Kraków is a breathtaking and incredibly photogenic city.
Famous for it’s wonderful architecture, it’s rich culture and it’s historical importance, the old town (Stare Miasto) and the Jewish district of Kazimierz are the main tourist areas, each different.
The old town, surrounds the majestic main square (Rynek Główny) the largest medieval market square in Europe, the centre is alive with energy day or night.
The Jewish District of Kazimierz, and across the Vistula river (Wisła) Podgórze, the site of the former Ghetto, are steeped in the legacy of Jewish Kraków, here you will find many of Kraków’s best bars and cafes as well as discovering Schindler’s Kraków.
You will be shown the ‘landmark/postcard’ sites and more importantly,the lesser known locations found off the beaten track.
Kraków Photo Tours was founded by David McGirr and is the first and only tour company specialising in photography tours and workshops, lead by a professional photographer.
Kraków Photo Tours offer a variety of tours for all abilities; for the beginner wanting to learn the basics, the intermediate, perhaps upgrading to their first DSLR or wanting to change out of auto and get more creative or professional photographers wanting to expand their portfolio, or simply wishing to have the benefit of a guide who shares their photography passion and can help them to capture the magic of Kraków.
About David, Your Guide
David, a Scot living in Kraków, has been a photographer since the age of 15 initially as a hobby, then a passion then a profession.
Mainly photographing, landscapes, travel, portraits, street photography and photojournalism as well as taking photographs in the course of his previous career as a Police Officer in Scotland.
David has been photographing Kraków for 24 years…
In 1999 he began bringing photographers from the UK over to Poland for Kraków Photomonth Festival and providing them with photo tours in and around Kraków. On retiring from the Police in 2011 David set up home permanently in Kraków.
He was the photographer for the Krakow Post magazine, the English language magazine for Kraków’s international community, becoming the managing director and publisher of the magazine.
He gained valuable experience providing editorial and reportage photography for the Krakow Post as well as many other publications including, the Jewish Journal (USA), the Times of Israel, Policing Professional Magazine, the Sun newspaper, the Daily Mail, BBC news and ZOO magazine (UK) whilst building on his comprehensive knowledge of the city and it’s characters.
David has written features and articles on photographing Kraków and Kraków Photomonth festival.
As well as collaborating with a number of agencies, magazines and private clients, David founded Kraków Film & Photography Group, which quickly grew to over 700 members, and Krakow TV, a community channel for and featuring Krakow’s International community.
David continued to offer guided private tours of Kraków to visiting photographers, offering facts about the city and importantly tuition on how to get the best out of their cameras whilst showing visitors the best photo locations in the city, not all of them so obvious.
David began Kraków photo tours to share his passion’s of photography and Kraków, helping photographers of all levels, get the most out of their visit to this beautiful city and giving them the confidence and knowledge to capture the magic!