National Geographic Russia Presented Master Class by Sergei Kaptilkin

On March 17, the third master class was held in the course on journalistic photography hosted by National Geographic Russia and Moscow’s A. Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. The seminar was conducted by Sergei Kaptilkin – regular contributor to National Geographic Russia, famous photographer and a student of renowned war photographer Vsevolod Tarasevich.

The many participants at the seminar included students of the photography school, National Geographic Russia readers and amateur photographers.

Kaptilkin spoke on the theme: “Recording reality is photography’s greatest merit.” Kaptilkin spoke about the differences between documentary and artistic or stylized photography, and of the difficulties connected with both. He described one situation in which he was on Moscow’s Manezh Square when a riot broke out after a soccer game. The shots he took during the incident were printed in a numerous publications and readers were amazed to see how close he was to the action he recorded.

Kaptilkin also shared interesting photos with his audience that he had taken in such closed societies as Palestine and North Korea, and mentioned the difficulties he had faced in taking those pictures.

After the talk, Kaptilkin answered questions posed by the audience – the members of which were enthralled by his presentation.

The next master class will be held in April. Watch for announcements in the magazine and on the National Geographic Russia web site.