NORD Photography

Workshop Details
Mark Olich
St. Petersburg, Russia
Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2019
Full: NOK 19900,-
Deposit: NOK 6000,-
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What to bring:

Participants shoulc bring a silencer for their camera - these comes in many forms and price ranges. We suggest a Winter Cover Camera Pouch as a good inexpensive option that works very well - link to e-bay:

Participants need a monopod - a tripod can not be used in the theatre. 

Participants should bring extra batteries for their cameras, and more memory cards then you think you need. During the live performance at The Hermitage Theatre, you will be photographing for hours.

Participants should bring a small backpack for their camera gear to bring with us on location. When we are in the theatre we do not have a lot of space where we can leave gears. 


Ballet Photography Workshop: Giselle at The Hermitage Theatre


Mark Olich


Mar 10, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019


St. Petersburg, Russia
Join our Master Class in St Petersburg in 2019 with Russian Photographer Mark Olich. The general theme of our dance/ theatre photography workshop this year is the classical ballet masterwork “Giselle”, which is a romantic tale told over 2 acts. 
We will shoot in exclusive locations in St Petersburg and in the rehearsal studios with acclaimed performers from the esteemed Russian Ballet Theatre.
This is a workshop suited for photographers who are inspired by ballet, costumes, and movement, and are looking to expand your portfolio and create new and exciting work. As well as get experience in creating captivating stories, using the energy and activity that happens behind the scenes on big productions.
We have been given the unique opportunity to photograph at the famous Hermitage Theatre, which is part of the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art museums in the world. The Hermitage Theatre was built between 1783 and 1787 at the behest of Catherine the Great - read more about its history here:
Our class will be following the preparation of the Russian Ballet Theatre for their March performance of “Giselle”. On March 14TH we will have the unique opportunity to photograph the performance live on stage. Participants will have access to the back stage of the scene, the gallery, and from the audience side. Photographing back stage at The Hermitage Theatre during a live performance by the Russian Ballet Theatre, is a once in a lifetime experience.
Our instructor is acclaimed Russian Photographer Mark Olich, who has worked with the world famous Mariinsky Theatre for nearly fifteen years, and has a close collaboration with theatres, theatre-companies and ballet festivals all over the world.
Mark will prepare the students with detail lectures and demonstration the days leading up to the main performance at The Hermitage Theatre. We will shooting in one of the old historical Mansions in St Petersburg, on one of the first days, to plan and prepare the class before stepping into the rehearsal studios and the theatre. We will have access to the rehearsal space,on several days and participants will have many opportunities to shoot during the rehearsals. We will spend time assessing our work, addressing technicals issues, and getting feed back on the shoot. Mark will also lecture about the practical side and business side of working on creative productions, copyright issues, safety issues, and different techniques in how to work without interrupting the dancers rehearsal, but still get the images you need. You will be given direct feedback on your work, and suggestions for post productions, pluss preparation for next days shoot.
The workshop wraps with a Final Show on the 16TH of March at our Hotel with invited guests. Last year representatives from The Russian Ballet Theatre and the Norwegian Consult where present to celebrate with us.
As a courtesy to The Russian Ballet Theatre and The Hermitage Theatre, participant are expected to be generous with the images taken on this workshop, and allow The Russian Ballet Theatre and The Hermitage Theatre access to the best work produced.
TESTEMONIAL: 'I was totally blown away by the amazing opportunities we got to learn and practice ballet photography during the workshop in St. Petersburg march 2017. During the workshop I captured the key images for my submission for the 'Norwegian Champion of photography 2017', which I finally won' - Håkon Grønning.
Mark Olich, born in Omsk, Russia in 1974, is a Russian photographer whose works are entirely focused on the worlds of theatre and dance. The aim of his work is to show what is happening in the boundary that separates the inside, the backstage, from the outer, public performance. The viewer of his photography can see the difference between ordinary person and onstage hero .Mark has been engaged with photography since 2002. He also studied easel graphics, and etching, and his paintings and drawings are in many private collections both in Russia and Japan.
In 2000 he accepted a invitation from the Mariinsky Theater and has for nearly fifteen years worked on theatre scenery in one of the most famous theatres in the world. He collaborates with theatres, theatre-companies and ballet festivals all over the world. 
Mark is a graduated from the Theatre and Art College, he has studied at the Russian Ballet Academy (Vagano- va), and participated in many art and photo exhibitions. Mark also has studied with Deborah Turbeville, who has had a great impact on his work. 
OUR RUSSIAN ORGANIZER: Art historian Tatiana Yermolayeva is our collaborator in St Petersburg, and will bring her knowledge of the art scene in St Petersburg to our workshop. We will have a translator for this class as Mark does not speak English.
Our class will stay at the luxurious Ambassador Hotel in St Petersburg, close to the historical part of the city, which is the largest historical center in the world. The hotel offer single and double room. Breakfast is included. Price, Standard Double Room or Superior Double Room, is between 120-150 dollars pr night. The hotel has a swimming pool and a SPA/ Beauty department, as well as a restaurant and a cafe. NORDphotography will reserve your room as soon as your register. 
Workshop Tuition: NOK 19.900,- / the workshop tuition does not include accomodation. 
Included in the workshop tuition is instructor Mark Olichs lectures, our guide and translator, transportation during the workshop, location fee, model fee, make-up fee, and welcome dinner at The Ambassador Hotel.
NOT INCLUDED: Accommodation at The Ambassador Hotel, Plane ticket, visa, transportation to/from airport (the airport offer taxi service), lunch and dinner during the workshop.
Participants have to apply for a visa to enter Russia. It is each participants own responsability to be approved for a Russian visa. Most travel agency’s with Russian destinations will offer this service, or offer guidance in how to obtain a tourist visa. There is usual a fee required for visa service and visa applications. You can also go to the Russian Embassy webpage in your country to find information about how to apply for your VISA. NORDphotography will supply the documentation from the hotel necessary for obtaining a Visa. The visa process takes about 3 weeks, and the Russian Consulate charges a fee for a regular tourist visa. The fee varies from country to country (express visa has normally double the fee). You need travel insurance, a copy of your ticket, a passport, an invitation from the hotel, and the electronically visa form filled in and signed as part of the visa application. We ask that students wait to apply for a visa until the workshop is confirmed. If you have any questions about applying for a visa feel free to contact NORDphotography and we will help in anyway we can.
WHEN TO ARRIVE/ WHEN TO DEPART: The workshop starts on the 10TH of March at 7PM with a typical Russian welcome dinner at our hotell. The workshop wraps in the evening of the 16TH of March. Participants should depart St Petersburg on the 17TH of March.
To run we need a minimum of 6 participants, unless otherwise noted in the description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.
NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to us. Please check the status on your workshop before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in this class.
Enrolment is limited, so once you have registered for a class, and been accepted – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies: Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full tuition.
NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Travel Information

  • We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.
  • Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
  • We suggest that you always have traveler's insurance.