t be a part of moment then the outcome feels as distant as the image and the core idea of any good street image is that the viewer wants to feel as if they were part of the moment.

Lot of us photographers face a photographer’s block which is quite similar to a writers block and to overcome this one should read books, attend seminars, talks, workshops and exhibitions and one extraordinary festival which I attended and was honoured to give a talk and workshop was the first edition of XPOSURE, launched by Sharjah Media Centre, an International Photography Festival which has now become an annual feature in the calendar of professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators from around the world. From the opening talk to the closing ceremony, every moment spent was overwhelming, every little detail was intriguing, the man behind the show and a dear friend Simon Newton made sure that the event was not only about photography but a platform where photography and photographers were showered with extravagant love and respect. When one is blessed with that kind of honour, it just makes one crave to be a part of that festival and I’m no exception. During the talk and while I was showcasing my work, it just stuck me that my work was predominantly in colour and I was relying heavily on colours to be a integral part of my frames, then & there in my heart I challenged myself for shooting in monochrome for at least a year, and I’m almost mid way through my journey. The JOURNEY which started with the onset of XPOSURE festival and I must say I’m enjoying every bit of it, one doesn’t need to look for an inspiration, inspiration simply finds you, one needs to constantly challenge oneself and the only competition one should have is to be better than the previous image. The joy of street photography is that it is independent and also selective at the same time. There are no “right” or “wrong” ways in street photography, there are ethics which only we decide, do street photography for yourself, be different, be yourself and enjoy the journey called street photography. Sharing few shots I took during this journey.

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©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra
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©Vineet Vohra
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©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra
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©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra

APF Bangkok Masterclass, 12th-14th May 2017

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APF is organising a 3 day intensive masterclass which is tailor made to cater to the needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos on the streets of Bangkok. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

During this masterclass, mentors will take the students out on the streets and pass on their tips and knowledge on capturing compelling images on the street. This masterclass includes classroom and shooting sessions. Detail lectures, critiques and selection process will be part of everyday session. We will also look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light, will present a video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision.

Vineet, Rohit and would also guide you through their signature – Gestalt Vision, widely applied in their images, which basically involves an attempt to organize visual elements into groups or unified whole by applying principles of composition.

Apply here for the Masterclass

The mentors will accompany participants while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques.

This masterclass is limited to a maximum of 12 participants,

During this intensive 3-day masterclass, mentors will focus on the following topics:

–       Street photography

–       The light and how to handle it

–       Composition – from simple to multi-layered

–       Telling a story with your photographs

–       Working on projects

–       Developing personal style

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

WORKSHOP FEE

 Tuition for the workshop THB 17,500/ $500

Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. Staying in Bangkok is fairly reasonable and starts from under $25 a night. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Bangkok, you can email Mehar at contact@artphotofeature.com.

REGISTRATION

To sign up for the workshop please email us at contact@artphotofeature.com

After registering we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop you must send the full deposit.

To find out more about APF workshops, you can visit
http://www.artphotofeature.com/apf-magazine-street-photography-workshop-bangkok-6th-8th-june-2014/

Mentors

©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra

Vineet Vohra

 
Born in Delhi/India, Vineet did masters in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline.
 
Vineet started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years and then switched on to street in 2001, it instantly became his passion.Vineet considers street photography a journey that he travels everyday. He believes in learning and unlearning and thrives to improve with each shot. Life in general which is so unexpected, he tries to be as honest through his lens as he can. His main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.
 
Currently Vineet presents workshops globally and has judged MSPF ( Miami street photography festival ), currently judging San Fransisco street photography festival and conducting a seminar and a workshop in SF. His works and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines all over the world including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.com which comprises of only 8 members from the world and a part of APF collective which has 20 members.
 
In 2015 he was placed 5th in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
In 2016 has is placed 3rd in the top most influential street photographers.
 
He is a Leica Mentor
 
Other publishes :
 
©Rohit Vohra
©Rohit Vohra
Rohit Vohra
 
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.
 
