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Nurturing the art of photography in India

Photographic Society of IndiaThe Photographic Society of India (PSI) was formed in the year 1937 by men of the highest integrity to give our country a society modeled along the lines of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. PSI is dedicated to supporting and encouraging imagemakers as they initiate, develop and culminate long term photographic projects. It works to build a community of like minded photographers, offers educational resources, and sponsors programs to nurture and inspire both committed photographers and the general public. PSI unlike any other Photographic Society in India and perhaps even elsewhere in the world continues to hold interesting, instructive and entertaining weekly programs every Friday, month in and month out.

Judges evaluating the entries of Salon 2001At PSI every member wholeheartedly welcomes and guides the new incoming members. Senior and experienced members instill confidence and enthuse the new members by taking interest in their work. PSI is perhaps the only Photographic Society having its own spacious premises with facilities galore. These include a library, studios, darkrooms, educational courses, etc. PSI holds, conducts and takes part in National and International Exhibitions through its members. Numerous trophies adorn the Society's showcases and are a testament of the achievements of its members.

Entries of Salon 2001"Along with various other activities, one of the major events is the yearly photographic competition. Photographers from all over the country participate in the competition. A jury of judges, who are all renowned names in the field of photography, select the best photographs. This year we received around 2,300 photographs, and this time Bangalore has received the maximum awards. PSI is a Mumbai based organization, but we are in contact with the rest of India through various photographic organisations that exist in different states. We run this society with the fee amount that we receive from all our members. Part of the amount collected is spent on the yearly photographic competition and the rest on the development of the Society," reveals T P Unnikrishnan, Assitant General Secretary, PSI. Gautam Rajadhyaksha - Chief Guest along with Mahidhar , President PSI

The Society conducts a number of educational courses. They have a comprehensive course in photography in which the students are taught the history of photography and are provided with the skills to develop their own black & white films and make enlargements from them. Other topics in the course include the construction & functioning ofcameras, film related activities and more. PSI also provides facilities forEntries of Salon 2001 its members and students. The library facility is available to all the members of the society on payment of a deposit. PSI has a well equipped studio and darkroom for members who want to shoot indoors or develop and print their own pictures. Anyone can enroll, after paying a fee of just Rs 2,000, in order to become a life member of the Society. Some of the country's best photographers have had their roots in PSI.

For more information, contact:
The Photographic Society of India,
Saheb Building, 5th Floor,
# 195, Dr D N Road, Mumbai - 400 001.
Phone: 266 6744, 266 4296

By: Sharmistha Chakraborty

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