New 2018 “Visual Poet Experience” Workshops Announced

My team and I are very pleased to announce most of the lineup of photography workshops for 2018. We say most because we will most likely add one of the cities in Australia, and San Francisco (end of 2018).

Here is our lineup of “A Visual Poet Experience” photography workshops.

London / March 9 – 11, 2018

Berlin / March 16 -18, 2018

Toronto / June 8 – 19, 2018

New York / June 15 -17, 2018

Vancouver / August 10 -12, 2018

Paris / September 21 – 23, 2018  

A Visual Poet Experience? After receiving amazing feedback from my students over the course of the last few years, I realized that the commonly understood term “Street Photography” doesn’t give justice to what we do at our workshops. Of course, our visual exploration is deeply imbedded in the urban environment and has many of the underpinnings of street photography, but we go way beyond that.

During our workshops, we learn techniques and a design philosophy that not only match each student’s personality but also work in any visual environment. We combine unusual elements to create a STRONG and UNIQUE photographic message. In other words, we learn to craft images by arranging elements within the frame for maximum emotional and visual impact. I want my students to go deeper into their inner-seeing to craft their own stunning visuals.

Those of you who write poetry know that this genre of writing requires “all of you.” To be more specific, you choose words and arrange them in a new and unusual way to craft powerful verse. This analogy applies directly to photography.

Let me tackle another point. Some aspiring (younger and older) photographers say that they are not sure if they are “good enough” to participate in this experience. Let me debunk this nonsense. It is often the case that those who are new to photography make much faster progress in their seeing than those who have been shooting for years. Why? Because they don’t have preconceived ideas of what the final image should be. They are free to explore and experiment. If you are just starting, don’t be afraid – we old timers need you! J   

Having said that, I would like to thank my students and now friends for coming up with this expression, especially Peter from Calgary and Robert from Barcelona. I hadn’t thought about it this way before.     

Today instead of individual imagery, let me share with you a few screenshots from our personal photo books. They are entirely designed and produced by my super-talented wife, Kasia. Next time Kasia and I will share some thoughts about creating and designing photo books.  

Click on every image for a larger view.



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9 thoughts on “New 2018 “Visual Poet Experience” Workshops Announced

  1. As per Jane above, I would be keen if there was a workshop on the east coast of Aus, and Brisbane works best for me.

    1. Adam,

      Yes, we have already started planning our workshop in Australia. I added your name to my “Visual Poet Experience Workshop – Australia” list. Most likely it is going to take place in February, 2019. What do you think would be the best time of the year for such a workshop? I want to make it convenient for you guys.

      Looking forward to your suggestions.

      Warm Regards,


      1. One thing is for sure in February… it’s hot. The southern hemisphere winter has beautiful days with gorgeous light. Oct/Nov is very nice too.

  2. Nice program ! Why is workshop in Paris 100 US$ more expensive than in London or Berlin ? That’s not fair 😏

    1. Catherine,

      This year we are rising prices of all our workshops to cover rising costs and provide an unique experience. I sent you an e-mail with more details.

      Warm Regards,


  3. Hi Olaf, I like the name visual poet and also like and am very interested in the photo book layouts. I am Jane Bradbear (from Brisbane) who wrote to you about coming to Australia. You have asked what would be the best time to visit Sydney and I think that those who live in Sydney will know better than I can. But I have visited quite a few times and I like the Spring months of September and October. The temperatures are warming up but are still not too hot. I am a little muddled with which email address you have for me and have just resubscribed with I have a blog but no website so am clicking in on the gmail sign as my other email address is

    1. Hi Jane,

      Thank you so much for your e-mail. I think I tried to contact you but it didn’t work. Let’s try your new e-mail address. I really appreciate your info about Australia.

      Let’s stay in touch.


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