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
 
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
His portfolio
 
Follow him here
 
He was placed No. 1 in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
Some of his interviews
An Interview with Eric Kim
Latest Articles (May-Aug 2016) for Huffington post
 
 
At Bored Panda
 
He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, PX3, SIPA, MIFA, Tokyo International Foto awards, Photogravphy Grant etc.
 

Tavepong Pratoomwong,

A well known and awarded Street photographer based in Bangkok will also present his work and share his wisdom with the participants.

You can find more about him here

Venue : TBD

12th May : 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

13th May : 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
14th May : 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
 
Since the class is limited to max 12 participants, we can confirm your seat once the full deposit has been made.
To confirm your spot, write to us at contact@artphotofeature.com
 
Here is a link to know what APF Street photography workshops are like,
Read participant Testimonials from one of our workshop in Singapore last year

Apply here for the Masterclass

Top 10 Photographers to follow on Instagram

in photography by
©Gustavo Gomes

APF, is an entity of Artphotofeature Magazine, a publication that evolved with a strong education imperative at its core. Our team is diverse and we share the same passion and vision of making APF a meeting place where known and unknown artists can share their work and a collective vision of our world. 

In this post, we the editors of APF Magazine Rohit Vohra (@rohit_apf) and Vineet Vohra (@vineet_vohra) have complied a list of 10 Photographers to follow on Instagram. Listed in no particular order.

Dave Yoder

Contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine & National Geographic Society Explorer. Hoosier (from Indiana, USA). In Rome these days.www.daveyoder.com

©Dave Yoder
©Dave Yoder

Boogie

©Boogie
©Boogie

Asa Sjostrom 

Documentary photographer based in Sweden, with focus on social issues especially concerning women and children. Mail: info@asasjostrom.se www.asasjostrom.com
©Asa Sjostrom
©Asa Sjostrom

Aik Beng Chia

©Aik Beng Chia
©Aik Beng Chia

Tavepong Pratoomwong

©Tavepong Pratoomwong
©Tavepong Pratoomwong

Graciela Magnoni

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©Graciela Magnoni

Barry Talis

©Barry Talis
©Barry Talis

Xyza Cruz Bacani

©Xyza Cruz Bacani
©Xyza Cruz Bacani

Gustavo Gomes

©Gustavo Gomes
©Gustavo Gomes

Marina Sersale

©Marina Sersale
©Marina Sersale

Coming up next week is the list of Top 10 Magnum Photographers to follow.

You can follow APF Magazine on Instagram HERE

Who are some of your favourite talented photographers on Instagram you would add to this list . Share the knowledge by leaving a link to their Instagram below! 

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops

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angkor photo festival 2016

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops – what it’s all about

The humbleness in photography is becoming undone

in photography by
© Shaun La
Still-Life, Harlem. Photographed on 135 film

As a professional photographer, there has been numerous social occasions, where people would pull out their physical photo-albums & show to me, their physical photographic prints. Some were 4×6 or 5×10 photographic prints breathing behind plastic covers with air coming through the slots where the presenter would slide out their photograph to place into my hands as an invitation to a closer examination. Usually, they would vocally explain to me, “I am not a professional photographer but I love photography.” These people who decided to share their photographic eye with me, held onto the passion of Photography, because I could sense it. I would listen as they retort to me, the learning experiences that came with their first camera. These stories would sprout into how they took a photography class, workshop, had so much fun in a darkroom, but somehow decided to venture into a career that did not stipulate them being a professional photographer; however, they still found the enjoyment in being able to pull out their film cameras during a family event or a free weekend that had them leaving a major city for a mini-vacation on the countryside, fresh air greeting their peace of mind & an Eye feeling the urge to do some Photography.

Progressively in this 21st century, we are a high-speed visual society. Every story is followed up with a “did you take a picture of it?,” “send me that picture, right now,” as soon as the photograph is taken. Behind the scenes photographs are no longer tucked into a drawer to be met later on down the years, but instantly offered to the world, at times, overshadowing the final photographs that erupted from the photography session. Professional photographers are on the side of a river in a society where the ground level is falling deeper & deeper into the shorelines, swarmed by an ocean of photographers who are fashionably drowning out the term “professional.”

