—“Indian Photography Festival 2017(IPF)” kicked off in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, September 22, 2017.....The 3rd edition of Indian Photography Festival kicked off here in the city at State Art Gallery on Thursday night. Tourism Minister Azmeera Chandulal inaugurated it by lighting the lamp. B. Venkatesh, Secretary Tourism, Govt of TS also graced.

The festival showcases a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings, exhibitions, workshops etc. It has Featured Exhibitions, Artists Talks, Panel Discussions, Portfolio Reviews, Photography Workshops, Open Studios & Book Launches. The festival will go on till October 8 and is open from 10.30am to 6pm on all the days. They entry is free, except few select workshops. The inauguration was graced by Photo Journalist and NatGeo Explorer Reza Deghati; the Photographer behind the 'Tank Man': The iconic image that China doesn't want us to see, Stuart Franklin; War documentary photographer, Andrea Bruce also graced the function. The festival features other distinguished photographers who include Kate Geraghty, Photo Journalist from Sydney Morning Herald from Australia; Helena Schatzle, Documentary Photographer from Germany; Cecilia Paredes, a Fine Art Photographer from Peru; Natan Dvir from Israel; Q Sakamaki, Documentary Photographer and Cp-Founder #everydayjapan & Hikari Creative from Japan. Photo Editor of PTI, Gurinder Oscan; Photojournalist Sudharak Olwe, Prashant Godbole all from India will also took part in the inaugural function. Addressing the gathering Minister Azmeera Chandulal said Photography is the permanent memory. It captures the moment and preserves for generations, he told 200 plus gathering Speaking on the occasion B. Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Govt of TS said within two years the IPF is has now become the India’s biggest photography festival in terms of countries participating and photographers showcasing their works. It will be our endeavour to make it the Asia’s biggest festival in the near future, he told the gathering. TS Government is committed to make Hyderabad, the hub for photography. We are witnessing 30 to 40 per cent increasing in the participation, to hold


The inaugural was followed by Key Note address by Reza Deghati, photojournalist and National Geography Photographer, who has Ten Lakh Eight Thousandimages in his career spanning 40years.

The objective of Festival, according to Aquin Mathews, Keralite, livingin Hyderabad and Australia is the host of the festival, is to bringinternational and local talent on one single platform, help them learn fromeach other.  “Photography is a universal language”, says Aquin who isa self taught photographer. It is a great educator.  Throughphotography we can understand what a war or Tsunami is? It has the power tomove. It brings history live to the future generations.  It has powerto change society informed Aquin Mathews while welcoming thegathering.  

There is a lack of exposure for photographers inIndia.  Through this festival we would like to bridge the gap says35years old Management Graduate turned photographer.


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