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Op-Ed | 'The eye of the beholder' by Tara Kaushal

Op-Ed | 'The eye of the beholder' by Tara Kaushal | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"The democratisation of cameras and image-taking has its side-effects, chief among them the engenderment of a new brand of voyeurism. But Tara* Kaushal argues that the camera can be a tool of self-defence for women as well."

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Jugaad | Lights, camera, metaphysics: photography and performance, twice.

Jugaad | Lights, camera, metaphysics: photography and performance, twice. | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Tolstoy famously wrote in 1896 that art 'is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.' There was a great deal of skepticism among the late Romantics as to whether photography carried the potential for this sort of affective communication—its indexical candor seemed to belong to the world of matter, not spirit. But this two-part series of self-portraits by Sher-gil, titled 'Moods of Metaphysical Emotions,'makes a game attempt, overwhelming any superficial naturalism with meticulous staging and, in the process, communicating something of the ineffable activity of contemplation, by making visible what is otherwise hidden, and imaging the self in action..."

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Exhibition at Photoink Gallery | Kashmir by Amit Mehra

Exhibition at Photoink Gallery | Kashmir by Amit Mehra | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

It’s a photograph of a hotel. Once a thriving, buzzing hotel in Gulmarg, now empty and silent. The picture is taken through a window. The next image is that of a boy with flutes in the foreground, also through a window. A tailor, also seen through a window, examines a needle and thread. Through a door, a window, or barbed wire—each picture has been captured from a distance; perhaps a distance as great as the Kashmiri reality is from the rest of the country.

 

Photograph by Amit Mehra

Article by Shreya Ray | LiveMint

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