Kolkata International Photo Festival launched in the presence of Raghu Rai
Kolkata International Photography Festival (KIPF) kicked off at the Indian Museum, despite the thunder and shower playing a spoilsport. A first of its kind event in the city presented by Maya Art Space and National Geographic Traveller, India is exhibiting nearly 1,500 photographs from photographers across 40 countries at 10 iconic venues in the city.
Legendary photographer Raghu Rai who termed the city as diwaane, inaugurated the festival at the galleries of the Indian Museum along with film director Goutam Ghose, painter Jogen Chowdhury, Babul Choudhury of Bombay Photo Stores, founding director of KIPF Madhuchanda Sen and Festival Director Kounteya Sinha. The iconic photographer who will be releasing his book on the city during upcoming Durga Puja said, “I congratulate Madhuchanda and Kounteya for putting up an international exhibition of this kind. People like us who are equally mad and don’t care beyond a point, to bring us together in a single platform is not an easy task. Calcutta deserves it.”
The festival is featuring not just works of ace photographers from India and abroad, but also of budding talents from schools and colleges, as well. There will also be talks with select photographers at Emami Art & Kolkata Centre for Creativity. Portfolio Preview of K M Asad from Bangladesh, and other city photographers like Sankha Kar, Raj sarkar, Soumitra Dutta and more will take place at Daga Nikunj on March 3. Nandan 2 will be screening some short films as well.
Kounteya Sinha said, “It is not just a festival of photography but feelings. KIPF is about sharing feelings and exchanging them through the art of storytelling with the lens.”