Full Day Photography Workshop at IUST Journalism Department – Kashmir Reader

SRINAGAR: To continue its efforts to instill practical knowledge in students and promote a skill-based teaching-learning mechanism, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC) of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) hosted a One-Day Photography Workshop on Monday with Showkat Nanda, an award-winning documentary photographer and educator, who currently works for The New York Times as a freelance photographer.
During the one-day workshop, renowned photojournalist Showkat Nanda, in addition to training journalism students on the technical and aesthetic nuances of photography, exposed them to contemporary trends in the field.
During his introductory speech, Showkat Nanda advised students to aim to become brilliant storytellers through photography and to seek out meaningful and human-interest stories. Throughout the workshop, he constantly advised students to put their souls into practice while telling visual stories through their photographs.
“Visuals have deep meaning in our daily lives and a photojournalist must take a humanistic approach to telling a story through visuals to their audience. Also, how you contextualize your visual stories is very important, ”he added.
While demonstrating the need to be closer to the subject in news photography, Nanda said, “We should always strive to develop a personal connection with the visual story we tell and if you don’t know it well enough the subject in your frame, you do not have the right to cover the subject in the first place “
In the all-day workshop, Nanda trained students in fundamental technical aspects of photography, including composition, framing and lighting. In addition, the basic elements in photography, the nuances of visual language were among the major themes of the workshop.
Session moderator DJMC Senior Assistant Professor Dr MonisaQadiri while introducing the resource person expressed the importance of the workshop which she said was a great opportunity for aspiring photojournalists to learn about the art and elements of photography for visual storytelling.
In his vote of thanks, the head of the department, DJMC Dr. Mujeeb Liyakat, while enjoying the one-day informative session, expressed the importance of such workshops. Dr Mujeeb, expressing his take on the power of visual language in mass media, said: “Photography or visual language is fundamentally associated with philosophical paradigms and theories of semiotics. Photography as art includes denotation as the first order of meaning, that is, what is photographed, and connotation as the second order of meaning tells us how it is photographed ”.
Dr Mujeeb, himself a specialist in semiotic studies, invoked the ideas of semiotician Ronald Barthes and advised aspiring photojournalists to understand his concepts; studium which is the political, linguistic and cultural interpretation of a photograph and punctum, which deals with the emotional, personal and touching details of a photograph.
During hands-on demonstrations, Showkat Nanda presented her award-winning work and other photo sets to attendees. The one-day workshop was attended by students of the current semester, academics and alumni of the department. DJMC faculty members Dr Arif Nadaf, Dr Sayar Ahmad Mir and Dr Tawseef Majeed also participated in the workshop.

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