Block your calendar from 1st to 10th October for Indian Photography Festival
A vibrant city has more to it than just buildings and monuments and skylines. A vibrant city is full of life, great food, wonderful people who actively engage in intellectual discussion and action about making the city even better. I have always taken pride in Indian cities showcasing their cultural and artistic side and written about Kochi Muziris Biennale, Street Art in Delhi and even about Numaish in Hyderabad that is a one of its kind cultural and Business fair.
So I was very happy to learn that Hyderabad is organizing first Indian Photography Festival from 1st to 10th of October 2015, at State Art Gallery Madhapur in Hyderabad. I felt extremely proud as this is where my first picture was first exhibited a few years back.
But the Indian Photography Festival is more than just exhibition in a gallery. The Indian Photography Festival is starting a new phase in art circles of Hyderabad. Besides the exhibition many other activities are planned during the 10 day festival in Hyderabad.
E.g there will be a photo-walk with renowned American Photojournalist Ben Lowy on 3rd October at 7:30 am.
Balan Madhavan, a fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers ( just one of the 5 in Asia ) is conducting a workshop – Wildlife Photography – A different Approach.
The festival aims to sow seeds of a healthy exchange of ideas and work among Indian and International photographers and will showcase works of international photographers like
Md. Farhad Rahman From Bangladesh- Titled One Last Play Ground
Yannick Cormier from France – Titled Nari Kuravars
Bharath Bhushan – A feature on Rural Telangana
Daniel Jamang Based in Delhi- Titled: Every One’s A Hero
The festival has also tied up with other international photography festivals like Auckland Festival Of Photography, New Zealand , and other photo festivals and exhibitions in India to cross pollinate and nurture the art of photography.
The festival also aims to impart and share the passion, skills and crafts to the budding photographers and has organised workshops for all interested in taking their photography to the next level. Be it wildlife, street or documentary photography.
Those interested in art of Visual Storytelling should apply to join the Master class by Ben Lowy, John Issac and Russel Hart. The Master Class is spread over 3 days and will take you through all aspects of visual storytelling. Check here for more details: Master Class , – 2nd to 4th October 2105. Indian Photography Festival
Those interested in Street Photography can join the Street Photography Workshop by That’s Life, photographers Vinod Babu and Swapnil Jedhe, on 9th and 10th October. If you would like to join any of the workshops then you can contact the festival team here: T – +91 996-337-1314 / E – firstname.lastname@example.org
The State Art Gallery in Madhapur is the festival hub but some other places where exhibitions will be held are Alliance Francoise, La Makaan etc.
I have met two of the photographers whose work is being exhibited at Indian Photography Exhibition Raj Lalwani and Kashish Parpiani, when I was doing Frame The Star blog project for Mercedes Benz and Better Photography Magazine.
One of the well-known Hyderabad photographer whom also I had honor of personally meeting is D. Ravinder Reddy whose work will also be on display, and he will also share his insights in to the world of photo journalism.
So if you are in or around Hyderabad from 1st to 10 of October, make sure Indian Photography Festival is on your must visit list. Here are the various social media where you can follow to keep yourself updated on the happenings on the festival:
The festival is supported by hard work of scores of passionate volunteers, both photographers as well as enthusiastic citizens of Hyderabad. I am proud to say I know some of them including Mr. Chandrasekhar Singh | Programming Head , Swarat Ghosh | Program Manager and some of the members of the
Vinay Parab | Ismail Shariff | Namrata Rupani | Nishanth Kumar Biderkote | Raj Kumar | Nivedita. N.
Well know international fashion and travel photographer Mr Aquin Mathews is the Festival Director .
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Hyderabad is beautiful place for photography, this year May we went on a road trip from Bangalore to Hyderabad it was so much fun and the roads so freaking awesome … we covered 500 + km in 7 hours 😀
Hyderabad Bangalore highway is one of the best in India, but also one of the most deadly, many Volvo accidents have happened here..drive carefully next time… 🙂
Looks like its going to be a big, solid and interesting event. Will we get to see more of it here?
Let us hope so… 🙂 I am looking forward to the same myself…