Photography is a medium that breaks barriers, engages students and teaches story-telling in a democratic fashion. Children are much more exposed to technology than ever before and CPB aims to tap the potential and nurture them through its visual education program.
We are proud and excited about the start of our visual education program – the iPhoneXR PhotoCamps for schools in Chennai where experienced mentors, chosen by CPB will teach students the basics of photography such as light, composition and framing. 600+ Diverse students from Private and Public schools all over Chennai will learn Photography through the iPhone via this program. We are also expanding the program to include University students.
“Increasingly, photography is becoming one of the most accessible forms of self-expression as well as self-representation. Most kids increasingly are being introduced to photography through their parents’ phones now so we thought, why not start there. Through these phone camps, I’d like to see students go beyond the “cellphone” selfie and really explore the world around them. By starting with the basics of composition, light, framing – students will learn the building blocks of visual art. What is the background? Where do you place your subject? ”– Gayatri Nair, CPB Founding Member
Since November 2018, the CPB foundation has been conducting photography workshops across Chennai, comprising of 265 schools from various backgrounds. 25 of the most promising kids were invited to attend an advanced photography workshop on visual storytelling. Over the two days of this residential camp, the students were subjected to a lot of activities at varying backdrops and were allowed to capture at their heart’s will.
Equipped with iPhone XR’s, the students captured the usual, that we may often miss to notice. The pictures displayed at the museum capture the life of fisherfolk and the beauty of Chennai’s coastline in vivid colours. The showcase received tremendous appreciation from across the globe. As it is often said, photography starts in the eye, and not in the camera.
It’s great to witness such a unique way to support the kids’ work by showcasing the students’ photo camps at the Chennai Photo Biennale from 22nd to 24th March at the Government Museum, Egmore, Chennai. #shotoniPhone @chnpb
Impressive work by these young photographers! Using iPhone XR, more than 260 school children from around Chennai, India captured their community for the annual #ChennaiPhotoBiennale
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