Pathshala is now emerging as a world-leader amongst schools of documentary photography. The institute started in 1998 in conjunction with a World Press Photo educational initiative in Bangladesh. Since then a stream of greatest names in photography came at regular intervals to teach and share their wisdom. Abbas, John Vink, Ian Berry, Stanley Greene, Martin Parr, Morten Krogvold, Pablo Bartholomew, Pedro Meyer, Raghu Rai, Reza Deghati, Robert Pledge, Tim Hetherington, Philip Blenkinsop, Trent Parke and many others had spent quality time with Bangladeshi photographers, nurturing and supporting Pathshala students.
Indolent and unaware of how special the environment was,Pathshala students soon became infected by the passion of their marvelous tutors. They were in a true Pathshala, studying life. And it showed. They got selected for the prestigious JoopSchwartMasterclass. The number of Pathshala students that have joined the World Press Photo Masterclass is unusually high for any photography institution in the world. Students won awards like the Mother Jones, World Press, the National Geographic All Roads and a host of other prestigious awards. Time Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times and other leading publications began to hire them, and their reputations spread like wild fire.