IT seems that publishing books among the students of Communication Studies of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) becomes tradition. This can be confirmed by another published photography-genre book by juniors. The book entitled ‘Pasar’ is actually a project of Basic Photography subject lectured by Rahadi, M.Si.
“This book is the compilation of students’ work from four different classes. There are about 200 photographs selected to be published,” said Rahadi in his office, Tuesday (23/6).
This book is the second photography-genre book of the Communication Studies UMM students. The previous book, ‘Simple’, published in 2014, contains 100 works of photography. This time, ‘pasar’ (market) becomes the big theme of the photographs contained in the book.
Using the environmental portrait approach, Rahadi expected that all of his students can use the chance to get familiar with the market seller as their photographic subjects. “In this book, we can see the activity differences between traditional and modern market, starting from the behavior, the way of dressing, the trade interaction, and so on,” he said.
Not only getting close to the subjects, Rahadi also emphasized that a good photograph doesn’t necessarily come from a high-cost camera. It comes from the photographer instead. “Even several photos in this book were taken using camera phone, including the cover instead of using high-cost camera such as DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) or pocket camera,” said Rahadi.
The process of making this book is not easy. Rahadi uttered that it took two months for only filling the materials. “I need to select the best photographs. In average, 90 percents of the students’ works considered worth to be published. The rest will be given additional assignment. They have to ‘hunt’ again until they get the best results,” he said.
The book will be launched next semester. Rahadi expected that the book can be used as portfolio for students involved in the making of the book. “I hope it is not the end of their works. It is better for them to create better works,” he expected.
Meanwhile, for Selma Oktavia Kusuma Wardhani, one of the students whose the photographs being selected, all of her works along with friends are much appreciated by the publishing of the book. “It inspires others to keep steamed up in learning photography. It also becomes the self-branding to the outside world that we, the juniors of Communication Studies of UMM, have published our own book,” she said. (zul/han/t_far)