participants’ work


The photographs presented in this section are the final outcome of each workshop.
Their creators range from professional photographers to people who may have just learned how to hold a camera.
The challenge in these workshops is how to bring out each one’s unique glance.
Click on each participant’s name to view the portfolio full-screen.


Luis Ushirobira, Brazil

(…) During this workshop, (the) edition pointed clearly that the kind of connection I establish with people and the environment while photographing them reflects on the kind of photography i make. Thus through photography I got an interesting connection with istanbullus, with the city and with myself. In that intense week I went hardly into

Mikael Laurson, Finland

The Varanasi workshop was clearly the highlight of my India visit. Nikos’ advice after our first editing sessions that I should use only my 50mm lens and shoot only black and white was very valuable. After that I felt more relaxed and focused and could produce more consistent and better images. After coming home I have re-examined

Terje Abusdal, Norway

Being on the road with Nikos for a month traveling through Turkey and Georgia was a true adventure. For those interested in documentary photography, this style of travel produces photo opportunities faster than you can click. We were 8 people traveling together, and Nikos’ unpretentious, genuine and friendly personality really brought out the best of

Gunseli Baki, Turkey

First of all, I am very happy to know a person like Nikos. Even if we worked until late hours, I enjoyed every minute of it. I guess my adventure of photography will be divided into 2 before Nikos and after Nikos and I am very excited to use what I learned from Nikos on

Julia Cooke-Forsman, UK

I have as complicated a relationship with street photography as I do with my streets. I am passionate about other people’s street photography but find it very hard to do it myself. I don’t want to poke my camera into the face of someone having a bad day, but I do want to show my

Alex Wydler, Switzerland

“It’s a unique opportunity to push yourself a step further in photography. Challenge yourself! Leave all you know (or might know) about photography behind you. Face the reviews in the evenings and go out the next morning and try to do better than the day before. Thats what I did and since then I know

Graciela Magnoni, Uruguay

This is the second time I joined Nikos workshop and it keeps getting better and better. What amazes me about Nikos is the joy good images gives him. He is always excited when we achieve good pictures. He inspires us to enjoy the search for better images. Looking at people, faces, expressions, positions, backgrounds, and

Jan Gott, Austria

The “Balkan expedition” trip didn’t changed my photography so much after 8 workshops with Nikos – it’s going to change my life as a

Jacek Piaseczny, Poland

Thank you again for that week in Istanbul. I had a realy good time. All was great, the workshop and the city. At the beginning, when you saw my previous work, i received “a bucket of cold water on my head”. And that was exactly what i needed. My aproach to photograhy has changed totally.

Aurel Cepoi, Moldavia

Nikos, thank you for your patience and effort. It was a pleasure for me to work with a legendary photographer. Keep working and stay in shape. Humanity needs

Silvia Hagge de Crespin, Argentina

To have a workshop in my own country, so dear to me, was a big challenge, yet a wonderful experience…. To have Nikos there… was the cherry to the cake. It was great to see how the other participants, who I knew from other trips, viewed my people, my land. Nikos’ usual coolness, good sense

Christos Georgalas, Greece

4th time on Nikos’ workshop – be careful, it can become addictive! Seriously, like most people who have followed him on his workshops, I keep being impressed with how effective these workshops are for bringing the best out of everyone : I am thinking how difficult it would be in my job to deal with

Periklis Liakakis, Greece

Nikos you have a special gift, explaining the most complicated things with the most simple words. Thank you so

Mihai Ciama, Romania

This week was, by far, my best spent time concerning photography over these last few years. I was trying to clear my mind, to find the right approach to photography, and this workshop was a stepping stone, taking me to another level of understanding. Staying late each night, patiently going through other participants’ work, as

Christos Georgalas, Greece

This was my third trip with Nikos –I believe it is called “voting with your feet”. One of the nicest parts of these courses is the chance to meet interesting and intelligent people from around the world. What is however truly amazing, is that despite the daily struggle to improve, there is no competitiveness (or

Linda Caldwell, USA

It was a great trip and although I worked really hard, I still had a lot of fun wandering the streets and trying to hone my eye. It seemed to me that Nikos explained more in this workshop (as compared to the others I’ve taken with him) and I think that is a good thing.

Negar Yaghmaian, Iran

I met Nikos last April in Iran’s workshop for the first time.We traveled for ten days and that trip changed my perception of photography. He taught me how to go beyond the limits and break strict rules and let creativity inspire me to create my own photography style. After 7 months,I decided to participate in another workshop

Andrew Fraser, United Kingdom

I would like to say how much I enjoyed the Istanbul workshop, from all the photographic advice and guidance that you gave me to the pleasure of exploring the city and walking through areas that I might not have visited on a normal ‘city break’ trip. The maps and descriptions of the various neighbourhoods proved

Giorgos Savakis, Greece

Two words about something I don’t understand. About something that has been in me for over a decade. A tale that I had made up in my mind (…) In September 2009, I packed two changes of clothes dress and two cameras and came to Istanbul. Expectations? Countless. Reservations? Even more. ‘Fairy-tales do not exist’ I

Lisa Gilby, Australia

I guess the first thing I would like to say is that I really enjoyed the whole experience. I liked the relaxed structure of the workshop, it was flexible and we were free to make our own plans for the day and to shoot pretty much whatever we chose. (…) In terms of the effect

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