KU hosts workshop on World Photography Day

SRINAGAR: Media Education Research Centre (MERC) of Kashmir University on Wednesday hosted a daylong workshop on photography.
A university spokesman said that the workshop was sponsored and organized by internationally-renowned electronics conglomerate—Sony Inc.—for first and third semester students of MERC on World Photography Day, observed worldwide every year on August 19.
Sameer Ashraf, an award-winning photographer who has earlier worked with MTV, Barcroft, Discovery and National Geographic Networks, represented Sony India Pvt Ltd in the workshop. Coordinator MERC, Faruq Masudi and other faculty members of the department were also present on the occasion.
Sameer demonstrated how photography as art and profession can “actually turn into an exciting career for students.”
“Kashmir is a great place for photographers where scope for story-telling is huge,” he said.
“I started with a brush and a canvass, and then moved on to stills and videos; they all are a medium to tell stories, and that’s what I always wanted to do,” he told the students.
Speaking about the workshop, Arshi Qureshi, a third semester student, said: “This workshop was unique. Besides technicalities, we got to know about other vital things about the field of photography.”
Coordinator MERC, Faruq Masudi said Sony India deserves appreciation for facilitating MERC trainees to enhance and update their professional skills.
“The department is continuously organizing such workshops to prepare students for their professional life and open new avenues for them,” he said.