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    Coming out with its first edition, Confluence 2016 will exhibit over 325 photographs.

    THE 159-year-old Photographic Society of India (PSM) is all set to put up over 450 entries at their first edition of the Confluence 2016, a photography exhibition. Curated in a span of two-and-a-half-months, the photographs have been categorised under landscape, portrait, wildlife, macro and street, informs the president of PSM, city-based Thomas T Abraham. A screening committee comprising veteran photographers like Sanjay Sridhar (former president of PSM), picked the best entries, adds Abraham. “The photographs were clicked by members of PSM, a majority of who are city-based and avid globetrotters,” explains the 64-year-old photographer and tells us to look out for pictures taken in countries like Scotland, Thailand and the US.
    Speaking of photography as a popular hobby today, Abraham states how it helps that cameras have become cleverer and cheaper with basic models being available from Rs 13,000 onwards.
    PSM was established by Dr Alexander Hunter, a military surgeon (and the driving force behind the Government College of Fine Arts), Walter Elliot (a Scottish civil servant) and a band of photographers in 1857. With 470 members on roll today, PSM conducts meetings on the fourth Saturday of every month in Anna University campus to display and discuss the works of its members as well as for guest lectures.
    PSM also organises photo-walks to places like Broken Bridge and photography tours to Hampi and Munnar, among other activities. Starting 2014, the society has also been conducting Shoot Madras, a photo contest for students as well as the public, as part of Madras Week celebrations in the month of August.
    At Lalit Kala Akademi. May 31- June 5. 11 am onwards. Free entry. Details: 24353079

    — Lalitha Ranjani

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