PHOTOGRAPHY CELEBRATION AT ART HOUSE, CHENNAI
Saturday 18 th August, 2012: The world photography day was celebrated amidst
much fanfare at the Art House, a fine art gallery in Chennai. As part of the
celebration the gallery showcased over a thousand cameras ranging from more
than a century old hand held bellows camera to the smallest antiquated cameras.
The striking, rare collection was nuanced in the way it chronicled the journey
of world photography. The collection of cameras, with each having its own
distinctive character was collected by AP Sreethar for the rich heritage each
piece holds. Each camera represents not just an era but also reflects the
artistry and creative peak of that time. The image quality of each camera
produces effects which might be outdated today but are still priceless in its
composition and intensity that it produces. Around the world today these
age-old obsolete processes are being revived and artists are embracing the
craft to recreate these very distinctive images. That in itself is a telling
statement of the value and gravitas those processes possess and remain to this
day irreplaceable in its unique visual impact.
As a natural progression to this exhibit is a
showing of rare and unique prints from illustrious figures from varied
industries. These images are being showcased for the first time to the public
and offer a slice of the artist’s personality that is often ignored.
The curated exhibition was inaugurated by Shri PC
Sreeram and it was also announced that the World Photography Day would be
celebrated annually by Art House to mark the distinguished efforts which
photography has in the world of the arts today. To create a national platform
for young minds to indulge and better understand the visual world of photography
a movement called Smile Please was
unveiled. The core ethos of this movement would be to educate, promote and
showcase the young photographers.