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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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Exhibition in Mumbai | Yamini Nayar at Amrita Jhaveri Projects

Exhibition in Mumbai | Yamini Nayar at Amrita Jhaveri Projects | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"A Yamini Nayar photograph is a document of constructed moments or a visual recording of a sculpture she has carefully built and then thoughtfully destroyed. In her words, her photographs “monumentalize and memorialize the fragility and decay of the sculptures, preserve the modest and humble experiences and detritus of everyday life from which they are constructed.”

 

Image by Yamini Nayar, Interview by Rosely n D'Mello

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'A step across the threshold' by Sudharak Olwe

'A step across the threshold' by Sudharak Olwe | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"In 1993, a 15-year-old came to Bombay. A deal had been struck somewhere, a price had been put on the body, and she had been delivered from the hills of Nepal to Kamathipura, a place that does not care for a return address. For Rs 40,000, Ambika Jeroo Nepali, was bought by one of the brothels in Mumbai’s red light area. It’s a price that she repaid for the next 11 years, the first five of which her earnings went entirely to the brothel owners and pimps. She had to earn back the amount she had been sold for, before she could see any money of her own."

 

Images by Sudharak Olwe

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Portfolio | Vidisha Saini, "L'image comme reflet"

Portfolio | Vidisha Saini, "L'image comme reflet" | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
Pratibimb means “reflection” in Hindi.
A reflection is the image sent back by the surface of an object or, in this case, a subject. What image of ourselves do we send back to ohters? How are we perceived by society?

 

By Sybile Girault, On La Lettre de la Photographie

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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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Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade

Exhibition in Kolkata | Natasha de Betak, Nightshade | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"It is a disorienting and, at the same time, a curiously gripping experience to walk into Nightshade, an exhibition of photographs by Natasha de Betak, presented by Experimenter (February 17-March 31). The walls do not have a lot, yet the exhibition space seems intangibly stirred by dreams, fleeting memories and allusions generated by the photographs that are displayed. The photographs come from two series, Nightshade and Impulse, both born out of de Betak’s travels in India. It is as though the two sets explore the amorphous, shifting worlds that crowd into and around sleep — one gazing on sleep from the outside, as if to uncover its nature by presenting its real, yet mysterious, physicality, and the other inhabiting moments or wandering regions in dream and fancy, in memory, longing and fear..."

Bhaswati Chakravorty in The Telegraph

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Aveek Sen is the blogger in residence at 'Still Searching'

Aveek Sen is the blogger in residence at 'Still Searching' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

The current blogger is Aveek Sen, and this is what he is planning to write about:

“In my six statements for this blog, I wish to open up the discussion on photography towards a realm of the promiscuous – a word I steal from the lexicon of sexuality to use in relation to the creative process. By the ‘creative process’, I do not mean simply the making and showing of photographs, but the entire web of relationships that connects looking, thinking, reading, listening, remembering and everyday life. I believe that photography is most richly nourished by its promiscuous liaisons with the other arts and with certain kinds of art/music-haunted experience. I will focus particularly on literature (especially fiction and poetry) and cinema, using specific works to build up a way of thinking about photography. Moving the discussion beyond the Barthes/Benjamin/Sontag trinity that dominates writing on photography, I want to use other works of art as starting points for reflection and debate, blurring the conventional distinction between theory and practice.”

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shruti's comment, April 22, 2012 3:41 AM
super, thanks for the heads up. love his work.
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Mobile Photography | On Sanjeev Saith's work : 'Happy Goodnight'

Mobile Photography | On Sanjeev Saith's work : 'Happy Goodnight' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

By Shruti Ravindran, OPEN magazine.

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Exhibition in Delhi | 'Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital' at NGMA

Exhibition in Delhi | 'Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital' at NGMA | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

An exhibition titled 'Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital' is set to bring to life the glittering but chequered past of the city.

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Exhibition in Bangalore | Norman Parkinson - Pink is the Navy Blue of India

Exhibition in Bangalore | Norman Parkinson - Pink is the Navy Blue of India | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Norman Parkinson’s trip to India was an incredible experience for him and for the readers of Vogue. After the austerity of the war and the focus on Europe, Britain was eager to embrace the larger world. Parkinson was part of the wave of photographers and journalists caught up in this spirit of exploration. Newspapers and magazines shook off the frugality of the war years and travel budgets were at last expanded. For British Vogue this meant that Parkinson, who was their star photographer, could go and bring the world back to an enthusiastic audience. Starting in the 1950s Parkinson literally trotted the globe. From South Africa and the Caribbean to Cambodia, Parkinson’s pictures were bursting from the pages...."

