The first batch of soldiers is being trained in Kashmir’s Haiderbeg sector. Soldiers armed with scientific knowledge of photography will be able to collect pictures and information crucial to finalizing operational details, an officer said.
“This is first time that FTII has started a course exclusively for the Indian Army. The objective is to acquaint them with the finer details of photography based on the army’s requirement measures to enhance their skill,” FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola told TOI on Friday.
Bharat Kanhere from the department of Cinematography has been appointed course director. “During the course, the experts will focus on development of photographs, outdoor photography, lowlight photos and related skills,” Kainthola added.
“Our experts are emphasizing on these techniques, which will help soldiers practically during operations,” he added.
At the moment, the army does not have trained photographers. “The army does allow personnel to learn photography, but there are few spots available. Few Infantry battalions, which are often posted at the border, have trained photographers. They usually appoint a soldier that has better knowledge of computers,” said a senior army officer, who has served in Jammu & Kashmir as well as the northeast.
The armies of western countries have extensively used military photographers since World War I. “Their photographers have produced much-needed military evidence in the form of rare photographs. The Indian Army has not paid attention to this aspect for unknown reasons,” a senior officer said.
During long-range patrols (LRP), the officer said, the main task for the troops is not only to explore new areas, but also take photographs.