The School of Fototechnik on the completion of its 15 years of existence, has introduced the conferring of Photographic Honours. Six eminent personalities has been honoured with the Honorary Fellowship (Hon.FSoF) of the School of Fototechnik in 2013.
K. G. Maheshwari, ARPS, APSA, Hon.FICS, Hon.FIP, Hon.FIIPC, Hon.PSI, Hon.FSoF.
Citation: Born on November 2, 1922, K. G. Maheshwari’s interest in Photography as a hobby began from his school days. His father wanted him to take up Music as a hobby and a teacher was asked to come and audition the boy at home. But the result was disappointing when the teacher declared that the boy did not have the kind of voice. He decided to take up Photography as his hobby. His father used to subscribe to Illustrated Weekly and young Maheshwari used to diligently go through the pages devoted to photography. He started with a Box camera when in school. Later on, he acquired a Rollie, a Leica M3 and a Mamiaflex 330.
In 1938, P. J. Patel of Central Camera asked him to send his photographs for a competition organized by Niharika Camera Pictorialists of Gujarat and he won a prize in the Beginners Section. This is how he really got interested in photography. He did not go through any formal training in photography, as there was none available at that time. Circumstances around him favoured by putting him into close contact with late Jehangirjee N Unwalla, the doyen of Indian Photography and late Burjorji Fanibunda, and he acknowledges that he learnt the real technique of pictorial print making from these great practitioners.
He has been regularly participating in both National and International Exhibitions till date. He is known for his Daylight Portraits and Photograms. He has over 1600 Salon acceptances and around 500 awards (shields / plaques / medals: gold, silver, bronze / certificates of merit). Besides these, various Photographic Organizations in India and abroad have also honoured him.
1946 Enrolled an A.R.P.S.
1975 Conferred Honorary Life Membership by the PSI, Mumbai
1985 Elected Honorary Fellow by IIPC
1990 Honorary Fellow of the Photographic Society of the University of Mississippi – F.P.S. (Univ).
1992 Elected A.P.S.A.
2000 Conferred Hon. Fellowship by Image Colleague Society International Ltd., California, USA.
2009 Enrolled Hon. F.I.P. by Federation of Indian Photography.
2010 Photo Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, conferred 1st National Photo Award 2010 for Life Time Achievement.
A collection of his photographic work spanning over four decades was published in a book form entitled ‘PRINTS AND IMPRINTS’ by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta. Another book ‘SILVER MEMORIES’ – a collection of his photographic creations of over six decades – was published by IIRNS Publications, Mumbai.
Ravinder K Paul, AIIPC, Hon.FSoF.
Citation: In the year 1954 Ravinder K. Paul took to photography as a hobby under the active guidance of Padamshri T. Kasi Nath ARPS, APSA, ESFIAP and established himself as a contributor to The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Statesman, The Statesman Overseas Weekly, The Hindustan Times. He has also contributed to Amateur Photographer, London, Commonwealth Today, Tropical Photography, Bombay, Trend (A Weekly), New Delhi, Industrial Times, Eves Weekly, Bombay, Sanik Samachar, and some publications in vernacular languages. The 1981 Photographic Year Book, Fountain Press, England published “A Child Study” in colour the only entry selected from India.
Right from the college days he have been promoting the art of photography, first as a President of his College Camera Club in Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, then as Joint Secretary and Treasurer of Camera Society of India, New Delhi. Being the Founder Member of India International Photographic Council, he served as a Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and in the year 2000 he had brought out the IIPC’s own monthly in the name IIPC Photographic Journal as a printer, publisher and Associate Editor. He has given many lectures in both International and National Photographic Workshops. He is a regular participant in various national and international exhibitions approved by PSA, IIPC and have won many awards and certificates. He is an Associate of IIPC.
He successfully ran the Paul Institute of Photography. Now has been supporting the growth of School of Fototechnik and he feels proud to be its Advisor.
