Social media, iPhones, handsets, and others can never be a threat to the mainstream photography but will always complement it.

Folorunsho Oluwatayo, president of the Lagos State Photographers Association of Nigeria (LASPAN), said this on Friday ahead of the annual world photography day observed on August 19.

“The social media will not phase out the mainstream photography because it is still strong,” he told NAN.

“There are things the social media cannot do about photos though it is helping us to create the awareness. It helps us to reach out to more people but the studio setting is still the best.

“There is no way smart phones can take over because the public will need to enlarge their photos and have photo books. It is not everyone that will go to see the photographs of their loved ones on social media.

“They will like to see it in their houses.”

Oluwatayo said the annual world photography day had always afforded the practitioners a chance to evaluate how far the industry had fared and challenges facing its practitioners.

He said as much as photographs were vital in “our lives we have not been able to make our mark in Nigeria.

“Our association with about 5,000 members is present in 11 states of the federation but we are still invisible, our presence is not being felt as it should be.

“We send delegates to lecture their people and do what they can to promote photography in the country.

“We do tell them to focus on the youths and train them very well so that they can feed from what they do and not wait for white collar job.”

Also, Gbolahan Adebayo, the public relations officer, (PRO) Professionals Photographers Association, Lagos, said the practitioners require infrastructure and amenities to do their job well.

“They need to learn how to use modern equipment and good laboratories,” he said.

“We also want the public to appreciate what we do and recognize that it is a good job and that we document events and histories that they can make references to.”

Adebayo urged the government to grant waivers to their members importing photographic equipment from aboard.

He said that would reduce the current exorbitant prices of cameras.



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