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.

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Five Pounds in My Pocket

I came to this country with five pounds in my pocket From Pakistan to Birmingham- Stories of New Beginnings PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT | BY Shaista Chishti   Migration has brought about, and continues to be responsible for, some of the most momentous social, economic, and political changes in the contemporary world. Over the…


Knitted Beliefs

Knitted Beliefs Inside Narayanpura – Pakistan’s Biggest Minorities Compound PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY |  Salman Alam Khan In the neighborhood of Karachi’s Ranchore Lines, there lies a small India of diverse people, colors and faiths, Narayanpura, a place with a very distinct feel and mesmerizing culture to it which sets it apart as…


From the Metro Bus; Uncommon Stories of the Common People

From the Metro Bus; Uncommon Stories of the Common People PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY | FAIZAN AHMAD 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…


Industry of Dissolving Portraits

Industry of Dissolving Portraits PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY |  FAIZAN ADIL 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…


Shadow Lives

Shadow Lives PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY|  Nida Ahmed The Ahmadi community has been persecuted in Pakistan since the early years of the country’s formation but the discrimination was further institutionalised when changes were made in 1973 constitution that declared them non Muslims under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.Constitutional changes criminalised the religious practices of Ahmadis by…

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The Past that Couldn’t be

The Past that Couldn’t be PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT | BY Ramis Abbas 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…


Conversations in Transit

Conversations in Transit PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL  FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY |  Maryam Altaf The 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 privatized economy and what role the state…


Scavenging for Wealth

Scavenging for Wealth BY Aziz Changezi 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…
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The Walled Street Journal

The Walled Street Journal Life inside a gated community BY EMA ANIS 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…
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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…


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…
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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…
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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 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 that…
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“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.