Introduction to Storytelling – Spring 2024


In this workshop we will work to tell stories with images. We will work together to engage in reading visuals. We will practice visual thinking. We will closely look into the strength of a single image as well as the tedious task of bringing together multiple single images to make a meaningful visual narrative. We will begin to trust and explore creative processes. This intensive two-week workshop aims to be a learning ground for photographers who’re technically sound with digital photography and wish to take a step ahead into visual storytelling.

Visual Aesthetics
Ethics in photography
Introduction to Studio lights
Digital workflow and post-production (Bridge, Photoshop)
Reading photography
Writing for photography
Introduction to Photo Editing
Introduction to Visual storytelling

Dates: 10 – 24 May 2024
Timing: 10 AM – 4 PM
Venue: HQ, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel (location in Google map)
Language: Nepali
Fee: NRs. 12000 (incl. 13% VAT) (travel stipend is available to participants coming from outside of Kathmandu Valley)
Mentors: Uma Bista & Sagar Chhetri
Guest Mentors:

Participants should have a good technical base in photography.
Participants should have their own DSLR cameras/equipments.
Participants should be able to commit to the workshop full time from 10 – 24 May 2024.


This workshop is open to Nepali photographers only.

To apply, please submit this application form.

Application Deadline: 5 May 2024

About the Mentors:

Uma Bista is an artist based in Nepal. She uses the camera as a tool to tell visual narratives that focus on social, cultural, familial, personal, political, and psychological perspectives, on gender inequality.

Her works are being published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including Growing Like a Tree: Sent A Letter, Breda Photo Festival, Chobi Mela, Photoville, Rubin Museum , Pen & Brush Gallery, and Caravan Magazine, among others.

Sagar Chhetri is a Kathmandu based visual artist and educator. He finds himself between denial and acceptance, between audacity to stop a moment in the pace of time and the curiosity of what lies in it; between the person and the personal; between politics, listening and observing the becoming of an image-maker, a practicing educator and an aspiring performer. He makes photographs to respond to the world around him. In his works he is often thinking about the identity struggles of the people, hopes and dreams of a revolution, fragmentation and skyrocketing prices of land.

He graduated in the International Photography Program at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh. He received a scholarship from the Danish Ministry of Education to attend a semester on Photojournalism in the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark. In 2019, he received a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

In 2016 his work ‘Eclipse’ was recognized in Nepal’s Photojournalism contest. In 2018 he became one of the recipients of the Magnum Foundation Fund. In 2020, he participated in the 26th JoopSwart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo.