JaipurPhoto, an international photography festival held every year will begin on February 23. The festival offers a selection of photography exhibitions at various public locations across the city.
The third edition of the festival is inspired from the 1966 classic ‘Homeward Bound’, a song that highlights the importance of a home in a person’s life.
The open-air festival is being organised by Orange Cat Productions together with the Department of Tourism, Rajasthan Government at the Jawahar Kala Kendra. The festival will continue till March 4 and will showcase diverse perspectives from numerous participating photographers.
The organisers said, “This year, both the title and theme of JaipurPhoto take their inspiration from the classic 1966 song ‘Homeward Bound’ by Simon & Garfunkel.” Simon and Garfunkel was an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.
The focal point for this year’s festival is a special exhibition by Tarq Gallery (Mumbai), showcasing the work of a Bangalore based photographer, Clare Arni. Her work surrounds architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage.
“I am very excited to be here again at JaipurPhoto 2018. There is growing awareness that photography is an art practice because it often aspires to an aesthetic engagement with the viewers,” said UK-based artist and writer Aaron Schuman, who is the festival’s guest curator.
The event will hold a special screening of the film made on a Rajasthani studio photographer Mr Chand, made by the French photo collector Christophe Prebois.
Speakers for this year include names like Erik Kessels, Aveek Sen, Regine Petersen, Anna Fox, Arko Datto, Jason Fulford, Terje Abusdal and Val Williams among others.
“JaipurPhoto offers a unique opportunity to hear and interact with some of the finest and most influential minds thinking about photography. For any photo enthusiast, it is an unmissable event,” Schuman said.
The programme envisages the ways in which contemporary photographers explore, express, engage with and examine the concept of ‘home’, and how a person’s idea of ‘home’ is defined by people.