Indian Photography Festival Returns to Hyderabad…
The Indian Photography Festival brings an incredible line up of photographers to several events exploding in visual arts and culture.
The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) is back with its second edition. Conceived as an initiative by the Light Craft Foundation and the government of Telangana, IPF is an international photography festival with Aquin Mathews at the helm. This year, the festival has been curated by photographer Amit Mehra. Since its debut, the festival has proved to be a significant platform in bringing together various genres of photography under one roof. Apart from that, it has also created a base for emerging and professional photographers to interact as a community. IPF will be held from 29 September to 9 October at the State Art Gallery in Madhapur, Hyderabad. For more information visit www.indianphotofest.com.
Raghu Rai, Swapan Parekh, Prashant Panjiar, Ron Haviv, Claire Rosen, Asim Rafiqui, Michael Robinson Chávez, Kaushal Parikh, Vinay Panjwani… just a few of the eminent speakers at IPF 2016.
Mahesh Bhat’s Unsung and Kaushal Parikh’s Fragments of a Spinning Rock are two of the photobooks that will be launched at the festival.
Emmy nominated, award winning photojournalist and cofounder of photo agency VII, Ron Haviv has been dedicated towards documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the world. The Lost Rolls is a pictorial representation of undeveloped film accumulated over 25 years, which may or may not be recognisable anymore often leaving the photographs unanchored.
An award winning fine art photographer from New York, Claire Rosen’s work uses universal themes of fairy tales, dreams and mythology to symbolise various aspects of human conditions. Her portrait series Birds of a Feather includes images of live birds, both common and exotic, posed against vintage wallpapers, highlighting their personification in a comical and an unexpected manner.
Georgia based freelance photographer, Dina Oganova’s photo series, My Place talks about the first generation that was born in the twilight years of the Soviet Union, and raised in independent Georgia. Dina has tried to document this generation as it stands at the intersection of two centuries, fighting their private battles for complete freedom.
Hyderabad-based photographer Satyanarayana Gola is also an environmental and a social activist. In his current series Drought in Telangana, Gola has tried to capture the dreadful scenes of the drought-ridden and famine stricken areas of the state. The images depict the untold stories of farmers living under massive debts, zero crop yield, loss of aquatic life and plight of women who have to walk long distances in search of water.
Sindhudurga-based photographer, Indrajit Khambe’s series Pehelwan’s Rising, documents the ancient sport of kushti (soil wrestling). Once a prominent sport in the golden age, soil wrestling is now on the verge of disappearing. Khambe through his work has tried to raise awareness about the sport for the future generations, and preserve it and the legacy of akhadas in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
German photographer Sandra Hoyn’s photo series The Longing of the Others, is a documentation of the four weeks she spent amongst the sex workers, their children, and the madams of the Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail, Bangladesh. Sandra’s intimate images depict the daily lives of these women as they fight the social stigma and find strength in their profession.
Michael Robinson Chávez
Award winning photojournalist and staff photographer at The Washington Post, Michael Robinson Chávez’s photo series Awaiting the Rain, talks about aftermath of the social and political disturbance in Peru and how the country has managed to survive along with its deep rooted culture.
Polish fine art photographer, Jakub Pasierkiewicz’s Natural Resemblance, is a set of images created in different locations and times, but presented together as they subconsciously draw the viewers attention to some kind of similarity that binds them. This is either through elements of compositions, colour combinations or embedded memories of the past.
Eugene Smith Support Grant winning photographer, Mark Peterson has tried to highlight the element of drama present in the American public affairs, through his image series, Political Theatre. Mark’s black and white photographs depict the politicians and the senators, who gear up for their speeches and get up on the stage in front of a different audience every night, but with the same set of words and phrases, much like actors from a play.
Delhi-based photojournalist, Saumya Khandelwal’s Shattered Childhood documents the alarming situation of child marriage in the Shrawasti district of Uttar Pradesh. As Saumya spent her time meeting the young girls in their own spaces, she realised that the unsettling experiences that have denied the girls their childhood, are more than just statistical data.
Attractions At IPF 2016
Various distinguished photographers will be conducting artist talks over a span of ten days such as Claire Rosen, Harsha Vadlamani, Mahesh Bhat, Sebastian Cortes, Hiro Tanaka, Hari Menon, Nitin Lakhotia and Michael Robinson Chávez amongst others.
Photo Walk with Better Photography
Assistant Editor Raj Lalwani will conduct a photowalk on 2 October during the festival. He will guide the participants through the vibrant bylanes of old Hyderabad, and explore various facets of street photography over several cups of chai.
Panel Discussions and Workshops
Discussions on the future of photography in print and women-issue projects by Smita Sharma, Anushree Fadnavis & Saumya Khandelwal along with Ron Haviv and Michael Chávez’s masterclass and workshops by Claire Rosen, Sebastian Cortes are also on the cards.