Shaun La
Central Park. Photographed on 135 film

The Materials that comes with Seeing:

Candid photography is one of the earliest forms of photography that has ever met the invention of the camera apparatus in the mid 1800’s. Even if the people in the photographs appeared blurry, ghostly, due to shutter-speed issues going through experimental measures. During that time, Photography still rose up to becoming embraced by the scientist, painter, or teacher who did not see a studio element as a ground for their income to be constructed on top of.

We as a society have always had a craving to enjoy the photograph, painting, drawing & its visual dominance; we as a society will always remember to look at the photograph, despite our modern habit of wanting to take photographs more than taking the time out to look at them. Therefore, we cannot battle against knowing that a camera does exist in many shapes & sizes.

Shaun La
Portrait of the Author Shannon Holmes (B-More Careful). Photographed on 135 film

Portrait of the Author Shannon Holmes (B-More Careful). Photographed on 135 film.

However, there is a lost sincerity in Photography, today. Everyone having access to a camera is not necessarily the problem. It would seem like everyone not having a clear motive for holding a camera would be the first stage of problematic frustrations opening up this lost sincerity in Photography. The opportunist can become a photographer overnight & more than ever in the concise history of Photography, the professional photographer is asked to scratch off a photography session because a client’s cousin owns a camera–giving the opportunity to capture moments to a societal habit that balances out saving money in the long run. A long run that belittles photographs undying visual  effectiveness, as time ascends.

Photographic prints are produced on a massive scale, giving the photographer, a pennies on the dollar disparity to their hard work. Therefore, even the photographic print is met with a bargain in the print collecting world; thus, showing that Photography is a disposable entity that starts from the hiring of a photographer to the final outcome—where the photographic print is a tangible reward hassled down to a cheap product.

Shaun La
Midtown Manhattan. Photographed on 135 film

Patterns can stretch the Pace:

I do not want to stand in the center of civilization’s Parade on Photography & throw the fun off by playing a serious tune by pointing to digital photography being the culprit to the need for speed that overflows this visual medium, which contains Photography. Actually, as a professional photographer who works on film only, I think differently when it comes down to pointing the finger at the digital format increasing our greedy outtake & intake with photographs, manipulating us into high-speed visual stalkers. It is not the impulsing intentions of digital photography that makes the spirit of seeing the moment, cocky & impatient.

We as breathing humans made our own pace outdo the practical speed; we made the digital revolution rush us, the digital revolution does not require us to rush (at least from my outsider’s position that is looking in, as a film photographer). Today’s time explains that photographers & their worthiness are defined by how many followers, Likes, shares, & photography driven magazines, popular blogs & social-media websites dedicating a small “too cool” room to their favorite photographer of the famous clan who will spill their self-absorbed philosophies into the Universe with the rewards becoming about achieving even more Likes, shares & a welcome mat to a collection of new followers who will worship their photographic work—rarely, do these famous photographers residing in the center of the spotlight open up their fame to include the world of Photography being bigger than their own self-absorbed philosophies; thus teaching the world about Photography, overall & not just about their own photographic work.

Shaun La
Harlem, New York. Photographed on 135 film.

Fading away are the experiences where I met fellow photographers who did not need the Internet’s compass to find their way to the significance inside of their own work; they were not professionals in the sense that a business made them an economic factor in society, nor did they ask the world to define them as competitors to an unseen Eye Crown worn by famous photographers who have castles on various lands of social-media throughout the Internet. They did not bow down to gallery curators who could hang their work on white walls with high-brow summaries under the framed photographic prints, merging with recessed lighting coming from the ceilings.

