Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photography: The Photographic Society of Madras, capturing images for 150 years

I was traveling and missed the photography extravaganza, All India Salon of Photography – 2008. The event was held at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, from September 17 to 21 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Photographic Society of Madras (PSM). About 2500 photographs by 1500 cameramen including renowned professionals and promising amateurs were on display.

What is a photograph? It is a moment in time, an event in life, captured forever. When this is done with imagination, the resulting image rises above a mundane record to a work of art. Padma Shri Raghu Rai, the doyen of Indian photographers who was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function of the Salon said that the preserved photographic treasures enrich viewers on how photography has grown as an art form.

The PSM was started in 1857 by Dr. Alexander Hunter and the Honorable Walter Elliot. It survived the vicissitudes of time and is a premier organization that promotes photography in the country. During its one and a half centuries of existence the PSM developed affiliations with photographic communities all over the world. These include the Royal Photographic Society, London and the Photographic Society of America.

Says KO Isaac, President of the PSM, “As part of our commemorative programs celebrating 150 years of our Society's contributions to photography and fellowship, we have once again brought together hundreds of photographers together from across the length and breadth of our country, showcasing exemplary talent, unique perspectives and proving that an art such as photography unites people irrespective of caste, creed or religion; everyone coming together in celebration of their passion of photography.”

The PSM holds over thirty programs every year. These include discussions, guest lectures, expositions, travel, workshops, family fellowships and training sessions. There are special schemes for students. For details about the PSM, please visit http://www.photomadras.org/index.html

Incidentally, KO Isaac, the President of PSM, is an excellent photographer. Many of his creations have appeared on this blog. Some of them are reproduced here. Click on them for enlarged view. The copyright is reserved.

Also see:

Photos: African Tulip

Photos: Flowers from Peermade

Photographs: Patterns in the sky - concludes

Photographs: Patterns in the sky - I


Sunita Mohan said...

Those photos are real eye-candy! Thanks for posting them.
Oh, and thanks for putting my blog up among your shortlisted reading list. I'm honoured!
No, really, it was nice to know that you've been walking in my garden. Even if you didnt make it there (yet)in the real world, at least you've been there in the Virtual one!

Unknown said...

Sunita, I am happy to know that you liked the photos.

I included The Urban Gardner in my favorite list because it is a really good blog. Actually, I am proud of the creative - both with words and with camera - capabilities of my niece.

Sunita Mohan said...

Thank you!

Nebu said...

Hi KO,
I have been a stopping by at ‘Song of the Waves’ almost daily for more than a year now. Finding a lot of photos in the blog credited to K.O. Issac, I thought K.O. Issac was the local photographer at Olavipe! Vyathyasthanamoru K.O. Issac ne, sathyathil janum thiricharinjilla. I beg yours and your Father-in –law’s forgiveness.

Coming to Padma Shri Raghu Rai. Sometime back he was a house guest at International Palace Kuttikanam. While staying there he took a couple of family photos of his host, the Kallivayalils. I believe he usually never does family photographs. Those photos adorn the mantelpiece at Kondups. However Joseph has been a little lax in caring for them.

Unknown said...

I found your blog randomly as I was doing a google search about the Cochini Jews. I paged through some of your entries and really enjoyed your pictures. I am Malayalee but born and raised overseas. I spend time in Kerala every few years and will be there in Feb 2009. I would love to sit and have some coffee with someone who can share more of Kerala's spirit and history, outside of the rural areas where my family comes from.
I love learning about Kerala history and come from very modest upbringing that hails from Pathanamthita originally. I was raised, studied in college and graduated from medical school all in the States.

May I ask more about you?
Shaji (shajiph@gmail.com)