Pakistan Photo Festival is the 1st international photography festival showcasing work of regional, national and international photographers, in Pakistan.

Pakistan Photo Festival (PPF)  is an initiative of ZamanFilms and comprises of photographers, artists, filmmakers, journalists, social scientists, academicians and publishers with a vision to contribute to the social fabric of society through the art form of photography.  Pakistan Photo Festival is the 1st international photography festival showcasing work of regional, national and international photographers, in Pakistan. Pakistan photo festival is a unique festival, which will call for the photography with narratives and stories of the globe.

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship Program

The goal of the fellowship is to help build a stronger social documentary photography practice in Pakistan by helping selected students work on issue-based multi-media projects that highlight some of the most pressing social, economic, legal and rights struggles in the country. Those selected will be assigned a mentor throughout the duration of the fellowship, who will work closely with the student through the various phases of the project – research, design, execution and production. The fellowship will create an understanding and appreciation of documentary photography and photojournalism in Pakistani society at very grassroots level.

SHADOW LIVES

There are thousands of Pakistanis, living a life of secrecy, discrimination, neglect and constant fear in their own country. For decades, this nation has refused to own and protect them.         Project by Nida Mehboob Mentored by Wendy Marijnissen           We will be exhibiting all these projects at Kalma…

The Industry of Dissolving Portraits

Nursing homes have now become a growing industry in Pakistan, and this phenomenon is rising partly because of a rise in globalization, modernization, and urbanization. It is true that industrialization and modernization have created new job opportunities, but at the same time, it has also created a vacuum for elderly folks as they are left…

An ode to the brilliant mentors who made PPF Fellowship possible

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship became successful owing to the brilliant mentors who led the way for the young photographers who participated in our months-long rigorous exercise. If there was ample dedication on the fellows’ part, there was also unparalleled devotion from the mentors as well, who put in their time, effort and energies into polishing…

Knitted Beliefs

In the neighborhood of Karachi’s Ranchore Lines, there is a small India of diverse people, colors & faith, Narayanpura, a place with a very distinct feel and mesmerizing culture to it. Its the biggest minority compound of Pakistan. It consists of 15,000 people from different religions living with their Muslim neighbours. There are three Hindu Temples,…

From the Metro Bus; Uncommon Stories of the Common People

The story Pakistani multi- media tells about its common people has been almost the same in past 17 years. These channels are massively overtaken by politicians, businesses and religious scholars. And the average common person is represented by numbers in which they are affected, not by their stories they live everyday.       Project…

Conversations in Transit

Her project explores the idea of a shared economy in Pakistan. The inquiry began by looking at the demographics within a particular app-based taxi hailing service and has henceforth, become part of a wider investigation into the privatised economy and what role the state has to play. The questions it highlights are; reasons for driving,…

Five Pounds in My Pocket

It was the middle 50s—1955–56— when Britain was busy rebuilding as quickly as possible the cities and factories that had been destroyed in the war. Britain was in urgent need of manpower. Its doors were open, and hardy, hardworking villagers from Mirpur and Panjab were arriving in droves. These were the days when the star…

The Walled Street Journal

Look at advertisements of gated communities, and you’ll see the promise of not just a home but heaven: a complete privileged, upper-class and secure lifestyle. But while this lifestyle seems ideal, there are larger insidious issues the physical barriers erected by gated communities are creating – both within minds of the people as well as…

The Past that Couldn’t be

It would not be easy today for a student in Pakistan to imagine a kind of campus where students have a collective, consolidated and legal political space. This was how the public-sector universities were before the 1980s. At that time, students were not a disassociated group having no political imagination of any sort. They were…

Scavenging for Wealth

Pakistan generates 20 million tons of solid waste every year. While the nation lacks a well-defined waste management system, local families have found a way to make a living out of recycling in the specific areas of Karachi Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Surj Rani Town, Nazimabad & Lyari Express. Every morning trucks dump massive amounts of waste in…

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship Exhibition

After eight months of extensive research and photography, Pakistan Photo Festival fellows have finalized their projects which are going to be exhibited at Canal Metro Station and Kalma Chowk Metro Station, Lahore, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February. Pakistan Photo Festival is its first kind of fellowship program in Pakistan, representing the country…

At Pakistan Photo Festival, Fellows Learn to Think and Critique

The second week of Pakistan Photo Festival ended on a joyful note. A sound sense of understanding, harmony and dedication was evident among the members of the fellowship. Different stories were shared, experimental ideas were discussed and also healthy discussions were carried out to instill confidence and ability to withstand critique. The members were encouraged and…

Our sessions at Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017 We have developed this fellowship program to build strong social documentary practices among emerging new photographers. Next 2 months, our monitors will work closely with fellows to help them in research, design, execution and production of their projects. We are fortunate to have some of the great photographers monitoring this…

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship Mentors 2017

We are pleased to announce our Mentors for Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017.  ASIM RAFIQUI                             PHOTOGRAPHER | LAHORE,  PAKISTAN Asim Rafique is an independent photographer whose work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic (France), Stern (Germany), The Wall Street Journal…

List of successful applicants for Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017

We are happy to announce list of photographers selected by the Jury for Pakistan Photo Festival fellowship 2017 Congratulation for your success Faizan Adil Aziz Changezi Faheem Gul Maham Omer Maryam Altaf Ema Anis Saira Butt Nida Ahmed Ramis Abbas Shaista Chishty Syed Shahroz Hyder Salman Alam

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship

SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Pakistan Photo festival fellowship 2017. Please email info@pakistanphotofestival.com to inquire about the possibility of an extension. Pakistan is located in a region, which has faced great political, economic and religious strife for the past two decades. Under every stone is a story…
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Testimonials

“It is only natural that Pakistan fascinates us as a nation, a culture and a neighbour. And to be able to see the country through a shared passion for Photography will be really inspiring and enlightening. Hope to make this an important way of collaborating in the years to come.”          

“I have been to Pakistan twice and could get in touch with its lovely culture, but I think the country is still an enigmatic place to a lot of people in the west side of the world, as It remains for me, a Brazilian journalist. I see Pakistan Photo Festival as a very happy initiative…

“Photo Festivals are a fantastic way to promote photography to new audiences, and also show innovative work to those who already have an understanding of the photography scene, both locally and internationally. Festivals can be a great melting pot for new ideas, networking and encouragement. I’ve seen firsthand how well the people of Pakistan can…

    “The Pakistan Photo Festival is a great initiative raising global awareness on splendor of Pakistan; it’s landscapes and people, and creating an incentive for many photographers, national and international, to immortalize the beauty of the country, putting a different light on a part of the globe that often has a negative connotation in…

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Pakistan Photo Festival is the 1st international photography festival showcasing work of regional, national and international photographers, in Pakistan. Pakistan photo festival is a unique festival, which will call for the photography with narratives and stories of the globe. The idea is to introduce and cherish a unique form of Photography and to expose the various narratives on social, cultural, ethnic perspectives and distinct issues of human rights struggles and challenges.