Thursday, 3 December 2015

Travel Photographer Asia 2016

I've been very glad to be involved with Travel Photographer Asia since its inception last year, and I'm doubly gratified to have been re-invited by its founder, Ahsan Qureshi, to participate in its forthcoming event as a judge of its travel photography contest, and in giving a 4 day workshop in Kuala Lumpur between May 26 and May 29, 2016.

There will be a master class with Dr. Shahid ul Alam and workshops with Ms. Khaula Jamil and myself. Master Class In Story Telling, Basics of Photojournalism and The Travel Documentary!

The Master Class with the legendary Dr Shahid ul Alam will explore the basic structure of storytelling and with practical examples and simple guidelines, provide the framework for utilizing the remarkable tools at our disposal today to create, deliver and propagate engaging stories. A component on social media, including the recipes for engagement and reach will also be included.

Amongst his many celebrated accomplishments, Dr Shahid ul Alam has set up the award winning Drik Picture Library, The Bangladesh Photographic Institute, Pathshala, The South Asian Media Academy, and he is a also member of advisory board of National Geographic Society.

Ms Khaula Jamil will present the Basics of Photojournalism workshop; a 4 day visual storytelling and photojournalism class. It will involve both theory and practical sessions. Lectures and highly interactive discussions on various genres of photojournalism/key practitioners/ ethics/ social issues /examples and presentations will be conducted.

Ms Khaula holds a MFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design in 2009 on a Fulbright Scholarship and is now an independent freelance photographer. She founded "K For Karachi" a collection of silver jewelry and is well known for her on-going photo project “Humans of Karachi”. She also teaches part-time at the Indus Valley School, and is a member of Majority World, a photo agency started by Dr. Shahid-ul-Alam.

As for me, I shall present The Travel Documentary, a 4 day visual storytelling and travel photography workshop in Kuala Lumpur. Participants will photograph in the field, while indoors time will be devoted to weaving the material into still photo stories and travel documentaries.

To repeat the obvious, I plan, organize and lead photo expeditions-workshops for other photographers, with emphasis on travel photography, multimedia storytelling and documentary photography. I am also the founder of The Travel Photographer blog, and I'm proud to be a faculty member in the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. Interested in traditional and non-traditional religious manifestations, I am currently working on a long term personal photographic project titled “The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam”.