$3500 (on twin-share)

$3500 (twin share based on 8 participants, including internal flights)
$ 920 (Single Supplement)
$ 150 (Tip Kitty)

The cost of the expedition-workshop includes photo shoots, editing and multimedia guidance, internal flights (Hanoi-Danang-Hanoi), vehicles, transfer services from airport-hotel-airport, hotel accommodation with breakfast, and local fixers (subject to locations). It does not include meals, any expenses of personal nature, laundry, or any beverages.

International Flights:
The cost of international flights from the USA (or elsewhere) to and from Hanoi are not included, and must be arranged so that you are in Hanoi at the official start of the expedition-workshop at midday on September 7, 2014. The expedition ends on September 23, 2014 in Hanoi at 09:00 AM

A deposit of $800 is required to secure a place on the The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop.

Important Notice
This photo expedition-workshop is not open to starting photographers. It is for self-starters, comfortable to work in crowds, and already familiar with Asian culture.

The Travel Agent
Our travel agent is based in Hanoi, and is used by The Travel Photographer for all its photo expeditions in Vietnam.

A Note On Our Hotel Accommodations:
We shall be staying in luxury boutique, and in 3-4 star hotels during this photo-expedition. All rooms have attached private baths. Hotel information is available on request.

I assume no responsibility for accidents or injury to individuals participating in the The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop. You will be requested to read, accept and sign an agreement which releases me from any responsibility of liability in the event of any of the situations mentioned below.

I also assume no responsibility if a traveler is refused entry into a country for any reason. It is the traveler's sole responsibility to ensure all travel documents are valid and effective. A passport, valid for six months after the intended date of return is required in many cases for travel overseas. Some countries may require visas for US or non-US citizens. Please check with the corresponding consulates prior to leaving. This is the traveler's responsibility.

I cannot assume any liability whatsoever for injury, sickness, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence of or default of any travel agent, hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, airline, or person rendering any of the services included in the The People of Tây Bắc Photo Expedition-Workshop, or by act of God, act of war or terrorism. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage, changes or delays due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or other causes beyond my personal control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omissions and schedule changes, forced stopovers, rerouting or acts of any governments or authority.

I reserve the right to decline or accept any person as a member of any tour or to cancel or alter the tour without notice. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to keep informed on deposit and payment date requirements. It is highly recommended that all individuals obtain adequate travel insurance.

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On this photo expedition-workshop, we start by exploring the pulsating street life of bustling Hanoi during the Mid Autumn Festival (known as Tet Trung Thu) celebrations, then traveling to the country's northwest to document the colorful villages and ethnic minority tribes around Sapa, and the ethnic markets of Bac Ha, Coc Ly, Sin Cheng, and Can Cau, then travel back to Hanoi and fly to Hoi An to photograph the daily life in this ancient port and fishing city.


MULTI-PRONGED: This photo expedition/multimedia workshop's objectives will be multi-pronged; documenting the street (and alleys) life of Hanoi, especially exuberant during the Mid Autumn Festival, photographing the traditional weekly markets in North Western Vietnam (Lao Cai province) where the photogenic hill tribes gather to buy, sell and barter their products, livestock and goods. We will also delve in ethno-photography during our walks into the hill villages and meet with the local minorities. At the tail end of the expedition, we shall travel to Hoi An , and photograph its street life amongst the traditional ochre walls of its buildings, along with its fishing culture.

OBJECTIVES: Emulating real-life photo assignments, the aim of the workshop is to assist its participants produce multimedia bodies of work ready for publishing. Participants will merge their still photography and audio to create compelling narratives. This is largely for color photography, but black & white is certainly an option. Participating photographers will have to own/use portable audio recorders, and have specialized audio-slideshow software (Soundslides) on their laptops.

WHO FOR: The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop is structured for photographers interested in documentary photography, ethno-photography and multimedia, and for those ready to create visual projects from their inventory of photographs, and learn how to control story length, intent, pace, use of music and ambient sound, narration, field recordings and interviews.

Tết Trung Thu Festival: Traditionally, the festival celebrated harvest and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. In recent years, it’s an occasion for young women (and men) to walk the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to show off new clothes, and to wear over-sized fake eyeglasses, and Minnie Mouse ears or antlers on their heads. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is one of the two most popular festivals in Vietnam, and has been important to families in Vietnam for centuries. The streets in Old Hanoi are crowded, and public traditional dances include the dragon dance and the flower dance.

For an audio slideshow, view The Travel Photographer's Hilltribes In The Mist

For The Travel Photographer's Vietnam galleries, see Vietnam In Daguerrotypes, and Vietnam Vignettes.

For more on the Tết Trung Thu Festival, view The Travel Photographer's gallery: The Girls of Tết Trung Thu

HOTELS: The accommodations for The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop will be top-end boutique hotels in Hanoi, Sa Pa and Hoi An, and 3-4 star hotels in Lao Cai and Bac Ha.

The Travel Photographer's Photo~Expeditions™ are best described as a mixture of documentary photojournalism, ethno-photography and travel photography" adventures. As with other previous expeditions, The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop will include both documentary-style (candid and on-the-run) photography, as well as posed photo sessions with selected people we may encounter.

Tewfic El-Sawy is The Travel Photographer, a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. He's enthusiastic about documentary-travel photography and produces multimedia stories, merging still photography and ambient sound.

His favorite destinations are to South and South East Asia. He's the founder of the popular The Travel Photographer blog, and is also a faculty member of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, tutoring the essentials of multimedia to emerging photojournalists.

Important Notice: The People of Tây Bắc : Photo Expedition-Workshop is limited to 8 photographers only. Participation may be subject to a portfolio review.






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