Uzbekistan Photography Workshop
Join us for a 12-day adventure in Uzbekistan!
At night, the moon lights up the tops of the minarets, the domes of the mosques and the madrasahs in the cities of the Silk Road. In Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, you will be immersed into the tale “Thousand and One Nights”, a journey between light and shadow. In Uzbekistan, you will have the impression of traveling through time, from city to city, through steppes and deserts like the caravans of the ancient Silk Road. Capture the architectural marvels at the best times of the day, and document the daily life of people in amazing locations. Deep dive into the culture and discover the incredible warmth of the Uzbek people.
Highlights of the Tour
- Samarkand and the Registan Square in the best light
- Bukhara and its artisans
- Old City of Khiva
- Metro of Tashkent
- Chorsu Bazar
- Beautifully intimate meets with local families in rural areas
- Local life: markets, villages, workplaces and other daily activities
April 15-26, 2024 (4th edition) – CONFIRMED – 3 spots left –
USD $4,200 (single supplement $300)
Small group: 3-6 Participants.
We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.
Comfortable 3-star hotels
Average (3/5). Warm weather. Flat ground, walking 8-12km per day. Several long drives.
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Here’s what we’ll see on our 12-Day Uzbekistan Workshop
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
On day one you’ll arrive in Tashkent, the modern capital of Uzbekistan. You’ll be transferred to your hotel; with most flights arriving at night or early in the morning, you’ll have time to rest before the adventure begins in the afternoon. Today, we will visit the incredible Tashkent Underground/Metro (off limits to photographers until 2019) before Khasti Imam complex during the golden hours.
Day 2: Tashkent – Khiva
Today we’ll take a quick early flight to the ancient city of Khiva, entrenched behind its high walls. Once a feared slave trading hub, the inner city has been lost in time, with little changing over the last century. We’ll photograph the architectural wonders of this living “museum” during the beautiful afternoon light, the sunset and the blue hour. We will also introduce you to street photography, empowering you to see the city in an entirely different way.
Day 3: Khiva
Today we’ll delve deeper into the ancient city. Starting from sunrise, we’ll discover more architectural beauties and wind our way through the narrow streets, seeing the city come to life through its people. In the afternoon, we will also have the opportunity to photograph local artisans at work before enjoying the afternoon light, sunset and blue hour in a different location.
Day 4: Khiva to Bukhara
After breakfast, we hit the road, headed through the desert for the holy city of Bukhara in central Uzbekistan (475 km, 7hr drive). We’ll arrive in time to relax and shoot sunset from a rooftop overlooking the city.
Day 5: Bukhara
We’ll start with an early stroll in the streets of Bukhara, shooting the morning light and exploring the use of shadow around Ploi Kalon. After a nice breakfast, we head to the local market for more street photography. In the best lights, we will photograph the Kalan mosque until the end of the blue hours.
Day 6: Bukhara
After breakfast, we head to meet local artisans out of town. In the best lights, we will photograph Chor Minor Madrasa and enjoy again the sunset from a vantage poingt of view on the city.
Day 7: Bukhara and its countryside
Today, early in the morning, we will visit an animal market and then we will go in a village outside of Bukhara where we ll have the opportunity to spend the day with a family. We’ll see and photograph the routine of that family, They will prepare lunch for us, making amazing warm bread. This is a very intimate moment where you will really understand the meaning of the Uzbek hospitality.
Day 8: Bukhara – Samarkand
After breakfast, we will have our official photo reviews or the opportunity to enjoy one of the oldest Hamman in the country before heading to Samarkand by fast train. In Samarkand, we’ll spend the late afternoon in the Registan square.
Day 9: Samarkand
Today we head out after breakfast to photograph Bibi Khanim mosque and its sourrouding. In the afternoon we’ll photograph the necropolis Shah-i-Zinda before the blue hours where we can photograph Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Day 10: Samarkand – Tashkent
Today we head out early to photograph the Registan square at sunrise before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. We’ll spend the rest of the morning in the different medersas of the Registan. Before our departure to Tashkent in the late afternoon, we will also make sure we don’t miss the beautiful Gur-i Amir, where we can see a replicat of Amir Timur Tomb.
Day 11: Tashkent or Buzkatchi
During the trip, we always keep a day for the unexcpected. Indeed, in the past workshops we often photographed “buzkatchi“, a traditional nomad game in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. According the the calendar, if we can’t see any during the trip, we make sure, you don’t miss it but neither other opportunities like Chorsu Bazaar. Photography is also about unexcpectation and opportunities as this event is not planned in advance. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell meal at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Departure
Depart day twelve.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Accommodation (3-star hotels)
Transport during photography excursions (local airfare, fast train and minivan)
All meals during the tour.
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer. Local guide for the communication with locals.
All tickets and entrance fees.
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off
Airfare to and from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Meals, Drinks and Snacks beyond those specified.
Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals
Tips for Guides/Drivers etc.
Medical & Travel Insurance
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn't be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.
Refine your Vision
Mastering photography is a wonderful, lifelong journey; the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of your trip, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into all of your captures.
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
Expect the Unexpected
Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally - each of our photography adventures is unique, with spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions creating different opportunities at every turn.
Small Group Experience
The largest tours we run are for groups of six. With one experienced professional photographer as tour leader, this ensures that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructor. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.
We are committed to responsible travel in every country we visit, ensuring that all of our tours are respectful of and give back to the communities we visit. We have taken steps to ensure our tours cause as little environmental impact as possible, and continually strive for new ways to leave fewer lasting footprints in all of our host countries. We use local drivers on all of our excursions, and we take care to educate our tour participants of the ethics of travel photography. We advocate for responsible volunteering and tourism. The participants that join our tours come away not only with some amazing memories and photos, but also with a better understanding of how they can make a positive impact in their future trips.