Loading Events

« All Events

Tribes of Nagaland Hornbill Festival

December 1, 2018 - December 6, 2018

Photo by Daniel Schwartz

Instructor: Gary Knight & Daniel Schwartz
Location: Kohima, Nagaland, North East India
Cost: $2,000
Duration: 7 Days
Class size: 16
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Scholarships available: No

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.


Day 1:

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.

Day 7:

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

Please read our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy carefully before enrolling in a workshop.

Enroll now


Early bird special

Pay the full workshop fee by June 1, 2018 and enter this code at checkout to receive a 10% discount: QBJ2WKB7KHTM


Please email workshops@viiphoto.com for a scholarship application.


December 1, 2018
December 6, 2018
Event Categories:
, ,


Kohima, Nagaland, North East India
Kohima, Nagaland India



Contact us

VII Photo Agency

PO Box 621
Manville, NJ

+1 646-694-8447

Licensing & Assignments

Redux Pictures
+1 212-253-0399

Stay connected

Visit the store

VII Photo Store

The VII Online Bookstore features rare, limited edition, and signed photography books by the photographers of VII.



  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve


  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Ali Arkady
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Sharon Castellanos
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold