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The Indian Vision Quest

Photography classes and workshops have become very popular, but often the instructor or leader doesn’t measure up. They may be outstanding photographers but they may lack the knowledge of how to impart that knowledge effectively to their students. The participants come away wondering what they learned and how to make it work in their images.

There is a strong connection between what the teacher teaches and what the student learns. They need to meet in a common area and work together to achieve their mutual goals. This publication is the result of two photography Master Classes with young Indian photographers in Ahmedabad and Kolkata, taught by German photographer Wolfgang Zurborn and organized by Alexander P. Hansen. Published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund 2015 and edited by Wolfgang Zurborn, these young photographers who participated in the workshop creatively captured the challenges and contradictions in India’s frenzied landscape of change, exemplified by the cities Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The photographers with keen eyes and an open heart, observed and adapted the art of photography to changing times. In India, the drive towards modernization, traditions, livelihoods and historic architecture are often destroyed. And the young Indian photographers observed a similar fate awaiting the landscapes all over India. The participating photographers:

Imran Ahmed • Arko Datto • Shruti Desai • Shubham Dharmsktu • Manoj Bharti Gupta Aamir Jasdanwala • Srinivas KN • Kannagi Khanna • Sunny Lamba • Poornima Marh Hiten Noonwal • Swastik Pal • Anoop Ray • Aditi Rokade • Shankar Sarkar Partha Sengupta • Rutul Shah • Sneha Trivedi • Alexander P. Hansen • Wolfgang Zurborn

The India Vision Quest is about the Indian atmosphere, focusing on a synopsis of daily lives in Indian cities, rather than an explanation. The photographers’ work attempts to recreate and respond to the situations surrounding them, approaching themes and subjects, which are often ignored. This book of photographs presents a fusion of the old and new, they introduce the viewer to an exquisite, multi-layered perspective of the hybridized and booming metropolises of Ahmedabad and Kolkata. Images of pre-partitioned neighbourhoods, personal spaces, everyday construction sites, single screen cinemas on the verge of extinction, and the vibrant nightlife of Kolkata all highlight the dialectal relationship of tradition and modernity in India. The master-classes were organized by DWIH, German House for Research and Innovation New Delhi.

Well, the journey doesn’t end here itself. The exhibition will be organized by Litchblick Gallery. The Duration of the exhibition as provided is November 8 - December 13, 2015. The Opening with projection and book signing will be on November 7, 2015, 8 pm with an introductory speech by Wolfgang Zurborn.

The India Vision Quest
published by Verlag Kettler, Dortmund 2015
Editor Wolfgang Zurborn
Text: Manik Katyal
Concept and picture layout: Wolfgang Zurborn
Book design: Richard Reisen
Format: 32x24 cm
204 Pages, 114 Colour images, 17 B/W images
ISBN: 978-3-86206-495-3
Price: 48.- Euro


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