Introductory Street Photography Workshop in Seoul, South Korea with Eric Kim (1/7-1/8) – In Association with Leica Camera Korea

I am excited to announce that I will be having an introductory street photography workshop alongside Korean Street Photographer Josh White in Seoul, Korea January 7-January 8th! The workshop is being sponsored by Leica Camera Korea and will be an incredible opportunity to shoot the streets of Seoul, get your best work featured in the Illum Gallery, and attend a cocktail party at the Leica Store in Kangnam!

If you would like more info about the workshop, please read more below!

If you are an beginner or intermediate street photographer and want to conquer your fear of shooting in the streets or looking to improve your skills, this workshop is for you. Through this dynamic and hands-on 2-day workshop you will get to learn:

  1. How to get over the fear of shooting street photography
  2. How to shoot candid images without anybody noticing you
  3. How to tell a story with your photos
  4. The best technical settings to use in street photography
  5. The secret of converting your photos into beautiful black and whites
  6. How to react to people who get offended by street photography
  7. How to capture “The Decisive Moment
  8. The laws of street photography
  9. What techniques for taking great street photographs
  10. The history of street photography

Workshop Overview

Josh White

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching this workshop alongside Josh White, an acclaimed street photographer from Korea. The workshop will consist of presentations from both of us with insightful tips and techniques for shooting captivating street photographs. In addition, the workshop will be less lecture-based and more focused on group discussion and interaction.

During the workshop you will be able to showcase your street photography, and get helpful comments and critiques from fellow street photographers. Not only that, but you will meet other supportive and passionate street photographers that will continue to help you even after the workshop.

What differentiates this street photography workshop with other workshops is that it will cover practical tips and tricks of how to shoot on the streets. Therefore it is focused more on shooting and less on theory.

What we will cover

Eric Kim

On both days you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn through an accompanied on-the-street photography assignment with myself and Josh White. After the outing, you will get your best images commented and critiqued by myself and the rest of the participants.

Not only will you learn how to shoot on the streets with more confidence, you will also learn how to choose your best work and post-process your images via Lightroom 3 and how to create beautiful black and white images with Silver Efex Pro.

Although street photography can be intimidating, this workshop will teach you the practical skills on how to become more courageous and bold. You will learn how to capture “the beauty in the mundane” through candid images of people in their ordinary environments. Street photography is a wonderful craft, and this workshop will be helpful for those who want to get their feet wet!

What you will get out of this workshop

Eric Kim

After attending this workshop, many past participants have built their confidence shooting in the streets, learned how to get closer to people, can identify great street photography opportunities, and have kept in touch with one another. This is not just a street photography workshop. It is a chance to build a community of friends and passionate street photographers that will last far after the workshop is over.

Leica Camera Korea Sponsorship

Leica Store in Kangnam

Leica Camera Korea has graciously agreed to sponsor half of the workshop fee as well host the workshop. Not only will they provide the venue and meals, but they will also be hosting an exhibition of the best photographs from the workshop participants at the Illum gallery (Leica Store Chungmuro). Participants will also enjoy an exclusive cocktail party at the Leica store on the last night as well.

Illum Gallery


Saturday 7th Jan (9:30 am~6:30 pm)

At Ilum gallery (Leica Store Chungmuro)

9:30am-10:00am : Participants meet-up, greeting, breakfast

10:00am-12:30am : Introduction to street photography, getting close, techniques by Eric Kim

12:30am- 1:00pm : Lunch

1:00pm- 2:00pm : Presentation on composition by Josh White

KangNam area (eg. Garosu-gil, KangNam station)

2:30pm- 5:00pm : Shooting

Leica Store KangNam

5:30pm- 6:30pm : Group review

Sunday 8th Jan (9:30 am~6:30 pm)

At Illum gallary (Leica Store Chungmuro)

9:30am-10:00am : Breakfast

10:00am-12:30am : Presentation on editing/post-processing/showing best work

12:30am- 1:00pm : Lunch

1:00pm- 3:00pm : Presentation on shooting projects/themes/photoessays

At MyungDong (Or Namdaemun)

3:00pm- 6:00pm : Shooting

At Illum gallery (Leica Store Chungmuro)

6:30pm- 6:30pm : Group review

6:30pm- 7:00pm : Dinner, Cocktail party, and Exhibition

Behind-the-Scenes Video


Dates: Jan 7th-8th, 2012

Time: 9:30am-6pm (both days)

Workshop Fee: 500,000 Won – > 250,000 Won ($216 USD) (Leica CameraKorea will sponsor 250,00 Won). *Includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks for both days, and for exhibition and cocktail party.

Workshop cap: 20 participants

Location: ILLUM Gallery (which is on 2nd F of Leica Store, Chungmuro), 51-13, Chungmuro 2 Ga, JungGu, Seoul, Korea

Sponsor : Leica Camera Korea Ltd.

Contact : Leica Camera Korea Ltd., tel) 1661-0405 / +82) 70-7510-7461 (from overseas)


To register for the workshop, please email Jasmine Aum at

*You do not need a Leica camera to register!

