Exotic Poland



September 6-8



Group size

6-8 people


3 days

The price includes

– photo session with the local craftsmen
– lectures on photography by Radek Polak
– workshop on photoreports during the International competition on mowing the marshes
– local guide
– meals (breakfasts and dinners)
– assistance of Radek Polak,individual consultations on selection and editin of photographs done during the trip

The price does not include

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

“It was a ghosts’ land. My grandma saw them often and she used to tell stories about them as well. In the 60′ and 70′ there were a lots of people arriving to hear the legends, tales about the unseen that from time to time becomes visible to those who live. In the end of September the hills were dwelling in mist. The air – silver and moist. Emptiness and silence. The people are dying. No one is to replace them. The houses – old and shaggy. Nothing is similar to my memories from the childhood”

Andrzej Stasiuk


Exotic Poland – Podlasie

We are pleased to invite you all to the photographic workshop with Radek Polak (www.radekpolak.com). It will be a  chance to combine debates on photography with the sounds of guitar in the evening, the exercises on the portrait with the chance to meet another people. There will be a plenty of chances to get to know ins and outs of Podlasie as we will be staying at the witch’s place. Please do not be scared! The witch is completely harmless, however she will be the one to show us the traditions and legends of the region as she is almost a legend herself! Sometimes you do not have to rush to Asia to experience the exotic side of the Europe – just open your eyes and ears! Join us in September!

September 6

Arrival, meeting with the group and our photographer – Radek Polak. Check out of the photographic equipment, establishing the goals for each participant of the workshop.

September 7

Work in the field supervised by Radek Polak. Photo session in the surrounding villages in Podlasie.

September 8

In the morning photo edition, later additional photo sessions and in the evening – return to Warsaw.

Last year workshop:


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 the workshop participants’ portfolios. The authors are: Iwona Karolak, Tomasz Kuczewski, Daria Bielienkov, Mirka Misiewicz i Marta Kuczewska