Zisis Kardianos & Barry Talis

Depicting the character of a place


Two distinct photographers of Burn My Eye collective, Zisis Kardianos and Barry Talis, will conduct a 3-day workshop that will explore the vague area in which street and documentary photography come together. The workshop will aim at the collaborative making of a photographic project from start to finish. The objective will be on capturing the character of Brussels, utilizing a variety of photographic genres and methods that will be chosen by the participants themselves depending on their personal style and preferences.

The participants will be taught various advanced street photography techniques and will be encouraged to broaden their visual perspective and to refine their skills in visual storytelling.

Street photography, documentary, portraiture, urban landscape, found objects, and anything in between are all valid methods in capturing the essence of a place, both in social and aesthetic terms. By creatively editing and combining the best photographs of these different subjects, approaches and individual voices, we aim to produce a multi-faceted and comprehensive depiction of the place in the form of a photo essay.

This workshop expects and encourages every participant to shoot outside of the official schedule, working on the project to depict the city as much as possible during their stay in Brussels, shooting preferably on their own and further developing their personal assignment.

All images shot during the 3-day workshop and afterwards are expected to be shared with Zisis and Barry. During the month after the workshop, there will be one-to-one online sessions available for critique and editing with all the participants. Then, Zisis and Barry will assemble the final essay of the project that will be presented on the BSPF website and social channels.

The BSPF will work on having an exhibition with the final project photos to be displayed in Brussels after the workshop finishes. More details on this to be determined and later announced.

Learn more about Zisis Kardianos and Barry Talis.


From Wednesday, October 4, 2017 until Friday, October 6, 2017


Specific venue will be communicated after successfully registering.


Limited to 16

Program Overview

This program overview is supposed to give you a better idea of how the days are structured. Please consider this might change and adapt in time.

Wednesday 4

09:00 – 12:00: On the first day we will meet to get to know each other and review short portfolios by giving constructive criticism. There will be quick references to other contemporary photographers’ work that have explored and documented place identity in a variety of ways. We will explain the syllabus and intent of the workshop in detail, we will focus on the importance of shooting for a project rather than single images and we will give you personalized, street and documentary mini assignments to be completed during the remaining days of the workshop.

12:00 – 18:00: Then, we will visit the city in two groups, each led by one of the instructors to scout and start photographing.

Thursday 5

09:00 – 12:00: Taking photos split in two groups.

12:00 – 15:00: Classroom time for a quick review, critique and editing of the work produced so far.

15:00 – 18:00: Shooting in smaller groups or individually.

Friday 6

09:00 – 11:00: Taking photos individually.

11:00 – 12:00: Meeting for quick evaluation of the process so far and answering questions in group.

12:00 – 14:00: Last shooting session with both instructors.

14:00 – 18:00: Classroom time for critique and editing of the work produced during the workshop.

To bring

  • – A digital camera.
  • – A laptop with software to edit/tone your images.
  • – A notebook to take down notes during the workshop (optional).
  • – Lots of energy and comfortable shoes!


This workshop will be conducted in English


Early bird only at 300 EUR (Until July 6th).

After July 6th: 400 EUR.

Travel & Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation. Check our Visit Brussels page for more information about the city. Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. The BSPF can provide letters of support where necessary.

Conditions & Cancellations

Payments are not refundable. For special cases please contact us.

Participants need to enroll in order to confirm their spot. First come first serve basis. Pay bellow to secure your spot on time.

The BSPF is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

The BSPF reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 6 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be given at least 10 days advance notice.


For any additional questions, inquiries or doubts use our contact form, or contact us at: workshop@bspfestival.org.



Registration to this workshop is now closed.