Built in 1894, Mai Manó House in Budapest is officially the oldest dedicated house of photography in Europe. And perhaps the world. It was turned into a commercial and residential building for a few years after the Second World War, but was resurrected as a space for photography in 1998.
Curators Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma put together a zany show earlier this month in which they screened five documentary films by Ai Weiwei alongside works by Indian artists that shared similar themes, all political and irreverent in nature. Sharma met Weiwei at the Gwangju Biennale International Curators Programme 2010 in South Korea and got him [...]
‘Galli’ means ‘narrow street’ in Hindi, and is an apt title for Harsha Vadlamani’s blog for contemporary Indian street and documentary photography, featuring important works that often don’t make it to the mainstream media.
The Iranian film, A Separation, winner of the Academy Award this year for Best Foreign Language film, completely blew me away. What a perfect film. I looked online for any writing on the film and found this interesting piece by an Indian film critic, Jai Arjun Singh, who offers a unique perspective, different from those [...]
India’s fairness obsession hit a new low with the launch of a whitening product, ‘Clean and Dry‘, for women’s private parts. It caused quite an outrage in the local media, but only time will tell how the product will fare in the market.
I was in Calcutta earlier this year, making street portraits of middle-aged, middle-income, office-going Bengali men, locally called ‘babus’. I was fascinated by these near-fictional characters that roamed the streets of Calcutta, and particularly by their sense of fashion, which hadn’t moved on from the ‘50s. But they seemed to prefer it that way.