“I totally believe there are things nobody would see, if I didn’t photograph them” said iconic photographer Diane Arbus. With World Photography Day approaching on August 19, the art of photography itself has undergone a sea change from the first digital photograph to clicking pictures on the iPhone. The day is a celebration of the freedom of people to share their own perspective with the photo as the medium. If you too aspire to follow in the footsteps of legendary photographers who have made their mark in this field, here is a list of places where you can study this art form:
1. Udaan school of photography, Mumbai
Based in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, Udaan offers both basic and advanced courses to those willing to study photography as a subject, whether as a hobby or a career. There are one-year courses in photojournalism and commercial photography as well as short-term photography workshops. The photojournalism course equips students with the nuances of covering breaking news, sports photography, shooting spot news, handling photo-essays and working with tight deadlines. The commercial photography course is a comprehensive one that gives practical knowledge of assisting a mentor or running one’s own show as well as handling business and people. Faculty comprises of a team of leading, award winning professional photographers, each a specialist in his or her own field.
2. Light and Life Academy(LLA), Ooty
A not-for-profit organisation set up by Iqbal Mohammed, an alumnus of Brooks Institute of Photography, California, LLA, as it is called, is nestled in the beautiful Nilgiris. It offers a PG Diploma Programme in Professional Photography. lt is based on the philosophy of letting students learn hands-on: with lectures, slideshows, demos, practical outdoor and studio assignments, critique sessions, workshops, field-trips, movie screenings, multimedia sessions, guest lectures and seminars. LLA also offers a Diploma in Travel & Nature Photography, besides other short-duration workshops on specific areas of photography, apart from the professional courses in photography.
3. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
One of the most prestigious colleges in India for the study of fashion, design and art itself, NID, also offers a Masters in Photography design under the faculty of Communication Design for those wishing to study photography. The post graduate course is open to students with a bachelors in Arts or Design and has only 15 seats up for grabs. The course lays emphasis on a thorough understanding of historic processes, contemporary practices, emerging technologies, sociology, politics, literature, philosophy and visual culture. Students get opportunities to engage with the institute’s partners in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Japan and Canada.
4. Raghu Rai Center for Photography, Gurgaon
Brainchild of contemporary photographer Raghu Rai, this center runs several professional courses in photography of different durations. Starting with a beginners course in photography of one to two months, it also offers a specialised course of 55 months in the art of fashion and advertising photography. For more serious aspirants, there is the diploma in creative photography programme designed by Rai himself teaching you the nitty gritty of street and documentary photography as well as fashion and advertising photography. An annual photography exhibition at the end of the diploma allows talented students to showcase their work and get noticed by the art fraternity.
5. Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida
Started more than two decades ago, AAFT today offers bachelors, masters and diploma courses to study photography. Students can specialize in fashion, wedding, travel or food photography. Hands on sessions delivered by industry experts help make students familiar with various aspects of photography. Admission to the courses is through an entrance test conducted by the academy.
6. National Institute of Photography, Mumbai
The institute opened its doors in 1983 with the view of providing knowledge of photography to the young aspirants who wanted to follow it as their career or as a hobby. Today, NIP is a reputed, popular, and trustworthy training institute that has been conducting professional courses in photography for many years. The courses are structured to provide the basic foundation for different areas of specialisation such as wildlife, macro, sports, weddings, fashion, etc. Classes range from an eight day crash course to a foundation course of 4 weekends for amateur photographers. It also offers a five week long basic course and a two month advanced course in photography. Diplomas are offered with specialization in fashion, tabletop and wedding and events photography.
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