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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.
Rohan Shrestha Launches A Photography School
LEAP India Institue, an academy that is backed by the India Steel group, launched make-up school Make-up Designory (MUD) in India. The institution will start a course on photography, in collaboration with India’s fashion photographer, Rohan Shrestha. The School Of Photography offers an introductory two week course on fashion photography, which will eventually expand. As for the faculty, along with Shrestha, professionals from the industry will be invited as guest lecturers. The curriculum is designed to give students hands on experience of various fashion shoot proccesses such as pre– production, lighting, model direction, art direction, business, and marketing. Furthermore, students will get a chance to work with professional models, make-up artists, and stylists. “Our main objective is to lend the students a guiding hand. It’s easy to get technical knowledge of photography on the internet today. This course is more about understanding how the industry functions, and developing your own brand as a photographer,” says Shrestha.
The Air is a Mill of Hooks – Bikaner House, New Delhi
From February 7 to 17, 2018, Vadehra Art Gallery presented a solo exhibition of artist Anju Dodiya’s recent body of works titled The Air is a Mill of Hooks at the Bikaner House in New Delhi. At the exhibition, Dodiya experimented with paintings rendered on shaped mattresses, fabric combines and unbleached cotton. Fraught with psychological perplexity and set to confront viewers with a poised theatricality, with some of the mattresses contoured into blood or teardrops, a sail, or a cross, the works on display simultaneously reminded viewers of the warmth of domestic interiors – making them feel as if they have entered a Renaissance pageant that has been interrupted by a torture scene.
Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf Released On Bail
Kamran Yousuf, a freelance photojournalist from Kashmir, was granted bail on March 12, by the Delhi court. He was released the next day. Yousuf was apprehended by the Jammu and Kashmir police on September 4, 2017. The next day he was turned over to the National Investigative Agency (NIA). In January 2018, a 13,000 pages chargesheet was filed against him by the NIA, where he was accused of alleged sedition, terror funding, stone-pelting, and involvement with Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salauddin. Furthermore, the media was also accused for the current situation of the valley. However, during the trial, NIA was unable to present any strong evidence against him in court. After 6 months of detainment, Yousuf said, “I don’t want to see it (jail) ever again. I feel this is all a dream.”