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A platform for amateurs

Kusum Kanojia,July 4,2012 20:56 IST
reflection A photograph ‘Porthole into the new world’ by one of the participants.

Despite no big names, the pictures at the ongoing exhibition of amateur photographers, do not lack in technical and aesthetic aspects.

Celebrating creativity and amateur photography, the second edition of this photo exhibition presents over 150 shots by enthusiasts from India and around the world.

Organised by the Delhi Photography Club, the exhibition, ‘Nicefoto-2012’, aims at giving a platform to amateur photographers to showcase their pictures. “The number of people pursuing photography as a hobby is going up but they can’t afford a solo exhibition to showcase their shots.

The idea is to create a platform for amateur photographers and photography enthusiasts,” says Anil Kumar, founder member, Delhi Photography Club.
With entries from countries like Iran, Romania, Netherlands, England, Germany, and France, the exhibition brings out the trend of amateur photography around the world. Photographer Nitin Rai, who inaugurated the exhibition, said, “Seen through the eyes of these amateur artists, the world appears a purer place filled with the innocent love for all the creations of the world.”

For the first edition of the exhibition, there were around 2,600 entries. This year, the organisers received over 3,000 photographs of which around 150 entries, including 17 from Iran, were selected.


“We received maximum international entries from Iran. They were all sent collectively through a photography society in Iran, while the photographs from the rest of the countries were individual entries,” informed Anil.

In the exhibition are the works of businessmen, diplomats, doctors, lawyers, home-makers, students and children aged between seven and 58 years. This exhibition gives a unique platform to all the enthusiastic photo lovers to showcase their photographs as an expression of fun and joy. The exhibition is not on a particular theme. It was about the common passion of clicking pictures just for the love of it.

“Of late, many people have started buying digital SLR camera and clicking pictures just for the love of it. They are not professionals but they have done beautiful work,” adds Anil.
His club organises photo heritage walks and workshop for amateur photographers. “Many amateur photographers feel that clicking many pictures is photography but we tell them that clicking the right picture in one shot is right photography,” he sums up. The exhibition will remain open till July 6 at Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre.

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