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Final Agenda, The Workshop, June 18 – 21, 2015. Berlin.

The Workshop, June 18-21, 2015. CLICK IMAGE.

The Workshop, June 18-21, 2015. CLICK IMAGE.

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New Street Agenda, The Workshop, is due to take place in Berlin, June 18-21, 2015. Click the link, or click the picture above to go there.

Have a good day.

Knut Skjærven
February 25, 2015.

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NEW STREET AGENDA, Berlin, June 12 – 15, 2014

New Street Aganda, June 12-15, 2014

New Street Aganda, June 12-15, 2014

Some of you know that the first workshop based on Street Photographer’s Toolbox was held in Berlin in June 2013.

Since then many things have happened.

In 2014 we are not only in a position to make an even more interesting workshop, but we dare even call it New Street Agenda.

Why do we call it New Street Agenda?

Simply because it is a new agenda for street photography.

We are breaking new ground. You can be in it from the start.

What you will experience in this workshop you may have heard of as bits and pieces, but never in this combination and related to any form of photography, hereunder street photography. It is plain useful information, and basically it is common sense made operational.

Yes, common sense come rare these days. Particularly if it is backed by research.

Be cautioned that this not a workshop that teaches you how to fix a lens to an expensive camera or how to calm down strangers after you have flashed them in the face.

This is a whole different setup.

Our attitude to street photography is very, very  different. If you borrow images from the street you should pay people back with a value that is even higher. After all you are only visiting people’s lives and their ways. If they let you.

You do that by taking great photographs and by behaving accordingly. 

Here is what we do: We address how knowledge and experience within visual communication work in street photography. This will teach you to be more precise in your photography. You will acquire new tools to improve your street photography.

Plenty of them.

Once you start this kind of thinking you will be in it for life.  Your new knowledge will effect your day to day life also in areas not related to photography, because what is valid in photography is also valid for life. After all both are actors on the same scene. There is no mystery in this at all.

The final program for  New Street Agenda will be ready over Christmas 2013.

New Street Agenda, by the way is not a project, it is a process. You will start long before Berlin and linger on after. There is “homework” to go with it.

The structure of the program will not be that different from last year, but the content will be different. It will include elements from last year, though.

Here you can read The Overall Agenda and the Draft Program from 2013. It will give a relevant background for New Street Agenda in Berlin in June 2014.

There are testimonials on the very front page of this site. Read what Elisabeth, Tony and Robert have to say.

If you are on Facebook, you should become a member of On Every Street: The Academy. That would work as a great foreplay to New Street Agenda in June 2014.

Here are the some general resources you may want to look into: Street Photographer’s Toolbox (this site); Phenomenology and Photography; and Barebones Communication.

You don’t want to read all of that. Just take a glance. You will find even more resources if you look in here.

Be aware that New Street Agenda will only take 8 participants. Some places are already taken.

The workshop will include 5 individually coached sessions handled on email in the period April and May 2014.

The idea is that all basic preparation are done before Berlin so we can use the time there for photography, discussions and having an enjoyable time. Good time and good company is definitely a part of taking good photographs.

Normally it works :-).

The workshop fee is € 800.00.  You need to arrange travel, accommodation on your own, as well as you carry your own costs when in Berlin.

I will be helpful with accommodation if asked too.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved.

If you want to make a reservation for New Street Agenda then send an email to or use the contact form below.

See some of you there. Be aware that some seats are already taken.

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The Workshop Has Started

Screen Print, April 17, 2013

Screen Print, April 17, 2013

For those having decided to go to Berlin in June the workshop has now started.

Today and yesterday people were sent the about 20 pages long self study program for gestalt factors. It should be completed before the actual workshop in June.

Yes, better be in good time :-).

Additional participants with get the program as soon as they confirm.

There will be one more of these self studies, namely one on Connotations. That will come later.

The idea of starting this early is to give participants plenty of time to study beforehand, and to save valuable time for actual photography when we are in Berlin.

All participants will be coached along the way.

None of this is very complicated. The main idea with this information this early is to give participants a chance to get both terms and models under their skin before Berlin.

Good luck with it, participants. Have a good day all of you.

The next workshop will be held September 19 – 22, 2013. Also in Berlin.

Click image to read the Overall Agenda.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. Text and photo.

Copenhagen April 17, 2013.


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Workshop Also In September 2013

The Reception September (3 of 3)_edited-1

The good thing is that there will also be a workshop in September 2013. Also in Berlin.

The program will roughly be the same as for June.

