NORD Photography

Mark Olich
Workshop Details
Mark Olich
St. Petersburg, Russia
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2018
Full: NOK 22600,-
Deposit: NOK 6300,-
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What to bring:

Students need a monopod and a silencer/muffler for their camera. The best way to muffle sound is using a warm case for your camera similar to this

We suggest bringing extra battery packs for your camera, and more memory cards then you think you need. As well as external hard drive for back up of images. When shooting during the live performance, you can only bring a small backpack with you, as the space behind the scene is limited. 

Need to Know Info:

Students have to apply for a visa to enter Russia. See more info about the visa process in the workshop description. 



Mark Olich


Mar 11, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018


St. Petersburg, Russia

We invite talented photographers to join a very unique Master Class in St Petersburg, Russia.

This is a workshop suited for photographers who are looking to be inspired and create new and exhiting work. As well as get experience in creating captivating stories, using the energy and activity that happens behind the scenes on big productions.

We will shoot in exclusive locations in St Petersburg and in the rehearsal studios with acclaimed performers from the esteemed Russian Ballet Theatre and others.

We have also 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 Swan Lake, a fabled fantasy ballet in three acts and four scenes with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. On March 15TH 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 be shooting outside the Hermitage, in one of the old historical Mansions in St Petersburg, on our first day, to plan and prepare the class before stepping into the rehearsal studios and the theatre. Participants will have several 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 at our Hotel with invited guests. Last year representatives from The Russian Ballet Theatre, Yacobson Company, and the Norwegian Consult was 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.

One More Day: as a special offer to participants on this workshop, we have the possibilities to spend an extra day of shooting, on location, with models and hair and make up, after the workshop has wrapped. This extra day is not part of the workshop, and there will be no critic of images afterwards or instructor present. The cost of ‘One More Day’ depends on how many participants wants to join this special offer, and how many models participants need. When you register for the workshop please let us know if this is of interest (not binding).

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.

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. From the Hotels top level you get a beautiful view of the city. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, gym, and beauty salon. Link to Ambassador Hotel

We can offer single or double room. Breakfast is included.

The workshop starts on the 11TH of March with a welcome session with Mark before our welcome dinner. You should arrive at the hotell before 4PM. The welcome dinner is included in the workshop tuition. The workshop wraps with a Final Show on the evening of the 17TH of March. Students should depart on the 18TH of March. 

Students have to apply for a visa to enter Russia. 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. Expect about 3 weeks to get your visa. 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.

To apply to our master class, we will ask you to send us a portfolio of your work to (10 images) or link to your website, which can be posted in the comment section when registrating. We will confirm your seat within a couple of days. We accept only 10 students on this class. When registrating please let us know if you want a single or doubble room. A shared double require another participant (same gender) who wants to share. 

Price including accommodation in single room 11-18.03.2018: NOK 24.000,-
Price including accommodation in double room 11-18.03.2018: NOK 22.600,-

Included in the price is workshop tuition, transportation during the workshop, location fee, model fee, make-up fee, welcome dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel St Petersburg from March 11 - 18TH ink breakfast. If you want to stay longer at our hotel, please let us know when registrating for the workshop. We will then make additional reservations in your name. You will pay for your extra days when cheking out. 

NOT INCLUDED: Plane ticket, visa, transportation to/from airport (the airport offer taxi service), lunch and dinner during the workshop.

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then 60 days before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.

International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% added to the price. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop 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 the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – 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 workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

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.