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Pathshala is the early school of Photography in South Asia region. It is also known as the South Asian media institute which offers various short-term and long-term educational programs including workshops and presentations in photography and multimedia journalism throughout the year. The South Asian media institute started in 1998. Since then, the institution has slowly grown to become a fully-fledged photo resource center based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The name Pathshala comes from the ancient education system that prevailed in South Asia. It brings to mind classes held underneath a large tree; conjuring up learning spaces without walls, in the cool shade of its leaves. The South Asian Media Institute of Photography not only allows students to explore the world of image making but provides them opportunities to question beyond the confines of the discipline. From its modest beginnings South Asian media institute expanded attracting students from within Bangladesh as well as outside. South Asian media institute has a rich heritage of photography education, celebrating over 17 years. Our students are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds nationally and internationally. They have been awarded and widely recognized by organizations such as World Press Photo, Alexia Foundation, Joop Swart Master Class, Ian Parry Scholarship, Sony World Photography award etc. The south Asian media institute is a distinctive multimedia educational organization that has made challenging social inequality its central driving force. Over the last sixteen years, South Asian media institute has successfully partnered with national and international organizations and educational institutions to conduct several successful socially responsible programs. Inherent in South Asian media institute work is this ability to use the power of photography and multimedia to educate, inform and draw powerful emotional responses. The South Asian media augments and builds on this strength through a wide network of global and local collaborators. This broader and extended practice of utilizing the entire range of visual culture combined with new media has extended its reach and influence. The Institute also offers courses and educational programs to domestic and international clients: individuals, companies, and organizations. Many of the graduated photographers have become internationally renowned photographers and the number of students that have joined the World Press Photo Master class is unusual for any photography education in the world. The department of photography of South Asian media institute is recognized as an institution offering the highest quality education in photography currently available. Through regular assignments and projects the students are encouraged to master their art. South Asian media institute’s devotion to excellence has enabled it to carve its own niche internationally; making it’s at par with the best in the world.