Istanbul 3 Day Workshop:

Istanbul is one of the most photogenic cities I’ve ever visited. Given its astonishing history there is no shortage of subjects to photograph. The images produced here are the culmination of a three day Istanbul street training photography trip to the city centre. We also visited the surrounding area, bazaars and mosques.”

The places, people and dimly lit passages were a rich source of inspiration for my reportage street photography. Istanbul’s numerous bazaars are the perfect backdrop for documentary street photography and although geared more to the tourist than local trade, the markets are nevertheless full of things to see and record with your camera.

The Spice Bazaar is more heavily geared to the tourist but still has a diversity that gives endless opportunities. The Grand Bazaar is significantly larger and services both local and tourist markets a myriad of halls and passages where you’ll find traders selling anything and everything imaginable.

“I was able to capture the colour and atmosphere of the people engaged in their day to day business and lives. We spent the early morning visiting the more orthodox mosques. We found little resistance to photographing men taking their daily prayers although one must always respect where you are and be discreet and quiet whilst documenting and photographing their lives.”

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Mosques & Markets of Istanbul Workshop:

Istanbul is truly inspirational for street photography, with its juxtaposition of colourful and yet gritty, beautiful but deteriorated streets and buildings. The market places and mosques, and the characters there within add many layers to capture in story telling images.

The Spice Bazaar and the New Mosque form the focus on this training. The Spice Bazaar was built in 1664 as an extension of the New Mosque (Yeni Camii) complex, and its revenues helped support the upkeep of the mosque. The main entrance to the Spice Bazaar is through a high brick arch in the historic part of Istanbul. Your senses will be overwhelmed with the smells and colours of over 90 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, and dried fruits and nuts.

Beyond the Spice Bazaar in the open market you will see flowers, plants, seeds and birds. And a must is to stop at the famous 100 year old coffee shop Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi.

On previous visits Mark has captures highly emotional pictures of the men of the city at the mosque. Being sensitive to their beliefs and practise Mark has been able to position himself to get some of the most stunning story telling images and he will enable you to do the same as part of this training.


For more information regarding booking this photography workshop:

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Alternatively, if you would like to chat, then please contact Mark Seymour on either 07786 377 197 / 01628 668283 and I would be delighted to hear from you.