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Workshops, Courses and Conferences

“Creative Economies” Asia-Europe Emerging Photographers’ Forum 2009

This is an online collaboratory and forum in Kuala Lumpur from 11-18 May 2009 and is geared at young photographers or final year students. 20 photographers (10 from Europe and 10 from Asia) will be selected through recommendation criteria by a board of photographers, lecturers and specialists in the field of photography. Sadly the list of countries covered does not currently include Bangladesh. Please lobby the Bangladesh government to become part of ASEM (governments need to opt in, and Bangladesh has not yet done so). I can still make reccommendations, but the organisers will not be able to pay for the travel and accommodation of selected Bangladeshi participants. For the list of elegible countries and appllication details, please look up:


The theme of the Asia-Europe Emerging Photographers’ Forum 2009 is centered on the topic of “Creative Economies”. Twenty emerging photographers will portray indirect and alternative economic outlooks (gift economies, social cooperation, sustainable economies etc.) in Asia and Europe. Through these narratives the photographer’s will open different spaces of imagination, metaphors, fictions, reality and advantages within the context of the current economic crisis.

Multimedia and Online Journalism

Inwent (International Institute of Journalism) is offering a training course on “Multimedia and Online Journalism” which will take place from 8 June until 7 August 2009 at IIJ in Berlin, Germany.

The training focuses on journalists who work for online editions of newspapers.

Candidates are required to have
– have a minimum of five years of professional experience;
– have a strong interest in new media in general and online journalism in particular;
– have good computer skills;
– be proficient in English.

Women journalists are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please send your application to the German Embassy not later than February 10, 2009. Please find the announcement and the application form attached.

Address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, to the attention of Céline Read, 178, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka 1212

Best wishes,

Goethe-Institut Bangladesh & German Embassy Dhak

Foundry Photo Workshops

July 26 – Aug 1, 2009 — Manali, India

Discounted rates for South Asians. Scholarships available

Workshop Information

Any age or experience level is welcome at the workshop, and last year’s was a great mix of novice to expert . Anyone — formal or informal students, novices, etc— is welcome to attend.
However, we do have a few enrollment restrictions*, to ensure that those who would most benefit from the workshop are served.

+Freelancers with 3 years experience or less are welcome to attend.
+Newspaper staffers with 2 years experience or less or welcome to attend.

* These restrictions do NOT apply to South Asian photographers
(Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Burma, etc.)

There are 100 slots available for students.*
They are on a first come first served basis.
Once all slots are filled, the workshop will be considered full.
There will be a waiting list, as changes are sure to occur.

*Multiple slots are saved for South Asian students.

Tuition is $900 for the workshop program*. This includes six days of classes, all slideshows, panels, parties, portfolio reviews, and events during the workshop week. It does not include travel, lodging, airfare, food, etc.

* For South Asian photojournalists, tuition is $450.

Information source: Former Pathshala tutor David Wells


Workshop on TV Documentary

Conducted by Arnob Chakrabarty, Netherlands

Date: 10 November 2008, 2pm onwards

Venue: Drik Gallery

(II)Special focus: Creative Information Visualisation/Visual Literacy

The lecture/workshop provides insight into various aspects of adocumentary. Participants will learn about various documentarystyles and of different concepts toward the entire production.

Workshop content

General Theory – documentary

Forms of story-telling


Film Plan





Extra Feature by Drik

TVPresentation on lighting techniques

‘Light Like a Pro’ 30 minute video demo on using professional lighting kits

About Arnob

Studied journalism in the Netherlands and has been working for the last ten years for the Dutch national television as a staff reporter.

Contact: Jeevani,

Mobile: 01921396997



© E. Kashi


From the noisy, bustling streets of the major cities to the spectacularly beautiful countryside India is a sight to behold. Generations of visitors have returned home with compelling tales of adventure and unique encounters that live on in their memory.

