International Storytelling in Cox’s Bazar


Application Deadline: 25 August 2017

Duration: 30 Days

Dates: September 25 to October 25, 2017

 Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Workshop Fee: *2000 USD

The cost will cover:

  • Pathshala tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Airfare from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar and Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka
  • Food

Pathshala announces a 30-day International Photography Workshop designed for the students and aspiring professionals to develop crafts on working internationally and producing in-depth stories. The workshop will take participants through the complete chain of events that are involved in generating ideas to create stories, learning a wide variety of visual styles, contemporary narrative construction, developing local knowledge, questioning taboos and convention and finding innovative ways to engage with the audience etc. with day to day shooting, weekly reviews & critical feedback.

The prime destination of the workshop is ‘Cox’s Bazar’, known for the longest sea beach in the world with total area of 120 Kilometers. Mostly known as a tourist destination in Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar offers multifaceted issues to locate beyond conventional stories on climate change. Down to southeast of Bangladesh, the place carries more complicated layers including cross-border issues, indigenous population, new immigrants, the transformation of economy, industry, and landscapes along with growing tourism. The newly built 80-kilometer-long Marine Drive recently connected Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf, the southernmost area of Bangladesh sharing a border with Myanmar. The road embraces hills one side and sea beach another side and not only contributes with scenic landscapes but also to the socio-economic development of the area of diverse ethnicities.

The workshop offers a positive and unique learning experience for the students who aspire to work on personal projects and freely experiment with the guidance from experts and transform works into long-term projects.

Workshop Tutors:

Munem Wasif, Tanzim Wahab, Sarker Protick, Abir Abdullah, Sayed Asif Mahmud and many more

© Abhijeet Ghosh

Workshop Structure:

Week 01: Field visits, research, story selection with the assistance of local representatives, building relationship and finding access

Week 02: Review, construction of contemporary narratives, developing frameworks and finding innovative methods & alternative visual styles

Week 03: Review, developing personal stories, exploring long-term projects

Week 04: Editing workshop, final edit, and presentation



By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

-Demonstrate creative, technical, visual and intellectual abilities

-Identify sources of inspiration from photographic histories and genres

-Identify and strengthen a constructive voice in a photographic body of work

-Define, sequence and construct a narrative/phot-series

-Assess image quality and provide positive critique/feedback

-Reflect on feedback to improve and refine a narrative for transforming it to long-term project

© Sayed Asif Mahmud


To apply, please fill out this : Workshop Application Form
• Send us a selection of your work – your portfolio for this application process should be between 12-15 low-resolution images. Please note that each photograph should be 1200 pixels on the longer side, JEPG Format
• Please ZIP all your files [portfolio only] and send to via WeTransfer. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For example Imran Ahmed_ International Storytelling

For Information:

Pathshala South Asian Media Institute

House: 58, Road: 15/A,New Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh

Tel: +8802 9129 847; Cell: +880 1795 094 271




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