Want to join? I suggest you make a mark in your calendar already now. Make sure that you get your name on the Placeholders List. Drop a line to mail* Substitute the * with a @ when you send the mail.

Only few participants, as you know.

Have a good day.

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The Workshop: Same Session, New Design

The Workshop 2013 Gallery_edited-2

From today you will see this alternative design for The Workshop in Berlin, June 20-23, 2013.

There is no particular reason for this, other than it was difficult to read the small types in the original design. Particularly when it was placed in the border of a site.

Add to that, this is also the beginning of a new design line for future workshops as well.

I hope you like it.

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The Workshop: The Overall Agenda

The Workshop 2013 Gallery_edited-2

NB! This is the Overall Agenda for the workshop June 20 – 23, 2013.


Time is running.

Before you know it will be spring and then June. The Workshop will be on.

Well, it will be more of a Workshop 2.0 because there will be three sections. Before we meet in Berlin there will be a PreShop Section, then the Actual Workshop Section in Berlin, and finally a PostShop Section at your own place.

Before I dive into what these three sections are suggested to include,  let me express the overall idea and some targets for The Workshop:

The Overall Idea:

The overall idea is that we prepare before we go to Berlin, do the actual shooting in Berlin and finishes after with a ready to publish photo story of the theme and style in question. The photo story can be divided in individual, personal sections or we can work on the whole thing as a group. That is a decision we will have to make.

In both cases there are room for plenty of individually.

The End Product:

The end product will be a virtual publication. There are many ways to go. A wordpress blog could be one of them. I would suggest that since it is pretty easy to make. This publication will be the workshop diploma. For all to see.

Target for Berlin:

The target for Berlin is that workshop participants shall travel home with at least 15 very good to eminent photographs.  They should be Itching Images. After some minor editing they should be ready to go into the final publication.

These 15 shots shall be a reflection of a) the theme chosen as well as b) of tools in the toolpool.

(When Robert Frank did his The Americans he shot some 28.000 photos and selected 87 for publication. It took him 2 years to shoot. I would say that 15 good images is a good aim to have.)

Secret Group for Communication

A secret group will be set up on Facebook to carry the communication for the whole process. Invitations will be sent directly to the participants. Being secret means that only members can see it. This group can be set up at any time.

The Tools

The tools to be used are those listed in Street Photographer’s Toolbox. This very site.

Special attention should be made to the idea of Itching Images since we definitely want to end up with an itching photo story.

Other objectives will be communicated directly to participants.

Tone Of Voice

The tone of voice is to be easy, light and possible humorous. It shall be full of city life.

The PreShop Section

The PreShop Section is the planning period. You will have to decide on your project. And other stuff as well. We do that before we go to Berlin to gain valuable shooting time when we are there. In your head you should drill some of the itching, visual models. Some do it for real already.

The WorkShop Section

The workshop in Berlin will mainly consist of executing different types of itching images with the overall target that they shall have a quality and a distinctness that makes the best of them suitable for publication.

Berlin will be all about street photography. Not talking about, but doing it. Morning to late in the evening. Please see the detailed draft program.

The PostShop Section

The PostShop Section is when you refine your images, makes selection in and of them and prepare for publication. Maybe global adjustments and crops in Photoshop or Lightroom or other editor. There is no reason why we should to this when we are in Berlin and loose valuable street time. So, that will come after.

And then there is the important issue of a picture flow for the final publication. I am sure that good discussions could will be had.

That is roughly it ladies and gentlemen. If you have questions send me a line, or make a comment to this post. Any way you want it.

Practical Information:

This workshop will only take a limited number of people. I suggest 4 to 6. All have to be brilliant people born in and with a smiling, curious mood. Luckily most of us are (in one way of other :-)).

If you want in on this workshop you have to send me a line.  Or two. If we become more than 6 participants another workshop will be arranged later in 2013.

Ask for hotel recommendations  and where to stay.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved: Text and Picture.

January 30, 2013.

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The Workshop

The Workshop 2013 Gallery_edited-2

Yes, it will happen. But it will not happen very often. Maybe once a year with a very limited number of participants. The first workshop will take place in Berlin from June 20 to June 23, 2013. Check out the Draft Program.

It is all about seeing. Yes it is.

The workshop will teach you what to look for in street photography and how to handle it. How you take pictures that make a difference. We call them Itching Images.

Welcome to The Workshop. If you want to go, you need to act now.

Send an email for more information and the price for the workshop. Use this address knut* (substitute the * for an @).

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