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The Out of Chicago Conference 2016 is now open!

Out of Chicago 2016 Conference is on my friends! I will be teaching workshops and classes, will attend a street photography panel, and also provide 1 on 1 workshops / portfolio reviews for any who would like :) 

Come join us with over 30 speakers, you will certainly learn a lot and have a lot a fun. There will be speakers like Valerie Jardin, Frederick Van Johnson, Satoki Nagata, Molly Porter and many more! You have the choice: either register to one of the pre-workshops independently (Thursday and Friday) or register for the full conference. 

Read more here:

Chris also wrote the 10 reasons why you should attend, see his bog post here:

London workshop: Feedback, images and wrap-up

It’s high time to provide a little wrap-up on this first London workshop. First of all, I am so grateful to my students for being there, listening, learning, exploring and taking risks throughout the day. For me, this was a terrific experience, and perhaps a decisive moment in itself. I really loved planning and conducting this one day workshop followed by feedback and review sessions. It made me learn a lot about myself, first of all, but also gave an entirely new meaning to my work: if I am capable of sharing what I have learned to help others, then it is a great achievement for me, and something that I’d be happy to do again in the future. In 2016, I am planning a series of workshops in Chicago, NYC and London, so stay tuned :)

Here are some feedback from my students, alongside some of the shots they’ve taken that day. Thank you so much for learning along with me!


“This was an excellent workshop and well worth the trip to London.  It was helpful to have an opening presentation and then hit the streets.  I appreciated the chance to see your style - shoot close and move on to the next image.  You are an amazing resource and spending time with you was the highlight of the workshop.  Brilliant to give us a chance to post our images on Google Plus and get feedback from the other participants and critical was the Skype session the following Sunday. I would take another workshop with you in a minute.” Denise P.

Image by Denise Pensky

Image by Denise Pensky

“Viewing the Leica as an instrument, I realized I should be able to focus by feel. Your workshop was a real kick in the butt for me.  Focus should be in motor-memory just like the feel of the strings and the neck on a guitar.  So, that’s what I’ll be practicing… focus by eye & feel to free up time to frame the shot.  Then the whole process won’t be an exercise in volume-production and selection. Another side-effect: since the workshop, shooting abstract geometries had become even more boring.” Ian B.

Image by Ian Bland

Image by Ian Bland

“I thought the workshop was really good. I think the format was really good, leading from an overview of principles through to busy streets and then getting to quieter streets which were more difficult/intimidating to get closer to people. The individual time, the follow-up workshop photo review – both on google+ group and on Skype, all of this really worked for me. A lot of what was most useful was simple comments or directions that helped me perhaps look at things differently. For example, looking for the complexity of light or the layers of light caused by reflections which led me to see pictures which I hadn’t seen before!” Brian B.

Image by Brian Boyce

Image by Brian Boyce

Street Photography workshop in London // Oct 24th

I am pleased to announce my first London workshop on Saturday, October 24rd, which will focus on storytelling in street photography. Read below to find out more about this exciting opportunity to take your street photography skills to the next level!


When: Oct 24rd, 10am to 4.30pm [+ Google Hangout Critique session one week later]

Instructor: Marie Laigneau

Description: Learn to see differently and capture impactful street images with this full-day workshop led by Marie Laigneau, London-based street photographer.

·       We will start the day with a short talk and Q&A session in a cozy coffee place, before heading down to the wonderful streets of Soho for a full day of practice and learning. During this photowalk, we will break up into small groups and I will provide one-on-one guidance and advice to each student along the way. We will end the day discussing our experience and learnings around a drink for those who wish to join.

·       One week later, we will meet virtually through Google Hangout for a group critique & feedback session lasting 1.5 hour. Each student will be asked to make a selection of their best images for editing and critique. As a group, we will then review individual images, discussing key strengths and potential areas of improvement.  

This workshop is limited to 8 participants. Total costs per participant: £110

To register, please send an email to Marie Laigneau (

See you there!


Out of Chicago 2016: Third edition

It's already time to be an early bird, at a very special price. Next year, end of June will take place the third edition of this massively successful photography conference, with even more instructors than this year... And if you sign up now, you can get access for only $199 as well as preferred access to the workshops that fill out as fast as lightnings, trust me.

Like in 2015, I will teach 2 full day workshops on street photography, and I will also make two presentations on Storytelling in street photography, based on my research and analysis so far. But beyond me, you'll have the chance to meet Valerie Jardin, and many other fantastic photographers that will make you dizzy with their knowledge and kindness.

So if you're up for it, seize the opportunity now!

Go to: to secure your seat for next year. Hope to see you there!

The Out of Chicago Conference 2015 is on!!!

The Out of Chicago Conference 2015 is now officially onl! And it's going to be crazy. I will teach a full day workshop there, as well as two classes over the week end. It will take place June 28th-30th, so you might see me around Chicago at this time 
In all seriousness, for street photography it will be awesome. Not only me, but also Valerie Jardin and Thomas Leuthard will be attending. And if you like photography in general, there will be over 30 instructors this year that can take you through any photographic challenges you'd like.

Really want to thank Chris Smith for putting up what is going to be the biggest and most memorable photography conference of Chicago.
Early bird price is $299 until April, so don't wait too long 

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