The Picture Press is Sri Lanka’s first open, and curated, web platform that uses photojournalism to begin conversations about broader development issues facing Sri Lanka and South Asia. Launched in December 2012, The Picture Press is an online exhibition of development-oriented photography where photographers are challenged to do more with their photographs – accompany them with meaningful and thought-provoking narratives. Features on the site attempts to visually capture the challenges facing society, document the development that is taking place around us, and serve as an online archive of photographs and research/information of this change. Content on the site is generated by submissions from amateur and professional photographers, as well as commissioned work.
The Picture Press is curated by three individuals who have backgrounds in development – Anushka Wijesinha, Iromi Perera, and Aarthi Dharmadasa. Anushka is an economist at an apex semi-government policy think tank. He is also a hobbyist photographer. Iromi is a researcher in a prominent civil society organisation, where she leads their social polling work. She is also a theatre producer. Aarthi is a programme officer in the Sri Lankan operations of a leading international mine action agency. She is also a cooking enthusiast.See The Picture Press portfolio