Lights of popularity showing the world, the hype behind knowing the right people in the commercial industry of Photography. These photographers who are not professionally connected but humbled with a profound appreciation for this medium found Photography to mean something to their own conscience, their families & friends. It was about their Eye being a member of the unofficial title that still has an undefined branch to its essential meaning: the Photographer. Now, this essential meaning may be hanging out with a pretentious layer that is the new photographer’s motive in a world where one photograph can make you famous on a viral scale. Such a scale kind of collapses down on the candid photographer, or the uncle or aunt who has a camera around their neck.

Shaun la
Occupation Wall Street. Photographed on 135 film.

Let us not forget about the humbleness:

Again, most of these presenters whose visual, frozen moments via photography, resting in their photo-albums, would say to me, “I am not a professional photographer, but I love photography.” I would listen & think to myself, “you are a photographer.” The humbleness in this medium may be dimming away from a society that has the aspirations for Internet fame, influencing so many people to overlook their own potential, because they want to fit into the merits of being a well-known photographer—which at times, could be slightly different than a photographer with good or great photographic work.

Shaun La
Harlem, 125th & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Photographed on medium-format film, 120.

Yet, the talented & gifted photographers who are behind their good or great photographs might be the quiet ones hidden from popularity, where you will actually have to share some time, sit down on a couch & turn the pages in order to truly see that Photography is for every one who can agree to the willingness that it takes to truly free up your mind, heart, emotions & thoughts, all for the blessing to completely see Moments reliving themselves–this is a mandate that is impartial to the professional, novice, or hobbyist.

Enjoy Photography.

Words & Photography by: Shaun La.

Shaun La is a photographer & writer. Starting off with the medium of photography at the age of 18 (20 years ago) with a Minolta Hi-Matic & 135 film, the desire to see the moment became a way to envision the possibilities in wanting to be a timer awaiting to see if he could photograph more moments. His photography extends into fashion, street, photojournalism, landscape, still-life & candid realities—still utilizing film cameras only, 135 & medium-format film. As a writer, he has penned numerous essays on various topics, which has been published by the Amsterdam News, the Baltimore Sun, Afro-Punk, Camera Obscura & other media outlets. Currently he is working on his book, “The Perpetual Intellectual View Called Photography: Essays,” & putting together the building blocks for an exhibition on his photography. Please feel free to take the time out to see more of his work & writings, which can be viewed here at his official website: http://www.shaunarts.com/writings Official website: http://www.shaunarts.com

Minimalism in Street Photography

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© Ricardo Leung‎

We at the APF magazine street photography group ran a week long contest on the theme “Minimalism”. Members were asked to post Street photographs keeping the theme in mind.

Theme was open to interpretation to let members come up with their own definitions and views. 3,872 photographs were submitted for the theme and after going through all of these, curators have selected the following 29 top photographs.

Stay tuned, the winner will be announced on 25th July, 2016.

© Achim Katzberg‎
© Achim Katzberg‎
© Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili‎
© Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili‎
© Jagadeesh Posni‎
© Jagadeesh Posni‎
© Mizan Rahman‎
© Mizan Rahman‎
© Eric Kogan‎
© Eric Kogan‎
© Alex Liverani‎
© Alex Liverani‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Arth Figueroa Jumagdao‎
© Arth Figueroa Jumagdao‎
© Rudy Boyer‎
© Rudy Boyer‎
© Ricardo Leung‎
© Ricardo Leung‎
© Frankie Casillo‎
© Frankie Casillo‎
© Mirko Fambrini‎
© Mirko Fambrini‎
© Kob Obob‎
© Kob Obob‎
© Stefano Lista‎
© Stefano Lista‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Gaurav Khedekar‎
© Gaurav Khedekar‎
© Forrest Walker
© Forrest Walker
© Achim Katzberg‎
© Achim Katzberg‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Jad Jadsada‎
© Ashok Verma‎
© Ashok Verma‎
© Michele Liberti‎
© Michele Liberti‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Md Enamul Kabir‎
© Md Enamul Kabir‎
© Md Enamul Kabir‎
© Md Enamul Kabir‎
© Faisal Bin Rahman Shuvo‎
© Faisal Bin Rahman Shuvo‎
© Nilesh Mazumdar‎
© Nilesh Mazumdar‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Swapnil Jedhe‎
© Sreeranj Sreedhar‎
© Sreeranj Sreedhar‎

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APF Visual Story telling workshop, Singapore 26th-28th Aug

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Singapore street photography workshop

APF is organising a 3 day intensive workshop which is tailor made to cater to needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos on the streets of Singapore. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

The workshop is being held by Vineet and Rohit Vohra, Fujifilm X photographers.

© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra
Vineet & Rohit would also guide you through their signature – Gestalt Vision, widely applied in their images, which basically involves an attempt to organize visual elements into groups or unified whole by applying principles of composition.

Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, Gestalt vision and its application in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light, video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision and more.

Members will walk with the mentors on the streets of Singapore. We will walk through China town, Little India and the group will have a chance to turn their freshly acquired theoretical knowledge into practice, with theme in hand to create and execute through the walk. The mentors will accompany students while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques. Students will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people and photograph them. Mentors will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques. Mentors will also talk about the art of story telling. How to write stories and photo essays, followed by a lecture on importance of shooting personal projects and how it benefits in a long run.

This workshop is limited to 15-18 participants,

During this intensive 3-day workshop we will focus on the following topics:

–       Street photography

–       The light and how to handle it

–       Composition – from simple to multi-layered

–       Telling a story with your photographs

–       Working on projects

–       Developing personal style

© Vineet Vohra
© Vineet Vohra

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

apf singapore workshop
© Rohit Vohra

WORKSHOP FEE

 $  250

REGISTRATION

To sign up for the workshop please email us at contact@artphotofeature.com or you can pay directly here

After registering we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop you must send the full deposit.

Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. Staying in Singapore is fairly reasonable and starts from under Rs 1000 ($20) a night. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Singapore, you can email Mehar at contact@artphotofeature.com.

To find out more about APF workshops, you can visit
http://www.artphotofeature.com/apf-magazine-street-photography-workshop-bangkok-6th-8th-june-2014/

© Vineet Vohra
© Vineet Vohra

VENUE :

TBC

About the Mentors

Vineet Vohra

Born in Delhi/India, Vineet did masters in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline.

Vineet started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years and then switched on to street in 2001, it instantly became his passion.Vineet considers street photography a journey that he travels everyday. He believes in learning and unlearning and thrives to improve with each shot. Life in general which is so unexpected, he tries to be as honest through his lens as he can. His main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.

Currently Vineet presents workshops globally and has judged MSPF ( Miami street photography festival ), currently judging San Fransisco street photography festival and conducting a seminar and a workshop in SF. His works and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines all over the world including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.com which comprises of only 8 members from the world and a part of APF collective which has 20 members.

In 2015 he was placed 5th in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2015/04/08/20-most-influential-street-photographers-2015/

In 2016 has is placed 3rd in the top most influential street photographers.

http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2016/05/27/the-20-most-influential-street-photographers-for-2016/

His portfolio : http://www.vineettvohra.com/

He is an Official Fuji X Photographer

Other publishes :

Leica Blog : http://blog.leica-camera.com/2016/05/13/otherwise-quaint-town/
http://121clicks.com/tutorials/getting-layers-right-street-photography-vineet-vohra
http://www.thestreetcollective.com/vineet-vohra
http://m.yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/240352/#/photos/
http://121clicks.com/photo-stories/terminal-street-photography-essay-by-vineet-vohra

Rohit Vohra

Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.

He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.

Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
His portfolio

http://www.rohitvohra.com/

He is an Official Fuji X photographer.

