with Mark Olich



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St Petersburg - Russia

Join our Master Class in St Petersburg with Russian Photographer Mark Olich, for a once in a lifetime experience. We will shoot in exclusive locations in St Petersburg and in the rehearsal studios with acclaimed performers from the esteemed St Petersburg State Ballet Theatre. The workshop culminates with a back-stage pass to photograph during a LIVE performance at The Hermitage Theatre. 


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This is a workshop suited for photographers who want to learn theatre photography, with a focus on classical ballet. This workshop is also open for photographers inspired by ballet, costumes, and movement, who are looking to expand their portfolio and create new and exciting work. Or photographers looking for new inspiration and challenges,  to create captivating stories, using the energy and activity that happens behind the scenes on big productions. During the workshop you will also learn to create poster for ballet/ theatre performances, using one of your images.   


We will shoot in exclusive locations in St Petersburg and in the rehearsal studios with acclaimed performers from the esteemed St Petersburg State Ballet Theatre. We will also be given the unique opportunity to photograph back-stage at the famous Hermitage Theatre during a LIVE performance. The theatre is part of the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest art museums in the world. The Hermitage Theatre was built between 1783 and 1787 at the behest of Empress Catherine the Great - read more about its history here.

Participants will have access to the back stage and wings 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 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. There will also be a session dedicated to the creation of theathre/ ballet posters during the workshopYou 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 23RD of March at our Hotel with invited guests. Last year representatives from The St Petersburg State Ballet Theatre and the Norwegian Consult where present to celebrate with us.


As a courtesy to the ballet companies we are working with and The Hermitage Theatre, participant are expected to be generous with the images taken on this workshop, and allow ballet companies and The Hermitage Theatre access to the best work produced. 

NORDphotographys will be in St Petersburg during the workshop to help facilitate and assist our participants. 


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.


NOK 23.000,-

INCLUDED in tuition:
* Instructor

* Guide and translator
* Transportation during the workshop

* Location fee

* Model fee

* Make-up/ hair fee

NOT INCLUDED in tuition:

* Accommodation at The Ambassador Hotel
* Plane ticket

* Travel insurance

* Visum fee

* Lunch and dinner during your stay (breakfast is included in hotell cost)
* Transportation to/ from airport (the airport offer taxi service)


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% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.


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. The hotel has a swimming pool and a SPA/ Beauty department, as well as a restaurant and a cafe. NORDphotography will reserve you a single room included breakfast as soon as your register from __________. You should expect to pay around ___________ rub/night, incl VAT & BB for single room. You may prefer to reserve a room at The Ambassador Hotel when booking your flight ticket. Sometimes you might find package deals online. If you do so please let us know as soon as possible, so we can release the room we have reserved for your seat. You may also book a longer stay.  


Participants have to apply for a visitors visa to enter Russia. It is each participants own responsibility to be approved for a Russian visa.

eVISA: Since October 1ST 2019 residence of curtain countries can apply for a eVisa when visiting St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The St. Petersburg eVisa can be applied for up to 4 days prior to the traveler’s trip. The eVisa has a validity of 8 days’ stay in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. As of now the list of which countries are eligible for an eVisa is not complete, and we ask you to check this website​ to make sure citizens from your country can apply. If you are unsure, apply for a regular tourist visa. Se info below: 

Regular Visa: Most travel agency’s with Russian destinations will offer this service, or offer guidance in how to obtain a tourist visa. You can also google visa service online, and see what is offered in your country. Or you can go to the Russian Embassy webpage in your country to find information about how to apply for your VISA. Our experience is however that the visa service online are very efficient and easy to use. 


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. This is often charged in addition to the visa service fee. 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.

NOK 23.000,- 

(currency converter)

The tuition does not include accommodation

Deposit: NOK 6.000,-

See payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


The workshop starts on the ____ of _____ at 7PM with a typical Russian welcome dinner at our hotell.



The workshop wraps in the evening of the ________. Participants should depart St Petersburg on the _________.


Participants must bring a silencer for their camera, or use a silent camera during this workshop - Silencers comes in many forms and price ranges. We suggest a Winter Cover Camera Pouch as a good inexpensive option that works well.

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 studios or the theatre we do not have a lot of space where we can leave gears. 

You need good inside shoes (no black soles, as it might leave marks on the floors) for the studio and theatre. 

Both the studio and the theatre can be warm, so we do suggest to bring light clothes (sound free), that breathes and are easy to move in. 



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. 



Tatiana Yermolayeva is a Russian Art Historian, Curator, and Producer.


She has a background from the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, and has been a producer and facilitator for several artist throughout the years.


Her most famous collaborator was with world renowned fashion and art photographer Deborah Turbeville, whom she worked closely with

for many decades.


She has been NORDphotography’s producer and facilitator in St Petersburg since 2011.

Instructor Replacement:

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.


Cancelation Rules:

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. 


We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

Withdrawal and refund policy: 

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.