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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.
Kavadsa – Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
From February 7 to 13, 2018, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai presented Kavadsa – renowned photographer Shailan Parker’s enthralling ‘Journey with Light’. ‘Kavadsa’ is the Marathi word for the thin beams of light that enter a room through the gaps in a tiled roof. Kavadsa showcased Parker’s photographic expressions as fine art and shared with the audience his exploration of the medium. Captured in black and white, the photographs allowed viewers to see what the photographer saw, view the world as he did and yet experience it in their own unique ways.
I wish to let you fall out of my hands – Experimenter, Kolkata
On January 30, 2018, Experimenter in Gariahat, Kolkata, opened I wish to let you fall out of my hands (Chapter I), showcasing works created by artists Bani Abidi and Naeem Mohaiemen. The exhibition marked the first chapter in a two-chapter exhibition, the second of which inaugurated Experimenter’s second space at Ballygunge Place, Kolkata, on February 21, 2018. The works on view at the exhibitions used film and photography to explore the complexity of human relationships and the spaces they occupy – whether transitory, aspirational, imaginary or reclaimed. The twopart exhibition also included a series of lecture performances, workshops and discussions.
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