Instructor Biographies

Eric Kim

Eric Kim is a street photographer from Los Angeles with a passion in interacting with his subjects, especially getting close to them. He has shot street photography all around the world including places such as Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Prague, London, Lebanon, Korea, Chicago, and San Francisco.

He has recently taught street photography workshops in Beirut, Switzerland, the UK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. He has also done collaborations with Leica, Magnum, as well as Invisible Photographer Asia.

You can see Eric’s work on his website or check out his blog


Just Dance

Jazz Hands



Downtown LA

Josh White

Josh White describes himself as a law student on extended vacation in Seoul. Throughout his journey in Korea, he is able to capture the fleeting moments of everyday lives of the inhabitants in a stark, realistic and profound way. An expert storyteller with his words and images, he carefully captures the decisive moments that occur in front of him. Josh is originally from Newfoundland, Canada.

You can see Josh’s work on his website or check out his interview on the Leica Blog.







This post was made by Eric Kim. Look forward to seeing you all there! You can message me with any questions you may have!

9 thoughts on “Introductory Street Photography Workshop in Seoul, South Korea with Eric Kim (1/7-1/8) – In Association with Leica Camera Korea

  1. I never thought you would be one to sell out to this extent Josh. I can’t say I categorically wouldn’t sing a duet with a talentless hack whose fame was based purely upon marketing like Kim Kardashian if her manager asked, but I know I would feel dirty in doing so, and would question how much fame and money truly meant to me. I suppose you are doing likewise, and hope your web presence extends as a result of this (Seol-less) cross-marketing venture. Unsubscribed.

    1. Hi Damen,

      Well, needless to say I was a little shocked by your email. Selling out? Because I decided to teach a workshop where a company has signed on to put up half the tuition fee for people who are interested in and want to learn more about street photography makes me a sell out? About the money? Hardly. About making new friends, shooting with some new people, and growing as a photographer myself? More likely. It’s of course completely your right to unsubscribe, though of course I’m sad you decided to. Im not sure I should feel the need to apologize for teaching a workshop. Maybe I should just sit around at home that weekend and look at my Lightroom library while eating noodles. Selling out, it’s almost laughable. The guys in magnum sold out because they let their work be published in LFI I suppose too? Should I hide in my basement forever as well?

      Merry Christmas dude,


  2. What a great workshop! I would’ve liked to sign up but unfortunately, we’re leaving for the Philippines that weekend.
    Looking forward to seeing your post about it!

  3. Hello Josh,

    Glad you didn’t let the post above get under your skin. I agree, you don’t need to apologize. I respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion. . . . but. . . . As they say, “Opinions are like @_ _holes. Everybody’s got one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks.” . . . My Opinion: Very Happy for you, Props to you brother ! Also, Thank you for offering to teach/inspire others from your skill/talent set. . . . . Not everyone likes to share.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see you are throwing a workshop with E.Kim & Very happy Leica Camera Korea is backing you two on this. Very generous of Leica Camera Korea to also offer to pay 1/2 of each students workshop fee & host at their location. You have to give it up to those that deserve recognition and you do. If you did sit back and finger through a bunch of LR pics eating noodles on weekends I doubt you would have got this far. My meaning for far, people recognizing talent: Leica, WWW, Your Subscribers, etc. Im actually going back to Korea after not returning for over 20+ year, so if my schedule plans out for 1/7-1/8/2012 to be in Seoul, I will see you in person !

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas in Korea & Happy New Year !

    1. Thanks Frank!

      Messages like yours make all the difference, mate, truly. The first message was certainly hard to stomach especially considering Eric is a friend (and I don’t agree with Damen’s assessment in the least). I suppose, to each his own. I try to do things with the purest of intentions. I love photography and and happy for any chance to meet new photographers and teach and/or learn from them. Always something to give and always something to learn.

      As for whether or not you can make it, I certainly hope so! Would be a great chance to meet in person :) Especially considering you’ve been so long away. Speaking of which, what part of the world do you call home these days?

      Anyway, hope to see you soon!


      1. Hey Josh,

        I couldn’t agree with you more, spot on. In everything I do, I am a student, and when I can teach another that’s willing to have an open ear/mind, I am strictly a messenger. Everything in life is “inspired” from another and inspiring others is a great joy to take part in life, imho.

        I’ll do my best to clear things up for your workshop the 1/7-1/8/2012. If not I hope I run into you guys working the streets of Seoul. I know this is going to be an awesome workshop for anyone that takes part.

        Im from SoCal/DTLA, around the same area as Eric Kim. I’ve never met Eric Kim but he seems like he’d be a mellow guy, & for sure very passionate about street photography.

        I’ve said this before, and probably wont stop saying this . . . . Your work = Inspirational !

        Please keep us posted with the workshop as well as where you may be headed in the future.

        Happy New Year Josh !

  4. Hey Josh

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to check out your site but I’ve been looking at your post today and as always outstanding images. I would say its great to be able to attend this workshop or teach it. As photographers sharing information with each other and sharing images is all we have. We will always have room to grow and learn within photography so I’m sure you learned from this as well. So as for selling out I’m not sure how teaching and learning is selling out and I’m sure you and the people who attended gained from that experience. You have a talent Josh and to share no matter your gain is awesome. All the best and if your around Newfoundland for awhile I’d be interested in how you see it.

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