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Upcoming Workshop

Creative Photography Workshop with Rafał Milach

Join photographer and visual artist Rafał Milach for a five-day creative masterclass in Beijing, in collaboration with Light Society

Rafal Milach

Rafal Milach In 2013, president Mikheil Saakashvili was ousted and all his personal projects of accelerated change in Georgia were put on hold. Facade-like modernization covered the greatest number of political (...)

“A key focal point of my current artistic practice is the clash between non-heroic gestures and ostensibly neutral spaces, which are in fact set against a political background of current events. The oppressive nature of the areas I investigate is reflected in architecture, objects, and suitably formatted social structures. ” – Rafał Milach

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, this workshop will be led by Rafał Milach through a daily program of discussions, reviews, group critiques, editing sessions, shooting assignments and the opportunity to learn amongst peers.

Using a variety of mediums to build a singular visual narrative, Milach will introduce the group to the experience of deconstructing mechanisms of classical photography, to encourage the group to find their own way of telling stories. Through interactions with the urban space, researching and working with archives, participants will engage in project development process – from taking pictures to conceptualising the series.

Rafal Milach Natalya and Konan, the best couple in love. The contest is organized by local structures of BRSM (Belorussian Youth Association). BRSM is a state organization recruiting the most active people unde (...)
Rafal Milach The colourful wall of a children’s camp. Lazika is a ‘city-cum-concept’ conceived by Mikheil Saakashvili. The original plan provided for theconstruction of a large, modern resort and port on the (...)

Where & When

Beijing Light Society Art Centre, Shunyi District, Beijing

From 9am to 5pm

July 10th to July 14th 2019


The course will be taught in English, translator available for Chinese language.


¥15000 per participant

Selection and Requirements

The workshop is open to 12 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


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Rafal Milach is a visual artist, photographer, and author of photo books. His work focuses on topics related to the transformation in the former Eastern Block.

His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen. Rafal Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, and European Cultural Foundation. Finalist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition, he is Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective.

His works have been widely exhibited in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark).

Rafal Milach “The First March of Gentlemen” is a fictitious narration composed of authentic stories. Historical events related to the town of Wrzesnia came to be the starting point for reflection on the protest (...)