Portraits of women in a small slum in Ahmedabad, called Hollywood, glimpses of the annual Zoroastrian Power-Lifting and Bodybuilding Championship, and photographs of male-only bars in Philippines — these are some of the subjects of photographs that will be a part of the Delhi Photo Festival 2011.
An initiative of the Nazar Foundation and India Habitat Centre, the festival will see on display, works by photographers not only from India but from across 24 countries including Australia, Canada and Germany.
"It’s a fantastic opportunity for us as we don’t get this kind of a platform so easily. The exposure that one will get here is going to be awesome. My series of photographs, called the Solitary Splendour, is based on my grandfather and his life in Jhansi. I will also be showing letters written to me by my grandfather whenever I would go back after visiting him," says Zishaan Akbar Latif, a freelance photographer.
The festival will show photographs covering a wide range of subjects chosen by the photographers. "I will be showing my work on travelling tent cinema. In these pictures, you can see films being shown in large tents, using makeshift equipment, to the audience seated on the ground. The travelling cinemas show a mix of everything from regional language films to Bollywood blockbusters and even Hollywood movies. These are photographs that had also won the award at the World Press Photo Award," says Amit Madheshiya.
The festival will display photographs clicked by International photographers such as Ana Galan from Spain, Clare Gallagher from Ireland, Grigoris Digkas from Greece and many more. "I am showing a series called, A Window Inside. These are portraits of Afghan women that were taken to show them as the beautiful women they are, without undermining the circumstances in which they live. Photo festivals are great as people from all walks of life come together and it gives a broader perspective to various subjects," says Lana Slezic.