In this age of selfie when mobile cameras of all brands and configurations have equipped people to freeze any moment of their life within a picture frame, the photo studio has been reduced to an antiquated space holding the memories of our immediate past. My everyday encounters with analogue and Polaroid cameras, painted screen and props, and the mysterious dark room at my father’s photo studio, Kala Studio in Warangal, have encouraged me to look at the history of studio photography in India, dating back to the 19th century.
The exhibition is trying to look at the practice of studio photography through two sets of photographs; one is the family photographs clicked in my father’s studio some forty years back, and another is the vintage photographs from the 19th and early 20th century from the Kalakriti Archive. From each of them, different stories spring out which I endeavour to take forward by adding some popular motifs or images. Alongside the photographs and their negatives, the analogue cameras, props, furniture and flashlight from my father’s studio will be on display to give the audience a chance to take a tour to our evanescent days.
Join us for the 16th edition of Krishnakriti Art and Culture Festival.
Preview : Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 7pm onwards
The exhibition is on view till 16th January 2019