Dhenkanal: The much-awaited event in the annual calendar of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal, Photorafia has been inaugurated on 22 September and will continue till 25 September. Two national award-winning photojournalists, Himangshu Vyas and Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi are conducting the four-day workshop on photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling.
In the third edition of the photography workshop, about 65 participants from IIMC and other institutions are participating to hone their skills in how to click photos to tell a story.
Inaugurating the workshop, Himangshu Vyas, chief photographer and columnist with Hindustan Times, Jaipur, said, “There are plenty of opportunities in photojournalism. Though videos are gaining popularity, the importance of still photographs remains the same. After all, a picture can tell a thousand words. Photojournalism is different from general photography as it involves journalistic considerations. However, a student who is interested in photojournalism must learn the art and science of photography.”
The co-resource person of Photograpfia, Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi, bureau chief of Deccan Herald in Rajasthan, in her inaugural speech stressed on nuances of a good photo. She said, “Any person with a camera may not be a good photographer as photography is an art and a photojournalist needs to know how to use the camera and how light, camera settings are important in taking a good photo.”
In his welcome speech, Dr Mrinal Chatterjee, regional director and professor, IIMC, Dhenkanal, told the participants to explore the opportunity in photojournalism as a career. “This workshop will deliberate on the history, present and future of photojournalism. It will also look into various techniques of using the camera and different aspects of storytelling through images. This workshop is very important for someone who wants to make a career in photojournalism,” he said.
The workshop has theory sessions as well as rigorous hands-on training. The participants will take two photo walks. After a minute critical assessment, select photographs will be mounted in a photo exhibition at IIMC campus on Wednesday. It is open for public.