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Capturing the Essence of Uzbekistan

Please read this article on our sister site, Traveling with Sweeney, about the 2019 Uzbekistan workshop: Uzbekistan Photography Workshop 2019 


Capturing images along the ancient Silk Route of Uzbekistan

Imagine yourself traveling by caravan for many weeks along Uzbekistan’s Silk Route and suddenly in the distance the sun strikes the vivid blue dome of Samarkand’s Kok Gumbaz mosque.

Join us on this new photography workshop along Uzbekistan’s ancient Silk Route.

May 6 – 21, 2018

Limited to 8 people.
Taught by Terry Abrams. Produced by Barbara Nelson.

Uzbekistan -- Photo by Barbara Nelson

The Uzbekistan workshop will start and end in Tashkent. We will be based in three locations, Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara, making side trips and excursions from each location.  We will be publishing a book from this trip and your pictures will be included.

Uzbekistn -- Photo by Barbara Nelson

Local English speaking experts versed in the history and culture of the country will inform and guide us to the world famous mosques and sites from the Ottoman Empire and medieval times.  Markets and local life of the people. Local crafts people at work, secrets of the old parts of town – all and more will be locations for the best photography.


Uzbekistan -- Photo by Barbara Nelson

  • Observatory of Ulugbek is the astronomical miracle of medieval Uzbekistan.  We will be there to photograph it.
  • Tomb of Saint Daniel

Uzbekistan -- Photo by Barbara Nelson

  • Several side trips into mountain areas are planned to meet and visit local people, discovering their cultures. We will have tea and food, learn bread making, cook Plov and generally experience and participate in their everyday life.

Uzbekistan -- Photo by Barbara Nelson

  • Capturing the essence of a location with a unique personal vision is the focus of this small group workshop. Learn to catch the mystery of place and people in this centuries old region of Central Asia.

We meet daily, and some evenings for low light shooting, to explore different neighborhoods of the city, providing a complete range of subjects to photograph.


You will learn new techniques, and practice known skills as we explore different environments throughout the workshop.  The days will be organized to allow for importing images for regular reviews and critiques, individually and in the group.

The Uzbekistan Photography Workshop is produced by BARBARA NELSON and taught by TERRY ABRAMS.


  • Hotels and breakfast
  • Ground transportation related to the workshop
  • Local expert traveling with group
  • Entrance fees to scheduled monuments
  • Uzbekistan Visa support


  • Lunch, drinks and beverages
  • International air travel
  • Personal items and services
  • Domestic Air: Bukhara to Tashkent ($75.00)
  • Photo and video fees for some scheduled interiors
  • Visa (Agency helps with this)


50% deposit required with reservation.

Check or money order payable to Barbara Nelson.

340 Haven Avenue #3J, New York, NY 10033

*Refund Policy
NOTE:  Visa application may take several weeks.

All photos courtesy of Barbara Nelson