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History of Chobi Mela

Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Drik has initiated. The first Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography was held Dec.1999-January 2000. It is the most demographically inclusive photo festival in the world and is held every two years in Dhaka. The festival examines the dramatic shifts in image production, ownership and distribution brought on by new developments in the media landscape.

 
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Tasveer Newsletter | Hikari, Magnum and Still life : forthcoming Exhibitions

Tasveer Newsletter | Hikari, Magnum and Still life : forthcoming Exhibitions | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Tasveer’s current seasons’ exhibitions are now approaching their final destinations around the country. Remaining dates can be seen at the end of this newsletter, and on the Exhibitions pages of the Tasveer website - www.tasveerarts.com. Meanwhile, we're making the final preparations for next seasons' shows. At the beginning of January, we announced three of these - solo shows by Derry Moore, Maimouna Guerresi (image above), and Raghu Rai. In addition to this, we will be staging three group exhibitions; 'Hikari: Contemporary Photography from Japan', 'Still Life' and 'Magnum Ke Tasveer; 50 years in India'.

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Interview | Shahidul Alam, "The Empty Frame"

Interview | Shahidul Alam, "The Empty Frame" | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
In the world of photography, Shahidul Alam needs no introduction. He started as a photographer of children, and went on to make a substantial contribution to the medium and its practice not just in his country, Bangladesh, but in the Subcontinent. He set up a photography school, Pathshala, in conjunction with the World Press Photo educational initiative. And he was instrumental in starting Asia’s very first photo festival, Chobi Mela, which attracts the world’s top professionals. In this conversation, he tells Open why the Indian photography movement lags others’, and how Bangladeshi photographers have finally quit cloning his work.

Photograph and Interview by Ronny Sen | Open Magazine
khicṛī's insight:

Very Interesting article in which Shahidul Alam point out the importance of visual literacy, not only for photographers, but also for the professionals who surround them : " We do not have writers on photography at all, we don’t have good curators, we don’t have picture researchers, we don’t have good photo editors, we don’t have good agencies, agents for photographers. These all have to be in place for the medium and for the professional industry to be robust, sustainable and creatively vibrant."

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Mario Pires's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:13 AM

In is introduction to the article he curated, khicṛī's talks about the importance of visual literacy in India, and that made me think about the situation in Portugal, where the problems are somehow similar to the ones described in the article.