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Award-Winning Photographer, Author, Passionate Storyteller, and Engaging Presenter Shares Captivating Stories of Resilience and Inspiration.

Speaks about: Photography, India, Inspiration, Adventure, Motivation & Success

Sephi Bergerson, a world-renowned documentary photographer, cultural explorer, author, and TEDx speaker, brings over 35 years of experience to the table, with more than 22 of those years spent in India. His journey from a new country to becoming an industry luminary is nothing short of inspiring. Spanning humanitarian assignments, corporate ventures, industrial projects, photojournalism, and wedding photography, Bergerson's expertise is extensive. Notably, he made history as the first to shoot a full Indian wedding on his iPhone.

As the author of "Behind The Indian Veil - A Journey Through Weddings In India" (2015) and "Street Food Of India" (2010), Bergerson's contributions to visual storytelling are significant. Moreover, he is the visionary behind the SILK INSPIRE festival, India's premier Wedding Photography Conference.

What sets Bergerson apart is not only his proven speaking prowess and profound subject matter expertise but also his ability to captivate audiences. He is committed to delivering actionable insights that empower individuals to succeed, accomplish more, and maintain a positive mindset. Above all, his goal is to provide value to every attendee, respecting their time and investment in attending his presentations.

Recognized as one of the "10 Most Influential People in Photography" by Asian Photography magazine, and a member of the Indian Speaker Bureau, Bergerson's passion for storytelling shines through in his engaging presentations. Isn't this what you want from your speaker?

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Beyond the Frame: A Tale of Exploration, Creativity, and Resilience in India

Structure

Format: Keynote Presentation with photos

Audience: Inspirational journey, corporate, general audience

Duration: 60 Minutes

On February 2nd, 2002, with just four bags in hand and a modest $14,000 in their account, Israeli-born photographer Sephi Bergerson embarked on a one-way journey to India alongside his young wife and their 10-month-old baby girl, fully committed to making India their new home. With no one awaiting their arrival, no job secured, and no accommodation arranged, they landed in Delhi with only a familiar shopkeeper from years prior as a connection, the very person who had sold them his wife's wedding Saree. It was a leap of faith, simultaneously brave and perhaps reckless, but ultimately, it proved to be a decision that transformed their lives for the better.

Through captivating storytelling and engaging presentations , Sephi shares not just photographs, but narratives of inspiration, adventure, and adaptation in a rapidly evolving landscape. Join him on a journey where photography becomes a medium for exploration, creativity, and resilience is the key to success.

Key Topics & Audience Takeaways

What is your definition of success?

When is the time to admit failure, and how do you know it is time to quit?

How to remain inspired and motivated when all odds are agains you?

Personal growth in the face of challenges

Bergerson's program is perfect for for groups seeking renewed creative energy and inspiration to improve any job performance.

Imaging Indian Realities As a Foreign Photographer

Structure

Format: Keynote Presentation with photos

Audience: Inspirational journey, Photographers, corporate, general audience

Duration: 60 - 90 Minutes

In his captivating narrative, enhanced by vivid visual and captivating storytelling, Sephi Bergerson transports his audience into the heart of India. With over two decades of living experience in the country, Bergerson offers a unique perspective as a foreign photographer navigating its diverse landscapes and cultures. Through vivid anecdotes, such as his encounters in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red-light district, or a meeting with the spiritual leader of the Muslim Bhora community during a mass marriage of more than 300 couples in Mumbai, Bergerson paints a vivid picture of the challenges and rewards of photographing India as an outsider.

Audiences are taken on a journey where photography becomes more than just images; it becomes a medium for exploration, creativity, and resilience. Through Bergerson's tales, listeners are inspired to embrace the chaos and diversity of India, finding beauty in unexpected moments and learning the value of adaptability and perseverance.

Join Bergerson as he shares not just photographs, but narratives of inspiration, adventure, and adaptation in a rapidly evolving landscape. Through his engaging presentations, audiences gain insights into effective cross-cultural communication, cultural enlightenment, and practical wisdom for navigating diverse communities.

Key Topics & Audience Takeaways

Cultural Insight: Bergerson's experiences shed light on the complexities of Indian society, providing valuable cultural insights for both photographers and general audiences. By sharing his encounters with locals and the nuances of interaction, listeners gain a deeper understanding of India's social dynamics.
Photographic Inspiration: Bergerson's tales inspire fellow photographers to embrace the chaos and diversity of India. His anecdotes illustrate the beauty found in unexpected moments and encourage photographers to seek out authentic experiences rather than staged scenes.
Adaptability and Resilience: Bergerson's ability to navigate unfamiliar environments and overcome challenges demonstrates the importance of adaptability and resilience in photography and life. Audiences learn the value of remaining open-minded and flexible in the face of obstacles.
Cross-Cultural Communication: Through Bergerson's experiences with identity and communication barriers, audiences gain insights into effective cross-cultural communication. Learning to navigate differences in language, customs, and perspectives becomes a valuable takeaway for anyone engaging with diverse communities.

