With the Support and Partnership of the European Union


Training the Next Generation of Herat’s Photographers

Returnees and internally displaced persons hoping to build a career in photography have been busy with a training programme in professional photography, organised by EFI and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and delivered by international fashion photographer, Stefan Dotter, and his acclaimed Afghan colleague, Farzana Wahidy.

The photographers have since been involved in a shoot for Zazi Vintage among other EFI projects and will showcase their work in an exhibition in Kabul later this year. 

During the first Global Refugee Forum in December 2019 a wide range of actors came together and committed to enhance livelihood opportunities for refugees and refugee returnees, when they can return in safety and dignity, to become self-reliant. This collaboration between EFI and UNHCR follows that commitment.

The training covered the history of photography globally and in Afghanistan, as well as developing creative ideas and a signature style, technical tips, techniques for composing, taking and editing stunning photos, and ethical issues like copyright. 

Below is glimpse into these workshops. 

A group of Afghan returnees and IDPs during a photography field exercise in Herat, Afghanistan
25-year-old Zahra Yousufi during a photography field exercise. Photograph © Farzana Wahidy
25-year-old Zahra Yousufi during a photography field exercise. Photograph © Farzana Wahidy
Capturing the action on the streets of Herat during the photography classes.
Student Hossin standing on a rooftop in Herat after the first round of our photography workshop in Herat. He has been working on his series exploring traditional sports in Afghanistan. Photograph © Stefan Dotter
Photographer/trainer Farzana Wahidy supervises a group of photography students.