Delhi-based photographer Gauri Gill has carved a niche for herself in the international world of photography. Gill, who has travelled the country and the world to click the best stories, has now been awarded the Grange Prize — an award started in Canada in 2008 to celebrate the best in international contemporary photography.
The award was decided by a public vote and Gill has been awarded $5,000 by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aeroplan. “I hope my work may acknowledge those who may be considered at the margins but are also my friends, and honour my experience of knowing them,” says Gill, also the co-editor at Camerawork Delhi, a free newsletter about independent photography. Her recent exhibitions were Step across This Line at Asia House in London.
The nominating jury includes Gayatri Sinha, a Delhi-based art critic and curator; and Sunil Gupta, a photographer, writer and curator living in the Capital and London, along with two others. In its verdict, the jury said, “Gauri Gill has recently emerged as one of India’s most significant young photographers.”
Gill and Nandini Valli, another finalist, spent three weeks in Toronto in September working at the Art Gallery of Ontario's new Artist in Residence studio, researching and creating new work.
During her time off work and exhibitions, Gill also conducts photography workshops and classes for youngsters in the city.
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A non profit publication, Camerawork Delhi, was founded in 2006. It is dedicated to “the articulation of ideas relating to the notion of independent photography with reference to India and the world,” say its editors.
With PTI inputs