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My Street Photography Workshop with Antonín Kratochvíl & Felix Lupa

Antonín Kratochvíl, Felix Lupa, and Jan Hodač - Prague, 2014

Over the weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to attend two amazing Street Photography workshops organized by Festival FOTOSFÉRA. The first was led by Antonín Kratochvíl, a founder of the VII photo agency, a photojournalist, and all around great photographer. And the second one by Felix Lupa, also a world-renowned photographer, specializing in reportage, documentary, and street photography, whose photographs are often published in Israel’s leading newspapers and appear in magazines and on television...

You are there, but you are not. You are fast, but not aggressive. You walk in there. You look around. Then you start taking photographs. People will get used to you being there after a while. And you got to be very positive and also able to make fun of yourself.

-Antonín Kratochvíl

Once you become friends with one family, the whole community will open up to you.

-Felix Lupa

The workshops however were about much more than just inspirational quotes and great pieces of advice. The atmosphere was incredible, seeing photographers like Antonín and Felix do their thing amazing, and getting to see all the photos other students shot during the time we went shooting on our own was eye-opening. There is something about being in the same place at the same time with 10 other photographers and then seeing how different photographs each of us took.

A great teacher will point you to the right direction, but lets you get there on your own.

I loved the master an apprentice format of these photo workshops. Being taught a few general concepts, and then having to use them on my own without anyone holding my hand. Getting feedback. Then shooting on my own again. And doing it all over again, was a great way to be taught and to learn.

Taking a workshop with Antonín as well as Felix is something one will probably never forget. If you get a chance to take a workshop with either of them, I highly recommend it.

Michal Fanta