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rohit_apf/

In 2015 he was placed in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2015/04/08/20-most-influential-street-photographers-2015/

Some of his interviews
http://121clicks.com/showcases/rohit-vohra-a-passionate-street-photographer-from-delhi-india
An Interview with Eric Kim
http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/11/20/reading-the-visual-layers-of-new-delhi-rohit-vohra/

Latest Articles (March-April 2016) for Huffingtonpost

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/rohit-vohra/a-window-into-hong-kong_b_9667366.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/rohit-vohra/grandiose-of-calcutta_b_9475426.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/rohit-vohra/lathmaar-holi-behind-the-_b_9529950.html

At Bored Panda

http://www.boredpanda.com/120-hours-in-hong-kong-photographer-comes-back-with-this/

He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, MIFA, Photogravphy Grant etc.

http://www.photoawards.com/rohit-vohra/
http://grant.photogrvphy.com/page/jury
http://www.urban.dotart.it/jury.html
http://streetfoto.org/contest-judges/
http://www.moscowfotoawards.com/jury.html

25 Top street photographs from April and May

in Best of street photography/photography/Street Photography by
© Marek Lapis‎

Every once in a while, at the end of the day, when you are most exhausted and feel like giving up, a dash of light, an unexpected gesture, a riot of color or something plain ironic, suddenly reveals itself and if you are attentive enough you press the shutter just in time to catch that beautiful arrangement that happens just for you.

“Street Photography”

Here we present the top 25 photographs posted in the APF group in the month of April and May 2016. Sit back and enjoy.

© Orna Naor‎
© Orna Naor‎
© Eric Kogan‎
© Eric Kogan‎
© Pierre Belhassen‎
© Pierre Belhassen‎
© Gurunathan Ramakrishnan‎
© Gurunathan Ramakrishnan‎
© Orna Naor‎
© Orna Naor‎
© Sarasij Dasgupta‎
© Sarasij Dasgupta‎
© Veronica Gera‎
© Veronica Gera‎
© Shuvro Bappy‎
© Shuvro Bappy‎
© Corneliu Sarion‎
© Corneliu Sarion‎
© Antonio E. Ojeda‎
© Antonio E. Ojeda‎
© Refat Siddique‎
© Refat Siddique‎
© Ayanava Sil‎
© Ayanava Sil‎
© Marek Lapis‎
© Marek Lapis‎
© Antonio E. Ojeda‎
© Antonio E. Ojeda‎
© Michele Liberti‎
© Michele Liberti‎
© Ilan Burla
© Ilan Burla
© Boris de Flash
© Boris de Flash
© Drew Hopper
© Drew Hopper
© Skander Khlif
© Skander Khlif
© Ilan Ben Yehuda
© Ilan Ben Yehuda
© Ariel Pascua
© Ariel Pascua
© David Mar Quinto
© David Mar Quinto
© Giorgio Scalici
© Giorgio Scalici
© Skyid J. Wang
© Skyid J. Wang
© Muhammad Imam Hasan
© Muhammad Imam Hasan

Like the selection, do leave us a note. If you have any of your works you would like to share with us, join the group Here and enjoy the ride.

Kumbh, the Art of story telling workshop. 6th-8th May 2016

in APF workshop/photography by
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Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” is one of the four “Kumbh Melas” celebrated by largest spiritual gathering on Planet Earth. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is rejoiced by holy dip in the sacred river Kshipra in ancient and religious city Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh).Simhasth Kumbh Maha Parva is based on the celestial line-up of Planets and the Signs of the Zodiac, which occurs every 12 years.

Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan”(Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils. The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘.

This time Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to take place from April 22nd to May 21st 2016(in Sanskrit Chaitra Shukla Purnima – Vaishakha Shukla Purnima, Vikram Samvat 2073). The holy dip in river Kshipra is taken on the auspicious day at a defined time at which it is believed that ‘Nectar’ from ‘Kumbh’ was dropped in the pious river. It is believed that taking a dip in river Kshipra on this ocassion purifies the soul and overcomes all the sins.

Text credit Simhasth Ujjain. 

APF is organising a 3 day intensive workshop which is tailor made to cater to needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos of this years Kumbh Mela held in Ujjain. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

Allahabad Kumbh 2013
Allahabad Kumbh 2013

Rohit & Vineet would also guide you through their signature – Gestalt Vision, widely applied in their images, which basically involves an attempt to organize visual elements into groups or unified wholes by applying certain principles of composition.

Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street and travel photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, Gestalt vision and its application in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light, video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision and more.

