Indian Photography Festival A Confluence of Visual Storytelling
The Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad is back with an exciting lineup of imagery, exploring various social, economic and cultural themes.
Now in its third edition, the Indian Photography Festival (IPF), Hyderabad presents a fantastic lineup of talks, exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions from some of the best photographers in the industry. With Aquin Mathews at its helm, this year, the open call exhibitions exhibitions were selected by a panel which included Mags King, Natan Dvir, Deepak John Mathew, Barbara Davidson, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Prabhakar Kusuma and Russell Hart. IPF will take place from 21 September to 8 October, at the State Art Gallery in Madhapur, Hyderabad. For more information, visit www.indianphotofest.com. Here is an exclusive glimpse at what you can expect to see at the festival.
With a background in Political Science and Visual Anthropology, Camillo Pasquarelli combines the two in his reportage work. In 2015, he spent five months in the Kashmir valley, conducting research on the Indo-Pakistan conflict and the separatist Kashmiri political sentiments. His work has appeared in publications like Der Spiegel, Il Reportage, Il Manifesto, Left, The Post Internazionale, Positive Magazine, amongst others.
For Tejal Mewar, a government officer involved in the export and promotion of textiles in Gujarat, photography began as a hobby in 2014. He is self-taught, largely through reading and observation. He enjoys photographing the unpredictable moments on the street. In his photoessay of a brick kiln in Surat, he has documented the tough and hazardous conditions that the workers have to endure on a day-to-day basis.
With a keen interest in documentary photography and editorial writing, Swastik Pal has been commissioned by the BBC, Quartz, The Indian Express, MSN, Financial Times (London) Barcoft Media, Al Jazeera, and others. He was nominated for the prestigious Joop Swart World Press Masterclass in 2015 and 2017. His recent series titled Hungry Tide Project, documents the last inhabitants of the ‘sinking island’ of Ghoramara, located 150 km south of Kolkata.
Cecilia Paredes has her hands dipped into various forms of art—performance, drawing, building objects and installations—through which she explores themes related to migration, and the relationship between man and nature. Her work is a part of the collection of various museums in the U.S. and Europe. She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow since 1998. In her ongoing photographic series, she explores the visual juxtaposition of her painted body against patterned backgrounds.
While most of his photographic work deals with the documentation of personal and social matters, Kowshik Vasudevan also enjoys shooting weddings and fashion. He is a graduate of the International Photography Program at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh. His recent work focuses on dilapidated vehicles, and explores how we’re quick to dismiss their utility and relevance.
Hikari Creative was the brainchild of Ako Salemi, who first asked Q Sakamaki to collaborate with him. ‘Hikari’, which means light in Japanese, is also a metaphor for hope. Together, they agreed that the new collective would use Instagram to explore a new style of photography, one that would utilise a strong artistic sensibility and move beyond traditional photojournalism to blend fine art and photo-documentary traditions.
Laura Liverani shuttles between East Asia and Europe, practising and teaching photography. Her project, Ainu Nenoan Ainu, explores the native identity of the Ainu (an indigenous community) in contemporary Japan, and reflects on what it means to be an Ainu today, and in everyday life practices. It also addresses the sense of belonging within a community, in the double process of both preserving and reinventing their own culture.
Mahesh Shantaram uses personal and subjective documentary photography to study complex systems, societies and institutions, particularly with reference to contemporary India. His most recent project deals with the subject of racism in the country, particularly faced by the African diaspora in India. With the aid of portraits, he looks at this difficult subject through anecdotes and stories.
After a 12-year stint in software development, Soumyendra Saha decided to hit the streets and photograph. Since then he has spent his time studying photographs by the masters, watching movies and listening to Hindustani classical music. All of this has contributed to his imagery that are filled with drama, humour, mystery and surrealism. His current photographs, which will be showcased at the festival, are a result of his endeavours from the last three years.
After having spent 15-years as a Creative Director for major advertising agencies in Switzerland and Germany, Christian Bobst decided to switch to documentary photography in 2010. His project titled The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal, a form of traditional wrestling in Western Africa, won him second place at the World Press Photo Award (2016), in the Sport Stories category. His photographs have been published in The Guardian, Huffington Post, The New York Review of Books, Stern, Geo, and others.
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