Changing Ideas, India Workshop Kolkata

Changing Ideas believe that great photographs and visual storytelling can really make a difference to the work of charities and NGO's. The workshop is aimed at photographers who share an interest in documentary photography for humanitarian purposes and to advance human rights and social justice.

Visual imagery is an important part of any charity communications strategy. Our workshop is designed to provide small and medium charities based in Kolkata the opportunity to expand their communications and have access to a photographer to document their activities.

Lead by the award winning photographer Jonathan Torgovnik the workshop gives participants the chance to work closely with an NGO’s dealing with a powerful humanitarian issue. Support will be provided by Kate Edwards, picture editor of The Guardian Weekend Magazine.

The workshop will introduce participants to the rudiments of working with NGO’s and practical strategies for working on the ground and advise charities on how photography can be used in their communications.

Changing Idea’s strive to support the use and development of documentary photography for humanitarian purposes and to advance human rights and social justice. These objective are pursed through:

  • Education and consultancy work with NGO's
  • Support for photographers with their individual projects
  • Education and research programmes


We build lasting partnerships between committed organisations and photographers to promote the use of photography as a catalyst for change. It is clear "that a picture tells a thousand words" and our role is to help develop powerful and effective uses of photography and multimedia that can revolutionise charity communications.


We apply business thinking and processes to humanitarian projects in order to increase the likelihood of achieving tangible change. We assess each project on an individual basis and provide appropriate support.

For further information please see the Applications page.


We provide grants for specific projects that involve significant long-term partners. We do not support projects where we are the sole funder as we realise that projects with support from a variety of organisation have a better chance of success.


Photographers and journalists may also apply for a residency at Old Church House in the picturesque Scottish fishing village of Pittenweem. The residency can be used to finish a project or research and develop a new body of work. For more information please click here.