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Action Surf Photography:
Destination Bali

June 9 – 20
2 studio credits
Course number: IPD-3289-A
Accepting applications until filled.
Apply now. Limited seats available.


Led by renowned surf photographer Art Brewer, this special workshop in action surf photography takes place in Bali—one of surfing’s ultimate destinations. With its combination of dazzling visual culture and spectacular beaches, Bali is a treasure trove of incredible beauty and world-class surfing.

This workshop is an extraordinary opportunity to examine and refine your personal vision through the genre of surf photography and lifestyle in a breathtaking and mystical setting. Located on the cliffs of Bingin Beach, our home base bungalows are adjacent to amazing surf and nearby the famed Uluwatu Beach and Uluwatu Temple. Participants will be introduced to legendary surf spots along the coast of the Bukit Peninsula, the southernmost tip of the island. Padang Padang, Impossibles, Balangan and Dreamland are but a few of the areas where we will photograph professional surfers in action from both land and water.

While learning and refining the technical skills necessary to capture the action of surfing, participants will also have the opportunity to explore the Balinese culture and landscape. Guided tours of several prominent Hindu temples are part of the program, including the Gunung Kawi—an 11th-century temple complex comprised of shrines carved into the stone cliffs. Additionally, we will experience traditional dance and theater performances such as the Barong, a storytelling dance about the fight between good and evil. Other activities include the arts community and rice fields in Ubud and the beach town of Kuta.

Throughout the exploration of subject and place, the primary goal of the workshop is to articulate a coherent dialogue with the people, culture, surf and beauty of Bali through refined image-making. Participants are expected to produce a series of images that are technically accomplished and that convey a unique point of view.

Assisting Mr. Brewer will be a highly skilled support staff including Jean Paul Van Swae of Surfer Magazine and several acclaimed professional surfers. Come join us in this surfer’s paradise.

Tuition includes: accommodations (two-person bungalows with WiFi and air conditioning), airport shuttle, transportation for field trips and guided tours, workshop theater performances and temple admission, as well as some meals. Tuition does not include airfare to and from Bali and visa processing fees. Participants are responsible for acquiring their visas, or obtaining a visa upon arrival in Bali.

Schedule: Workshops are held daily and include technical demonstrations, time for critiques and personal exploration. Schedule may vary depending on surf and weather conditions.

Prerequisites: Participants must be experienced swimmers and comfortable in varying surf conditions. Intermediate to advanced proficiency with DSLR cameras and digital workflow and working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

Required Equipment and Supplies: Students must supply a laptop with software installed as well as storage media to transfer files and all necessary equipment to download images from camera to laptop. It is preferred for students to have a DSLR complete with water housing; however, we have a range of professional camera equipment and various water housing systems available as needed (including various DSLRs). Students are required to supply their own memory cards.

Note: A portfolio of 10 jpeg images of recent work must be submitted with the completed application form. Acceptance to this program is based upon portfolio review.

Photo credit: Art Brewer.

For further information contact Malcolm Lightner, program director, at 212.592.2335; fax: 212.592.2336; e-mail: [email protected].