© Peter TurnleyIstanbul is a photographer's dream – a city of the world with the most exciting visual landscape. It is a culturally and architecturally diverse city where the history of the Orient and the Middle East connects directly with the modern, western culture of Europe. The traditions of great photography in Istanbul are rich in exotic beauty and it is a place where the people of the city are very comfortable being photographed.

This seven-day workshop, led by Peter Turnley, one of the great photographers of our time, centers on street photography, the photo essay, and all forms of personal image making. Peter  has lived in Europe, for the past thirty years. He worked as the assistant to legendary Paris street photographer Robert Doisneau, and has published five books, including “Parisians”. His images of world affairs, social, cultural, and political issues, are seen in the world’s most prestigious publications. He has also published an exceptional 8-page photo essay in the Sept. 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine, entitled “Across the Bosphorus, photographs from Turkey”. Peter is also a widely respected teacher of workshops on street photography.

Peter has vast experience instructing students to find their visual voice and hone their personal vision to become more comfortable photographing people, life and the natural environment of a city. In addition to growing photographically under Peter’s mentorship, students enjoy a cultural learning experience. Istanbul is not only one of the world’s most exciting cities visually, but currently one with the most exciting and interesting geo-political and cultural intersections of Eastern and Western life. Peter has taught several workshops previously in Istanbul, and aside from his own tremendous teaching attributes, he introduces students to many prominent members of Istanbul's wonderfully talented photographic community that share their expertise on Turkish life and culture, in the workshop for presentations and lectures.

A few hours each day, the class meets for lectures and presentations, editing, reviewing and critiquing each student’s work-in-process. The group visits, museums and galleries.  Students share dinners and meet privately with Peter each day to review work and discuss their progress. Peter will discuss techniques for making spontaneous, human images of the life of a city. Students explore the streets, markets, the worlds’ greatest bazaars, cafes, restaurants, parks, squares, churches, mosques, shops, and various neighborhoods, street life, tramways, and waterways of Istanbul. Students photograph for at least half of each day. Participants are urged to research and develop a theme of life in Istanbul while creating a photographic story around that theme. There is no need to come with a plan. Peter will help you with this process.

Students are pushed to go beyond simply the picturesque and to discover a sense of the texture and the rhythm to the real life of this exciting and unique city. Students are encouraged to photograph not only scenes and environments, but also the people and life of Istanbul. For those reluctant to approach people with their camera, Peter will help  learn those techniques, and expose students to ideas and a spirit that will help photograph people, up close. This will be a visually interesting time to create powerful images. Expect  to work hard each day and approach the fieldwork with concentration and determination. Be aware that the workshop focuses particularly on a documentary/ photojournalistic approach to photographing the rich reality of Istanbul.

The workshop will include a group dinner on the opening evening and a farewell group dinner at the end of the workshop and includes a final class slideshow comprising each student’s final story of 15 images.

This promises to be an extraordinary experience for workshop participants.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND  This 7-day photographic workshop is for photographers and serious amateurs who want to explore and document their encounter with the culture, cityscape and people of Istanbul. Students need to be knowledgeable about their digital camera, digital workflow and able to solve technical problems in the field. Peter will assist with improving not only visual expression shooting, but also to helping better organizing the workflow. All participants should be experienced and savvy travelers, used to dealing with the intricacies of bureaucracy, transportation and technical issues.

COMPANIONS  This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son or daughter or partner. Non-photographic companions may join the group sessions and meals but are not involved in the critique or review sessions. Companion supplement is $150.

ARRIVAL  Plan to arrive by Sunday morning, July 1. It may be a good idea to arrive on Saturday, June 30 to give you an evening of acclimation before the workshop. The first workshop class will begin at 2pm on Sunday, July 1. There will be a group dinner the first night and the students will be guests of the workshop.

DEPARTURES  The workshop ends Saturday, July 7 by noon. There will be a final show of the students 15 image pictures stories along with a final group dinner on Friday evening, July 6. Students are free to leave starting Saturday afternoon or can remain on to explore more of Turkey. This timing gives people the chance to get home to return to work by Monday if necessary.

