About this Project

National College of Arts. Lahore, Pakistan

I’m currently on a Fulbright teaching photography workshops and presenting work in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. Photography is a universal language and through it I hope to explore the creative process as well as the practical uses and applications for documentary work in an ever changing digital landscape.

This is my first visit to Pakistan and as is often the case the reality on the ground is very different from what I expected. Islamabad is a planned city that was built in the early sixties with houses and parks that would fit right into an affluent suburb in southern California. It’s cleaner then most American cities. There are no public buses or cinema’s but several really good book stores.

In between classes I plan to explore the “other” Pakistan with my students. The one that isn’t reported on. The people I have met here have been extremely welcoming and pro-photography. This makes a world of a difference for the kind of photography practice that interests me most.

The views and information presented on this blog are solely my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the State Department.

All Photographs : © 2013 by Geoffrey Hiller / All rights reserved.

hillerphoto at gmail dot com


6 thoughts on “About this Project

  1. Hi Geoffrey, i have just come across your site and love the photos! I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a whole month in Pakistan with my wife in 2006 – we had a great time (Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, khyber Pass, Chitral and the Kalash valleys, Gilgit, Hunza, Fairy Meadows, Bahalwapur, Multan) and encountered nothing but kindness and friendly people; we would love toreturn. (We are both white and English and middle-aged incidentally!) It is really important that people do see the ‘other’side of Pakistan, and not just that reported in the right-wing media. Best Wishes, James

  2. im a student at nca and honestly i dont like visiting foreigners. they stare and walk as if strolling through a zoo. but i remember catching a glimpse of you mr geoffrey. it was outside the miniature department as i was putting on my shoes. i HAVE to say, i love your work. it reminds me of the time when i wasnt in nca and how much awe and ambition i had for this place. thumbs up sir. God bless you.

    • Thanks for your comment gs mirza.I can totally understand where you are coming from. Sometimes it can be a bit strange having someone point a camera at you. I do want to say that I was inspired by all of the great work I saw at NCA and that in turn made me want to document the work and the artists who were creating it. I’ll be doing a post about the Traditional Arts at NCA soon.

  3. Amazing photo blog, it was really a treat to see my city through someone else’s eyes. I am from Lahore but living in London for past 15 years only visiting Lahore once a year. The way you covered people and daily life is excellent and you are right about Islamabad, its strange kind of nice place but not many Lahorites would love to live there! Thanks for sharing your experience and putting some sanity to otherwise unreported life of Pakistan.

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