Behind the scenes - Leica Street Smart WorkShop Istanbul. A tribute to Bresson AS,  Bjørn Opsahl, Andreas Smaaland, Istanbul and the the legendary Magnum photographer Bruno Barbey, and of course all the wonderful workshop participants.

 Hagia Sophia - Istanbul  Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Hagia Sophia - Istanbul

Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

During late 2012 in the month of November i was lucky to join part 2 of the Leica street smart workshop trilogy hosted by Bresson AS, which is the sole importer and distributor of Leica cameras, lenses and binoculars in Norway.

 Early morning life by the docks  Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Early morning life by the docks

Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

The Leica street smart workshop was hosted by two of Norway´s most inspiring photographers, the rock and roll team of two, Bjørn Opsahl and Andreas Smaaland. Their sincere direct way of communicating with the participants made the workshop even more interesting and challenging, they have also been very supportive enthusiasts during the entire workshop.

 Local resident on the bridge -   Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Local resident on the bridge - 

Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

The other big surprise was the visit from one of the greatest Magnum photographers Mr Bruno Barbey. Magnum Photos, driven by Magnum Agency, is an international cooperative of photographers. It is one of the leaders when it comes to documentary photography. 

Mr Barbey who has with his camera and mind covered military as well as civil conflicts all over the world. Bruno has been a "full fledge" member of Magnum since 1968.

We had the pleasure of walking the streets of Istanbul and watch the master perform his magic, and even practice the magic ourselves. Hours and hours of walking the streets, you had no time to grow tired, because around every corner there was a new scene.

 Magnum Photographer Mr Bruno Barbey in action  Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

Magnum Photographer Mr Bruno Barbey in action

Photography: Alan Thomas Duncan Wilkie

My experience with this workshop has turned out to be an amazing journey. The people of Istanbul was fantastic, friendly and most of all not afraid of vikings with cameras. I will hold onto all the motivation and inspiration that i have gained during this period with intent to portion it throughout the year.

Underneath you find some tourist street snapshots by me from the great city of Istanbul.  


Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world
— Bruno Barbey

I have already signed up for the next event. The next Leica street smart workshop will take place in Los Angeles in August 2013.  Also in LA the main characters/instructors will be the rock and roll team of two, Colonel Bjørn Opsahl and Andreas Smaaland. And also the fabulous team from Bresson AS.

There will also be a distinguished visit by Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry and Hollywood celebrity photographer Greg Gorman, as well as many other surprises and challenges along the way.

If any how can i sign up for this workshop in LA type of questions? please visit the link underneath:

Keep on shooting - See you in LA 



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