CMRL to conduct photo expo at Vadapalani Metro Station

By S Ben Raja Published on Aug 14, 2018 04:17 PM IST

Chennai: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) will be conducting a photo exhibition in association with Photographic Society of Madras (PSM) at the concourse area of Vadapalani Metro Station between 19 and 25 August to mark World Photography Day (19 August).

The exhibition will be showcasing the infrastructural achievements of CMRL in photographs taken by experts from PSM.

World Photography Day aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share their photos across the world.

CMRL spokesperson Pandiyan said, "Commemorating the World Photography Day, our photography exhibition will highlight the positive impact of infrastructure creation and the various facilities of CMRL. It will take place on the stated days between 10 am and 8 pm. Entry is free."

"A team of 38 members from Photographic Society of Madras (PSM) recently visited the various installations of CMRL, captured and curated a photo gallery consisting of about 100 photographs showcasing the efforts being put in by CMRL, its staff, contractors and vendors towards creation of this world class facility. The photographs will highlight the project sites, yards, its rolling stock, stations and people using metro, some aerial views of the trains criss crossing the city and the last mile connectivity created by CMRL for the benefit of commuters," he added.

According to the official, the gallery will also showcase the photographs of PSM members. "These photographs will exhibit the positive vibes of the global environment which is the essence of the celebration of World Photography Day. They will be covering various genres of photography including nature, architecture, travel, wildlife, landscapes," he said.

SHOOT MADRAS
PSM is conducting its annual contest - Shoot Madras - capturing the essence and beauty of the city.

Shoot Madras 2018 has three themes - Landscapes of Madras, Architecture of Madras and Madras by Night. The photographs of the contest winners and others will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition.

HISTORY BEHIND WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY
The day originated from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.

On 9 January, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process and on 19 August, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a free gift to the world. Following this, on 19 August, 2010, the first global online gallery was hoisted where almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people from over 100 countries visited the website marking the first official and globally-reaching World Photography Day.