Have you visited the ongoing celebration of Photography in and around South Bombay right now? If you love photography you can’t afford to miss it. This festival which started on 14th March 2013 at various venues will continue till the 27th of March. There are exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews and discussions on photography with a central theme of Focus on the City.
The bubbly Elise is sitting at Cheval Restaurant at Kala Ghoda coordinating the various threads all over the city. She was very happy with the footfall on Day One especially considering the fact that it was a weekday. She made me a few suggestions and I visited some of them, there are too many for one day, and was completely blown away.
From Cheval, Jahangir Art Gallery is just a hop, skip and jump away and I went over to the Terrace Gallery for A Photograph is Not an Opinion – Contemporary Photography by Women. A thought-provoking collection by various photographers, I was touched by the work of Rosy Martin on display. On her website Rosy says “Looking back over all the work I have done, over the last fifteen years, it is the relationship between photography and memory that has preoccupied me.” And her photos make touching memories.
A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography, from 1840 to 1900 is on at Gallery Max Mueller which has an impressive collection of old photographs which are again worth a look.
Then I was off to Project 88 at Colaba for something from the other end of the country. A Village in Bengal by Chirodeep Chaudhuri has been a labour of love for the photographer. He has taken these over a period of twelve years during his annual visits to his ancestral village. As a Bengali myself, I felt an immediate sense of déjà vu with these Black & White images with printed bed sheets, a little girl in her best frock and the preparations for Jhal Muri ( Spicy puffed Rice).
The day ended at Chemould Gallery with Sooni Taraporevala’s oeuvre – Parsis. A huge collection about Bombay in general and Parsis specifically, the experience was enriched by her discussion with Meera Nair about her photographs and photography. But more on this later.
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