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Maganbhai Patel, Known for his Studio Portraits, Passes Away
Maganbhai Patel passed away on 11 February in England. He was 95. He arrived in Coventry, from India, in 1951, and spent his initial years in shared housing, where he mingled with other immigrants. He found work at General Electric, where he was a member of their photographic society. Having already dabbled in photography when he was in India, Patel took photography classes in England. It was during this time that he began receiving assignments to photograph weddings and other events. Eventually, he quit his job to pursue photography full-time. Soon, he opened his own studio, close to home, where he photographed anybody who came in looking to have a portrait made of themselves. These individuals were mostly immigrants like him, hoping to get a passport picture made or to send photographs back home. At 94, his work came into the limelight, when his daughter showcased his work in a local exhibition group. “His work is of huge signifi cance not just for Coventry but the UK because it’s a window into the lives of people as they arrived here and the image they wanted to send home,” says Jason Tilley, curator of Photo Archive Miners.
Museo Camera Needs To Raise Rs. 1.5 Crore
Museo Camera is India’s first vintage camera museum located at India Photo Archive’s headquarters in Gurugram. It showcases antique analogue cameras, and other photographic equipment dating back to the 19th century. The collection is owned and curated by photographer and visual historian, Aditya Arya. The government of Haryana, through the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has decided to build an 18,000 sq. ft. museum to exhibit Arya’s vast collection. They have leased 0.75 acres land in Chakkarpur, Gurugram. Museo Camera: A Centre for the Photographic Arts will have exhibition spaces for 200 visitors, along with scientifically controlled environments for the preservation of artifacts, equipment, negatives, and others. However, the museum needs to raise Rs. 1.5 crore, through contributions. Arya aims to make Museo Camera India’s first crowd funded museum. The contributors will also have their names featured on the wall of the museum, along with other privilages. To contribute, please
Lettres du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik – HOW Art Museum, Shanghai
After a two-year preparation, the HOW Art Museum in Shanghai recently inaugurated its exhibition of the year – Lettres du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik. Curated by Dr. Gregor Jansen and Kim Nam Soo, the exhibition presents the representative works by German artist Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) and Korean-American artist Nam June Paik (1932– 2006), chronicling their artistic careers, and further discussing the cooperation and close relationship between these two avant-garde artists throughout the 20th century. On view till May 13, Lettres du Voyant is also the first institutional joint exhibition of the two artists who left a generous legacy through their respective works.
Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest Finalists Announced
The Smithsonian magazine has revealed 60 fi nalists for their 15th annual photo contest. This year, 48,000 entries were sent in from155 countries, amongst which fi ve Indian photographers have been shortlisted. Vikas Datta was selected for his landscape image in the Natural World category; Debashish Mukherjee for capturing a boatman reading a newspaper; Yusuf Chiniwala’s image of Yaks at Pangong lake in the Travel category; Swaroop Singha Roy’s image of a deer stag in the forest in the Altered Images category, and Sirsendu Gayen’s photograph of Gangasagar Mela in the Mobile category.