Introduction to Storytelling – May 2019

Found Photograph, Sagar Chhetri Archive

This intensive two weeks workshop is designed for photographers who have a technical base in 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 and work to produce one body of work in the duration of the workshop. Later, we will present the works produced during a public event. Participants should be prepared to work hard and push their limits!


  • 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: 06 – 20 May 2019
  • Venue: HQ, Jhamsikhel
  • Timing: 2pm – 6pm on weekdays, 10am – 4pm on Saturdays
  • Language: Nepali + English
  • Fee: NRs. 9500 only (incl. 13% VAT)
  • Tutors: Shikhar Bhattarai, Sumit Dayal, Bunu Dhungana, Sagar Chhetri, Prasiit Sthapit


  • 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 May 6 – 20.


This workshop is open to all interested, but priority will be given to young Nepali photographers.
To apply, please fill an application form and email it to
Send us a portfolio of single photographs or one visual story (max 15 images, 800 pixels on the longest side).

**Two travel grants are available for Nepali participants from outside the Kathmandu valley. Please state in your application if you would like to apply for a travel grant. Travel grant will cover bus fare to Kathmandu and back. Participant will be responsible for local accommodation herself/himself.

Application deadline 5pm, 1 May 2019.

For further queries/concerns: Sagar Chhetri (9808380219)


Sagar Chhetri (b. 1990), is a documentary photographer based in Kathmandu. He is interested in socio-political stories. He graduated in the International Photography Program at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka. He received a scholarship from the Danish Ministry of Education to attend a semester on Photojournalism in Danish School of media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark. He is currently associated with, Photo.Circle, a learning platform for Nepali photographers, Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive that strives to document an inclusive and alternate history of the Nepali people and Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s only international photography festival. He is the recipient of Magnum Foundation Grant 2018.

Bunu Dhungana discovered photography after leaving the world of academics and research. However, her background in sociology informs her photographic work. A graduate of JNU, Delhi, she is interested in questioning notions of gender and patriarchy. While she focuses on personal projects that center around women’s issues, she has worked within a wide range – from visual ethnography, NGO/INGO work to commercial work. She loves roaming about places, people-watching, and eavesdropping. She lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sumit Dayal was born in Kashmir, India, grew up in a small neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal, and went to boarding school and later university in New Delhi. His exposure to a confluence of cultures from an early age gave him the ability to speak five languages and provided Sumit with a unique perspective on the struggles and opportunities in South Asia. In 2006 Sumit graduated in Documentary & Photo Journalism from the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer, covering Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

His work documents the plight of societies, disappearing cultural traditions and changing landscapes of South Asia. In 2006 he received the Alexia Foundation Award, and in 2010 was chosen by Photo District News magazine as one of the 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch. The same year, he won the Emerging Photographer Award at the National Geographic All Roads Photography Program with his long term project in Kashmir “On Going Home”. In 2010 he was among the photographers selected by Giorgia Fiorio for the Reflexions Masterclass. He has published on Time, Glamour, Vrij Nederland, Shell UK, Soros Foundation Nepali Times, Dan Church Aid, Vanity Fair and Himal. He is based in New Delhi.

Shikhar Bhattarai is a freelance photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His passion for photography developed when he started to understand the power of the visual medium as a way to share stories. He is particularly interested in travel and documentary photography. An avid traveller, he has traversed across many parts of his diverse country, and is interested in its geographical and anthropological histories and narratives.

Prasiit Sthapit is a visual storyteller based in Kathmandu. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Magnum Emergency Fund Grant and has also been selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

He is currently associated with Fuzz Factory Productions, a multimedia collective based in Kathmandu and Photo Kathmandu.