LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
As the art world opens up to accept photography as a form of art that has evolved from advancements in technology, which allows photographers to manipulate their images to fit their artistic expression, the photo-artists are encouraged to look at photography as a medium that goes beyond being just a form of archival, and, drastically change the outcome of an image through choosing various cameras, lenses, film, and the framing and timing of a shot. The results, more often than not, have been amazing, opening a whole new world of perceptual experience.
With acceptance comes inclusion. At the India Art fair this year, Artistic Director of Chennai Photo Biennale, Pushpamala N., and Magnum photographer Sohrab Hura reflected on trends in contemporary photography and how the medium is likely to evolve in coming years. This very interesting conversation, established beyond point why photography is an inherent part of art and creative expression.
Another high point of the fair was the exhibit by Museum of Art and Photography that brought together a photographer, a Gond-Pardhan artist and a modernist to enable the audience to understand how each of these artists drew not only from a familiar rural landscape, but also from each other to mature their own body of work.
At the fair’s newly introduced books section, American photographer Thomas Laird presented photographs of rarely-seen murals in his book, titled ‘Murals of Tibet’ that has been published by Taschen. Laird has spent nearly 50 years studying and documenting the art, culture and history of the Himalayas. Bharat Sikka’s signing of his 120-page photographic collection called ‘Where The Flowers Still Grow’ was the other highlight. The book, published by Loose Joints, is an ode to Kashmir by Sikka, who has captured the region’s faces against the backdrop of stunning landscapes through his lens.
Cut to a month later, the second edition of month long Chennai Photo Biennale (C`PB), an international biennale of photography, opened in the capital of Tamil Nadu on February 22. The Biennale, co-founded and co-organised by the CPB Foundation and the Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, offers large scale exhibitions in a variety of public spaces, showing works by over 50 artists in print from 13 countries across the city.
It also includes an open to all International Photography Conference to be held on the 16 and 17 of this month. Supported by the Shergil-Sundaram Arts Foundation and presented by Savera, the title of the conference is Light Writing: The Photographic Image Reloaded and is to be attended by artists, curators and scholars from different parts of the world who will present papers and discuss the state of photography today.
In Delhi, the second edition of Habitat Photosphere, a year-long photography festival conceptualised and curated by Dr Alka Pande around the theme of sustainable development and initiated by India Habitat Centre, kicked off with the announcement of this edition’s four awardees of the Photosphere fellowship — Juhi Saklani (New Delhi), Thulasi Kakkat (Kochi), Zishaan A. Latif (Mumbai) and Syed Adnan Ahmed (Rajasthan) — who have been given a Rs 2 lakh grant to produce a significant body of work that is being exhibited during this grand finale. Also on showcase is a special exhibit showcasing works of the four eminent photographer, Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Parthiv Shah and Prabir Purkayastha at the Visual Arts Gallery.
Come to think of it, photography is such an empowering form of art because of its potential as teaching tool. It is an incredible visual medium that exposes people of all ages to important societal and cultural issues and touches on the global perspectives.
There is so much to learn from this medium — how people in other cultures embrace their traditions, how global warming is affecting the planet, where political unrest is making waves, whether there is beauty in something… Photos evoke so much emotion. They have the power to bring joy, stoke anger, nostalgia and even remembrance, to get embedded in our minds calling for re-creation at other times.
Acknowledging the power of this medium, at ArtCultureFestival, we are happy to announce a very special pop up dedicated to photography as art and chronicler of visual experience. Starting this month, we are introducing a special page that would feature the works of the photographers, interviews, features and announcements related to the world of photography. The visual section (open to all photographers exploring it a medium of art) is being curated by our guest and a very talented professional lifestyle photographer, Ankush Dewesar. A third-generation photographer, Dewesar is the founder of ‘Chasing Light Fotography’, the photo company known for creative and innovative photographic concepts.
So, join us to make this page a success and share your best works, feedback to the section. Write in/send entries to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org . After all, what better than the camera as a perfect tool to create art and to tell stories with?
Signing off for now…