Photography as a Language: Crafting a Visual Narrative

Structure

Format: Keynote Presentation

Audience: General audience, Inspirational talk

Duration: 20-30 Minutes

Exploring photography beyond mere image-capturing, presenting it as a language with its own grammar and vocabulary. Sephi Bergerson shares personal experiences, emphasising storytelling and conveying messages through images.

Key points include:

  1. Transformative moments during assignments, illustrating photography's power in challenging stereotypes.
  2. The grammar and vocabulary of photography, akin to spoken language structures.
  3. Practical advice for aspiring photographers, emphasizing engagement with the world and introspective questioning.
  4. Encouragement to find unique perspectives in a saturated image landscape.

Audiences can benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of photography's narrative potential and practical guidance for self-expression through images.

Behind The Indian Veil ~ A Journey Through Weddings In India

Structure

Format: Keynote Presentation

Audience: General audience

Duration: 60-90 Minutes

Behind The Indian Veil chronicles award-winning photographer Sephi Bergerson's extraordinary journey through uncharted wedding traditions in India. It reveals the differences and similarities in Indian wedding traditions, while seeking the common essence of this grand, colourful, fantastic celebration. 

After living in India for more than 17 years, almost seven of which spent working on this book project, Sephi has experienced, witnessed and documented a huge variety of Indian weddings. As he traveled the length and breadth of India, he was invited into sacred places and intimate moments normally inaccessible to outsiders, witnessing traditions buried so deep in the subconscious of the subcontinent that even people from India don't necessarily know about them. This incredible array of stories he was able to capture reveals cultures, traditions, and legacies as complex and diverse as India herself.

Behind The Indian Veil brings images and stories from a vast assortment of Indian communities: Tamil Brahmin, Bengali, Sikh, Hindu Punjabi, Hyderabadi Muslim, Rajput, Kashmiri Pandit, Ladakhi Buddhist, Goan Catholic, Syrian Christian, Zoroastrian Parsi, Dawoodi Bhora, and Kodava Coorg.

Educational / Informative / Inspirational / 

Nobody Gives A Sh** About Your Award-Winning Images

Structure

Format: Keynote Presentation

Audience: Photographers, Wedding photographers, Wedding industry

Duration: 60-90 Minutes

BERGERSON dismantles and reassembles the role and responsibility of a wedding photographer and the importance of a photograph in building memories. He also tackles the subject of wedding photo competitions and awards, and their impact on the industry.

Key Topics & Audience Takeaways

  • Tips to tap into your creativity and "escape" the noise
  • A deep understanding of a creative artist's role in the wedding industry
  • How to collaborate properly with other vendors
  • How to remain inspired and motivated
  • Bergerson's program is perfect for groups seeking renewed creative energy and inspiration to improve any job performance.

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Joe-McNally

Sephi Bergerson is not only an accomplished professional photographer with a wide ranging reputation, he is an excellent speaker who is able to well and fully translate his storied experiences as a shooter to an audience. He is a compelling presence onstage, is able to command attention through a mix of good storytelling, humor, emotion and insight. He would be an excellent addition to any roster of speakers at any gathering of photographers, anywhere in the world. Highly recommend!

Joe McNally,

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning National Geographic photographer

Blair-round

As a leader in Indian wedding and travel photography and the creator of India's foremost photography conference, Silk Inspire, Sephi Bergerson is a dynamic public speaker and consummate artist with a unique perspective on photography and business. He literally wrote the book on Indian weddings, and it is always a pleasure to work with him and to recommend his services.

Blair deLaubenfels

Owner - Editor in Chief at World's Best Wedding Photos

alan-berg

I worked with Sephi on the SILK Inspire conference and his professionalism matches his amazing work. He has a dedication to helping other photographers, experienced and new, because he understands that raising the quality of work across the board helps everyone. The emotion in his photography shows that he gets into the soul of each event, and having him teach that from the stage can only help an audience find their unique style and purpose

Alan Berg

CSP, Global Speaking Fellow. Certified Speaking Professional®, Sales Trainer to the Wedding & Event Industry; One of only 36 Global Speaking Fellows