The Streets of Prague

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This weekend I have been teaching a photo workshop in Prague. Prague is maybe one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a dream for most photographers, whether professionals or just enthusiasts. That fact is even a challenge in itself when visiting Prague, because everywhere you go there are plenty of other photographers or tourists with cameras exploring every corner of the city core.

It’s hard to capture the authentic life in of people living in Prague, at least if you don’t venture out of the old town, away from the famous bridge or the equally famous castle. On the other hand, photographing tourists can be another way of capturing Prague as the attractive city it is. Still, as the participants of my workshop has experienced, you don’t have to venture far out from the tourist drag to find where the locals gather. Prague is renowned for its café life, and every local has a preferred café or pub.

For me it’s been really inspiring to see how the participants of the workshop have been working hard and found they own way of capture the Czech capital where they are making photos that are telling the stories of locals or photos telling stories about the massive tourist invasion.

When teaching a workshop I don’t have much time to shoot on my own, but nevertheless, here are a few impressions of my own during this visit of Prague.

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67 thoughts on “The Streets of Prague

  1. How I missed this workshop 🙂 I haven’t visited Prague such a long time… Before its change I visited… Beautiful. Thank you dear Otto, have a nice day, Love, nia

  2. beautiful pictures in a beautiful city, heard so much ever and again how photogenic the city is, and from the photos i have seen, undoubtedly so. now, you must let me in on your secret of how you went about having all those lovely ladies pose for you ;). regards, ken.

  3. Such a famous place, and yes, it must be difficult to take original shots there, but a great place for a workshop and it sounds as if it was a great success, of course.

    1. I don’t think it’s difficult to shoot in Prague. Of course everything has been done before, but when a photographer brings his or her own vision into the equations, it’s all going to be original. Thank you for the comment, Paula.

  4. My favorite is that line of seven women. I have no idea what that was about — surely that’s not usual dress! — but the expressions are wonderful, with each one different. A close second is the sepia-toned shot: vaguely mysterious, with a feeling of the history that underlies the city.

  5. Gorgeous photographs Otto. I am longing to visit Prague, surely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe as you so eloquently point out. Thank you for the tour of this lovely place. I hope your workshop was a huge success!

  6. Very interesting way to show the city.through the tourists and the busy-ness as in number one.. Prague is a real gem, the buildings are amazing and love the people here, too. Was examining one of the flappers, third one didn’t seem as “real”, was checking to see if they were mixed in with an ad. (the light around her hair)Looks like Prague is a place to have fun. Are you going to show some shots of the locals at cafes?

  7. I had the same experience when I lived for a few months in Paris – it was impossible to find a corner of the city that hadn’t been found by a million other admirers. I found the experience of photographing something that could so easily be trite to be challenging and a wonderful learning experience.

  8. A beautiful city, and it would be fantastic if one day I could join you in your Prague workshop. I’ll be traveling and likely staying outside of Prague (Kamyk) quite a bit in the future and, of course, my heart beats a little faster when I think of the Czech Republic…a history and beauty so rare in today’s world. It must be interesting watching the participants in your workshop work the city in their own distinct manner and ways. Love the life you show in your shots above…what a place.

    1. Thank you for this lovely comment, Randall. And, yes, I am always fascinated by how different people see and shoot the same scenery so differently. It would be great to have you join one of my workshops one day.

  9. That must have been a wonderful workshop. I can’t help wondering, do people (women) dress like that in Prague, or were those young ladies costumed for a special event? It’s certainly more interesting and creative than anything I see on the streets around here! (New England, USA)

  10. Beautiful photographs of Prague,d ear Otto!… You are right: showing a city in movement (so to speak) is the best way to portray its spirit and essence!:… Sending best wishes for your day. Aquileana 😀

  11. An enjoyable taste of Prague Otto. Perhaps we sometimes try too hard to be original and to be different. Capturing an honestly felt response, whether to a place or people, is likely to produce a more interesting image.

  12. Underbara bilder Otto, glädjerikt, liv och rörelse i vacker anrik miljö. Härligt att du hann med att fota lite själv. Känner igen miljö och atmosfär och en hel del minnen väcks.
    M

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