When : Mumbai, 19th August, 2013
 Where :
Tote on the
Turf, Race Course, Gate 5 & 6, Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai

Google brought together professional photographers and photography enthusiasts from across the globe to celebrate World Photography day at a special event in Mumbai. This event allowed photographers to debate and exchange their ideas on the evolution of photography from daguerreotypes to digital. The keynote session was delivered by Padamshree Award winner Raghu Rai, who showcased his photographs and shared his experiences and anecdotes on the developments in the photography world and the transitions over the years.

Google also collaborated with leading Indian photographers including Pradeep Sanyal, Sumit Sen, Prashant Panjiar to encourage photographers to embrace technology for content creation and network with like-minded photographers from across the globe.

Google+ offers plethora of advanced features for budding and professional photographers to add effects, edit, and improve the quality of their photos. It provides a powerful platform for photographers to showcase their work, receive suggestions, and network with other photographers with similar interests. The event saw a demonstration of intelligent photo-editing features by Google, including:
●    Auto Backup: No wires, and no qualms if you lose your phone—Google+ Photos automatically backs up all your photos in the cloud as soon as you take them, where they’re accessible from any device.
●    Auto Enhance: Auto Enhance makes subtle improvements to your photos that help the people and places in your photos look their best.
●    Auto Highlight: When you upload new photos, we’ll show you a selection of highlights from your collection that makes it easy to share the best of your shots. You’ll spend less time sorting through duplicates and blurry images, more time enjoying your favorites with the people that matter.
●    Auto Awesome: The photos we take don’t always tell the full story; Auto Awesome creates fun new images from the photos you add to Google+. We’ll combine sets of similar pictures into short animations, create panoramas from landscape photos, and even make group photos where everyone looks great.

The event was rounded out by a special exhibition of the work of participating photographers.
Sandeep Menon, Google India’s Director of Marketing, said: “The advent of technology has brought easy-to-use, advanced photography tools within reach of all photography enthusiasts. With its large and active community of photographers, Google+ aims to provide a platform for experts and amateurs from around the world to showcase their work, seek feedback from, and engage with other photographers. Recognizing the evolving needs of photographers, Google is focused on providing useful photo-editing tools and services to help people share the special moments that matter

Elaborating upon his experiences as a photographer, award-winning photographer Raghu Rai, said: “The photography world has seen a paradigm shift in the past couple of decades: it has moved away from the isolated dark rooms to highly interactive social platforms. With advanced technology tools at their disposal, photographers today are pushing the boundaries of creativity, and giving birth to new forms of art which were unthinkable just a decade ago.”

About G+ Photos
Google+ Photos offers many easy-to-use, comprehensive photo editing tools. These are all accessible for free via Google+.

Raghu Rai
 Raghu Rai: Born in 1942, Raghu Rai is an Indian photographer and
photojournalist. A protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson who appointed Rai,
then a young photojournalist to Magnum Photos in 1977, which he
co-founded.Rai became a photographer in 1965, and a year later joined
the staff of The Statesman, a New Delhi publication. In 1976, he left
the paper and became a freelance photographer. From 1982 up until 1992,
Rai was the director of photography for India Today. He has served on
the jury for World Press Photo from 1990 to 1997. He is most known for
his books, Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in
Black and White.
Prashant Panjiar
  Prashant Panjiar: Born 1957, Prashant Panjiar is a self-taught
photographer. He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in
mainstream media at Patriot newspaper (1984-1986), India Today
(1986-1995) and the Outlook Group of Publications (1995-2001). Since
2001 Panjiar has been working independently specializing in reportage,
editorial and documentary photography. Panjiar also continues to work as
a consulting picture editor and is actively involved in mentoring
younger photographers. He has served on the jury of the World Press
Photo Awards in Amsterdam in 2002, the China International Press Photo
Competition in 2005 and the Indian Express Press Photo Awards.

is co-founder and managing trustee of Nazar Foundation, a non-profit
trust for the promotion of the photographic arts, and also the
co-founder and one of the creative directors of the Delhi Photo
Festival. Panjiar’s work can be viewed at www.panjiarphoto.com

Sooni Taraporevala, Sumit Sen,Mulchand Dedhia,Ketaki Sheth, Paroma Roy Chowdhury-Head, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Google India
Taraporeval: Born 1957) is a screenwriter and photographer, currently
based in India. She is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi
Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay (1988), all
directed by Mira Nair.She directed her first feature film, based on a
screenplay of her own, an ensemble piece set in Bombay, in Spring, 2007,
entitled “Little Zizou.

Sumit Sen: The
camera was the natural extension for an accomplished and exhibited child
artist, and the camera has been with Sumit Sen ever since his teens.
Sometimes neglected  but never forgotten  Sumit uses the camera to
showcase the world around us, its natural wealth and its diversity. Most
of his serious photography is focused on the avian world, particularly
on in-flight photography. Sumit’s work has been published in various
Indian and international books and magazines and was selected for
exhibition in the prestigious ‘The Incredible Moment’ show at New Delhi.

  Mulchand Dedhia:
Mulchand calls himself as a photopreneur, he is an entrepreneur by
profession and photographer at heart. He loves start ups and has three
different start ups to his credit. He moderates an online photography
community called ‘Mumbai Weekend Shoot’, which reaches out to over
14,000+ photographers across all online platforms. The community has
organized over 240 free photo walks since its inception in September
2008. In 2010 he curated a personal exhibition for Amir Khan Production
for their film Dhobi Ghaat along with curating other shows. 

 Ketaki Sheth: is a contemporary Indian photographer has worked with bxw film and chemistry for over 20 years. She won the Sanskriti Award for Indian Photography in 1992 and the Higashikawa Award in 2006 in Japan for best foreign photographer. Her publications include “Twinspotting: Photographs of Patel Twins in Britain & India” (Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK, 1999), “Bombay Mix: Street Photographs” (Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK and Sepia International, NY, 2007) and  most recently “A Certain Grace: The Sidi, Indians of African Descent,” Photoink, 2013 which opens as an exhibition at The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi this September. The book will be launched at the Delhi Photo Festival 2013 also in September. Her work has been widely exhibited both in India and abroad.

In 2012, he co-founded Photo Corner, a venture that helps individuals become better photographers by imparting photography knowledge through workshop training and photo tours and curate photo exhibition for young talent. His love for cellphone photography and collection of photo books started way back in 2004 when he traveled from one end of the city to another to attend his college. Today, his personal collection has crossed over 500 photo books which gave birth to Mumbai’s first and free open library for photographers. He is a visiting faculty in media colleges where he teaches photography as a subject. His current year mandate includes shooting primarily using a smart phone camera.

Pradeep Sanyal: An engineer and an MBA, among other things. But he ran into himself when he picked up a camera and looked at the world through it. Pradeep has been taking pictures for over 25 years now and the most exceptional quality of his photography lies in the fact that he has traveled many miles for each of his pictures. He shoots wildlife, nature, people, wedding candids and loves doing street photography.

Pradeep’s story can indeed define a generation – where it is no longer necessary to abandon one path to find another, defining a life that is simply worth making the best of. He is currently based out of Los Angeles.

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