No-Budget-Staged-Photography meets Philosophy
4 days (6 hours each) | February 08 to February 11, 2017


This is a creativity workshop. What does an artist need to produce strong staged photography? Expensive camera equipment? Special light sources? Assistants? Actors? Set designers? Make-up? No! Just a good eye, intuition and a personal understanding of one‘s subject. Having worked with photo-media for 25 years, Boris Eldagsen will share his insights into how to get the most out of working with no budget.

He will give you an overview on the theories of creativity, creative types and techniques. During the course you will learn how to enhance your imagination and develop strategies to break conventional rules in the image finding process. Any camera will do. We will have no special location, no special lighting, no models. Just us and our creativity. You will learn strategies on “how to direct non-professional models to get a deeper facial expression” and leave with photographs, that you may have thought were never possible.

The workshop will be accompanied by a series of lectures on the Unconscious and its impact on art and photography. Having studied 6 years of philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Mainz (Germany), Eldagsen shares his sources of inspiration, from thinkers to creators, artworks to theories, and develop an idea of the human mind across times and cultures. You will follow writers (Borges, Huxley, Hesse, Kafka and Blake), thinkers (Platon, Kant, Nietzsche, Bataille and Kohlberg), filmmakers (Greenaway, Kitano, Jodorowsky, Andersson), painters (Rembrandt, Hopper, C.D.Friedrich) and mystic traditions (Sufis, Kabbala, Tantra, Alchemy) to learn what connects them. You will see the parallels between Zen Buddhism and the Absurd, Dadaism or Surrealism and get to know the impact of psychologists like Freud and Jung on photographers such as Mortensen and Ballen. Welcome to another dimension!



Boris Eldagsen (b. 1970, Germany) studied visual arts at the Academies of Art in Mainz and Prague; the Sarojini Naidu School in Hyderabad, India and philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Mainz. In 2013 he participated in a Roger Ballen Masterclass, was awarded the Prix Voies Off, Arles and became a member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie.
His work has shown internationally in institutions and festivals including Fridericianum Kassel, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, CCP Melbourne, ACP Sydney, EMAF Osnabrück, Videonale Bonn, Edinburgh Art Festival, Encontros da Imagem Braga, Athens Video Art Festival, Media Forum Moscow, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Biennale Le Havre and Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.
Eldagsen has lectured at Akademie für Bildende Künste,Mainz; Hochschule Furtwangen; Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Westlicht Wien; New Media Scotland and the following institutions in Melbourne, Australia: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Photography Studies College, RMIT University, Monash University, and the Victorian College of the Arts.


Bangladeshi: BDT 3,000
International: 150 USD
Duration: 4 days
Date: February 08 to February 11 ,2017
Participant Numbers: Total 12
Application Deadline: 30 DECEMBER 2016



• To apply, please fill out this Workshop Application Form
• Send us a selection of your work – your portfolio for this application process should be between 12-15 low-resolution images. Please note that each photograph should be 1200 pixels on the longer side.
• Please ZIP all your files [portfolio only] and send to pathshala.office@gmail.com via WeTransfer. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For example: Ashraful Huda_Hijacking Reality