An international travel photography festival is all set to begin in Jaipur on February 5. A 10-day event, the Travel Photo Jaipur will feature as many as 14 photo exhibitions, three special interventions and a series of talks by eminent personalities from the photography industry.
The Hawa Mahal, the Jawahar Kala Kendra and the Albert Hall Museum in the city are the venues. This is the inaugural edition of the festival, which the organisers said will be be held every February from now.
Photography luminaries from different part of the world, including Guatemala, Japan, USA, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, will participate in the event.
The nine-day festival is open to all—residents and visitors alike—re-affirming Jaipur’s position as an international cultural destination.
Besides exhibition and talks, a number of special interventions will also be staged:
'The merchant of images: Jaipur edition'
Award-winning production designer, art director and photographer Aradhana Seth will bring her globetrotting photo studio to Jaipur. Seth, whose portfolio includes production design on films like Deepa Mehta’s 'Earth' and art direction on Wes Anderson’s 'Darjeeling Limited', started this project in her home studio and took it public for the first time at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver, Canada where it arrested the city’s imagination. The Jaipur edition has a special backdrop painted by a group of painters from Rajasthan, and will invite the public to be playfully depicted as travellers. All you have to do to be a part of this collaborative project is stop by and have your photo taken! In collaboration with 'Delhi I love you' and 'The Merchant of Images studio'.
'Thinking of you'
This is a site-specific photographic intervention by Akshay Mahajan. In the age of Whatsapp, Instagram and Twitter, Akshay takes over the former Jaipur Art School in Kishanpole Bazaar to create a site-specific exhibition that renders homage to the vintage postcard, to its messages, and to how it shaped a bygone vision of journeys.
'Bind's travelling photobook library'
Bind will be curating a selection of photobooks around the theme of travel, mixing seminal works from the history of photography in India and worldwide along with contemporary publications.