TECHNOLOGY  This is a digital workshop. If you wish to shoot film, you may so do, but we suggest you bring it home for processing.  Students are encouraged to use a 35 mm digital camera. You will need to know how to download your digital images each evening to a folder so that your days work can be brought to class the next day on a flash drive, external hard drive, or cd, for review each day. Students are encouraged to choose from the outset if they want to see their work in color or in black and white, and they will be encouraged to stick to their choice throughout the workshop.

WHAT TO BRING  Besides your SLR digital cameras, bring a body of your creative work to share—a portfolio or CD of 30-40 images. Your portfolio can be prints or digital images. The workshop will have an LCD projector and there will be a final show of all of the students work during the final session.

CAMERA GEAR  A digital SLR or rangefinder camera is required. Two bodies are recommended, with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens, such as a 17-35mm zoom, or 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm lens. In order to shoot comfortably in low light situations, it will be preferable that students have a wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture such as 1.4., 1.8. 2 or 2.8. Bring several memory cards (at least 1 G cards are recommended), extra batteries and necessary battery chargers. Your laptop should have image management software, such as Apple’s Aperture, Adobe’s Lightroom or, as Peter suggests, Photomechanic, which can be downloaded, free, on a trial basis from http://www.camerabits.com/

RESEARCH AND PREPARATION  Research and preparation are important parts of any adventure. There are many websites regarding Istanbul and Turkey to be found on the Internet. You may also look at one of Peter Turnley’s recent photo essays about Istanbul, “Across the Bhosporus”

http://www.peterturnley.com/acrossthebosphorus/01.html 

MEALS  The first and last meals are included in the cost of the workshop. You will be a guest of the workshop for a group opening dinner on Sunday night, and a final dinner on Friday night. Aside from the two group meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are independent but students are encouraged to join each other in local restaurants and cafes. Expect to be paying around $50 a day on meals.

HOTELS:  Peter has found a wonderful hotel right in the center of Sultanahmet with a rooftop terrace with the most extraordinary view of Istanbul that there is. Class sessions take place on this terrace creating a very inspiring backdrop for the class experience. This is where Peter will be staying. 

The hotel is the Rast Hotel and the hotel will be offering extremely reasonable rates to the students: 80 euros for single room, 90 double occupancy 

Rast Hotel

Binbirdirek Mh. Klodfarer Cd.

No:4 34122

Sultanahmet / Istanbul

Tel. +90 212 638 16 38 Fax: +90 212 638 19 99

E-Mail: info@rasthotel.com

http://www.rasthotel.com/

Please mention Peter Turnley's photography workshop, and speak or write to Mustapha.

Below is also a selection of other hotels nearby the Rast Hotel. Please call or e-mail to reserve a room in the hotel of your choice.

AND Hotel Yerebatan Cad. Cami Cikmaz No.40, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 90.212.512 0207 info@andhotel.com  http://www.andhotel.com/

Kybele Hotel Yerebatan Caddesi, 35 Sultanahmet 34110  Istanbul tel.90.212.511 77 66 info@kybelehotel.com http://kybelehotel.com/

Hotel Niles Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak, #19, Beyazit-Istanbul Tel. 90.212 517 32 39 info@hotelniles.com http://www.hotelniles.com/

A wide array of testimonials by students that have taken Peter Turnley workshops as well as student galleries from previous workshops may be viewed here:
http://www.peterturnley.com/testimonials.html
http://www.peterturnley.com/students.html

Turnley has published 5 books of his work:
Parisians
McClellan Street
In Times of War and Peace
Beijing Spring
Moments of Revolution

Istanbul is a photographer's dream - one of the world’s richest culturally, and architecturally diverse cities-a city where the culture and history of the Orient and the Middle East connects directly with the modern, western culture of Europe. This seven-day workshop, led by Peter Turnley, one of the great photographers of our times, centers on street photography, the photo essay, and all forms of personal image making. In addition to growing photographically under Peter’s mentorship, this is a cultural learning experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities. 

