Reflecting the photographic work of 20 students as showcased by the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL) an exhibition will be held on May 26 and 27 at the Lionel Wendt Gallery.
“Reflections” will display the work of students from the May 2011 batch of the photographic society between 9am and 6pm. Entrance for the exhibition will be free.
The May 2011 batch saw around 50 participants and at the end of the course it was decided that they should exhibit what they had learned through their course.
Each participant will be given a chance to exhibit between five to 10 photographs and it will be an open exhibition. The participants will showcase a wide variety of photos as they are all from varied backgrounds and fields of work.
The Photographic Society of Sri Lanka is the oldest society of its kind in the island with its early origins dating back to 1906 when the Amateur Photographic Society of Sri Lanka was formed by Lionel Wendt’s father, Henry Lorenz Wendt.
In 1934 the Society was reincarnated at the residence
of Lionel Wendt and was renamed the Photographic Society of Ceylon. Wendt carried on the work begun by his father along with a small group of enthusiasts, who were interested in pictorial photography and they met regularly to discuss the merits and demerits of their work.
Following the death of Wendt in 1944, a complex for the visual and performing arts was constructed
along with art galleries and theatre facilities and opened in 1954. Today, PSSL members meet
monthly, to discuss their work, at the Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, which has a well equipped
studio as well as three dark rooms.