There are many spectacular locations to be found on the subcontinent but for the real India most of my friends say that Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the place to go. Its streets offer up a rich pageant of all that life has to offer. For photographers such a place is a gift; you have only to spend an hour wandering through its streets and you are sure to capture compelling moments that offer an insight into the human condition. Having done this myself, I can definitely say that Kolkata has a lot to offer, and not only visually!

We are offering two workshops that address different aspects and differing ways to approach the “City of Joy”. The Kolkata’s daily Life workshop, will explore the daily life of Kolkata. The Changing Ideas workshop will offer the possibility to work side by side with small NGO’s and document the work of these organizations.

Our base will be at the Fairlawn Hotel. Do not expect fancy rooms, but do expect an experience. The Fairlawn is a special place in central Kolkata, a meeting point for artist, writers, journalists and photographers. It will offer the perfect atmosphere for our work.

Kolkata’s daily Life
March 6 – 13, 2009

Changing Ideas
March 14 – 21, 2009


Dear Shahidul,

Attached please find application information for the African Photo Entrepreneur Programme. Please feel free to pass this on to any who you think would like to make application.

The African Photo Entrepreneur Programme is specifically aimed at growing photo entrepreneurs who can compete on the global stage in terms of photo production and market savvy. Launched ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the programme will be run in South Africa in the latter half of 2008 and represents an investment of over R30,000 in each participant.

The programme is sponsored in part by the European Union through Gijima KZN, an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, and requires participants to apply to be selected. A panel of eminent judges from media, art and product markets, will ensure the standard of participants is high. Judges will be announced as they are confirmed.

Part of Africa Media Online’s African Image Pipeline project, the programme includes participation in the Digital Campus, a photo assignment, and for those who carry out the assignment successfully, a further two day Global Competitiveness Masterclass.

The aim of the whole programme is to equip participants to become adept at supplying the needs of international publishing, art and product markets. It not only involves digital imaging and digital workflow skills and disciplines, but also an awareness of market demands and routes to market.

Click here to make application and find out more information about the programme

All the best,

David Larsen
Director – Africa Media Online


About Singapore International Photography Festival

Scheduled to take place from 8 to 31 October 2008, the Singapore
International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind
in Southeast Asia. This biennial festival strives to provide a platform
for local and Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside
their international peers in various venues across Singapore. Central to
the SIPF is a series of short workshops and lectures facilitated by
curators and senior photographers for 30 selected Southeast Asian
photographers under the age of 35. Along with the official exhibitions and
programme, there is SIPF Fringe which counts on participation of arts
galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote the
appreciation of photography across Singapore.

The SIPF committee is made up of volunteers and relies on the good will
and support from various institutions, corporate organisation and the
public to make this festival a reality.

For general enquiries, please send to

Please kindly forward to people who might be interested.

SIPF Open Call Submission

The fesitval is looking for:
a) Exhibition proposals by photographers and artists (henceforth referred
to collectively as “artists”). This section is open to all artists with no
age limit.

b) Participants for the portfolio review/workshops/lectures (which will
run from 8 to 15 October 2008) in Singapore. This is only open to 30
selected participants holding Southeast Asian passports with priority
given to those under the age of 35.

An artist can only submit a maximum of two projects for the festival.
If you are eligible for (b), your proposal will automatically be
considered for the exhibition.

Applicants for either (a) or (b) must send in a Project Submission

Each project submission should include:
1) a resume (not more than two A4-size pages),
The resume should include your
a) name and contact details
b) date of birth
c) nationality

2) a one-paragraph bio (about 200 words)
3) an artist’s statement (not more than two A4-size pages).
The artist’s statement should include:
a) your name
b) a clear explanation about your work
c) how the work should be presented (prints, self-made books, video, etc)
d) year(s) in which it is made.

4) Jpeg images (in a zipped folder, if possible)
a) do not send more than seven images for each project.
b) each image in 72 dpi, compression 7-8, and with its shorter side at 10cm.
c) if necessary, include a caption list in a Microsoft Word document.

