2-Day Masterclass on Social Photography at Imphal in November


Imphal: Win Foundation, a non-profit, charitable trust based in Manipur, working in the field in youth empowerment, skill development and documentation in association with Photography Promotion Trust, Mumbai and Photo South Asia is organising a 2-Day Masterclass on Social Photography at the Preview Theatre of Manipur State Film Development Society, MSFDS, Palace Gate on November 11 and 12.

The masterclass will be conducted between 11:00 am to 3:30 pm by Padma Shri Sudharak Olwe on the theme “Identity and Issues of Indigenous Communities” focusing on creating authentic narratives and an archive of images that re-present an India that is often hidden away.

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The masterclass will cover the history of social documentary photography, work of masters, how to start a photo-project, finding your purpose, key elements of a photo-story, basics of visual storytelling, using lights, framing and visual styles. The 2-day photo event will also have practical sessions and group review of image by participants and review of portfolio of participants if any.

Professional, amateur and enthusiast and fresh candidate who are interested in participating in the first ever Photography Masterclass held in Manipur shall submit the online enrolment form for the masterclass by requesting for the form at wfmanipur@gmail.com.

Sudharak Olwe is a Mumbai-based photojournalist since 1988 and has worked as a press photographer with some of the leading newspapers in India. Sudharak has travelled the length and breadth of this nation and seen first-hand some incredible stories of resilience, courage and change. He has worked in tandem with many NGOs presenting their extraordinary work with both rural and urban communities. In 2016, Sudharak was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India. Sudharak’s photography is that of empathy. It is a journey into the unseen perspective of the human condition. His photography cuts across all barriers and presents to you a moving story of individuals and communities.

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India’s indigenous communities have gone through drastic changes post colonization and globalization. From loss of ancestral land to deforestation, there has been a massive shift in the culture and landscape of the tribes. Their true identities have struggled with perceived notions created by colonizers. The idea of creating issue specific narratives to drive dialogue, demand change is close to non-existent. The camera is the most democratic form of art and visual storytelling and using it as a tool to empower has been the core mission of the organizers, said a press release issued by RK Bikramjit Singh, secretary, Win Foundation.


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