Intro to Visual Storytelling 2021

Photo: Rojan Shrestha

Stories help us understand each other and the many worlds that we live in. Who is doing the storytelling? This determines which worlds are made visible to us.

This intensive two-week workshop is designed for photographers who have a basic understanding of digital photography and now want to take their skills to the next level. The workshop will introduce photographers to working on narratives and telling stories. Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of visual styles and languages. They will be supported to produce a body of work in the duration of the workshop, taking all necessary safety precautions. Shooting at home, without venturing out, is a viable option. Participants should be prepared to work hard and push their limits!

Women, queer and non-binary photographers are encouraged to apply.


Introduction to storytelling
Aesthetics I – Composition and content
Aesthetics II – Light
Ethics in photography
Visual styles and master photographers
Digital workflow and post-production (Bridge, Photoshop)
Introduction to editing
Note-taking, research, and caption writing


Dates: 22 Sep – 6 OCT 2021
Timing: TBA
Language: Nepali/English
Fee: NRs. 4500 only (incl. 13% VAT)
Tutors: Uma Bista, Tripty Tamang Pakhrin, & Sagar Chhetri

Participants should have a good technical base in photography.
Participants should have their own DSLR cameras.
Participants should be able to commit to the workshop full-time from 22 September – 6 October 2021.


This workshop is open to Nepali photographers.

To apply, please fill this google application form and submit it. Do not forget to upload your portfolio of single photographs or one visual story in the google form itself. (max. 15 images, the size of your upload should not be more than 10 MB).

Application deadline: 17 Sept 2021 (until midnight)

For further queries/concerns: Sagar Chhetri (9808380219)


Uma Bista is a photographer based in Nepal. She works on visual narratives that focus on issues of gender inequality. She studied International Photography Program at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh. Uma was named in the British Journal of Photography’s annual “Ones to Watch 2019”. She is a mentee of Women Photograph 2020. She is a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow 2020. Her works have been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally. She has worked as a photojournalist for the national daily newspaper in Nepal.

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin works and lives in Kathmandu. Her work explores ideas of space, memory, and youth. She is one of the recipients of the VII Foundation’s Alexandra Boulat Grant, 2019. She is currently studying documentary photography and photojournalism at the University of Arts and Applied Sciences Hanover. She enjoys cooking and comedy.

Sagar Chhetri is a Kathmandu-based photographer. He explores the narratives of politics, identity, and representation in his works. He is a Magnum Foundation Fund grantee for his work – Eclipse. He is a former visiting artist fellow at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University. He was a participant in the Joop Swart Masterclass 2020 organized by World Press Photo.