DO MAKE SAY THINK | Donald Weber
February 04 to February 07, 2017

What does it take to create? Do you ever ask yourself: who am I, and what am I trying to say? The act of photographing is not just being able to see “well” or “good.” A photograph is much more than just the pictorial representation that you see through four sides of a rectangle or an image on a piece of paper (or digital screen, for that matter). In order to make pictures that are truly meaningful, that have some value and relevance beyond your own desires, you have to begin understanding the full sensual spectrum of photography. Photography may be light, but it is more. Great photographs happen when you can smell them, taste them, touch them. We can close our eyes, and hear them. A photograph is more than just an object, it is an experience that is profound beyond mere seeing.

During this workshop, you will take the role of the ‘flaneur,’ a wanderer of the city observing and absorbing the mores of Dhaka. It’s about searching for the little things in life that supplant the “great events.” Walter Benjamin stated the flaneur is “like a roving soul in search of a body, he enters another person whenever he wishes.”

Through your wanderings, a story will reveal itself;  your instinct, a trusting that your ‘senses’ will guide you to what needs to be found, will emerge. We begin to understand that photographing is as much about the will to understand your own personal motivations as it is about tuning in to the environment around you.


Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has since devoted himself to the study of how Power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects; what he records is its secret collaboration with both masters and victims.

Weber is the author of two books. His first, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, won the photolucida Book Prize and asked a simple question: what is daily life actually like, in a post-atomic world? His latest book, Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III.’

He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, PDN’s 30, was named an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo and shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Prize.

His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the United Nations, Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, the Portland Museum of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. He is a dedicated teacher and is noted for his ongoing series of lectures and workshops and a frequent trainer with World Press Photo.


Bangladeshi: BDT 3,000
International: 200 USD
Duration: 4 days
Date: February 04 to February 07, 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, jpeg compressionlevel-8.
• Please ZIP all your files [portfolio only] and send to via WeTransfer. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For example: Ashraful Huda_Do Make Say Think