Pls Note:
Send one project in one email. All documents should be in Microsoft Word
Do not resend your resume and bio if you are submitting two projects.
Do not send prints or CDs/DVDs to the festival.
All submissions will be archived by the festival.

Respective submissions must be made electronically to :
exhibition[at] (Exhibition)
workshop[at] (Wokrshop/Portfolio Review)

All submissions to have name/country on email subject line
Example: Workshop submission: Ali Baba/Singapore

Submission call will close on 31st May 2008.
Results will be announced on the SIPF website ( on July
2008. Only the selected artists will be notified by email.

For general enquiries, please send to info[at]

About Exhibition Proposals

There is no theme to the festival. Photography must be used in the process
of creating the work. All genres of photography are accepted.

International artists especially those working in underrepresented and
misrepresented regions are welcomed to submit their works. Submissions by
Southeast Asian artists will be given priority. There is no age limit for
this section.

The SIPF is especially keen to showcase independent, long-term or ongoing
projects. The festival is not interested in single images. It will also be
difficult, though not impossible, to showcase works completed more than
five years ago.

Submitted works may be presented in prints, self-made books, video, or any
other format as suggested by the artist. Due to budgetary concerns, the
SIPF prefers print-based works. The festival is unable to showcase
handmade prints unless the selected artist is willing to pay for the
courier fee. Epson (Singapore Pte Ltd) is the official printer for SIPF.

About Portfolio Review/Workshops/Lectures

The portfolio review/workshops are only open to 30 selected artists
holding Southeast Asian passports. Southeast Asian countries include
Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia,
Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and East Timor. Official SIPF lectures
are open to additional 30 participants on top the 30 selected artists.

As this is a non profit event run by volunteers, each Singaporean artist
selected for the portfolio review/workshops/lectures will be required to
pay a subsidised amount of S$100 to help cover the cost of workshop and

Festival Grant Assistance: Each artist from the rest of the Southeast
Asian countries selected for the portfolio review/workshops/lectures is
qualified to apply for a grant to partially fund her or his trip to the
festival. The grant will help to cover the costs of the workshops,
materials and part of their travel expenses on a reimbursement basis.

Legal issues
All artists retain the creator’s right to the submitted works. If a
project is selected, the artist is obliged to temporarily transfer her or
his right of the images to the SIPF, so that (1) the images can be
produced for the exhibition, (2) used in the festival’s publicity drive
and (3) shown in subsequent tours. The artist will be credited each and
every time her or his work is used..

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will be taking place from June 2-4, 2008 in Bonn, Germany.

The topic of this year’s forum is “MEDIA IN PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT
PREVENTION”. Renowned representatives from the fields of media and
politics, culture and economics, development work and science are invited
to help shape new solutions for peace and conflict prevention.


We hope that you will visit us at the upcoming event and online. And of
course we are always open to further questions and suggestions.

We appreciate your time and interest and would be very happy about any co-operation.

In case you put a link on your website we would appriciate very much a short emal notification so that we can put your logo on our website as a cooperation partner for the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

Sincerely yours,

Conference Secretariat
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
Organisation: DW – MEDIA SERVICES GmbH
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49.228.429-2142
Fax: +49.228.429-2140

For all other information on the conference:


WITNESS is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the 2008 Video Advocacy Institute (VAI).

The Video Advocacy Institute, the first of its kind, is an innovative program that trains human rights defenders to successfully integrate video advocacy into their social change campaigns. The VAI will be held in association with Concordia University’s Communication Studies Program and Documentary Centre.

When: July 19 – August 2, 2008
Where: Concordia University – Montreal, Canada
Application Deadline: March 2, 2008

“The training was/is proving to be immensely useful… bringing these skills to grassroots organizations on the ground and in such an effective way.”
– VAI 2007 Participant

If you or others that you know would be interested in participating in this training program please visit: for detailed information and the application form. This VAI will be held in English. Future VAI’s may be held in different languages. Previous production skills not required. Should you have further questions about the VAI not answered in these materials, please write to us at:

Sam Gregory
Program Director


Tina L. Singleton
VAI Coordinator

WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.


