Exotic Poland



Jul 31 – Aug 2


1200 PLN

Group size

6-8 people


3 days

The price includes

– lectures on photography by Radek Polak
– workshop on photo reports during the Sabantuj festival
– large format photography workshop, the scans of the photos to be received after the event
– meals (breakfasts and dinners)
– small working group and individual approach to every participant of the workshop
– assistance of Radek Polak, individual consultations on selection and edition of photographs done during the workshop
– possibility to publish your works on 4PHOTO social media and blog

The price does not include

– transport
– beverages
– additional meals during the day
– personal expenses
– accommodation – we help to arrange the place to stay!

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

Ansel Adams

Exotic Poland: Podlasie – Sabantuj

We often associate Tatars with the Far East or the ancient history described colorfully by Henryk Sienkiewicz – famous Polish writer. Few people when speaking about Tatars have particular people, living traditions and rich contemporary culture in mind. Podlasie, the land which hides many secrets of Poland, becomes the Tatar capital once a year. In the small village of Kruszyniany located near the Polish-Belarusian border, the Sabantuj festival takes place. Sabantuj is attended not only by the representatives of Tatar minority in Poland, but also by numerous guests from abroad. Colorful folk costumes, dances and traditional songs mix with the smell of delicious dishes, A lot is happening, and that are the ideal conditions for reportage photography workshop! We invite you to an extraordinary photographic adventure where you will have also the unique opportunity to put your first steps in large-format photography and learn the secrets of a good portrait from Radek Polak himself!

July 31

Arrival at the workshop site, dinner and the possibility to check your photographic equipment. Lecture by Radek Polak and the preparation for the next day.

August 1

We will start the day early in the morning with a photo session. After breakfast, the short, large format photography workshop will take place. It is a unique opportunity to learn about this already quite forgotten technique of photography, which Radek Polak uses so often in his work as a documentary photographer. At noon, Sabantuj begins with a joint prayer in front of the mosque, it will be the beginning of our adventure in photojournalism, to which we will devote the rest of the day.

In the evening, we will summarize our work. Also there will be time for individual consultations and material collection.

August 2

This day will be devoted to selecting and editing photos. After individual consultations each participant of the workshop will have a chance to prepare his material with Radek Polak’s guidance. The workshop will end with the dinner.

How do we work?


Radek Polak  born 1975 is a graduate of Photography at the Multimedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań,
As a commercial artist he regularly photographs celebrities from the world of culture, science and politics. His photographs are published in national press both in Poland and in Georgia (Elle, Esquire, Gala, MALE MAN, Twój Styl,
Anabechdi and Hot Chocolate). He portrayed among many other Ewan Mcgregor, Patrick Swayze, Władysław Bartoszewski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Seweryn , Ingolf Wunder, Rafał Olejniczak, Krystyna Sienkiewicz, Janusz Gajos, Kazimierz Kutz.    He was awarded the first prize in Best lifestyle cover category of the Grand Front Awards, Poland. In 2009 he was a jury member of Kolga Photo Festival.
He also shoots advert campaigns for biggest polish and international clients such as: SAMSUNG, SHOWMAX, TMOBILE, ING BANK, BZWBK, PEUGOT, KAUFLAND, CASTORAMA, DBBANK,  LOT Polish Airlines, and many more
One of Radek’s  photo stories was awarded a honorable mention at the International Photography Awards and then published in prestigious aCurator magazine. In 2012 he started a 3-years’ photographic work on „Georgian Taste”, a book on Georgian culture, people and cuisine. The book got published in Poland in 2015.

*All pictures used to promote the event are from Radek Polak portfolio