Iqbal Mohamed and Anuradha founded Light and Life Academy on 21 March, the day of the equinox. To forever serve as a reminder that LLA will always be a Gurukul and will balance the learning of light and life. Maintaining a synergy between a well-structured curriculum and free-willed study. It encourages classroom and corridor learning; just the same. In a place that is both a school and a home.
At Light & Life Academy, the belief is that every image created is a combination of vision and inner vision. This is symbolized in the logo. The Academy's every endeavor, therefore, is to go beyond the teaching of the art & science of
photography, towards awakening and nurturing each individual's unique vision and inner vision.
Light and Life Academy is truly a modern-day Gurukul.
Light & Life Academy is a not-for-profit education trust, set up in Ooty, India, with the initial support of Kodak India & Eastman Kodak, USA in the year 2001.
This course is designed for the aspiring Professional photographer. The course offers a very good understanding of the techniques of Photography and nurtures individual creative expression.
Travel Photography captures the essence of a place and its people. Nature Photography captures the mood of a natural scene, from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife and macros. This course offers a very good grounding of what is required to become a Travel and Nature Photographer.
For hobby photographers and serious ameteurs, LLA Online offers the "Get Ceative with Photography " program. A first of its kind, in 9 Indian languages and English, ensuring that the fundamentals of photography are learnt in concrete manner, while also allowing you to explore your creative side!
Light and Life Academy is perched on a mountaintop about 7000 ft. above sea level near Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India, with a spectacular view of the Ketti valley, arguably the second largest inhabited valley in the world. It's a calm, peaceful 60,000 sq ft theater in the lap of Mother Nature with up to three seasons visiting it every day. Know more….
As always the Iqbal touch of class shows – in his students. I think Iqbal and Anu are doing a HUGE service to our industry and I wish them all the very best. I enjoy watching them shape raw talent into pure art!– Meera Sharath Chandra, President & National Creative Director, RMG Connect, India
Great campus, atmosphere, students….. most impressive point is all the students are active, passionate and energetic! This is the dream photography college for the people to learn photography! Thank you so much for the warm welcome.– Junichi Kawasaki, Nikon
“One is still absorbing the breathtaking beauty of the location as you arrive into LLA and are now completely charmed by the homeliness of the academy. One notices an air of joy as students interact with Iqbal sir and others in the faculty, as though talking to an elderly friend, the conversations delving into the depths of photography.
– Gurinder Osan, Photojournalist, editorial, fine art, landscape and social documentary photographer
It is one of the greatest efforts I have seen .How passion can give shape to an institution which will hopefully, one day become a national treasure.– Anil Kapoor, President Asia Pacific, Draft FCB Ulka
“A community drum session set against the sky with rising moon, a workshop in origami or a workshop highlighting history of art– I would wonder how these form part of a curriculum of a professional photography academy. But this is what sets Light & Life Academy apart. The Academy prides itself in imparting “Life” lessons to its handpicked students. Activities are developed and delivered to ensure that we as students get inspired by a diversity of experiences that life has to offer and that each of our faculties like music, painting and sport contribute to a more rounded personality, a better human being and ultimately a “thinking photographer”.– Faiz Ahmad, Student, Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography Programme.
Like walking through a library of the future. Thank you for opening my eyes.– Josy Paul, Chairman & National Creative Director BBDO.
Makes me very proud of the fact that my country has such a wonderful, “productive” & WACKO academy. All the best!– Ashish Dawer
An absolutely divine place, scenic and serene! Just the place suited for learning photography in its most professional form.– Colonel. Rajiv Bhatia, DSSC, Wellington
This has to be a photographer’s dream come true. To find such a well designed educational facility with such committed individuals; Iqbal and Anuradha you are to be complemented and I’m sure, scores of aspiring photographers will thank you for years to come that you’ve chosen to make this institution come alive. Best wishes & Good luck!!– Frans Lanting, Santa Cruz, California
It is not often that education rises beyond the boundaries of academics and pushes its students towards the path of self-actualization. This is a rare and commendable effort.– Agnello Dias, Taproot.
Iqbal, Anuradha you people are doing a WONDERFUL JOB. In the coming years I predict that your students will be RULING the field. CONGRATS TO ALL!– Thomas Xavier. Chairman & National Creative Director, Orchard Communications
Students share their learnings and experiences from the Architecture Specialization by Iqbal Sir.
The 21st of March is always a special day at LLA! This year it was doubly special.
The graduating batches (18 & 19) came together as students for one last time.
Students of Batch 20 get their “act” together with a game of cruel charades.
Students share their thoughts after completing the Light and Lighting module.
As artists, when we have a deeper understanding of ideas that govern the world
Here's a look at the best images by the students of batch-20 from their Intro to 35mm session.
Every picture has a story to tell… So what’s the story here? - A workshop by Pankaja Srinivasan
Light & Life Academy thanks the sponsors for their generous grant of resources, equipment,
materials and technical support, during the early years.