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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.
HIPA Announces the Winners of 2018 Competition
The Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded its seventh season of competition ‘The Moment’. The award ceremony was held at Dubai Opera on March 12. The grand prize winner of the competition is Mohamed Alragheb’s picture of Spring in Aleppo, Syria. Winner of the Time-lapse video category is Beno Saradzic for Elysium, Slovenia. The Portfolio category winner is Paul Nicklen for A Harsh Melt, Canada. The General Category has been subdivided into two parts: Black and White, and Color. The winner of the Black and White category is Mahdi Pourebadi for capturing Duelling with Nature, Iran; and the winner of the Colour category is Zuhe Ding’s image of The Dream Express, China. Furthermore, photojournalist James Nachtwey received the Photography Appreciation Award, fellow photographer and environmental activist James Balog was presented with the Photography Content Creator Award, and photographer Muhammed Muheisen received the Emerging Person in Photography Award. HIPA has also revealed the theme for its eighth season–Hope.
Asymmetrical Objects – Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Earlier this year, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary. And in March 2017, the Museum completed 160 years since it was first opened to the public by Lord Canning in 1857. To commemorate both occasions, the museum inaugurated Asymmetrical Objects – an exhibition curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Himanshu Kadam. With ten celebrated artists exploring the much-debated Age of the Anthropocene and its impact on the environment and the effects, the exhibition invited viewers to form their own conclusions and share them with the Museum in a dialogue through many activities and discussions.
Egyptian Photojournalist Faces Death Penalty
Mahmoud Abu Zeid, alias Shawkan, is an Egyptian photojournalist who was apprehended on August 14th, 2013, while covering the anti-government demonstration in Cairo. He was assigned by Demotix–a British photo agency–to report on the clashes between the army, and the supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, which took place in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. Zeid, along with more than 700 people, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and membership with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian prosecutors have appealed for ‘maximum penalty’, that is death by hanging for all the accused. He was held without any trial or charges till March 2016. The UN Working Group considers his imprisonment as arbitrary, and they have also demanded for his immediate release.