Allahabad Kumbh 2013
Allahabad Kumbh 2013

Members will walk with the mentors on the streets of Ujjain. The group will have a chance to turn their freshly acquired theoretical knowledge into practice, with theme in hand to create and execute through the walk. The mentors will accompany students while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques. Students will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people and photograph them.

Allahabad Kumbh 2013
Allahabad Kumbh 2013

A make shift classroom will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques.
Mentors will talk about the art of story telling. How to write stories and photo essays, followed by a lecture on importance of shooting personal projects and how it benefits in a long run.

This workshop is limited to 8-10 participants,

During this intensive 3-day workshop we will focus on the following topics:

–       The aspects of Travel/ Street photography

–       The light and how to handle it

–       Composition – from simple to multi-layered

–       Telling a story with your photographs

–       Working on projects

–       Developing personal style

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

WORKSHOP FEE

 $  250

REGISTRATION

To sign up for the workshop please email us at contact@artphotofeature.com

After registering we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop you must send the full deposit.

Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. Staying in Ujjain is fairly reasonable and starts from under Rs 1000 ($20) a night. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Ujjain, you can email Mehar at contact@artphotofeature.com.

Here are some recommendations

http://ujjainkumbhmela.com/kumbhmelapackages.php

http://www.yogalife.co.in/accommodation/ (Mentors are staying here)

Rooms will run out, so book ASAP.

Nearest airport to Ujjain is Indore (53 K.m.).

There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Ujjain. Ujjain is also well connected with major cities through Bus service.

To find out more about APF workshops, you can visit
http://www.artphotofeature.com/apf-magazine-street-photography-workshop-bangkok-6th-8th-june-2014/

Rohit Vohra 

Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.

He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.

Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
His portfolio

http://www.rohitvohra.com/
In 2015 he was placed in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2015/04/08/20-most-influential-street-photographers-2015/

Some of his interviews
http://121clicks.com/showcases/rohit-vohra-a-passionate-street-photographer-from-delhi-india
An Interview with Eric Kim
http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/11/20/reading-the-visual-layers-of-new-delhi-rohit-vohra/

Latest Articles (March 2016) for Huffingtonpost

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/rohit-vohra/grandiose-of-calcutta_b_9475426.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/rohit-vohra/lathmaar-holi-behind-the-_b_9529950.html
He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, MIFA, Photogravphy Grant etc.

http://www.photoawards.com/rohit-vohra/
http://grant.photogrvphy.com/page/jury
http://www.urban.dotart.it/jury.html
http://streetfoto.org/contest-judges/
http://www.moscowfotoawards.com/jury.html

Vineet Vohra

Born in Delhi/India, Vineet did masters in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline.

Vineet started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years and then switched on to street in 2001, it instantly became his passion.Vineet considers street photography a journey that he travels everyday. He believes in learning and unlearning and thrives to improve with each shot. Life in general which is so unexpected, he tries to be as honest through his lens as he can. His main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.

In 2011, he formed APF (artphotofeature.com) along with his brother, Rohit Vohra, who is also a street photographer. APF is born from an education imperative, it’s an evolving magazine to recognise fresh talent. The intent is to provide a platform for emerging photographers, artists and designers to showcase their works, works that are not necessarily commercial, to create opportunities and open new doors. The subjects explored are broad, in terms of concepts, styles and techniques. Intent is to explore the limits and possibilities.

Currently Vineet presents workshops globally and has judged MSPF ( Miami street photography festival ), currently judging San Fransisco street photography festival and conducting a seminar and a workshop in SF. His works and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines all over the world including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.com which comprises of only 8 members from the world and a part of APF collective which has 20 members.

His portfolio : http://www.vineettvohra.com/

Other publishes :
http://121clicks.com/tutorials/getting-layers-right-street-photography-vineet-vohra
http://www.thestreetcollective.com/vineet-vohra
http://m.yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/240352/#/photos/
http://121clicks.com/photo-stories/terminal-street-photography-essay-by-vineet-vohra

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