Tribes of Nagaland Hornbill Festival
December 1, 2018 - December 6, 2018
Instructor: Daniel Schwartz
Location: Kohima, Nagaland, North East India
Duration: 5 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships available: Yes
About the workshop
Created to encourage inter-tribal interaction, the Hornbill festival seeks to promote the rich cultural heritage of Nagaland.Exploitation of natural resources together with the rapid change of the region’s infrastructure are among the factors that threaten and change the distinctly different ways of life revolving around agriculture, religion and a variety of indigenous warrior traditions.
Taking place in Kisama, the workshop aims at depicting the colourful (this does not exclude black and white photography!) activities of the festival as well as backstage interactions in a way that avoids the superficial tourist-photographer imagery and instead conveys your emotions produced by your personal encounter with the seemingly strange and exotic (like customs such as pork-fat eating or archery competitions) or mundane (like rock music and Miss Nagaland beauty contests or a motor rally).
The workshop is not story based. Whatever approach you choose — portraiture, essay, focus on a group of people, or the diversity of head gear, etc. — your final edit will be a consistent set of photographs which convey the essence of your chosen topic.
You are expected to have some experience in working in culturally and ethnically different environments.
You will learn to look for authenticity behind the scenes of what by nature is a government-sponsored tourism promoting venture. In doing so, you will figure out your position between proximity and keeping a distance, and hone your critical eye.
Notes: Arrival in Kisama is by way of Dimapur (74 kms from Kohima) which is well connected by air and rail. From Dimapur, Kohima is reached by a two hour cab ride. Options in Kohima are taxis or SUV rental.
Students will be responsible for their own accomodation, but we can recommend some places. There will be a meeting place for discussion, editing and slideshow.
Presentation of participants portfolios and discussion of their workshop ideas (based on research done prior to arrival).
Days 2 to Day 6:
Photography and discussion of work in progress.
Final edit and sequence of your work culminating in a slideshow. One image from each student will be posted on VII’s Instagram feed.
Terms & Conditions
To reserve a space on a workshop, a deposit of 25% of the full workshop fee is required. Final and full payment of the balance is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. A participant’s reservation will be canceled if full payment has not been received by 120 days prior to departure. The deposit if not refundable. We strongly advise participants to take out trip cancellation insurance.
The workshop fee does not include travel, lodging, meals or transportation.
If, under exceptional circumstances, such as health or accident, the instructors are made unavailable they will be replaced with another VII photographer.
All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship application.