Now his aim in life is to encourage all upcoming photographers to attain the International recognition of their work from Royal Photographic Society and Photographic Society of America. He is the Region Director of PSA’s Indian Subcontinent (Bhutan, India, Nepal & Sri Lanka).
Needless to mention that all this could not be possible without the active help of his wife Sharda and daughters Ruchika and Sabeena.
Anil Risal Singh, MFIAP, ARPS, FFIP, AIIPC, Hon.FIP, Hon.FSoF.
Citation: Anil Risal Singh was born in Agra on the 1st February 1954. He inherited his talent in photography from his father. Since childhood he developed an inclination towards photography. He has been perusing photography as a medium of fine arts to express his creative urge for the last 40 years.
Initially he tried his hand in various branches of photography like nature, candid, portraiture, etc. but his interest was in “landscape photography”, and later his association with Kr Sukhdeo Singh reinforced his way of seeing, enjoying and expressing landscapes through photography. He earned his ARPS through a portfolio of B&W landscape photographs.
Since last 5-6 years he is experimenting and exploring with “Forms” in nature and of manmade structures. He was conferred MFIAP for his “Form & Colour” portfolio
Presently he Employed as Head, Photo Division, National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property , Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Lucknow.
Grant Awarded: With a Professional Grant from Charles Wallace India Trust, U.K., in 1999 he visited U.K. to study Photographic Collection in various Museums & Art Galleries. He was invited by Sony to Canes, France to receive the Sony World Photography Award in 2008.
International Photographic Honours: In 1991 he has been conferred ARPS. In 1992 he has been awarded AIIPC. In 2005 he was conferred FFIP. In 2009 he has been conferred MFIAP. And in 2012 the Federation of Indian Photography bestowed on him the Hon. FIP.
Awards: He has to his credit Over 250 Awards and Honour Certificates from various National & International Salons of Photography. Among many other awards some are the
National award of Photography by Govt. of India, Sony World Photography Award, Kodak Excellence Award, UNESCO Award, Venice International Award, State Lalit Kala National Art Photography Award (twice) etc.
Solo Exhibitions: He has put up16 Solo Exhibitions in India and 2 in Atlanta, USA.
Teacher: For the past 33 years he teaches photography to the trainees of different training courses at NRLC. He is also a Guest lecturer, examiner and paper setter for various Universities
He is the President of Federation of Indian Photography the Premiere National Body of Photography in India and also the President of Lucknow Camera Club
Partha Sarathi Sengupta, Hon.FSoF.
Citation: Partha Sarathi Sengupta, a professional photojournalist freelancing for different newspapers, magazines and news agencies was born in Kolkata. He did his Masters in Journalism from Calcutta University. A prolific writer, Sengupta has to his credit a respectable file of write-ups, research based articles, besides well-acclaimed photos published in newspapers, magazines and by news agencies. He has been a regular contributor to Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Statesman, Decan Herald, Uttar Banga Sambad, Kolkata, Probe India, Monorama, The Rosetta, South Asia Voice, Lets’ Go, Associated Press, Reuters and Associated French Press.
Partha Sarathi took his voluntary retirement from the Press Trust of India in 2007 after nearly two decades of service in PTI- Photo Service to devote himself to his boyhood love nature studies and conservation beside pictorial photography. Presently he is also Hon. Director of NCVT approved special ITI for hearing impaired, Multipurpose Training Centre for the Deaf in Delhi and adviser (Admin.) to All India Federation of the Deaf (AIFD)
His news pictures showcased at ‘Off-beat’ exhibition in Kolkata organized by Freelance Press Photographers Association in the year 1987. In 1988 solo photo exhibition ‘Rural Bengal – A life – a struggle’, on rural health under SEDP project had travelled to many districts of the state. His exhibition in Delhi (2007) ‘Some Avian Residents of Delhi’ along with a picture book “Walking with the Birds in Delhi” was an effort to show the vibrant fauna of India’s capital through the lens. Under his leadership ‘TIMELESS’ – a photographers group exhibition was organized at Lalit Kala Academy in Delhi on February, 2013.