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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…
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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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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…
Italy. Province of Sicily. Menfi. Mutoid Waste Company.  A man drives and tests the Fiat 250 (a Fiat 500 cuts in half) before the start of the show at "Inycon" festival. Two other men look at the scene in front of a barber shop. One man has shaving cream on his face. Using all types of industrial scrap for their raw materials the Mutoid Waste Company are a mobile and adaptable group of performance artists. Having the necessary equipment to allow them complete freedom, they have created an entirely new form of scultural-musical performance crossing the boundaries of circus, theatre and art. © 1999 Didier Ruef

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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MAHESH SHANTARAM | Photographer | Bangalore, India

MAHESH SHANTARAM     PHOTOGRAPHER | BANGALORE, INDIA Mahesh Shantaram uses personal and subjective documentary photography series to study complex systems, societies, and institutions, particularly with reference to contemporary India. Everything that's great about India and everything that's wrong with it can be summarised in a single wedding. I n Matrimania, six years in the…
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WENDY MARIJNISSEN | Photographer | Antwerp, Belgium

WENDY MARIJNISSEN           PHOTOGRAPHER | ANTWERP, BELGIUM Wendy Marijnissen is a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium.  Intuition and personal interests have always played a major role in her work and naturally guided Wendy to her subjects.In 2008 she completed a long-term reportage in Israel and Palestine, using music to show a…
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Winter expedition through the Wakhan Corridor and into the Afghan Pamir mountains, to document the life of the Afghan Kyrgyz tribe. January/February 2008. Afghanistan

MATTHIEU PALEY | Photographer | Paris, France

 MATTHIEU PALEY              PHOTOGRAPHER | PARIS,  FRANCE Matthieu Paley is a freelance photographer based in Turkey, and a regular contributor to National Geographic. Over the last 17 years, Matthieu’s passion for the human nature has taken him all over the world. He likes to focus his camera on regions that…
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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
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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 that…
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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.