Kolkata, with her rich history of art, culture, politics and persona has been a photographer’s Mecca not for decades, but two whole centuries. Myriads of lensmen around the world have been drawn to this city for its heady mix of tradition and expression.
With that in mind, Kolkata is all set to house the largest repertoire of works from the heart of Europe to the end of Africa at the Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019 to celebrate the entire photographic community in its whole – the amateurs, the enthusiasts, the professionals, the critiques - to represent photography as an art form.
For the first time ever,under the aegis of Maya Arts studio, this 7 day festival shall bear witness to the works of the world's greatest masters –some never-seen-before photographs celebrating Kolkata and its craft of visual storytelling.
Starting February 28th, 2019, KIPF looks forward to being a first of its kind and intends to give the veterans their due and serve as a networking ground for both national and international talent. See you there!
Participation from over 40 countries across the world
Never seen before Printed Portfolio of Padmashree Raghu Rai
Portfolio display and Talk Show by eminent personalities
Over 250 photographers showcasing 1000 + photographs
Tributes to the great masters - S Paul & Amrita Shergill
Documentary Film Show related to photography
Spread over 10 iconic locations across the city
Photographic work from other streams of the creative world
Workshop and Portfolio review by distinguished photographers
Raghu Rai, India’s most famous living photographer will for the first time ever, showcase 25 of his works on Kolkata taken over the last four decades. Padmashree Shri Raghu Rai will also release his first ever book on Kolkata’s Pujas at the festival. Rai who has served three times on the jury of the World Press Photo will also deliver a lecture on his intrinsic relationship with Kolkata and its subjects.
Veteran photographer Nemai Ghosh needs very little introduction. Best known as the photo-biographer of legendary Indian film director Satyajit Ray, from 1967 to Ray’s death in 1992, Ghosh photographed every aspect of the maestro at work. He also has a phenomenal collection of photographs related to Bengali Cinema. His works have been exhibited at the Cannes International Film Festival, Paris,Nantes, Brussels amongst many others.
Ed Kashi, an acclaimed American photo journalist who uses photography, film making and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times, has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society and the plight of Syrian refugees.
Kolkata is considered to be India’s Mecca of art and culture. Maya Art Space, being one of the most revered art venues in the country has been showcasing the best of photographic works of not only artists in the city but some of the stalwarts of this sub-continent and the world. The thought of doing this festival has been on our mind for over a year and we wanted to deliver one of the best curated and managed festivals India has ever seen.
The repertoire we are putting up will make KIPF 2019 a must attend festival for the world’s who’s who. This will the first time that such a festival will take place in Kolkata and it has already shaped up to become the largest in the country, both in terms of the content and the scale of participants.
India has a very rich tradition of photography dating back to centuries. Erstwhile royal families hold a treasure trove of unknown and unseen works that have long languished in their vaults. However families such as these are now keen for the world to see those treasures. What you will see at the festival is both traditional rare photo works, many of the repertoires have never been shown in public space and the best of contemporary photography from the modern masters. The festival will stitch Kolkata together into a singular platform – homes, galleries and public spaces all becoming platforms showcasing incredible work spanning decades. We want to give India a festival that is best of both the worlds – East and the West and that is exactly what KIPF will be.
The Victoria Memorial Hall is India's largest and one of its oldest museum libraries. Dedicated to art history, it has been an inalienable part of the Memorial since its foundation.This grand and exquisite memorial not only stands as reminiscence to the rule of British Crown in the Indian subcontinent but also stands out as an excellent architectural gem in Indo-Saracenic revival style.There are 25 galleries inside the memorial including the royal gallery, the sculpture gallery and the Calcutta gallery among others.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister, is the pre-eminent instrument of cultural diplomacy. The Rabindranath Tagore Centre is the cultural flagship of ICCR in India and is situated on a prime location in Kolkata. It was originally designed by Charles Correa and later suitably revised and completed by architect Dulal Mukherjee.
Maya Art Space, situated at the heart of kolkata is committed to nurture and support the lesser and unknown talents in the field of various art forms. Under the mentorship of Madhucchanda Sen, Maya Art Space tries to showcase well curated shows and exhibitions that focuses on issue based areas rather than just adding another event in their calendar of exhibitions.