FORM and FotoFreo‘s joint venture ‘Divergence – Photographs from Elsewhere’ launched last week at the Midland Railway Workshop, Perth (and runs until April 15th). I’ve just got back from FotoFreo, what a great festival! I’ve had such a wonderful time meeting other photographers, spending hours in conversation and of course checking out some great work. I also had a chat with Peter Barr on RTR’s breakfast show, digging up some rock’n’roll gossip from my ‘past life’ in London…
My series Postcards from Home was part of the Elsewhere exhibition. The Midland Railway Workshops is a truly inspiring space and i think everyone was struck by it. It’s a massive old Victorian red brick and steel space and although i was a little concerned that we might need an entire army to fill it, the opening night however was buzzing! well done and a massive thanks goes out to all the team at FORM and of course FotoFreo.
Firstly, a MASSIVE thank you to everyone at the Delhi Photo Festival… Organisers and the team… all the volunteers, and all the photographers… you made it happen! and what an event it was! For the first time it brought together the greatest photographers of India. All under one roof… sharing their photographic journey’s and experiences with each other and the many visitors that swarmed into the Indian Habitat Center everyday. For many it was a very emotional week.
apologies for the spotlight reflections on the glass… please check out Sean’s website here
beautiful and thought-provoking… Lana’s series on women in Afghanistan. Please take a look at Lana’s website here
more of Raghu Rai here
you can see more of Ana’s work here
check out Zhe’s website
again, apologies for the spotlight reflections… wonderful personal series by Zishaan on his Grandfather, please check out his website
Kurt’s website is here
for more of Laura’s work please check out her website
and there was so much more…
The festival was very well curated i think. An eclectic mix of international and Indian photographers. Each photographers work was shown uniquely, creatively and with respect to the work. No doubt the Indian Habitat Center was the perfect location… with it’s large open courtyards, galleries, amphitheater and conference rooms… I loved the nightly slideshows in the amphitheater. A few that have stayed with me are Sohrab Hura’s eclectic mix (with great music) the International book launch of ‘Magnum Contact Sheets‘ and Shahidul Alam’s book launch and talk ‘My Journey As A Witness’.
However… the most memorable and valuable experience of the festival for me, has to be the daily photographers talks. Each afternoon 3 photographers… The list of speakers runs like a who’s who of Indian photography, the place was packed to the rafters and beyond and totally buzzing!!! every single day!!!
Many of the talks were fascinating and enriching as most photographers shared their life journey through photography… Each photographer’s unique personality shinned through in their work. I enjoyed so many… but a few really stayed with me, especially Prabuddha Dasgupta’s Longing, which i’d seen a different version of on Burn a while back. Beautiful work and great to hear Prabuddha talking about the process and the challenges of editing miscellaneous personal moments into a body of work. He mentioned that a writer friend of his has said ‘a string of words held together by grace’. Nice… I also enjoyed Swapan Parekh talking about his transition from shooting documentary work into doing advertising with a documentary ascetic. Also noteworthy were the talks by Pablo Bartholemew and Dayanita Singh representing the senior class and Munem Wasif and Sohrab Hura from the young generation… all in all it was a fantastic experience and i am most honored and grateful to have been able to take part. I’m looking forward to the next Delhi Photo Festival in 2013…
The Rodinki exhibition Birthmark on the Map showed last week at the Pobeda/Victory Center in Novosibirisk, Siberia, Russia, before continuing to the region’s local museums…
Birthmark on the Map explores rural lifestyles and is a blog as well as a touring exhibition.
In April 2011, the Birthmark on the Map blog was short-listed for Deutsche Welle Blog Awards, an international competition of blogs and web communities. Birthmark was also voted number four in the Best Russian Blog nomination, right behind two blogs by Alexey Navalny and Lenta.ru. In 2012, Birthmark on the Map will be presented at the Head On photo festival in Sydney, Australia.
I’m very happy to say that my portrait of Uma has been selected to be part of this exciting exhibition.
© Sergey Maximishin (St. Petersburg) World Press Photo prize winner
Photo © Andrey Shapran (Novosibirsk, Siberia) view the series here
Photo © Emil Gataullin (Korolev, Moscow Region)