International Photography Program 2017


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Portfolio Submission Deadline: 26 October 2017

Program Duration: 20 November 2017 to 20 April 2018

Total Cost: 3800 euros

 International Photography Program at Pathshala is designed for advanced level students which gives young photographers from around the world the opportunity to develop a personal photographic voice and own visual expression, guided by a faculty of world-renowned photographers. It will help to exchange thoughts and ideas in their very own visual expression in Photography, through a traditional, intimate and informal learning method. The program offers a possibility for participants of different backgrounds, cultures and ages to fully submerge in the subject during their stay. It is an intense period during which the student is pushed to examine his views on photography, step out of personal patterns and self imposed boundaries in photographing to develop fresh visual languages.

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Mentored by industry professionals, the program’s focus on practical sessions is underpinned by a theoretical component within its curriculum.  Every Faculty at Pathshala has different fields of expertise but all convey their knowledge with a common factor, which is passion. Here no theory is served dry and no practice on a rigid plate.  In classes the transition of where photography ends and other forms of expression begin is fluid, all artistic fields are being flooded and references given from a very broad spectrum of knowledge. The workshops which are being held inbound and outbound of Dhaka allow students to see and connect with the country and its people on a different level. Participants will also focus on developing visual narratives in different methods where conventions of traditional and contemporary storytelling will be taken into discussion. The stories will be constantly questioned and reviewed to push the taboos on photographing social issues, personal stories and fictions.


The relationship between local and global will be a central focus in learning simple and advanced methods of visual expression within multiple approaches. Comprehension will be developed to understand the world from deep-within and varied perspectives. The residency program aims to inspire different practices of photography and internalization of specific ways of seeing. The participants will aim to gain a certain level of sensibility in photographic practice, which may organically grow as emotive response, instinctive expression or conscious and intellectual acts of art.


The Program participants will live in a shared residence [two persons in one room] which is just walking distance from the school which is comfortable, intimate and fully-furnished. The residence not only facilitates security but also them allows the students to stay together to maximize the exchange of ideas and thoughts. The close proximity to Pathshala also allows them to make full use of the campus’ Studio, Computer Lab, Wi-Fi, Darkroom, Library and other logistic support on a daily basis, including on weekends.

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Course structure:

The First two months:

  • Craft Building
  • Technical Aspects and Knowledge on Aesthetics
  • Post Production

The Third & Fourth months:

  • Approaching People & Community
  • Exploring Space
  • Group Review Sessions
  • Storytelling: Linear, nonlinear and Thematic
  • Visual Narrative
  • Contemporary Narrative Construction
  • Develop Personal Body of Work
  • Review Session

The Fifth Month:

  • Final Project
  • Mid-Submission Review
  • Presentation

The participants would develop their personal bodies of work with regular reviews by the tutors. They will be able to make the most of their presence in this part of the world by traveling outside of Dhaka or indeed Bangladesh.

Total Cost: 3800 Euros

The cost includes:

  • Tution fees
  • Shared Accomodation
  • Access to Library
  • Access to Darkroom
  • Access to Studio
  • Access to Computer Lab

Application Process:
1. A complete CV of yours.
2. Motivation letter (500 words) describing why you want to avail this program.
3. One body of work containing (stories/ series; 12-15 Photographs) Specification: 1200 pixel longest side JPEG Format.
Please kindly Submit your Portfolio to the email:

For Information:
Pathshala South Asian Media Institute
16 Sukrabad, Panthapath, Dhaka-1207
Tel: 880-2-9129847 Mob: +8801795094271


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