Istanbul is not only one of the world’s most exciting cities visually, but currently one of the world’ s cities embodying the most exciting and interesting geo-political and cultural intersections of Eastern and Western life. Istanbul is also a city where the citizens of the city are in general very open to being photographed, and where there has been a very rich past and present photographic culture. Istanbul will offer a tremendous opportunity for students to photograph the life of an amazing city. Peter Turnley has lived in Europe, for the past thirty years. He worked as the assistant to legendary Paris street photographer Robert Doisneau, has published 5 books, including “Parisians”. His images of world affairs, social, cultural, and political issues, are seen in the world’s most prestigious publications. He is also a widely respected teacher of workshops on street photography.

He has also published an exceptional 8 page photo essay in the Sept. 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine, entitled “Across the Bosphorus, photographs from Turkey”. Peter has taught several workshops previously in Istanbul, and aside from his own tremendous human and teaching attributes, he brings into the workshop many prominent members of Istanbul's wonderfully talented photographic community for presentations and lectures.

We will meet a few hours each day as a group for lectures and presentations, editing, review and critiques of the each student’s work-in-process. We will visit museums and galleries as a group, share dinners and meet privately with Peter each day to review work and discuss our progress. Peter will discuss techniques for making spontaneous, human images of the life of a city. There are presentations and lectures by members of Istanbul’s talented photographic community, and by people with particular expertise on Turkish life and culture.

You will be exploring the streets, markets, the worlds’ greatest bazaars, cafes, restaurants, parks, squares, churches, mosques, shops, and various neighborhoods, street life, tramways, and waterways of Istanbul. You will be expected to be photographing for at least half of each day. You are urged to research and develop a theme of life in Istanbul that interests you as you create a photo story around that theme. You need not come with one and may explore various themes while in Istanbul. Peter will help you with this process.

You will be pushed and encouraged to go beyond simply the picturesque and to discover a sense of the texture and the rhythm to the real life of this exciting and unique city. You will be encouraged to photograph not only scenes and environments, but also the people and life of Istanbul. If you are reluctant to approach people with your camera, Peter will help you learn techniques, and expose you to ideas and a spirit that will help you photograph people, up close.
This will be a visually interesting time for you to create powerful images. We expect you to work hard each day and approach your fieldwork with concentration and determination. You should also be aware that the workshop is particularly towards a documentary, photojournalistic approach to photographing the rich reality of Istanbul. We end the workshop, with a group dinner and a final class slideshow comprising each student’s final story of 15 images.

This is an all-digital workshop. Come with your digital SLR camera and a laptop computer on which to store, edit and manage their work. You will want to store and back-up each day’s work, and re-format your disks. (See technical information below)

The workshop will include a group dinner on Sunday evening, and a farewell group dinner at the end of the workshop. This promises to be an extraordinary experience for workshop participants.

Who Should Attend
This 7-day photographic workshop is for photographers and serious amateurs who want to explore and document their encounter with the culture, cityscape and people of Istanbul. You should be knowledgeable about your digital camera, digital workflow and able to solve technical problems in the field. Peter will work with you to improve not only your visual expression shooting, but also to help you better organize your workflow. All participants should be experienced and savvy travelers, used to dealing with the intricacies of bureaucracy, transportation and technical issues.

Companions
This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son or daughter or partner. Non-photographic companions may join the group sessions and meals but are not involved in the critique or review sessions. Companion supplement is $150.

Arrival
Plan to arrive by Sunday morning, June 19th. If possible, it may be a good idea to arrive on Saturday, June 18th to give you an evening of acclimation before the workshop. The first workshop class will start at 2pm on Sunday, June 19th. There will be a group dinner the first night and the students will be guests of the workshop.

