Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017

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.

About Fellowship

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 that has the potential to inspire, move and awe. For too long the story of Pakistan and its people has been conveyed to the world through a foreign lens that is more than often skewed. It’s about time we take control of our narrative and tell our own stories with our own lens.

Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship 2017

Pakistan photo festival fellowship 2017 is a two-months long program hosted by PakistanPhotoFestival for Pakistani photographers who are interested in documentary photography and photojournalism. The Fellowship will be awarded to the 15 Pakistani photographers every year to undertake the two-months long photography project under the supervision of Internationally recognized photographers. They will provide ongoing mentorship throughout the two-months. During two-months long residency program every photographer will produce body of work individually in the field of documentary photography/photojournalism. All work will be exhibited in the Pakistan Photo Festival’s annual event.

Goal of the Fellowship

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…

ASIM RAFIQUI | Photographer | Lahore, Pakistan

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 Magazine, Newsweek, and Time (USA, Asia) among others. He won numerous awards for his work, with most recent in 2015 Magnum…

DIDIER RUEF | Photographer | Lugano, Switzerland

DIDIER RUEF           PHOTOGRAPHER | LUGANO, SWITZERLAND Didier Ruef, born in 1961, is based in Lugano, Switzerland and works as a freelance documentary photographer. Ruef's photographs have been published in major international magazines and newspapers, such as Time, The Observer Magazine, Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, El Pais Semanal, Geo, Marie Claire,…
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About Fellowship 2017

Pakistan is located in a region, which has faced great political, economic and religious strife for the past two decades.

Jury Panel 2017

We are proud to have on board an esteemed jury panel.  The Jury Panel for the Pakistan photo festival 2017 is

The Fellowship will be awarded to the 15 Pakistani photographers

every year to undertake the two-months long photography project under the supervision of Internationally recognized photographers. They will provide ongoing mentorship throughout the two-months.

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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.