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Photography is the Capital’s new fix

Photography is taking centre-stage in the Capital — with art galleries dedicated to showcasing photographic art, countless workshops and exhibitions paying homage to the craft.

entertainment Updated: Mar 23, 2011 01:28 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Photography is taking centre-stage in the Capital — with art galleries dedicated to showcasing photographic art, countless workshops and exhibitions paying homage to the craft.

On in the Capital are two international art exhibitions that have been drawing a steady crowd since their opening. On at arts.i in Connaught Place is American Psyche, an exhibition of works by 10 contemporary American photographers. The National Gallery of Modern Art at India Gate is hosting Something That I’ll Never Really See — contemporary photography from the Victoria & Albert Museum. American photographer Todd Hido says one of the reasons why photography as an art was making inroads into the collectors’ market was its’ easy association.

“People find it easy to relate to photographs. They are kind of real and affordable. Photographs are now collectibles of the wealthy too.” According to Martin Barnes, curator of the exhibition at NGMA, “Photographers have become aligned with the concerns of contemporary fine art practice, focussing more on the illustration of an idea than on demonstrations of skill or mere aesthetic pleasure. “Increasingly, prevalent digital technology has allowed innovative methods of production and dissemination,” Barnes said.

He observed that photographers could innovate because “a new type of private collector has emerged, typically younger than the connoisseur-collector of more traditional art forms, such as paintings or fine prints.”

Photographic workshopSomething That I’ll Never Really See

Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate
On till: April 10, 2011
Timings: 10 am - 5pm (Monday closed)
Entry ticket: Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 150 foreign nationals
Nearest Metro station: Central Secretariat, on the yellow line

American Psyche

Where: Religare Art Gallery, 7, Atmaram mansion, I Floor, Scindia House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
On till: April 3, 2011
Timings: 11 am - 11 pm
Entry ticket: National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate
Nearest Metro station: Rajeev Chowk, on the yellow line

I feel, in India, an understanding is just emerging as to what differentiates a contemporary art photograph from other beautiful imagery. I think we are in the nascent stage of understanding the depth of picture.
Siddhartha Tawadey, artist

Earlier, photography in India was very limited as an art form. It is getting more prominence now. This shows that the market is maturing and it’s a great sign. We now have better platforms for artists and buyers.
Vishwajeet Singh Rana, photographer

Contemporary art practice with site-specific elements have not only demonstrated their dependence on the medium of photography, but have also made this mode of presentation, the very way for their art to survive.
Bhavna Kakar, gallery owner, Latitude 28

Young collectors are exploring new mediums in art. Fifteen years back, it was difficult to exhibit photographs, but in the last decade, a great deal of awareness has been generated.
Amit Mehra, photographer

(With inputs from IANS)