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Kolkata to come alive at photography exhibition

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 20, 2013
First Published: 10:17 IST(20/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:20 IST(20/6/2013)

Imagine a photography exhibition inside the dingy lanes of Sonagachhi, the thick and crowded lanes of Burra Bazar, Bowbazar jewellery para, Sovabazar genjipara, College Street, old food joints such as Chachar hotel, Radhu Babu’s tea shop and Mitra Café, Old China para, Teritti Bazaar, old houses like Bow Barrack and house of Khelat Ghose on Pathuriaghata Street or beside large water bodies, inside parks and playgrounds.

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If this sounds exciting then the icing on the cake is that the participants will be able to curate the shows. Suchan exhibition will be organised in the city in September in about hundred public places. The first phase is scheduled from Sep 20 to 22 and the second phase from Sep 27 to 29. The project has been titled CamEra: Our City, Our Angle.

“It’s a public project. It is expected that young photographers who will participate in the programme will learn how to organise such shows in public space, reach out to communities with photography as a tool, interact with people, media, local clubs, local police, talk to councilors for permission,” Amitava Bhattacharya, director of Banglanatak.com, said. Interested camera buffs will have to meet the organisers on June 23 at their office along with soft or hard copies of 20-30 photographs they have taken. They would interact with senior photographers there for the primary guidance. The list of participants would be finalised on that day.

The organisers plan to take the photographs, which will be selected by the public at the exhibition, to various galleries in the city in Nov 2013. The organisers would also introduce the participants to senior photographers so that the latter can hone their skills. And finally the selected photographs would be displayed at the venue of Sufi Sutra, an international Sufi music concert, organised at Mohar Kunja from January 31 to February 2.

Two London-based photographers John Tooze and Becs Andrews have already expressed their interest in participating in the project to guide junior and aspiring photographers.


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