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Basic  Photography  Course
Wedding Photography course


The most powerful use of the camera is to capture reality. This is what makes photography different from other art forms.  And in Photo Documentary, art meets relevance - a powerful mix, that can greatly influence individual and public opinion. Its visual story telling of real moments, real emotions & real issues. Udaan's Documentary Photography course aims to impart creative skills, visual aesthetics, and ethics of visual storytelling, from the very best documentary photographers of the country.


While many photography enthusiasts, delving in street or landscape photography are good in shooting single pictures, most lose their way when it comes to Documentary Photography. It is surprising to see how even good photographers seem clueless when it comes to meaningful storytelling through a series of images.  It’s not just about the shooting, but also about the understanding, researching and selection of stories, planning for it, the ethics involved, the editing, selection and sequencing.  And of course, at its core, the photography. The best of stories, transcend time and space ! 

If interested in becoming a creative and an effective Documentary Photographer,  this is a one-of-its kind course  that will empower you, on your photographic journey.

The course begins from 26th February 2017.


Introduction to Documentary Photography
Understanding different genres in Photography, including Street Photography
Understanding difference between Features and Documentary Photography
Purpose of Documentary Photography
Selection of stories
Researching different aspects of the story
Preparation and logistics 
Understanding visual form for Documentary Photography
Matching form and content
Simple images vs Complex images
Understanding visual grammar and storytelling styles
Developing photo stories 
Selection and sequencing of images
Publishing your own work

The programme will have regular Q&A and picture evaluation sessions.
Those completing the course will receive a certificate and selected work of each
student/participant  will be exhibited at the end of the course.

Selected work of students will be exhibited in digital format or in print at the end of the course. Certificate will be given according to merit and attendance of the student.

* subject to change




                                                                                   OUR FACULTY
                                                                                    (regular and guest faculty)



    Documentary Photographer                                                      

Fawzan is a photojournalist, a creative artist, teacher and an organic farmer. A self taught photographer, key projects of his oeuvre haas been widely exhibited and published in Indian and abroad. With over 24 years of experience as a photo journalist, his pictures have found space in publications like The New York  Times, TIME, The London Telegraph, GEO, Gentleman Magazine - Italy, Epoca Negocios, South China Post, AP and Asia Week.

He obtained post graduate degree in Journalism from Bombay school of Journalism. He then joined Mid-Day Publication where he got exposed to the nuances of documentary photograph that later became his forte. He later joined India's leading magazine ' India Today' and worked for more than a decade traveling all over India on assignment.

In 1992 he had his first solo show and eight shows and 12 group exhibitions have followed since. His permanent collection can be viewed in The Museum of Fine Art- Houston, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, The Park hotel, Bangalore and few selected industrial houses and several private homes in India. His work is represented by Tasveer in India. Recently he released a coffee table book ‘Between  Bombay and Mumbai”.  




  RITESH UTTAMCHANDANI                                 
  Editorial, News and Documentary photographer

Based in Mumbai, Ritesh is an independent  Documentary and News photographer.  Prior  to moving out on his own, Ritesh had worked the Hindustan Times and was the Deputy photo editor of OPEN Magazine.  His images have been published in major publications across the world, like Guardian, TIME magazine, Daily Telegraph, Internazionale, National Geographic Traveller , among many other.
Ritesh is recipient of many Indian and international awards in photography, including the coveted   ‘Photo of the Year’  in  the  Ramnath Goenka  India Press Photo Awards  in 2008




Brisbane, Australia 

Anushree Fadnavis is a photojournalist with the news agency Indus Images and is based out of Mumbai,India.

She shoots a variety of subjects which has seen ink in Indian and international media including BBC, The Guardian, Open Magazine, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Scroll ,  Homegrown , The Indian Express , DNA etc. Her work has also been featured in prestigious art magazines / books  like Raghu Rai 's Creative Image, Arts Illustrated, online gallery - Katha Collective , Penguin 's book – ‘Life On Instagram ‘ etc.  She has also worked on a part of the project in Mumbai for the National Film Board of Canada .

Anushree's personal work from the ladies compartment in Mumbai local trains called '#traindiaries'  , where she documents the daily lives of the women commuters around her along with her own personal / visual experiences lies close to her heart. It's an ongoing work for the last 3 years .

Anushree was selected for a month long residency program  in Aarhus, Denmark by  ‘Galleri  Image’ for her photographic work. She was also a panelist at the Indian Photography Festival last year which was held at Hyderabad.






ARKO DATTA                                 

Pulitzer award nominee and winner of the 'Picture of the Year' at the World Press Photo 2004, Arko Datta has extensively covered news and sports across the world for the last two decades, which includes wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Kargil conflict, summer Olympics, cricket world cups, to name a few. His work has regularly appeared in most of the leading news papers and magazines like The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Time magazine, Newsweek, The Economist etc. Arko started his career at The Indian Express and since than has worked for The Telegraph, AFP and Reuters. Till last year he was the Photo Editor of Mumbai Mirror. 

