Photography


"The unique qualities of photography are its struggle to deal with time and life. Sometimes I think those are our materials. Not film, not paper, not prints: time and life." - Paul Graham

Photography, the term originally derived its meaning from Greek meaning ‘drawing with light’, has changed its meaning and form radically in the last twenty years. The shift from analogue to digital has changed the visual landscape drastically. Production and consumption of millions of images a day has almost made us immune to its effects. Some argue, this is the ‘death of photography.’ The question is, how then do we create images in this post-photographic condition?

Photography as a medium has no fixed identity anymore. The boundary between still and moving is also very porous which takes the essentialist understanding of photography away from the from, giving new opportunities to interpret and create. This can be mobilized not only for aesthetic ends, but for new rhetoric.

In the context of the ever-changing nature of photography, binaries between documentary and fiction, new and old media, fantasy and realism have collapsed. The photographer in the contemporary moment is working in this radically different landscape; a new visual culture that calls for multiplicity of photographic forms. By engaging with existing modes of photography and actively exploring what the future of the medium holds, we create a space for making art in dialogue with society, politics and culture.

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