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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

10 Years of the Blog: The Best Post!

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On 14th December, this blog will have been going for 10 years. There have been over 1,600 posts, 2 million pageviews and thousands of pictures and words, some of which really mean a lot.

So to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the blog, in the run up to the 14th December, I'm going to celebrate by regurgitating some of the old posts.

And I'll do it in list form. So:

  • Best post
  • Most read post
  • Most nonsensical post
  • Best books
  • Best photography event
  • Best exhibition
  • Best project
  • Best talk
and so on.

Lots of bests. It doesn't mean they are the best, it simply means they are called the best. Which is almost the same!

Anyway, the best post?

That's really easy. It's this interview from 2015 (I know the pictures won't load) with Sohrab Hura. It starts

'I've always wondered about what new photography is happening in India but never really knew quite how dynamic Indian photography is until I asked Sohrab Hura (Magnum member and author of the truly fantastic Life is Elsewhere) about it. Sohrab is helping to run the Delhi Photo-Festival - which takes place at the beginning of November and doubles up with Photo Kathmandu if you're thinking of an India/Nepal Photo-Festival double-header. 

I asked Sohrab a few questions about the festivals and Indian photography and this is what he said. It's long but it's worth it - especially for the links and the searches that take you into new and undiscovered places (by me at least).'

.... and continues like this.

What are the difficulties Indian photography faces?

I think in the last few years the internet has given many of the photographers a certain independence that had not really existed before, But despite the proliferation of this new found freedom, the photo scene in India remains quite scattered unlike say for example in Bangladesh where a lot of the current photography is specific to the students and alumni of two institutions i.e. Pathshala and Counterfoto. Personally speaking, this is not a problem for me but it does make a difference if someone from outside was to look for work in a specific country/region/space. 

There is also a certain degree of expectation, from outside, of what Indian Photography should be or should not be and I’m sure the same exists across other mediums and other similar non-occidental regions as well.
As in every field and every place, it is a little more difficult for women here too.  There is a huge part of photography that may require one to be out and about quite a lot and given the lack of safety for women it is at times not easy for photographers who happen to be women.  

Add to it competing with male egos, trying to do what you want to do while dealing with other social pressures, dealing with unwanted and unsolicited advances by men, sometimes from within photography itself and finally there existing this underlying current that far from acknowledges any of these obstacles. It’s not the easiest world out there and kudos to the photographers who happen to be women and who’ve pulled through.

All of which was very innocent and understated, but which touched a major nerve and caused something of a shitstorm and led to this post on Sexual Harrassment in Photography, which led to direct complaints in India against somebody called Manik Katyal, which led to him launching a lawsuit against just about everybody (including me), which subsequently led to criminal charges being filed against Katyal. All of which is ongoing. And if somebody would like to tell me what is happening with it now, please do.

It was a major pain and expensive, but so nice to actually see women in India putting their money where their mouth is and standing up for their rights and fighting a minor-league shit!

That's why it's the best post.

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