I am thrilled to take part in this festival in Kolkata in February, which will be the first ever photography festival showcasing work from every continent in the world!
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Kolkata’s tryst with photography has a rich and enduring history. Since the inception of Bourne and Shepherd in 1840 in Esplanade, photography in Kolkata has evolved in myriad ways to become a rich tapestry of history, culture and visual experiences.
In the process, this has created a heritage of visual imagination that is unique to Kolkata. From the dark rooms to the digital age, photography enthusiasts from all over the world have been drawn to Kolkata. The city’s many spaces, the coexistence of the new and old, the throbbing communities, the rich tradition of visual and contemporary art and a learned and vibrant community has meant that Kolkata has stayed at the forefront of photographic endeavors globally since almost the last two centuries.
Still, surprisingly, there has never been one single platform in Kolkata that brought together the photographic community – the amateurs, the enthusiasts, the professionals, the viewers and the critiques alike.
And that is what is going to change now. Come March 2019 and Kolkata will be hosting its biggest photography festival ever. The 5 days festival, held primarily at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Victoria Memorial Hall & Nandan, organized by Maya Art Space, will see eminent photographers from many countries displaying their work, interacting with the audiences, conducting workshops and discussing new trends and experiences.
With collective efforts of the organizers and such photography enthusiasts who have been involved in this journey, the outline of the festival has been laid out to ensure the presence of contemporary photography trends from the national and international level as well as provide sincere tribute to some of the veteran photographers of India and abroad and to their life-long devotion to this art form. While the festival will showcase works of eminent photographers from Kolkata, India and abroad, we are also opening it up for the budding photographers in high schools, to further their talent and interest.