At present he teaches in Udaan School of Photography and is a mentor for  the Photojournalism team at Indus Images.




Course Fee    : Rs 30,000 (Taxes extra)
                                Inaugural offer of Rs 20,000  till 25th  January 2017

Next batch commences on 26th February  2017
Call +91 9619315130 / +91 22 65566655 or send mail to [email protected] for enquiry



Classes will held on Saturdays and Sundays, between from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
subject to change as required by the course

While the institute doesn't provide accommodation, we will assist the student in finding one.
Our institute is located in the heart of the city, with clean and safe surroundings.
There are several paying guest options close to the institute




1 The student must be above the age of 16 years

2 All students are required to bring their own DSLR camera with at least a wide angle lens
(prime or zoom) . Preferably, the student should also own a laptop and a  telephoto
lens (prime or zoom) and a tripod, but its not mandatory.

3 The student needs to send two passport size photographs (one pasted and cross signed on this form) along with this application form. The completed form along with photostat copies of the required name/age/address proof documents. They should be sent to the following address

Admission in-charge
Udaan School of Photography
Ajay Business Centre
T.H.Kataria Marg
Matunga (west)
Mumbai 400016

On receiving the above, the institute shall send the student a receipt for the same. On receipt of  the complete course fee, the necessary documents and the application form, the enrollment process for the Four-Months course in  Wedding Photography will be complete. However, admission in to the course is at the sole discretion of the institute.

One may also enroll by sending scanned copies of the necessary documents, including the application form through email to [email protected] , provided the necessary fee payment have been made through online bank transfer and the transaction number mentioned in the email. On completion of the above, the school shall send a receipt for the course/registration fee received through bank transfer For any clarifications regarding the enrollment process, you can call the admission in-charge on +91 9619315130 or +91 22 65566655 or send a mail to [email protected]

4. For submitting the hard copy of the application form, one would need to take a print out
of the application form, fill it and send to the above mentioned address. The application 
form will need to be accompanied by necessary documents and the course fee.

5 The course fee is non-refundable, except if a student has been refused a visa for entry to India or for any serious medical reason, that occurred to the student after the completion of the enrollment process. On submission of proper (verifiable) medical documents or refusal
of visa documents  to the school, a refund of the course fee may be made to the student
(prior to the commencement of the course), on the sole discretion of the school management.  In this case, a processing fee of Rs 2500 ($ 50) shall be deducted.

No refund of the course fee shall be made whatsoever, after the course begins, except for the security deposit.

6 If a course is cancelled by the school than the entire fee will be refunded.

7 While the school takes all necessary safety measures regarding the health and safety of
students, teachers and all equipment, Udaan Visual Arts Educare Pvt Ltd shall not be legally or financially responsible for the same and in the event of any mishap or damage to health or equipment, legal proceedings shall not be initiated against the school or Udaan Visual Arts Educare Pvt Ltd

8 Udaan Visual Arts Educare Pvt Ltd shall not be responsible for any accident or mishap that occurs while students are shooting outdoors on their own or with school staff, and in the event of any such occurrence Udaan Visual Arts Educare Pvt Ltd shall not be legally or financially responsible for the same and legal proceedings shall not be initiated against the school or Udaan Visual Arts Educare Pvt Ltd

9 Students are responsible for any damage they cause to school equipment, furniture or
property and will have to reimburse the cost of the damage.

10 The school may video record the classes/teaching sessions for its own promotion and for
enhancement of its courses in the future. The school may use all photographs/graphics
created by students during the course, for its own promotion and for enhancement
of its courses in the future

11 The school can cancel the admission of any student for unruly behaviour if he or she
violates the school rules and the terms and conditions. No refund shall be made in such cancellations of admission


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The experienced faculty of Udaan brings to table, a melting pot of ideas and creativity that will enrich the student’s pursuit of photography.
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"Udaan" as the name suggests was an important tool in shaping the creative minds of all those who has the passion and zest for photography...Nisreen

"I finally found Udaan where I felt I can place my best bets with...Annoda

"Udaan: Great institute for Photography enthusiast, the place and it's course get even better...Hetal Prajodh

"I enjoyed the course immensely for a number of reasons...Rohan
The answer is simple. It’s one of the biggest in India and perhaps the biggest
in Mumbai with a premise of over 10,000 square feet area, solely dedicated to photography. The regular faculty is vast
and comprises award winning photographers, including India’s only Pulitzer Prize nominee in Photography.   Added to it there have been many a
legend who have been visiting faculty
and guest speakers at Udaan. And most importantly the list of Udaan’s notable alumni is long and impressive.
Something we are very proud of....
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