Photo workshops announcement:


Birgit Krippner, Brooklyn NY 2010

4 Day Brooklyn, New York Photography Workshop
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 10:00am to Mon, Oct 9, 2017 4:00pm


Birgit Krippner’s and Harald Claessen’s First New York Workshop



Brooklyn, New York



4 Days



Friday, October 6th, 2017 until Monday, October 9th


It is with great pleasure that award winning and published photographers Birgit Krippner and Harald Claessen announce their first New York photo workshop.


Over the years we have been approached by so many people asking us both to hold a workshop in New York.  Well finally, following the success of our workshop in Tokyo and Trans Siberian Adventure, we can confirm a workshop in New York beginning 6 October.


Birgit Krippner having lived in New York for eight years, and continuing to visit regularly since relocating to New Zealand, has a deep knowledge of the City.  She loves to explore with her camera the evolving and dynamic communities in Brooklyn - which are really the heart of her New York and (fortunately) are often overlooked by tourists. One of this workshop’s highlights and points of difference will be having participants look beyond Manhattan and discover some of these authentic New York communities themselves.


One day will be spend in Coney Island. This is where Harald spent a significant amount of time in 2016. Subsequently his Coney Island project got published in acclaimed Burn Magazine.


The aim of the workshop for Birgit and Harald is to share their unique views and experiences, so that each participant is able to find their own distinctive voice for telling stories through their photographs. Participants will be on assignment for a significant portion of the course, with the emphasis on learning by doing and thereby getting maximum benefit out of their time with Harald and Birgit. Whilst the course is intended to be challenging and to make maximum use of the time, the aim is to create a positive and social environment which supports creativity and risk taking.  The final day of the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to present their favourite images captured during the course.


How can I sign up?

Space is limited.  To apply send an Email to either Birgit or Harald. or


Tuition Fee

4-day Workshop is US $1,900 (Early Bird Special – US $1,500 for bookings before July 15th, 2017)


Testimonials from previous workshop participants:

TOKYO IN COLOURS || MAY 2017, by Andreas G. Rutsch (Germany)

"An intense and amazing week has finally come to an end. Having never been to this magical city before I explored it a few days on my own before joining Birgit and Harald's workshop. Starting from our apartment in Shinjuku-Ku we ventured out, met great people, enjoyed hot and cold Japanese food and experienced the vibrant contrasts of Tokyo life. I wanted to challenge myself to a different level of photography and got truly inspired by these two wonderful photographers . . . and shot for a long time in colour again ! Tokyo - I will be back and Birgit and Harald hope to see you soon ! You are the best!"


TRANSSIBERIAN RAILWAY MAY 2017, by Linda Omelianchuk (USA)

"The journey on the Trans Siberian Railway, traveling 6,000 miles through seven time zones between Vladivostok and Moscow, was a photography experience I will never forget.  Stopping along the way in small villages and cities to visit with everyday Russian people, we discovered the hearts and minds of many Russians as they reached out in friendship, curiosity, and hospitality and as we shared feelings of family, work and patriotism.

Traveling second and third class in the train was an authentic Russian experience.  We mixed our tea, coffee, soup, and oatmeal with the hot water supplied in each car, made our beds with the clean white sheets given to us, fell asleep to the sound of the wheels on the tracks, and used the single bathroom that we shared with 52 other people. I loved it (well, maybe not the bathroom part).

Harald and Birgit were organized, yet flexible in our schedules, leaving room for staying longer in places that interested us most.  They, along with Galina, our Russian translator, managed all the train tickets and hotel reservations, so all I had to do was follow along and take photographs!  Besides that, they were casual and fun to be with, while also giving me some tips on photography.

 I would take this journey again and recommend it to anyone who wants to go on a very special, unique photographic experience."


Previous photo workshops:

TOKYO Photo Workshop (May 4 - 6, 2017 in Shinjuku)

Multi-award winning photographer Birgit Krippner and published photographer Harald Claessen will team up for an intensive 3 day Tokyo Photo workshop from May 4 to 6, 2017.


The aim of the workshop is for Birgit and Harald to share their unique views and experiences so that each participant is able to find their own distinctive voice for telling stories through their pictures. Participants will be on assignment for a significant portion of the course, with the emphasis on learning by doing and thereby getting maximum benefit out of their time with Harald and Birgit. The final evening of the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to present their favourite images captured during the course.


Numbers are limited to 6 participants. To book your place on this workshop, send an Email to either Birgit or Harald.


What’s included?

Portfolio review of each participant’s work

Daily mentoring both on an individual basis and as a group on a variety of topics such as low-light photography and the many different ways of comfortably photographing strangers.

