Project India 2014
Photography as a Force of Change
Location: Dehradun, India
Dates: February 2 - 15, 2014
Cost: $4650 (Dual Occupancy); Single supplements available.
Please contact our office for itinerary and travel information.
- Momenta provides all the pre-workshop logistics for nonprofit assignments based each student's interest and goals
- Student work benefits nonprofits in their need to publicize and project their activities to new audiences
- Instruction on Photo Mechanic and photo asset archiving
- Hotels, in-country transportation, guides and meals included with tuition
- Personal portfolio reviews with lead instructor and Momenta staff
- Regular slideshows, lectures and group critiques
- Daily mentoring and story development editing
- Voluntary multimedia instruction for interested attendees
- Lectures on narrative storytelling, elements of a photography and history of documentary photography
- Final slideshow and party hosted by Momenta for all students, NGO staff, general public and members of the photographic community
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If you've ever wanted to do more with your photography than show your friends your travel images, this workshop is for you! India is inarguably one of the most important and influential countries of the next century and home to one of the world's most changing social environments. Join us to work with the many varied NGOs and nonprofits that have helped shape India's development projects over the last 50 years in Northern India. Learn the skills necessary to work successfully and profitably with nonprofit organizations in one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth.
During this Project workshop, we work with NGOs of varying specialization from agriculture to women's issues to health care. While photographing in the foothills of the Himalayas, workshop attendees will be given the task of creating a compelling visual or multimedia narrative in conjunction with their assigned nonprofit. Each nonprofit assignment is chosen based on an extended questionnaire from each student on their goals for the workshop and their own personal photographic vision.
Every day of the workshop, Momenta staff and instructors with work with you to develop a photo story that is close to your personal vision. We do this through daily editing one-on-one with you and an instructor for about one hour each evening.
On the final night of the workshop, Momenta hosts a student slide show presentation for all the organizations who participated in the workshop as well as neighborhood residents, local photographers and journalists and the workshop attendees. The slideshow is truly a moving and emotional experience for everyone involved. It creates a wonderful atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration to end our time together!
We hope you can join us for this very special workshop experience in one of India's most vibrant and exciting regions!
During the workshop, our staff and instructors stand at the ready to help attendees navigate their way to the successful conclusion of their narrative project. We tailor this workshop specifically to each student on a personal level so you leave with the best experience possible on an international workshop experience and the strongest portfolio of nonprofit work possible. Email our offices today at email@example.com for an itinerary or call us at 202 688 1448 to speak to someone directly about this workshop.
Workshop fees include: accommodations, in-country travel and some meals (excluding alcohol) as indicated on the itinerary, daily one-on-one access to an instructor, personalized portfolio reviews, all handouts and workshop materials, daily slideshows and lectures, software and equipment training.
Workshop fees do not include: international airfare, early arrival or late departure accommodations, visa fees (if applicable), travel insurance, medical costs, meals not indicated on the itinerary, items of personal nature including phone calls, laundry, alcohol, etc.
Please Note: This cost does not include daily dinners. Breakfast only is included, as well as opening & closing celebration dinners. Included are all hotels as well as transfers from Delhi to Dehradun and back, a group guide & translator, and a weekend photo excursion for the group.
About your Instructors
We are excited to announce that some of our most enthusiastic instructors will be leading Project India together! Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Eva Russo will be working with the ever-enthusiastic Jaime Windon on our latest return voyage to Dehradun.
As staff photographer for the Richmond Times Dispatch, Eva Russo was nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize recognizing her social documentary work. She has photographed humanitarian documentary projects in Europe, the United States and Africa. A seasoned traveler, she was born and raised in Italy, moved to France and finally settled in the United States. For three years so far, she has been an instructor with our Project New Orleans workshop and we are delighted to have her with us again for Project India 2014. Her amazingly positive energy, beautiful documentary work and dedication to teaching make her a wonderful asset for all photography students attending this workshop!
Known for her thriving photographic company, Blonde Photo, Jaime Windon spreads her time between photographing events for her clients, documenting personal projects on social issues and nonprofits, and volunteering as a photography instructor with groups like Critical Exposure and Higher Achievement. This love for teaching photography and encouraging aspiring professionals makes her an ideal Momenta instructor. Her vivacious personality and gifted talent have made her a popular and inspiring team member. We could not be more excited to have her back on the ground with our team in India.
Learn more about your instructors by visiting Our Instructors page.
Photography & Computer Equipment
We require all attending photographers to bring their own camera kits, laptop and support gear. Our staff and instructors can offer you recommendations on the proper gear to invest in and help you understand the nuances of many types and brands of equipment. We ask that all photographers bring a digital SLR camera with at least 1-2 lenses. We encourage you to bring a flash and a lightweight tripod as well to explore new ways of capturing beautiful imagery. A detailed packing and equipment recommendation list will be provided before the trip's departure to help you plan for your successful image-taking experience with us.
Should you choose to participate in a multimedia project, you must come with a working knowledge of the software programs and your equipment.
The Momenta Registration Process
Each trip requires a deposit, which is listed on the registration link, to hold your place in the workshop. After you are registered, final payment are due within 120 days of the start of the workshop. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from our staff which will alert you to the documents you will need to look over and return to us before we leave for the trip.
As we near the workshop, you will get a series of informational documents from our domestic staff including a reading and research list, your final itinerary as well as a packing and county guide.
We work very hard to insure you are prepared in every way for this great adventure. Our staff stands at the ready to answer any of your questions whenever they arise and to help facilitate a smooth travel experience.
For More Information
Please email our staff for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach Director of Workshops Jamie Rose between the hours of 9:00 a.m - 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at our offices at 202.688.1448. Please call or email to set up a weekend or evening appointment.
This trip is more of a photo class than it is a tourism trip. This journey will be amazing and eye opening but it is not easy. We need you to be aware of the realities of working in a developing area before you register. If you are used to 5 star accommodations, they simply are not available in this rural area and you should consider one of our travel oriented workshops. However, seasoned travelers will have no problem with the basic hotels, spotty Internet and rural Indian food options.
This trip is amazingly fun and inspiring but it is not easy. You will work long hours. Your instructors will give you daily challenges and push you to new heights with your photography. We will encourage you to stretch and think creatively. You may encounter people who are challenging to photograph. You may have to shoot in dark rooms or outside at high noon. You may have stressful days of tough logistics. While we will be there to help you, support you and give you tips on the best way to handle a situation as a professional, you will need to take as much responsibility for your progress as we do.
Please contact us for more information about this workshop today!