Tag Archives: Exhibition

Elsewhere and back…

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.

Martin Parr talks about the art of rolling rock… from his series ‘Black Country Stories’ Photo © Sam Harris

from the series ‘Matter’ by Bharat Sikka

from the series ‘Matter’ by Bharat Sikka

from the series ‘Twinspotting’ by Ketaki Sheth

from Sohrab Hura’s night projection

from the series ‘ ‘Benares, Holi and The Naga Sadhus at the Ardh Kumbh Mela’ by Sohrab Hura

from the series ‘Benares, Holi and The Naga Sadhus at the Ardh Kumbh Mela                                                                       by Sohrab Hura

from the series ‘Postcards from Home’ by Sam Harris

from the series ‘Postcards from Home’ by Sam Harris

The Great Delhi Photo Festival…

Indian Habitat Center – Photo © Sam Harris

Self Portrait, Indian Habitat Center – © Sam Harris 2011

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.

from ‘Homework’ by Sean Lee

from ‘Homework’ by Sean Lee

apologies for the spotlight reflections on the glass… please check out Sean’s website here

Postcards from Home by Sam Harris

from ‘Postcards from Home’ by Sam Harris

from ‘A Window Inside’ by Lana Slezic

from ‘A Window Inside’ by Lana Slezic

beautiful and thought-provoking… Lana’s series on women in Afghanistan. Please take a look at Lana’s website here

from ‘Backdrop Series’ by Raghu Rai

more of Raghu Rai here

from ‘Viv(R)e La Vie!’ by Ana Galan

you can see more of Ana’s work here

from ‘Bees’ by Zhe Chen

check out Zhe’s website

from ‘At A Tent Theatre Near You’ by Amit Madheshiya

Amit’s website

from ‘Solitary Splenour’ by Zishaan Akbar Latif

again, apologies for the spotlight reflections…  wonderful personal series by Zishaan on his Grandfather, please check out his website

from the group show ‘Photographing The Street – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka curated by Devika Daulet-Singh – Dog photo by Balazas Gardi

from ‘Bideshi Photostudio’ by Kurt Hoerbst

Kurt’s website is here

from ‘I’ll Die For You: Suicide In Rural India’ by Laura El-Tantawy

from ‘I’ll Die For You: Suicide In Rural India’ by Laura El-Tantawy

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…

Uma goes to Siberia…

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.

Photo © Anton Unytsin 2011


 © Sergey Maximishin (St. Petersburg) World Press Photo prize winner

Photo © Andrey Shapran (Novosibirsk, Siberia) view the series here


Photo © Emil Gataullin (Korolev, Moscow Region)


Photo © Igor Lagunov (Chelyabirsk)

‘It was june and we took a Russian Golden Ring cruise on a Volga river boat. We made a stop in Makaryev. There’s an ancient kremlin on the river bank, now a woman’s convent. I noticed people disembarking from a ferry, my attention was drawn to a strong man with bare torso wearing kersey boots and carrying a bag. We started talking and I learned that he helps old women with hard household work: mending fences, building bathhouses. Locals consider him odd’

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris