Posted: Updated – 10:35 PM Thu – 11/17/22
Hyderabad: The eighth edition of the India Photography Festival (IPF) will be held on November 18th at the National Gallery, Madharpur, Hyderabad. This year, the month-long photography festival will be held on the ground. Due to the Covid pandemic, the event has been held online for the past two years. More than 5,000 participants from around the world are said to have registered for the event, which brings together emerging and established photographers, photography enthusiasts and photo editors under one roof for workshops, lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions.
“For the past two years, we’ve had physical exhibitions, but the lectures and workshops have been online. I’ve always believed that art should be experienced in person to be appreciated. The response to entries has been overwhelming,” Festival Director Aquinn Mathew Aquin Mathews said.
The festival will feature a wide range of work, from photojournalist Smita Sharma’s cross-border human trafficking and Italian photographer Diego Fedele’s focus on the absurdity of war, to Ana Bloom’s footage of the refugee crisis and Hyderabad-based photographer Nishat Fatima’s take on the absurdity of war. Records of the LGBTQIA community.
After the IPF announced an open invitation for emerging photographers to showcase their work, Aquin said photographers from more than 60 countries came forward and shared nearly 800 images. “We have shortlisted submissions for 10 physical exhibits and 15 digital exhibits. More than a dozen speakers will be at the event,” said Aquin.
Apart from these workshops at the National Gallery, other exhibitions will also be held at Alliance Francaise, KBR National Park Walkway and Salar Jung Museum in collaboration with the Goethe Center Hyderabad. Some temporary exhibitions will also be held at Durgam Cheruvu and the city’s metro stations.
One of the highlights of the event was a group exhibition of 50 female street photographers from 20 countries, curated by Gulnara Samoilova, founder of the Women’s Street Photography Collective. Indian and international photographers associated with National Geographic – Dominique Hildebrand, Smita Sharma, Srinivas Kuruganti, Sabeena Gadihoke and Julia Coddington – will provide free portfolio reviews for emerging photographers.
Photo editor Dominique Hildebrand will hold photo editing workshops for budding and professional photographers. Photographer Srinivas Kuruganti will hold a two-day masterclass in visual storytelling. Manoj Jadhav will hold a three-day fashion and portrait masterclass. The festival will run until December 18th. For full schedule and other details, visit www.indianphotofest.com