Daily outings to photograph different aspects of life in Tokyo

Daily editing of all your work

Critique and final selection of the best images taken by each participant

We’ll help each participant to create a sequence of their final selection explaining in details the

importance of the placement of each individual image

Showing of our work

Tuition Fee: The tuition fee of this new 3-day Workshop is $1,700 (Early Bird Special - $1,400 for bookings before February 15, 2017)


TRANS SIBERIAN RAILWAY Photographic Experience
(Tuesday May 9 to Sunday May 28, 2017)


Photographers: Birgit Krippner and Harald Claessen.

Host: Galina Sosina


Birgit Krippner and Harald Claessen are exited to announce a unique workshop that many photographers have been waiting for: the opportunity to visit and photograph the daily life of the towns and villages along the Trans Siberian Railroad. If you are interested, you will want to register as soon as possible to reserve a spot for this exciting and unique photographic experience. The program will be limited to 8 participants (including the 3 organizers).


Workshop participants will visit lesser-known Russian villages and engage in people-to-people experiences with Russian people - an opportunity to create a portfolio of photographs of exploration on a path less traveled.


Up for adventure?

We will all meet for this Photographic Experience in Vladivostok on May 9. From there we will take the Trans-Siberian Railway to Moscow, which will bring the participants on a journey of a lifetime. The highlight will be numerous multi-day stops along the rail line that will give participants the possibility to see and capture a magnificent part of Russia, which is seldom traveled by foreigners - a magical journey through a place with many distinct cultures that have not been unduly compromised by globalization.


This experience is meant for adventurous photographers who wish to explore what’s hidden around the next corner.


 What is the aim of the Photographic Experience?

Our aim is to assist you with making a  photographic essay - wherein you explore how you and your camera can translate the reality that presents itself along the journey into the emotions or story you want to communicate to your audience. This will awake your own photographic voice and enable to tell the story of this adventure in your own unique visual voice.


As we are traveling we have plenty of time to edit and select our images. We will often review yours and other participants’ images through group critiques as we travel from destination to destination. Towards the end of the trip we will assist you to turn your best images into a coherent photographic essay.



Why do we call it a Photographic Experience and not a Photo Workshop?


We will be organizers, and participants at the same time. Each day Birgit and Harald will spend time with the participants to see how their work is  developing and to give individual feedback, photo-critique and make suggestions in order to make a personal essay of your journey.


While we will travel as a group, you will be encouraged to “follow your nose” and explore aspects of each village and town that interests or draws you to it.   The way we would like to travel is rather basic and light, but by choice, since we believe it will present us more visually interesting moments from feeling  connected to the people we meet and their life on their land. Our aim is to travel on the train mostly by night so that we can have more opportunities to  explore the settlements around TS-line (subject to train schedule).


-The participants will need to be independent to some extend, so that each participant on the travel can have their own unique experiences. We will often  walk around as a group, but then sometimes we may separate from each other while getting caught up in something that personally resonates with our  inner self. It’s OK to loose time while photographing. Walk like a stray dog.


-Inspire each other as photographers, but most importantly as companions.


 How many participants do we aim for?


The limit will be 8 participants which includes the two organizers and our Russian host. This is done for practical reasons, the places we intend to visit do  not always have the required infrastructure to accommodate a larger group, we explore off the tourist path.  It also allows the more immerse and personal  experience we are seeking.




What will be the participation fee?

The participation fee is EUR 3450,- and includes the following:


 All accommodations (including breakfast) from arrival in Vladivostok on May 9, till departure from Moscow on May 28


All train tickets from Vladivostok to Moscow 3rd class (called "platzcart" in Russian)


Local transport as arranged by the organizers


A multi-linguistic Russian host


Advice on visa arrangements


 What is not included?

Arrival flight to Vladivostok and return flight from Moscow

Visa costs (we will provide advisory)

Health, travel and other insurance valid for Russia

Lunches and dinners

Any other local transport, taxis and buses.

Any other costs. All expenses of a personal nature such as room service, phone, laundry, Internet access etc. Any excess baggage charges.


How can we join?

To express interest or to book a limited place on this journey, please send an Email to either Birgit or Harald, Tell us briefly something about yourself, and why this travel is interesting to you.


What to bring?

Participants will need to bring a digital SLR or rangefinder camera, a laptop computer with photo editing software and an external hard drive. We recommend prime lenses, anything between 28mm, 35mm and 50mm (full frame equivalent) with a relative fast and wide aperture (1.4, 1.8, 2 or 2.8) in order to photograph in low light situations. It is recommended that participants bring extra memory cards, extra camera batteries and all necessary battery chargers for their equipment.


 What about the itinerary?

 Russian Railways announces the schedule 45 days in advance. We will start in Vladivostok and our final destination is Moscow[MN3]  where we will spend  the last few days


Schedule of main highlights will be given to confirmed participants and will include little villages of interest, Lake Baikal, the Gulag, monasteries and small     towns which will take you back decades.


 Harald and I would be delighted to have you along this unique experience!


Birgit Krippner, Taneatua 2014

Birgit Krippner, Red Hook NY 2017

Harald Claessen, Coney Island NY 2016