At a two-day international conference on photography of India called ‘CHHAYA’ in the National Institute of Design (NID) on Wednesday,photographers from across the globe discussed various issues relating to the discipline and suggested several measures to make it better.
In his inaugural speech,NID Director Pradyumna Vyas said,We feel there is much scope in heritage documentation and therefore the students should keep in mind rural and local perspective of photography, said Vyas.
Around 30 delegates participated in the conference.
Shahidul Alam,a photographer and activist from Dhaka,Bangladesh,photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. According to Alam while focussing on culture,students need to focus on cultural changes that comes from society,politics and education.
Talking about photography bridging the gaps between different cultures,Professor of Photography at the University College of the Creative Arts (USA) in Furnham,England Anna Fox said,Students are engaging with different environments. We are trying to include USA to make a triangle between India,UK and USA for student exchange programme. At present,the developments in photography are interesting but if we try to be thematic and do some research,that will be better, said Anna.
The conference will also have sessions on Photography and Research and Photography and Dissemination on the second day.