Workshops by Focus: documentary photography

Expedition May 30 - June 15, 2025
6 spaces | $16,500* Register

“What an incredible experience! Beautifully orchestrated and managed, and exceptional guides and support staff. Choices of lodging and destinations very commendable. I have to say, the accommodations were all significant experiences in life, and the birthday celebration I was treated to has to rank at the top of the list for birthdays. Thanks! The whole trip was seamless, good job!” –T. Hanagan, 2017 Varanasi & Ladakh participant

We invite you on an unforgettable journey through the lens to northern India, where the soul-stirring beauty and vibrant energy of Varanasi and the ethereal landscapes of Ladakh converge to create a captivating symphony of colors, cultures, and spirituality. Join us for a transformative photography expedition that will immerse you in the rich tapestry of these remarkable destinations.

These are two of India’s most visually rich spiritual centers. In Varanasi, a city that breathes ancient wisdom and carries the echoes of countless prayers, you will witness a vibrant tapestry of life and culture unfold before your eyes. Capture the kaleidoscope of emotions as pilgrims bathe in the sacred Ganges River, the mesmerizing swirls of incense in narrow alleyways, the resplendent rituals that honor centuries-old traditions, and the majestic site of The Buddha’s first sermon, over two millennia ago. The city’s historic architecture, adorned with intricate carvings and timeless beauty, will become your muse as you hone your craft in documenting the captivating stories etched within its walls, and lived by its people.

From the spiritual heart of India, we move on to Ladakh, a Himalayan sanctuary that enchants with its breathtaking landscapes and the serene teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Lose yourself in the vastness of the snow-capped peaks, mirror-like lakes, and verdant valleys that unfold before you like a painter’s masterpiece. Witness the interplay of light and shadow on dramatic monasteries perched atop rocky cliffs, and find solace in the warm smiles of the resilient Ladakhi people, whose lives are intertwined with the harmony of nature.

This trip offers an exceptional combination of street photography and landscape opportunities. Guided by seasoned photographers Justin Black and Jassi Oberai, and immersed in the cultural riches of Varanasi and Ladakh, this workshop will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the essence of two extraordinary worlds. Whether you are seeking inspiration to move your photography to the next level, or looking to expand your portfolio, let your camera be your passport to unlock the stories that await you in these magical lands.

Come, join us on this incredible photographic odyssey, where the past and present merge, and the extraordinary becomes a brushstroke on the canvas of your imagination.


Sacred India: Varanasi & Ladakh
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