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NAPSL takes local talent to Paris

Wimal Amaratunge

At one of the photographic sessions

The National Association of Photographers Sri Lanka (NAPSL) was invited to represent Sri Lanka for 'Photoquai 2009' a photographic biennial held in Paris on the theme non-western photography. 'Photoquai' is organized by the Branly Museum of Paris (Musee du quai Branly) and Le Monde 2 French magazine. Around 50 local photographers displayed their work at the event which took shape in November 2009.

'Photoquai' consisted of an outdoor photographic exhibition running for two months on the bank of river Sein, which runs through Paris city, and a photographic forum held in the theatre of the Branly museum in the vicinity of famous Eiffel Tower, during the last two days of the event. France is considered as the birth place of photography and was disclosed by L. J. M. Daguerre 170 years ago. This is the first time a Sri Lankan photo club was invited to participate and make a presentation in a forum in France. Wimal Amaratunge, Executive Director of the NAPSL was personally invited with representatives from six other non-western countries. The organizers of 'Photoquai' sponsored their travel and stay in Paris. Amaratunge made a photo presentation on Sri Lanka heritage, culture and people. The presenter of the forum was Michael Philippot the picture editor of the Le Monde 2 magazine. The NAPSL was invited for this forum considering their activities carried out to popularize the photographic art in Sri Lanka.

During his stay in Paris Amaratunge had the opportunity to visit the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) of which the NAPSL is a member. The NAPSL founded in 1980 is also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), celebrates the 30th anniversary this year.

Some of the exhibits on display at ‘Photoquai’

Membership of the NAPSL is open to anyone who is interested in photography. Especially the photographic instruction courses conducted by the NAPSL under the approval and registration of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) are very popular among the students who seek the knowledge in this art. More details of the activities of NAPSL could be found in their website www.napsl.com.


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