Travel Photo Jaipur recently concluded in Jaipur. The festival included both the open-air exhibition of pictures in large frames at various historical monuments in Jaipur, shot by famous photographers from around the world as well as talks & interactive sessions at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The open-air exhibition was held for over two weeks starting from the first week of February 2016. On the other hand, the interactive talks were restricted to merely three days. In this first part, I’m posting pictures of the exhibition at Hawa Mahal. It included two sections. Section one was by a South African photographer, Gideon Mendel who traveled across the world to places hit by floods for photographing people. The project is called The Drowning World. The second section was to include the setup of a photo booth/studio by an Indian photographer Aradhana Seth. Unfortunately, it was missing from the venue on day 1. Instead, this section had pictures by another Indian photographer, Serena Chopra under the series The Ancients-Bhutan Diaries.
Pictures from section 1.
Pictures from section 2.
All these exhibits were inside the Hawa Mahal complex. The pictures shown here are not inside the main section of Hawa Mahal, but rather in the driveway with the entrance from Tripolia Bazaar not far from the Badi Chaupar.
The efforts to start a new festival in Jaipur are highly appreciable. Jaipur has never been exposed to such a photography festival, ever! We do need more such contemporary festivals along the lines of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Jairangam-theater festival, or Art Summit.
The open air exhibition at Hawa Mahal left the tourists wondering as to what these frames with pictures are all about? At the same time, the photo studio which was meant to get your picture clicked with a backdrop of Hawa Mahal, was missing on inaugural day!