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Wearing her ghoonghat a few inches higher | ShahidulNews

Wearing her ghoonghat a few inches higher | ShahidulNews | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"This image was photographed in Delhi, shortly after my Paternal grandparents Chameli and Phool Chand, got married. She was 14 and he was 16. It was unusual for couples in our family to be photographed, especially holding hands, which turned out to be an indication of the unconventional direction their lives would take. They were both Gandhians and Freedom fighters..."

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Who has Photographs? by Janaki Abraham

Who has Photographs? by Janaki Abraham | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

The Thiyyas, a matrilineal community from North Kerala whose members are spread all over the India and the world, tend to document family history through photographs, letters, family trees, genealogies and myths of creation. Sociologist Janaki Abraham has been researching the visual cultures of the Thiyyas for the last five years. In the following essay she presents photographs found in home in Thalassery, Kerala, and challenges the assumption that the privileged alone had collections of old photographs.

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'That's Life' | Street Photography Collective

'That's Life' | Street Photography Collective | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

'That's Life' is a collective of street photographers who capture life on the streets of India in fresh and unusual ways that tell interesting and sometimes humourous stories.


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News | Exhibition by photographer-artist Sunil Gupta gets called off after individual lodges complaint, Alliance Française keeps mum

News | Exhibition by photographer-artist Sunil Gupta gets called off after individual lodges complaint, Alliance Française keeps mum | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Artists and thinkers have expressed shock at the sudden cancellation of photographer and artist Sunil Gupta’s solo exhibition titled Sun City & Other Stories in the Capital. The exhibition, originally a project commissioned by Centre Pompidou depicting a love affair, was shut down on Saturday, 24 March, just a day after its preview show at Galerie Romain Rolland at Alliance Française.

Photographer Ram Rahman, who was present at the preview, questioned the lack of clarity on the part of Alliance Francaise regarding an event of such momentous significance. “It’s an issue concerning freedom of expression and the French institution has not elaborated on the grounds on which they have stopped the show,” he said.

A statement issued by the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) further pointed out that if well-regarded institutions like Alliance Française wilt under the pressure of a single individual and do not support creative expression, they are not in a position to enjoy the patronage of the art community. In the signed statement artist and activists, Ram Rahman, Geeta Kapur, Vivan Sundaram and Indira Chandrasekhar said they were “shocked to learn that the exhibition of photographs by Sunil Gupta was shut down shortly and they wanted Alliance Française to publicly clarify if they were ordered to shut down the exhibition”...

 

Photograph by Sunil Gupta, Article by Sushmita Saha on Tehelka.

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« This is a statement issued by the Alliance Francaise de Delhi, in consultation with the President of the Alliance Francaise (Delhi) and the Cultural Committee of the Governing Body, following the premature and undue closure of the photographic exhibition by Sunil Gupta entitled Sun City and Other Stories.
To begin with, we would like to assert that ever since it was established, the Alliance Francaise has always supported and endorsed cultural activities associated with the Freedom of Speech and Expression. It was in this spirit that we offered and used our institutional resources to organise the mentioned exhibition by well-known photographer and artist, Sunil Gupta.
The exhibition was in fact inaugurated at 7.30pm on Friday, 23 March 2012 and was attended by over a hundred persons, including a cross-section of important personalities and luminaries. However, within two hours of its opening, a contingent of six policemen entered the gallery premises and insisted that the exhibition be closed. It was later intimated that the exhibition was in violation of Sections 188 and 292 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Alliance Francaise used available means to resolve the matter and continue with the show. However, on continued persistence from the police, the Alliance was compelled to close the exhibition, which was done under duress and protest in the presence of the artist.
Following this unfortunate episode, because the Alliance believed it should still support the freedom of artistic expression, consulted the artist and its President, and decided to re-open the exhibition on Wednesday, 4 April 2012. The Alliance, therefore, re-fabricated the exhibition again at significant expense and even provided for additional security measures. However, prior to the second opening, a similar pattern ensued with intimation from the police that they would not permit the exhibition in its original form as they were bound to receive complaints and agitations regarding the nature of the exhibition. At this point, to avoid any further controversy or damage to the artwork and premises, the re-opening was cancelled. It is pertinent to point out that even though the police had publicly stated that the content of the exhibition was not objectionable or unlawful, their verbal direction to the Alliance was to the contrary and was the governing factor in the decision to cancel the show.
We would like to re-state that the Alliance firmly believes in the Freedom of Expression. However, as a cultural institution, it has to be mindful of local cultural sensitivities. While it does not accept the conclusion of the police - that the content of the exhibition is obscene - the Alliance was constrained to adhere to the directions of the police. In addition, even though the legality of the police action is questionable, their intimidatory tactics on both occasions sufficiently justify the Alliance Française decisions.

The Alliance Francaise has taken this time to gather the necessary information regarding what has happened, and to seek legal advice to get clarity on its rights and duties so that such unfortunate situations are avoided in the future. We hope that you appreciate the difficult and unprecedented position the Alliance was placed in and the steps that are now being taken to preserve the integrity of art and culture in India by this institution.

Governing Body of Alliance Francaise De Delhi."
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Queer Life in Bangalore Captured by Akshay Mahajan

Queer Life in Bangalore Captured by Akshay Mahajan | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Akshay Mahajan is a documentary photographer based in Delhi. These images are from a photo-essay on the queer personal histories of a group of his friends in Bangalore.

 

Photograph by Akshay Mahajan

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Candace Feit: Order in the Loud and Dirty

Candace Feit: Order in the Loud and Dirty | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Through these photos I try to explore the idea that while things in these environments are loud and dirty, almost never tidy—that it is still possible to find moments of peace. And, as an extension, in these moments of peace there is often a sense separateness or solitude. Using the moments of stillness I find in each of these scenes, I try to bring order to the often overwhelming surroundings..."

 

In October of last year, Guernica featured photographs by Candace Feit of a fishing community in southern India. Below, Feit talks to Glenna Gordon about expanding the project, looking for peace in chaos, and the lives of artisanal fishermen.

 

Images by Candice Feit

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Ghar/घर: Javed Iqbal | Galli Magazine

Ghar/घर: Javed Iqbal | Galli Magazine | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"More people have been displaced since Independence by development projects than by the partition and a majority of them have been indigenous adivasis or Dalits.

Landless Dalits who would migrate to Mumbai after Independence would eventually face bulldozers and the fate of every slum: demolition..."

Images and text by Javed Iqbal

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Exhibition in NYC | ‘Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi’ at Asia Society

Exhibition in NYC | ‘Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi’ at Asia Society | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"The show covers the late reign of the rich and powerful Mughals, from whom we derive the word mogul. At their height the Mughals ruled over much of the land that today comprises India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, founding the opulent city of Shahjahanabad, now Old Dehli, in 1648. The exhibition tracks their decline, which coincided with the rise of British rule in India..."

Martha Schwendener in  the NYT

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Mumbai's chaotic sights and sounds - video

Indian music collective B.L.O.T.explore the streets of Mumbai, recording footage and audio at the Market of Thieves, tabla workshops, vast outdoor laundries and on breakneck taxi journeys...
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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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Old and Vintage Photographs of India

Old and Vintage Photographs of India | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

http://121clicks.com/inspirations/old-and-vintage-photographs-of-beautiful-india

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'Photo Finish' - Matthieu Foss Gallery closes down

'Photo Finish' - Matthieu Foss Gallery closes down | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Seven years ago, curator Matthieu Foss moved to Mumbai from Paris and became closely involved with the arts in India — more specifically, photography. One of the founders of Paris Photo, an annual photography fair held in Paris, he was no stranger to this form of art. He started working with Tasveer Arts — an organisation committed to the art of photography — managing their activities in Mumbai, but went solo soon after. Thereafter, for a brief period, he organised photography exhibitions at rented venues and eventually set up his own gallery in 2010. Matthieu Foss Gallery became the first private gallery in the city, dedicated solely to photography.

 

But now, and all too soon, the gallery hosted its last show, which ended on January 28. It will close down shortly. The reason Foss cites is the uncertainty of the market...

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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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'Half Life' by Srikanth Kolari | New work on Tasveer

'Half Life' by Srikanth Kolari | New work on Tasveer | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Half Life is about my transition from a path of chaos to one of healing. For the past two decades, I have been running away from phantoms within. The healthy parts of my life that used to enrich it fell away-family, friends, love. I found myself in a space between worlds, a visitor to everything around me, a stranger to my own life. I realised a crossroads was approaching, a choice to be made. I took the route that curved back into me, threading the fractured parts of myself back into place. The complex nature of the imagery portrays the nature of my own mind. I have been lost inside a maze of thoughts, attempting to make sense of everything twisted and tangled." - Srikanth Kolari 2012

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'Writing on the wall' | Graffiti in India is sprouting

'Writing on the wall' | Graffiti in India is sprouting | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"...Daku began “writing” two years ago along with other graffiti artists, who were making their presence felt across the city. The graffiti artists often interact through streetfiles.org, an independent street art and photo sharing community. Daku, Bond and Zine painted together for sometime with locally available material like automobile paint cans and wall paints, slowly graduating to paints used for making graffiti. In that sense, Daku says, India is where the United States of America was in the Eighties, when graffiti began spreading as a culture: “They too, used automobile paints for graffiti...”

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