Meeting point: Dhakuria Bridge, South Kolkata
Time: 9:00 am
Duration: 4 hours
Who is this for? Passionate street photographers/journalists/and other storytellers
Price: 300 Euros for single individual
          240 Euros per person for groups of 2-7
This isn’t any ordinary street photography exploration on foot.
We will begin at Dhakuria Bridge and photograph the view of the railway colony below. What’s incredible to me is the fact that there are a few hundred people in the colony living mere inches from busy railroad tracks. Speeding trains whizzing by is a constant danger, not to mention the lack of proper sanitation. But this is everyday life for the people here. There are makeshift markets that pop up selling fish and fresh produce. Laundry is draped over the least-active tracks to dry. It’s nearly like any other neighborhood in India – but with trains!
After photographing the site from the safety of the bridge, we will then proceed down to the colony itself. Depending on your comfort level, we will explore the length of the colony on foot, on or near the tracks themselves for much of the duration. We will meet and maybe even chat with some of the English-speakers there. I’ve found them to all be mostly warm and welcoming and even helpful in giving you suggestions when trains appear around the bend.
This could be the only location we explore if you’re really interested in what you see. I’ve been photographing the bridge and the people here for more than six years. Again, depending on your comfort level with extreme conditions and how well you like documenting the lives of people in extraordinary situations, it would be easy to get caught up in it all and lose track of time photographing people here. In fact, I would not recommend this workshop for the faint of heart or for those with only casual interest in street photography: this is truly for those who are serious about their craft.
If there is time remaining, we will continue our exploration on foot of the nearby streets and lanes in South Kolkata. There’s no other city quite like Kolkata for the scenery and people. In this area alone there is a large park, numerous lanes which wind around small lakes and temples, and everyday scenes which street photographers visiting Kolkata for the first time (or even repeat visitors!) would love. I think the combination of the railway colony mixed with the more casual and relaxed vibe on the streets is the perfect mix for photographers whose prime subjects are people.

For more images and video, see here.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me
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