The JaipurPhoto Festival 2017, with its 19 photo exhibitions, moves across four cultural venues and seeks to broaden our understanding of the genre.
By Nisha Shroff
Italian photographer Marco Barbon’s El Bhar series presents beautiful portraits of people seen from behind and looking onto the ocean. The photographs inspire a longing for unexplored shores in the viewer. Presented at the Pink City’s iconic Hawa Mahal, the evocative power present in the series is accentuated by the setting.
These stunning images, in large prints formats, are a part of this year’s JaipurPhoto (jaipurphoto.in) Festival (February 24 to March 5), which seeks to explore the relationship between travel and photography and curates pictures from a range of international photographers.
Some of the themes this year’s event touches upon include, among others, fakecations (where you fake a travel trip on social media; by Rener Reidler), travel in war zones (Sonja Hamad), and travel as a vehicle to reenact ancient literal texts (Vasantha Yoganathan).
Produced by Orange Cat Productions in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the 2017 festival has been put together by Lola Mac Dougall, Jaipur Photo’s Artistic Director, and Federica Chiocchetti, guest curator and founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist.
This 2017 festival moves across four sites of cultural significance, including the Albert Hall Museum and the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), a cultural centre designed by late Charles Correa. The Indo-Swiss architectural firm IN: CH Architects has designed a dismountable pavilion for exhibiting large prints outdoors. Anyone can walk in to view the exhibitions.
Apart from 19 photo exhibitions, the festival will feature two special interventions and a series of talks by leading personalities from the photography industry, from Naveen Kishore to Sebastian Hau. There is also a photobook workshop for photographers with two authorities in the matter — Yumi Goto, the Japanese bookmaker with a photographer’s eye, and Mariela Sancari, the award-winning Argentinian photographer.
Says Dougall, “Our public is people from all walks of life. Literally, anyone visiting or residing in Jaipur is potentially our public. We would like JaipurPhoto to become a not-to-be-missed event for lovers of photography in the region.”