This is an exclusive chance to experience the Women’s March alongside Jodhpur, India’s “Gulabi Gang,” a group of women who empower and protect each other, and are so-called for dressing in “gulab” or “pink.” Working alongside Sambhali Trust, you will be guided through a transformative experience by acclaimed photographer/filmmaker, Sony Alpha Female, National Geographic speaker and PWB’s founder, Danielle Da Silva. Together, you’ll document how women who are rising up, taking their power back, and challenging the caste system.
This small-group photography and storytelling workshop is for those interested in understanding and documenting the dynamics of women’s empowerment in the realm of social change. Photographers will get firsthand experience creating visual stories and narratives that are powerful, truthful and impactful.
Proceeds from this workshop will help provide women and children with educational and employment opportunities that offer a sustainable, empowered livelihood.
Participants will experience growth and will leave the workshop with additions to their portfolios, newfound skills, a PWB School certificate, a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine, and much more.
Please note that this is a draft itinerary that is subject to change. The itinerary will be finalized and shared with participants in advance of the workshop.
Fly into Jodhpur where you will be greeted at the airport by a member of our team. During your time in Jodhpur you will be staying at a charming, traditional Indian guesthouse where you will feel at home surrounded by sounds, smells and beauty of India. The warm and welcoming staff of Sambhali Trust take you in as one of their own.
LESSON 1: ETHICS IN PHOTODOCUMENTARY
Ethics of Photodocumentary: We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change.
Take a tour of Jodhpur! Get to know the Blue City where Sambhali Trust operates. We'll take you to the famous Clock Tower market and show you the Sambhali Boutique, located centrally between the market and the beautiful fort that guards the city.
LESSON 2: THE ART OF STORYTELLING & CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE
Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story. In your first storytelling assignment, you will get hands-on, guided practice in telling a story with your images.
For the next several days we will split into groups and visit the various centres and programs of the organization. Visit the boarding home for girls, empowerment centres, and get to know some of the incredible women and girls that make up the organization. Develop relationships, tell stories and amplify voices.
LESSON 3: PERFECT LANDSCAPES & ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE
Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.
Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next level.
Travel to the charming desert village of Setrawa where we will spend two nights at the original home of Sambhali's founder Govind. Here they have built beautiful desert "cabins" that will serve as our temporary homes, and we will be hosted by Govind's aunts and uncles. You will have a chance to visit Sambhali's desert project that serves women and girls in more isolated circumstances and have the chance to see and document beauty like you have never seen before.
Back to Jodhpur to celebrate International Women’s Day and to prepare your final assignments.
LESSON 6: EDITING & FINAL PHOTO ASSIGNMENT
Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.
Presentations! Putting together everything you have learned, we will learn how to give a captivating presentation and tell your story so that you can continue to be an advocate for Sambhali Trust and women's empowerment after you leave India.
Time to say, "See you later!" as our staff take you back to the airport for your flight home.
Ready to go to India?
International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
Applicable tourist visas
Tips or gratuities
Optional tours or optional admissions
All transportation between program activity destinations and to/from all included activities
Accommodations: Shared rooms at family-run guesthouses (Single Room supplement: $350 USD)
Meals: All meals
Staff & experts: PWB Staff, Sambhali Trust Staff
Danielle Da Silva is an international award-winning photographer/filmmaker, Sony Alpha Female, National Geographic speaker, was named Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders, was named Top Photographer of 2017 and Top 5 Women Changing Media by Matador Network, was nominated for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, and is the Founder of PWB. She has been on the TEDx stage twice and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic, the Economist, the Independent, and Huffington Post. Danielle was also the founding co-chair of the Dandelion Initiative, an organization run for and by sexual assault survivors.
You will be required to make a $500 USD, non-refundable deposit to secure your space (this will be deducted from the total workshop fee)