metro collective


Metro Collective Workshop Series

Developing a Documentary Vision

with Karel Cudlin
and Gabriela Bulisova


In cooperation with the Czech and Slovak embassies

Saturday, April 6, 2013
12pm – 5pm
Union Arts Studios
411 New York Ave NE, Washington DC

Introducing the Metro Workshop Series! We are excited to launch what will be an ongoing series of seminars, lectures, workshops, and other events in our new space at Union Arts Studios

Metro Collective - an international group of 12 award-winning documentary photographers in the US and Europe - presents an affordable, one-day intensive seminar and workshop with Metro photographers Karel Cudlin and Gabriela Bulisova. Karel and Gabriela are widely recognized for their in-depth and often intimate exploration of societies and individuals.

This is a rare chance to see their work, hear their stories, and learn their strategies, techniques, and philosophies.

This event is designed for anyone with a passion for the highest-quality documentary photography and those looking to better understand the dynamics of long-term projects. For aspiring photographers trying to develop a unique, artistic voice, looking to enhance their visual storytelling, this is also an opportunity to get deep discussion and feedback on your own work.


The day will consist of two parts:

Presentations by Karel Cudlin and Gabriela Bulisova
Each will discuss their extensive body of work and approaches for developing engaging visual storytelling.

Group critiques
After a break, participants will then be invited to present their own portfolios or projects for intensive feedback and discussion sessions with Karel, Gabriela, and the entire group.


Please register via PayPal

Part I: Presentation by photographers only: $25

Part II: Presentation by photographers and critique session: $75

Special student rate (limited space): $40 for Parts I and II


Karel Cudlin

Karel Cudlín is at the forefront of contemporary Czech photography. He graduated from the esteemed Prague film school, FAMU, and has worked as a photojournalist for a number of magazines and newspapers. Often associated with the so-called Czech Surrealism tradition that includes Josef Koudelka, Viktor Kolar, and many others, he is best known to the Czech public as one of President Václav Havel’s personal photographers, as well as for his expressive documentary photographs of various ethnic and social groups: Czech and Slovak Romani; Ukrainian laborers; and Red Army soldiers leaving the former Czechoslovakia. Karel’s photographs of Jewish communities have also brought him acclaim. Karel has published books, participated in more than 60 group exhibitions in the USA and Europe, and his work is found in a number of private collections worldwide.

Gabriela Bulisova

Gabriela Bulisova, a native of the former Czechoslovakia, is a documentary photographer and multimedia artist based in Washington DC. Her work focuses on underreported and overlooked stories affecting marginalized populations around the world and in the United States. Gabriela has received numerous recognitions and awards including: the National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant for her project on formerly incarcerated women of Washington DC; and Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls for her documentary project on Iraqi refugees in the US. Bulisova has a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, and teaches photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC. In addition to Metro Collective, she is a member of the Women Photojournalists of Washington.