Departures>
The workshop ends Saturday, June 25th by noon. There will be a final show of the students 15 image pictures stories. There will be final group dinner with student’s guests of the workshop, on Friday evening, June 24th. Students are free to leave starting Saturday afternoon or you can remain on to explore more of Turkey. This timing gives people the chance to get home to return to work by Monday if necessary.

Technology
This is a digital workshop-this workshop is conducted using digital cameras. If you wish to shoot film, you may so do, but we suggest you bring it home for processing, so for critiques, you will have to be using a digital camera. Students are encouraged to use a 35 mm digital camera. You will need to know how to download your digital images each evening to a folder so that your days work can be brought to class the next day on either a flash drive, external hard drive, or cd, for review each day with Peter Turnley. Students will be encouraged to choose from the outset if they want to see their work in color or in black and white, and they will be encouraged to stick to their choice of one of the other throughout the workshop.

What to Bring
Besides your SLR digital cameras, bring a body of your creative work with you to share—a portfolio or CD of images. Your portfolio can be prints or digital images. The workshop will have an LCD projector and there will be a final show of all of the students work during the final session.

Camera Gear
A digital SLR camera is required. Students may work with a high end point and shoot camera such as a Canon G10. Two bodies are recommended, with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens, such as a 17-35mm zoom, or 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm lens. In order to shoot comfortably in low light situations, it will be preferable that students have a wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture such as 1.4., 1.8. 2 or 2.8. Bring several memory cards (at least 1 G cards are recommended), extra batteries and necessary battery chargers. Your laptop should have image management software, such as Apple’s Aperture, Adobe’s Light Room or, as Peter suggests, Photomechanic, which can be downloaded, free, on a trial basis from the site of Camerabits.

Make sure you have a back-up system on which to download each day’s work. This can be your laptop, a portable external hard drive storage device, flash drive, or cds or DVDs. You will need a means of getting your edited images in a folder to Peter each day for review—flash drives are the most practical, but you can also use an external hard drive, or cd or DVD.

Research and preparation
Research and preparation are important parts of any adventure. There are many Istanbul and Turkey to be found on the Internet.

Meals
The first and last meals are included in the cost of the workshop. You will be a guest of the workshop for a group opening dinner on Sunday night, and a final dinner on Friday night. Aside from the two group meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are independent but students are encouraged to join each other in local restaurants and cafes. Expect to be paying around $50 a day on meals.

Hotels:
Peter has found three very nice hotels. Below are the names, rates, web sites and phone numbers. Please call or e-mail to reserve a room in the hotel of your choice. The classroom activity will take place at the AND Hotel and this is where Peter will be staying:

AND Hotel
Yerebatan Cad. Cami Cikmaz No.40, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
90.212.512 0207
info@andhotel.com

Kybele Hotel
Yerebatan Caddesi, 35 Sultanahmet
34110 Istanbul
tel.90.212.511 77 66
info@kybelehotel.com

Hotel Niles
Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak, #19, Beyazit-Istanbul
Tel. 90.212 517 32 39
info@hotelniles.com

For more information about teacher Peter Turnley, please consult his personal website: peterturnley.com

Turnley has published 5 books of his work:
Parisians
McClellan Street
In Times of War and Peace
Beijing Spring
Moments of Revolution

Terms and Conditions for Destinations Workshops

1. Reservations & Payments

A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the date of departure for your workshop.  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.

2. Cancellations

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark, or upon receipt of an email providing notice of cancellation. If you provide written notice of cancellation  60 days or more prior to the departure date for your workshop, your deposit, and any additional payment, will be refunded in full, less an administration fee of $55.00. If you provide written notice of cancellation less than 60 days prior to the departure date for your workshop, your full deposit will be forfeited; any additional funds paid to Maine Media for the workshop will be refunded.  No refunds of any amount will be made to persons who (i) fail to provide written notice of cancellation, or who (ii) begin a workshop, but fail to complete the workshop.

3. Basis of Rates

All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

4. Insurance

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

5. Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.

6.  Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa.  Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.

7. Medical Issues

All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.

8. Liability Waiver

Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.

9. Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

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Tuition

$1,995

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12