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 in the global documentary photographic platform. Our first fellowship program began at the start of 2017, which brought together young and creative minds from all across Pakistan. In March, our jury selected 15 photographers and aimed to develop active and lasting networks and learning processes through various sessions conducted by international photographers.
The sessions were conducted by Asim Rafiqui, Shah Zaman Baloch, Wendy Marijnissen, Mahesh, Didier Ruef and Matthieu Paley. They shared their work, the histories of different documentaries and criticized their own projects to help the participants analyze and understand things from a creator’s point of view. The fellows learned from the speakers as well as their fellow participants on how to think, research, develop and pitch a project with a profound meaning. It was a difficult and long process, but the results the fellows produced by the end of the fellowship were remarkable, to say the least.
We are grateful to our national and international mentors who worked with every individual fellow and helped them give shape to their projects.
Our Fellows and their Mentors:
Ema Anis from Karachi moved to Lahore to attend the PPF fellowship. Her mentor was Asim Rafiqui. She did a project named “The Walled Street Journal” about life inside the gated community.
Salman Alam Khan, a Lahore-based photographer, captured the colorful diversity of Narayanapura in his project “Knitted Beliefs”. Narayanpura is one of Pakistan’s largest minorities compounds, found in Karachi. His mentor was Matthew, a National Geographic contributor, from Turkey.
Nida Mehboob from Lahore undertook a compelling project named “Shadow Lives” on the discrimination faced by minority communities of the country. Her Mentor was Wendy Marijnissen, a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium.
Faizan Adil, a Lahore-based documentary photographer, was mentored by Matthieu Paley, a National Geographic Photographer from Turkey, and he produced a provoking project titled “Industry of Dissolving Portraits” about Nursing Homes in Pakistan.
Maryam Altaf, also based in Lahore, put together a project on how how ride-hailing services have subtly changed the economic landscape of the country. Her project, based on stories of several drivers, is named “Think Uber Drivers”, and was mentored by Asim Rafiqui, an independent photographer.
Faizan Ahmad is a storyteller who completed a project named “From the Metro Bus; The Uncommon Stories of the Common People” in which he highlighted the voice of the ordinary people. His mentor was Didier Ruef, a documentary photographer based in Switzerland.
Shaista Chishty is a London-based visual artist and her project “One Pound in My Pocket” retraces one family’s journey from Pakistan to the UK after partition. Wendy Marijnissen was her mentor.
Ramis Abbas is Lahore-based artist. His mentor was Mahesh Shantaram, a photographer from Belgium, India. His project “The Past that Could Not Be” is for students to help them imagine a kind of campus where they have a collective, consolidated and legal political space.
Aziz Changezi, from Quetta, completed a project named “Scavenging for Wealth” on how recycling provides livelihood to families in Pakistan. His mentor was Didier Ruef.
Now, we will be exhibiting all these projects at Kalma Chowk Metro station and Canal Metro station. We would be pleased to have you at our exhibition and to share our overwhelming experience with you. The event is open for public – Everyone’s invited!