Chief Minister Narendra Modi honoured 32 veteran photographers, including 101-year-old Pranlal Patel, at a function held under the auspicious of Video-Photographers Association of Gujarat (VPAG) here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri. Modi said that all the veteran photographers could be considered as vice-chancellors of a photography university. They have the power of looking at objects and events, art to catch historic moments and the skill to tell stories with more feelings than words.
He said that India's freedom struggle got a fresh impetus across the world from the photographs of Mahatma Gandhi leading the freedom struggle or his march to Dandi for salt satyagrah. Even as photo journalism emerged as a new branch of study, he advised the photographers to update their skill with the latest technology, including aura photography, ensuring there is no devaluation of high journalistic standards.
The Chief Minister said that Gujarat Government had held about 50 photographic contests on wide range of topics like wildlife, killer earthquake and post-quake rehabilitation and resettlement to encourage healthy competition during the last ten years.
Earlier, Shri Modi had unveiled a book on rare pictures clicked by 100-odd photographers on myriad aspects of the state during the state's golden jubilee, titled 'Tasvir: Amaratva Kaushal' compiled by photo journalist Shaliesh Raval, published by Gujarat Government Information Department and printed at Government Photo Litho Press.
VPAG President Jayesh Shah gave an account of the organization. Those present on the occasion included Joint Information Director Dineshkumar Dindor and other officers of the Information Department and a large number of photographers.