Draft itinerary for Fabulous Photography Workshop

Workshop Leader: Annie Owen with Stella Berkofsky

Venue: various locations in and around Jaipur

Workshops run from Sunday 4th February – Sunday 11 th February 2018

Please familiarize yourself with your itinerary as start times vary daily.

India is a fantastic place to inspire photographers. This workshop is a rare opportunity to photograph unusual locations and occupations in and around Jaipur, including traditional craftsmanship, built heritage, rural life and the people of this extraordinary city. Over the week, you will develop and refine the photographer’s arts of composition in busy street environments, and the skill of ‘finding the picture’ and ‘making it happen’ out on location. In addition, time will be built in to your workshop to improve your technical skills in processing images.

Sunday 4th February: Introductions and Welcome Tea

4.30 – 6pm: You will be introduced to the Workshops programme, and meet your teachers and fellow participants to discuss the week’s itinerary.

Day 1, Monday 5th February : The Old City

8.30 – 1pm : This will be an extended, early morning Heritage Walk around the fascinating and surprising Old City. You will be guided by local anthropologist Vinod Joshi to gather inspiration and visit some of Jaipur’s extraordinary working craftsmen, architectural gems, temples, backstreets and bazaars, city, flower, spice and vegetable markets, as well as watching the sweet makers and other specialists at work. This is a very exciting experience, with endless sensory delights and details to photograph.

2 – 4pm : In the afternoon, there will be a technical/ editing session at Diggi, when you can review your work so far and discuss it with your teacher.

8.30 - 11pm: Evening Concert at Diggi

Day 2, Tuesday 6th February : In and Around Amber, the ancient capital

9 – 4pm : You will have a guided visit around the spectacular Amber Fort in the morning, including a chance to photograph the famous Jaipur elephants and even ride one up to the fort should you wish.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Anokhi Museum of Block Printing in Amber Village on the outskirts of Jaipur. In the afternoon, you will be guided on a historical walk around the exceptional ruins of the ancient capital, including the magnificent Stepwell and evocative, abandoned ancient temples, some of the only pre-Mughal/ Hindu temples in India.

Day 3, Wednesday 7th February: Rural and Temple Life

1pm – late: You will set off from Diggi at 11.30am, in time to arrive for a delicious farmers’ lunch at the Diggi Fort, specially prepared for you by the Diggi family.

2 – 7: After lunch, you will visit the ancient Diggi village, with its extraordinary Shri Kalyan temple and Lakshmi shrine built 5600 years ago, countless step wells, lakes and bathing ghats, and the ancient fort itself. There will be fabulous scenes of colourful village life, and you will be able to visit some of the houses.

4.30 – 5: You will be joined the rest of the Wonderful Workshops participants for tea, accompanied by local folk musicians

7 – 8pm: Dinner at the Fort

8 – 9.30pm: Evening Concert at the Fort

Day 4, Thursday 8th February: Portraits at City Palace

9 – 1pm : In the morning, you will learn to take portraits, using musicians and locals as models at the City Palace, in the heart of the Old City.

2 – 4pm : In the afternoon, there will be a technical session at Diggi, with emphasis on selecting and working with photos for Sunday’s exhibition. You will review your work so far and discuss it with your teacher.

Day 5, Friday 9th February : Craftsmanship

9 – 1pm : For an insight into the living craft heritage of Jaipur, you will visit Bagru, one of the oldest textiles centres in Rajasthan, to see hand block printing and vegetable dying of textiles, and traditional rag paper-making. You will go down to the river where you will see the impressive sight of metres of different coloured fabrics hanging out to dry on racks.

2 – 4pm : In the afternoon you will select and edit your chosen shortlist of photographs for the final exhibition, for print and projection. The photographs will go to the printers at 4pm, to be back in time for the exhibition.

8.30 - 11pm: Evening Concert at Diggi

Day 6, Saturday 10th February: To Be Confirmed

10 – 1pm : On your final day, the group will decide which location they would like to visit from a selection of the Jal Mahal Lake Palace, the Monkey Temple, the Royal Observatory Jantar Mantar, or portraiture with live models at the Cloud Palace. This will be discussed with your teacher.

Day 7, Sunday 11th February

11 – 1pm: Workshops Exhibition on the Diggi Lawns

1.30 – 4pm: Traditional Rajasthani Farewell Lunch at the privately owned Saba Haveli in the old walled city of Jaipur. There will be plenty of photographic possibilities and the opportunity for kite flying.

This marks the end of the Wonderful Workshops programme.

Please note:

It is essential that you bring a camera, spare battery, your own laptop, connecting leads, and enough memory cards to store your images. You are likely to take a large number of images on this exciting course.

This workshop involves a fair amount of walking and early starts.

Whilst everything will be done to ensure your safety during the course of these workshops, you agree to participate at your own risk.

Itineraries may be subject to minor modifications due to local factors


Annie Owen began her career working as picture editor of the British Journal of Photography, where her lifelong love of photography was nurtured. For the last two decades, her passion has been the Indian subcontinent, where she has travelled extensively, accumulating a large body of photographic work and journals. Her images reflect her love of the detail of daily life.

Stella Berkofsky is a designer and fashion photographer for clients such as Urban Outfitters and She has extensive experience of both digital and analogue processes.