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Photography Exhibition: Fascinating frames that evoke myriad emotions in a viewer

73 photographs and nine series by 18 photographers are displayed at an ongoing exhibition in Delhi.

art and culture Updated: Sep 08, 2017 17:21 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Raghu Rai,Photographs,Ladakh
Forky Owl from the series Fun With Forks by Maitri Sharma.

For 19-year-old Maitri Sharma, forks have been intriguing since childhood. “After dinner when everyone used to sit together and talk, I used to play with forks and feel amazed at the way they were used for presentations in hotels,,” says Maitri, who has used her liking for forks as inspiration for a series of photographs — Fun With Forks. Her works, along with other diploma students of Raghu Rai Center of Photography, are showcased at the ongoing 4th Annual Photography Exhibition.

On display are 73 stand alone photos and nine series by 18 photographers. In the series by Maitri, forks take the shape of sun, sea waves, owl, fish and anything creative that her imagination could conceive. Similarly, there is a portrait series, My Friend Prinu Peter, by Dhammil Shah, a product series Doll Face by Prachi Jaiswal, and a landscape series Hampi by Akash Jain.

Krishna Prasad’s work is based on the rights of the LGBT.

The variety of subjects covered in these pictures is unfathomable. “Over a period of one year, students work in the direction they are interested in. My brief to them was to shoot whatever they like but in a way that the viewer is able to connect with their photo. Shoot, but make sure that those feelings also reflect in your work — is what I told my students,” says Nitin Rai, curator of the show.

Dhammil Shah captures the landscape of Spiti in Ladakh through a window.

Some frames, such as the picturesque landscapes of Ladakh have a pacifying effect on the mind. But, there are also a few frames that unsettle the viewer’s mind. For instance, the ethos of protests at Jantar Mantar — such as the one by Tamil Nadu farmers.

So, the photographs on display are capable of evoking varied emotions.

  • What: 4th Annual Photography Exhibition
  • Where: All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, 1 Rafi Marg
  • On till: September 14
  • Timings: 11am to 7pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on Yellow Line

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First Published: Sep 08, 2017 17:17 IST

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