Our recent Pakistan Photo Camp marks the second successful collaboration between NG Photo Camp and Internews, an organization whose mission of “empowering local media worldwide” is very well-aligned with our own.
The camp set out to provide students with the opportunity to learn skills related to photography and storytelling to help them develop ways of sharing the stories of their communities. Seventeen youth hailing from the multiple regions of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan) were selected from more than 250 who applied to attend the six day camp.
In Islamabad they met the National Geographic Photo Camp team including photographers Tyrone Turner, Matt Moyer, and Amy Toensing. They embarked on an intensive course in photojournalism involving a combination of classroom instruction and applied skills development in the field. At Rawal Lake the students had the opportunity to photograph families enjoying the beautiful weather on a weekend afternoon together. They experimented with capturing the subtle interactions of people in leisure situations, and they worked on developing the photographer’s skill of approaching people in public and photographing them.
In the next series, the students explored historic Said Pur Village in parallel with the Truck Art Market in Rawalpindi, capturing people at work and in a variety of real life situations. You may notice in this series the specialized use of contrast and lighting as the students began to test more advanced techniques and expanded their skills. The final series, shot in picturesque Murree, gave the students an opportunity to combine and exercise all of their new skills at once.