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Take to the Streets: Online Photography Courses

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Press release, Saturday, June 1, 2013

G.M.B. Akash, Faculty, The Compelling Image Online Photography Courses

The emergence of the portable and compact 35mm camera gave rise to an interest in capturing subjects candidly in public situations of all types. This evolved into a culture of documentation and then into an art in itself. Raised to a photographic genre by Cartier-Bresson and generations of inspired photographers after him, Street Photography remains as much an accepted genre today, as it ever has been. Followed seriously, street shooting should land its practitioner more than just a collection of unrelated images. It should exhibit thematic, focus-visual intent.


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Acquiring the competencies necessary is possible through The Compelling Image (TCI), an online school of photography and multimedia storytelling.  This summer’s popular online course, “Street Photography: Classic and Creative”, is once again being taught by multi-award winning photographer, G.M.B Akash, the master of Street Photography. Designed to bring new focus to this long-practiced art, G.M.B Akash’s exciting online Street Photography classes guide participants to not only practice daily exercises but to create a powerful and cohesive body of work that will merit portfolio presentation or submission as stand-alone photo essays.

With what he refers to as “an unflinching eye”, G.M.B. Akash shares his passion as he goes along “known and unknown streets” to find and capture the “immeasurable things which are randomly loved by a photographer’s soul.”

Requirements to Participate

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All courses are conducted online; the students receive highly professional-level training and rare insight wherever they live in the world at a fraction of the costs of “location” workshops and training classes – not to mention the savings in time and the cost of getting somewhere.
All that is needed materially for the TCI interactive courses is access to the Internet, and of course, a camera to do the exercises.

  • Digital SLR or compact mirror-less camera (film is also fine, but you’ll need to scan images for upload to the TCI website)
  • Proficiency with aperture and shutter controls.
  • Prime (fixed focal-length) or zoom lens in the 24mm to 50mm range.

On the other hand, when learning from an internationally known master of the art such as G.M.B. Akash, students will want to benefit from this rare opportunity by engaging as much as possible. In regards to his course, G.M.B. Akash states that “My aim is simple, inspiring – Your way, willingness and energy to “take to the streets”.

Lesson Plans and Methodologies

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New course sessions begin weekly and students receive one online lesson per week, together with a related assignment. Once a student assignment has been completed, it is uploaded to the TCI website for instructor critique and comments.

  • Weekly Lessons – Each Sunday at midnight GMT, a new and printable lesson will be activated. In clear, easy to understand text – richly illustrated with photos and/or video clips – you will be introduced to a new and valuable set of image-making skills.
  • Weekly Assignments – Each weekly lesson will be accompanied by a hands-on assignment – directly related to that lesson, which you will be able to complete wherever you live, focusing on subjects conveniently accessible to you.
  • Weekly Critiques of your work – Timely feedback is a key ingredient of our teaching design at TCI. This means that within 24 hours of asking a question, you’ll receive an instructor response to it and within 48 hours of its due-date, you will receive direct, easy-to-understand and constructive critique of your weekly assignment submission along with valuable suggestions, tips and advice for improving your work in the future.

Being interactive, all students in a course can view each other’s’ work, their instructor’s critique and can make additional comments, ask questions and discuss their experiences with the lessons. There can be up to 12 and 15 students in a course.

The Course Master Instructor

Internationally acclaimed G.M.B. Akash’s passion for photography began in 1996. He attended the World Press Photo seminar in Dhaka for 3 years and graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Pathshala, Dhaka. He obtained a Masters degree in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

New York

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Receiving more than 70 international awards from all around the world, the work of G.M.B. Akash has been featured in over 80 major, international publications including: National Geographic, Vogue, Time, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Brand Ein, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan, Hello, and Sunday Telegraph of London. In addition he has published two exquisite photography books “First Light” and “Survivors”.

The Schedule

This course is now starting its first session for the summer – there are also other sessions to choose from to ensure you find the course that is most convenient for you.

To register for this course, please select the session in which you would like to enroll:
03 June 2013 (Enroll before 10 Jun 2013)
10 June 2013 (Enroll before 17 Jun 2013)
17 June 2013 (Enroll before 24 Jun 2013)
24 June 2013 (Enroll before 01 Jul 2013)
01 July 2013 (Enroll before 08 Jul 2013)

For details and enrollment see: The Compelling Image Street Photography: Classic and Creative

ABOUT The Compelling Image Photography Online Courses

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Based in the European Union, The Compelling Image offers various photography courses for different topics and different levels via the Internet. In addition, Photography Workshops are organized for participants to go to various interesting areas of the world and are given by well-known professional photographers experienced in teaching.

Partners with The Compelling Image include World Press Photo, Media Storm, Canon, Apple, Think Tank Photo, Istanbul Photography Workshops, Photojournal e, Mountain Kingdoms, traveling lens.

ABOUT G.M.B. Akash

All photos by GMB Akash.

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