Dear Shahidul,

We will be accepting applications for the photography program for international students called PhotoGlobal. It is a one year certificate program structured around critique, and would be ideal for anyone–advanced student, someone applying to a graduate program who wants to strengthen their portfolio, or a professional who lacks a critical discourse and community– and who wants to share in the opportunities New York can offer. Please pass the attached information to anyone whom you know that might be interested, or they can go to The application deadline is in May.

Scholarships are available this year.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I hope that you have a very happy new year.

Stephen Frailey
Chair, Photography Department
School of Visual Arts, New York


January 5 – Febrary 3 2008

Photoreportage on Climate Change:

Lead tutor Alison Morley. Chair department of photography, International Center of Photography New York. Other visiting tutors, Jay Mason, Norman Leslie, Duncan Barnes. Pathshala tutors, D. M. Shibly, Andrew Biraj.

Thirty four students from Edith Cowan University and Pathshala (2nd year), are working all over Bangladesh on the theme ‘Climate Change’. They will be presenting their work on the 2nd and 3rd February 2008.


Masterclass: Investigative Journalism for Television

This Workshop is a three day course on investigative TV-journalism, including fields of investigative reporting in today’s Bangladesh, television
reporting, research methods, financial reporting and photo-journalism. It will take place in December on the premises of Pathshala and Drik in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. It is open to media professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills on investigative tv-reporting.

The course is being sponsored by Drik Picture Library Ltd. There is however a token fee of Taka 3,000 per applicant. Applicants unable to pay this token fee are requested to apply for a further waiver from Drik.

Applicants are expected to be already conversant with television reporting and/or investigative journalism and to have a working knowledge of English. This is not a technical course, but deals more with the investigative process. However relevant technical issues will be touched upon.

Applicants are requested to apply by email to by the 28th November 2007. They should provide a current CV, citing their work experience, and a 200 word statement outlining why they are interested in the course. Successful
applicants will be informed through email by the 2nd December 2007. Applications by other methods will not be entertained. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted.

Day One (Thursday, December 6):

09:00 – 10:30

Television Reporting (introduction)


Arnob Chakrabarty (reporter Dutch Television and member VVOJ)

11:00 – 13:00

Fields of interest to investigative journalists in Bangladesh

(Civil society and investigative reporting: accountability, transparency and the role of investigative journalists)


Professor Muzaffar Ahmad, Dhaka University

14:00 – 16:00

Investigative Journalism (introduction)


Margo Smit (Reporter Dutch Television and president of VVOJ, Dutch Association for Investigative Journalism)

Day Two (Friday, December 7th):

09:00 – 10:30

Television Reporting (preparing a story)


Arnob Chakrabarty

11:00 – 13:00

Fields of interest to investigative journalists in Bangladesh

(Civil society and investigative reporting: accountability, transparency and the role of investigative journalists)


Professor M.M. Akash, Dhaka University

14:00 – 16:00

Efficient researching


Margo Smit

Day three (Saturday, December 8th)

09:00 – 12:00

Television Reporting (making a story)
Arnob Chakrabarty

13:00 – 16:00

Investigative Journalism (Research methods)


Margo Smit


  1. It’s a shame what happened to Bangladesh. I hope the world steps up and helps them.

    Comment by retro | November 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. salam migama zoleiiiiiiiiiikhaa hagh dasht az eshgheto bemire

    Comment by farzan | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. Please let me informed about any new course

    Comment by Omar faroque | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Every photo is very real and it makes my heart melt. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by San Antonio Bankruptcy Lawyer Reviews | November 11, 2013 | Reply

  5. These are great for photo journalism. The photographers did a wonderful job.

    Comment by karen | February 8, 2014 | Reply

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