This is further to our previous post on a photography project done in rural India…
and to ask Vivek questions ( which we dearly recommend you .pick his brain) on this project before we let him off the hook…
During the photography workshop the students were shown coffee-table books on photography, National Geographic magazines and were encouraged to discuss about what they liked and disliked about the images they saw. This was their step towards observing and appreciating better photography. Documentaries on The History of Photography, a BBC Production and on well-known photographers like Sebastiao Salgado were screened, to facilitate better understanding of the art of photography.
The students were also taken on a visit to “Homai Vyarawalla: A Retrospective,” a photography exhibition of the first Indian woman press photographer, at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore. The aim of the visit was to expose them to photojournalism as a genre and to appreciate photographic prints and its display.
The students were also taught post-processing and image editing using softwares such as Adobe Photoshop and Light Room.
After a few sessions of training the students were gradually introduced to the idea of working on a story, conceptualizing it and translating it into photographs.
Now the question is how the skills learnt can be made employable:
1. With adequate training they can set up a studio of their own
2. They can shoot events such as weddings, village festivals, fairs and religious
3. They can take up jobs as photographers in the print media
4. Photography is a very important component of graphic design and multi-media
courses opted by students
These are Vivek’s thought and also something we suggest during our workshops and encourage the students to do. Its a tough task and not easy as photographers in industry would suggest. For example after our Delhi workshop , one of our student Aftab went around looking for work but everyone asked him whether he owned a DSLR which he did not and hence he could not proceed. So now we are trying to him to a studio as an intern. Aftab incidentally excelled in the Delhi photography workshop. Just a case in point. But if you have any thoughts or ideas please do share be it further training, or communication and employment.