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FEATURE | Sarker Protick : 'Of River and Lost Lands'

FEATURE | Sarker Protick : 'Of River and Lost Lands' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Drowned houses, floating trees, broken structures are traces of life that was once here. Places I have photographed do not exist anymore. Monsoon arrives and the river runs fastest. The lands get washed away and disappear. It is the river that people depend on, it is the river that takes away everything."

 

All images © courtesy of Sarker Protick

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Chobi Mela VII | Interview of Shahidul Alam

Chobi Mela VII | Interview of Shahidul Alam | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

I personally think pretty much all the arts benefit from people who work in the periphery, in the edges. I think photography has lot to gain from people outside the field of photography, in terms of what they have to offer, how they can contribute to the medium and Chobi Mela always encourages that interaction. It’s been a very fluid border in movement and direction. I think certainly the fact that this is a festival where fine art photography, conceptual work, documentary work, 3D work, whatever, gets space is one of the things that makes it so rich. It’s not so predictable. Every year it is different. And I think every year it is evolving...."

Interview by Munem Wasif | Le Journal de la Photographie

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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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Book Review | 'Kamra' Ed. by Munem Wasif & Tanzim Wahab

Book Review | 'Kamra' Ed. by Munem Wasif & Tanzim Wahab | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

'Photography in Rearview'

 

"Art is constantly evolving. It travels through time, space, medium and perceptions, constantly contradicting and breaking boundaries. Photography, a relatively recent art form for both ends of the world now stands as a prime witness to time and has combined the old and new to create its own language, different from those we quintessentially experience on a canvas. While the globalized West is institutionalizing progressive photography, the phenomenon has more recently reached its hype in Bangladesh. Courtesy of international trade, China, new media and peer pressure, equipments are widely available and a ‘photographer’ is found at every nook and corner.

 

Exciting times as such is frequently described as desperate times. Because of its prevalence, photography – like any other creative outlet – faces the same doubt, the same criticism of being overestimated. And it is perhaps because of this very overestimation that triggered photographers Munem Wasif and Tanzim Wahab to take a step back and re-explore the origin of photography in the East and West. A compilation of articles, interviews, commentaries and profiles, Kamra is a much needed conversation on how the art form has evolved over time and found its niche in Bangladesh..."

 

Article by Sabhanaz Rashid Diya | Daily Star Weekend Magazine

Also discover the book on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h23vxssI5Mo

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Education | Call for Three Years Professional Programme in Photography in Bangladesh

Education | Call for Three Years Professional Programme in Photography in Bangladesh | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Pathshala South Asian Media Academy is undoubtedly the best photography education centre of South Asia.

 

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Sydney 2013 Photo Festival | 'Crossfire' by Shahidul Alam

Sydney 2013 Photo Festival | 'Crossfire' by Shahidul Alam | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Undeterred by his earlier experience, in 2010 Alam and his team at Drik launched Crossfire, a controversial project that exposed the actions of the Bangladesh government’s enforcement agency, the Rapid Action Battalion, who were basically given license to capture and execute their own people without due process. The photographs in Crossfire capture the locations where people have been killed, or from where they have disappeared.

“It was a national concern and we were horrified by what was happening,” Alam said. “We did this project because we had to. We thought seriously about what the modalities might be at an aesthetic level and also at a strategic level. We worked very hard at the audience engagement in terms of how we handled the media, how the news was taken out."

Photograph © Shahidul Alam
Interview by Alison Stieven-Taylor | Le Journal de la Photographie

  

 

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Chobi Mela VII | 'Fragility'

Chobi Mela VII | 'Fragility' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"In an economy gasping for breath, in an ecosystem reeling under consumption, waste and the ravages of war, the greed of a few threaten the future of many. We challenge you to push back the tide of unbridled growth and lay your stake to a sustainable universe. It is only by embracing the fragility of this world that we will make it your own..."

 

Text by Shahidul Alam
Photograph by Ranak Martin 

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Glimpses of What to Expect at Chobi Mela 2013

Glimpses of What to Expect at Chobi Mela 2013 | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
One of the most significant events in Asia, Chobi Mela is an international festival of photography and was launched in 2000. Held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the purpose behind the inception of the festival was to showcase the works of Bangladeshi artists alongside the most exciting work from the rest of the world.

The festival was also to be a platform for debate and discussion. And now in its seventh edition, the festival has gone from strength to strength. It has symbolised a struggle against hegemony and oppression.

The theme for Chobi Mela VII is Fragility and it will present the creative works of world renowned as well as hitherto unknown photographers. To be held between 25 January–7 February 2013, the festival promises to be a wonderful melting pot of photographs and opinions. Of course, there is a lot more to look forward to.

Photograph by Protick Sarker ;
Text By Priyanka | Better Photography
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Call for Submissions | Chobi Mela VII - International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh

Call for Submissions | Chobi Mela VII - International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

For its 2013 edition, Chobi Mela's theme is 'fragility' :


"The sweeping gestures of photography have thrived on extremes. Great things, epic moments, the wretched, the vile, the dispossessed, the celebrated and the trodden, have all found themselves facing the lens. Photography has exalted suffering, celebrated the vain. Quiet moments, reflective spirits, the hesitant step, the furtive glance have rarely made headlines. Perceived as being unworthy of the shutter..."

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'Land of a Thousand Cameras' by Naeem Mohaiemen

'Land of a Thousand Cameras' by Naeem Mohaiemen | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"As per semiotic theory, we make sense of visual phenomena in several ways: resemblance (it looks like what it is), logic (cause and effect), convention (objects that have symbolic value), and signification (the visible signifying something else altogether, although often related). What was intriguing about that "Transition" student photo portfolio was the shift away from the first element: resemblance. Very few images were what they looked like, the meaning was not immediately clear. Even the familiar city had become unmoored from landmarks. It was everywhere and nowhere. This could be the start of something different. Perhaps all this needs to be married to the fever dream embedded within those earlier, bucolic images..."

Text by Naeem Mohaiemen | The Daily Star 

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Naseeb: Trafficked

Naseeb: Trafficked | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"I wanted to understand the reasons for this epidemic; Why was this happening? How was it happening? And to hear of first hand experiences from the girls. I heard many stories of poverty, bad families, deception by friends and families, kidnappings and horrific experiences on trafficking routes. Sometimes the girls had left their homes of their own will, other times they were running away from violent husbands or simply in search of a better life. The stories differed but one commonality existed: they had all been deceived". Sonal Kantaria

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