Photographic exploration in the heart of hutongs


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About this activity

The last bastions of old Beijing

Hutongs are to be lived, discovered, and photographed! These groups of small grey houses, criss-crossed by narrow alleys, and animated by a village life, are the remains of an ancient China, the last pieces of a popular Beijing dating from the imperial era.

Today surrounded by the high towers of the megalopolis, the hutongs are the most fascinating to photograph; through your viewfinder you will see a rare, anachronistic and endangered China...

I am a local photographer, of Quebec origin but living in Beijing, and I invite you to discover these Beijing symbols, but above all to hunt for pictures in their labyrinths of alleys!

Thanks to my deep knowledge of the area, and my sensitivity as a photographer, I will be able to take you to the right place (the one that few travellers know) and at the right time, to allow you to take fabulous pictures!

Explore the hutongs will also be an opportunity to practice portraiture with its inhabitants. To do this, I will take you to the right people, facilitate contact with them, and this in order to generate great photographic opportunities.

Finally, to ensure that you are successful with your images, I will advise you effectively on the shooting technique, composition, and light management.

About your Mentor
Professional photographer from Montreal, Quebec. François was selected and invited 5 times (2013-2014-2015-2016-2017) at the « World Photographers focusing on Beijing ». He work in Turkey for the project « Izmir, a legacy for tomorrow » organized by the Arkas Art Center and his photos were exposed at the Arkas Museum. He also participated at Izmir photo days. In 2014, he won first prize at the international photo contest « 2014 Chinese dream in the Eyes of Foreign Friends ».

His book « China: photographic narrative in the Middle Kingdom » is published with Les Editions Cayennes

His photos were published in National Geographic, Inspired Eye magazine and in numerous magazines and websites. He likes to travel and always looking for new challenges. He now lives and teaches in Beijing. China.

PART 1 · 00:00 − 00:00

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There are 8 spots available on this experience.

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3 days


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