As part of our weekly series on DU’s cultural societies, here are five popular photography societies
Projekt of Lady Shri Ram (LSR)
This society has many projects up its sleeve. It’s an open society; anybody from the college can take part in its events, like film screenings and outdoor excursions that happen every month. Sites for excursions include monuments and graveyards. Projekt is known for its mega event that is organised during the annual fest of the college — Tarang, every year. It's a three day event that showcases what lies five inches behind the camera. Eminent guest speakers deliver seminars at the event. To take part in the competitions one can upload photos on their page on Facebook. Projekt came second in Saarang, the Short Film Making Competition of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and at Tarang.
Vivre of Hindu College
The word Vivre means to live. “The society inculcates the field of interest and chisels the skills,” says Arko Dev, an ex-member of the society. The members for the group are selected after a three day long audition. The strength varies each year from 15-20 members. Vivre holds an annual event — Snap. This event showcases still photography work of the students which is followed by photography competitions. “Last year we had entries from across the country and one from Singapore,” says Vibhu Galhotra, the ex-president of Vivre. The monthly events include movie analysis, outdoor excursions and a photo walk in which the members go to a site and click photographs.
Fine Arts and Photography Society (FAPS) of Kirori Mal College (KMC)
You can be a member through the ECA category or audition to secure a seat for yourself. The strength of the group goes upto 20 members FAPS hosts two annual photography events — Freshers Talent Show (FTS) and the mega annual event — Perceptions in which colleges all over the country participate. This event holds an exhibition, a theme photography and a photo essay competition. “It’s a group of a variety of visual artists”, says Kshitij Nagar, a member. The society has won at the annual fests of IIT Kanpur and Delhi and Hindu College, amongst others.
Clicks of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
Formed last year, there are 15 members in the society. Members are selected on the basis of their work. The photographs clicked during their outdoor excursions are exhibited during the college fest Exuberance. Clicks won at the annual fests of colleges such as Montage of Jesus and Mary College and Tempest at Miranda House. “At Clicks, the emphasis is on the talent the member possesses and not how big his/her camera is,” says Laveesh Sharma, a member.
Iris of Gargi College
The process of selection of members for the society starts on the orientation day itself. Other than the monthly shoot excursions, the society also holds competitions during Reverie — the annual college fest. The group has won competitions at Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Shri Venkateshwara College and BITS Pilani among other colleges. “Photography was just a hobby. But after Iris happened, I want to pursue it as a full time profession,” says Sonakshi Pahwa, co-convener of Iris.
Other photo societies
Click- Shri Ram College of Commerce
Photography Society- Deen Dayal Upadhyay College
Photography Club- Ramjas College
Photography Society-Hansraj College
Photographic Society-St Stephen’s College