EtP Residency Programme

The first batch of EtP Residency programme commenced on 24th December 2015 and was be completed on 14th January 2016. Five Young South Indian student photographers Lijo Lonappan, Marshall Sebastian, Arjun Ramachandran, Sooryanarayanan Chandrashekaran from St. Joseph’s college of communication, Thrissur and Gautham Ramachandran from SN School of Fine Arts, Hyderabad did their internship with EtP as part of the Residency programme.   EtP Residency Programme is led by contemporary Indian photographer and Project 365 Director Abul Kalam Azad. The student photographers did their individual projects on different topics namely: Aadu Jeevitham (Life of shepherds), Thanga Aachari (Gold smith), Architecture around Girivalam and Chaavukottu (Tamil Funeral Drummers).  To inculcate the interest of the interns, workshops on analogue photography was done. Contemporary French photographer and Project 365 leading photographer Thierry Cardon, who was visiting Tiruvannamalai during this period did a workshop on cyanotype. Introduction to large format analogue camera was done by Abul Kalam Azad and Thierry.

On 26/12/2015 photographers Abul Kalam Azad and Thierry Cardon introduced Large format camera to the resident photographers, followed by a field visit for shooting.

Two days (30, 31st Dec 2015) Cyanotype workshop was organised at the temporary laboratory set at Ekalokam Trust for Photography premises in Tiruvannamalai. Photographer Thierry Cardon, Resource person, EtP led this workshop.


Introduction to analogue photography was done on 3rd and 4th January 2016 as part of the Residency programme. and images show the participating photographers exploring analogue photography.

As part of the residency programme, Indian and International film screenings were organised at Ekalokam Trust for Photography office. During the first movie week ( 22nd Dec to 28th Dec 2015) Agraharathil Kazhuthai by John Abraham, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, Duvidha by Mani Kaul, La Dolca Vita by Federica Fellini, Rashamon by Akria Kurosawa and Thampu by Aravindan G were screened. During the second movie week (1st Jan 2016 to 5th Jan 2016) Krzysztof Kieślowski’s most famous television series Dekalog 1 to 10 were screened.



A residency programme for photographers in Tiruvannamalai

A residency programme for photographers (beginners)


We are very happy to announce EtP’s residency programme for young Photographers.

Tiruvannamalai is an ancient nature worship site, situated in the Bangalore – Pondy Highway, Tamil Nadu. Experiments done by Geological Survey of India has revealed that the rock (charnokite) which makes up the Annamalai hill in Tiruvannamalai is older than 3.5 billion years and believed to have formed as a result of a massive volcanic eruption. The fertile land around the hill was a highly potential farming land and soon became an important human settlement in South India. Many a legends and mythical stories of Shaiva belief grew around the Annamalai Hill, which is revered as fire (agni), one of the pancha bhootam (five elements). During Sangam period (3rd century BCE to 4th century CE) Tiruvannamalai was one of the most important centers for Jain culture and learning. Tirumalai, an ancient Jain temple complex in Tirvannamalai is dated from the 9th century and has the tallest Jain image in Tamil Nadu. The first recorded history of Tiruvannamalai town dates back to the ninth century, as seen from Chola inscriptions in the Annamalai temple in Tiruvannamalai. Apart from the Cholas, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan and the British. The yesteryears architectural and art created collectively by the artists’ guild with the patronage of the different rulers stand as a museum of our culture and art. Karthikai Deepam is the most popular festival of Tiruvannamalai and inscriptions indicate that the festival was celebrated as early as the Chola period. As part of the festival, a huge lamp is lit in a cauldran, at the top of the Annamalai and to mark the occasion, several thousand people from the neighbouring villages gather and circumnavigate around the Annamalai hill. For more information see:

The residency programme is for a minimum of one month. Site and time specific projects can be jointly evolved with the Director, contemporary Indian photographer Abul Kalam Azad

Administration and preparatory research
Orientation to the town and culture
Shared accommodation (individual two bedroom house within the 12000 sq.ft campus)
Basic support for production and technical assistance
Guidance and Direction by experienced photographers and photo-artists
Networking opportunities with the art community

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