Bengaluru photography groups are back in action


After several lockdowns and long periods of physical distancing, groups of photographers in Bangalore plan to resume their outings and activities. In anticipation of World Photography Day on August 19, they tell us about their projects.

Youth Photographic Society

Established in 1971, the Youth Photographic Society (YPS) is one of the oldest groups of photographers in the country. It meets on the first and third Saturdays of every month at Yavanika, Nrupathunga Road, and organizes workshops, exhibitions, photographic walks and panel discussions.

It has over 800 annual members and 325 life members. “Annual members renew their membership every year by paying Rs 750. Once you are active in the group for two years, you can apply for lifetime membership,” says Vikas Shastry, secretary.

Children between 12 and 18 can also participate.

Visit ypsbengaluru.com

Walk and click

This group has done over 100 photo walks since its inception in 2012. These walks take place on the first Sunday of every month.

“A lot of people have expensive cameras but don’t know what to do with them. We teach them simple tricks to tell a story through images,” says Praveen A George Edwin, Founder. “During the pandemic, I was giving homework remotely but I plan to resume photo walks and offline workshops next month,” he says of the group of about 400 people whose membership is free.

For more details visit walknclick.in

Focus Photography Club

Since 2012, the group has been organizing workshops, photo walks and photo exhibitions in the city.

“Our activities have stopped due to the pandemic. But we plan to get back on track starting next month,” says Praveen P, co-founder.

Visit @Focus Photography Club on Facebook and Instagram for details.

Bangalore Photo Walk

A Facebook group, Photowalk Bangalore has over 5,000 members. “We organize photowalks for amateur and professional photographers. KR Market, Johnson Market and Madiwala Market are popular destinations,” says founding member Russell Dmello. Each photo walk has a different theme (portrait, street, landscape and fashion photography). The group plans to relaunch the photo walks soon.

Visit @PhotowalkBengaluru on Facebook and Instagram.

*Photo contest on Sunday*

The Youth Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of black and white prints on August 20-21 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. An on-site photo shoot contest is also scheduled for Sunday. Details on ypsbengaluru.com

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