The third edition of the Delhi Photo Festival opens next week, and this year, it’s going to be packed full of talent!
In a step that put India on the global photography map, the Delhi Photo Festival was started in 2011 by Dinesh Khanna and Prashant Panjiar. Inspired by the likes of Chobi Mela in Dhaka and the Singapore International Photography Festival, it looks at photography not as a personal craft, but a global art movement. It’s the largest event of its kind in India, and this year is being held from October 30 to November 8 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Collateral events will be held at other venues across the city, such as National Museum, AIFACS, Alliance Francaise, American Centre and Latitude 28.
“It’s no longer just mine and Dinesh’s vision. A lot of younger photographers such as Sumit Dayal are a part of the team, and have taken important curatorial decisions,” says Panjiar. This year’s edition is going to have a lot going on. The themes at the festival are The Personal and the Intimate, which explores personal relationships, Conflict and Migration, which interprets issues of displacement and survival, and The Landscapes, the attempt to capture the environment in all its forces.
Bringing together photographers from all over the world, the Delhi Photo Festival will have a series of workshops, talks, book launches and performances. Gallery walks will be held every day, along with performances by artists like Sarker Protick and Jeet Thayil’s Still Dirty. An interesting take on photography comes in the form of “photo poetry”, which will be curated by artist Jesus Clavero Rodriguez on November 3.