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Workshop Details
Mark Olich
St. Petersburg, Russia
Mar 2 - Mar 8, 2017
Full: NOK 19600,-
Deposit: NOK 7600,-
Convert to: USD, EUR
What to bring:

For the class you need your camera equipment, your laptop, we suggest an external hardrive for back-ups, and a adapter. 

Need to Know Info:

You need to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Russia. 

To apply to our master class, please send your portfolio (10 images), and your bio to - before January 23rd 2017. We will confirm your seat within 2 days. We accept 10 students on this class.



Mark Olich


Mar 2, 2017 - Mar 8, 2017


St. Petersburg, Russia


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

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. 

For this workshop 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. Our class will be following the preparation of The Classical Russian Ballet for their March performance of Swan Lake, a fabled fantasy ballet in three acts and four scenes with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Each traditional ballet is truly beautiful and the theatre resonates with live music of the great composers performed by a fine symphonic orchestra.

Mark will prepare the students with detail lectures and demonstration. 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 theatre. Students will have several opportunities to shoot during the rehearsals, which most days happens in the morning. Our evening are spend 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.

As a courtesy to The Russian Ballet Company and The Hermitage Theatre, we ask that our students are generous with the images taken on this workshop, and allow The Russian Ballet Company and The Hermitage Theatre accsess to the best work produced. 

About Mark Olich:
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. 

Art historian Tanya Yermolayev will be our class translator and bring her knowledge of the art scene in St Petersburg to our workshop.

Our class will stay in a cosy hotell close to the historical part of St Petersburg. We can offer you single room or double room. Breakfast is included.
The workshop starts on the 2ND of March at 7PM with a typical Russian welcome dinner at our hotell. Accomodation is included in the workshop tuition. 

Students have to apply for a visa to enter Russia. Most travel agency’s with Russian destinations will o er this service, or o er 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. (ex- press visa - issued in a day - has normally double the fee).

To apply to our master class, please send your portfolio (10 images), and your bio to - before January 23rd 2017. We will confirm your seat within 2 days. We accept 10 students on this class.

Price including accommodation in single room: NOK 21.400,-
Price including accommodation in double room:: NOK 19.600,-

Included in the price is workshop tuition, accommodation, transportation during the workshop, location fee, model fee, make-up fee, welcome dinner, and breakfast.

NOT INCLUDED: Plane ticket, visa, transportation to/from airport, lunch and dinner during the workshop.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation in St Petersburg during the workshop is included in the tuition. Transportation from/ to the airport on your arrival/ departure is not. However, we can prebook a car service that will pick you up when you arrive/ and bring you to the airport when you depart.
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 one month 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% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount. 

The workshop starts at 7 PM on the 2ND of March. 

The workshop wraps with a Final Show on the evening of the 7TH of March. Students should depart St Petersbrug on the 8TH.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of six 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 30 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1200,-. Withdraw 30 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.