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Expert Photobook Reviews from Russia [with Love]

Saint-Petersburg based photographer Jana Romanova  had an idea. Troubled by the fact that even-though photobooks explore a myriad list of topics - their audience is mostly limited to people connected with photography. Jana, Alexander Gorbunov & Katya Yushkevich decided to remedy the matter by inviting experts from various fields, not connected with photography, but connected with the photographers subject and intentions. To “read” ... Continue reading ›

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Best in Show* Karan Vaid’s quirky look at Dog Culture in India, Past & Present

Karan Vaid's ongoing project Best in Show captures Indian dog culture in two parts. Part 1 is a quirky look at the modern Indian dog shows: doting owners, tear-jerking moments and mysterious paraphernalia. From Patiala to Palakkad, Karan photographs what would be best described as a dog mela; brooches and spike collars, bronze plated participation medals, grooming aids and an awful ... Continue reading ›

lecercle in blowUp!, Interviews

BlowUp Showcase : A conversation with Scotland-based visual artist Arpita Shah on the notion of home, diaspora and cultural identity.

    Arpita Shah is a visual artist, who is one of many excellent contributing artists, to this year's BlowUp! at the 10th Angkor Photo Festival. As a South Asian photographer based Scotland her work very often points a lens at the Asian diaspora, exploring notions of home and cultural displacement. caught up with Arpita and asked her what motivates her ... Continue reading ›

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Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops turns 10: An interview with Françoise Callier

  Angkor Photo Festival has long been an open salon for Asian photographers. The free workshops at the festival are more than just a stepping stones for emerging photographers from the region, they have inspired and stimulated the practice of many. On one such meeting in 2008; an angst ridden conversation at Laundry Bar on the lack of space for ... Continue reading ›

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Interview + Review : David Bailey’s The Delhi Dilemma [Steidl]

INTRO : David Bailey, found his salvation and fame on the pages of British and American Vogue in the swinging 60s. For his most recent book the septuagenarian photographer has turned his lens on Delhi, its called The Delhi Dilemma published by Steidl.  To say the least was not impressed.   Story Book Cliches? ‘I’ve never been interested in ... Continue reading ›

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MANAKAMANA: By cable car in Nepal

Manakamna unfolds in sixteen-millimeter film, set entirely in a cable car in Nepal. Two faces appear, an elderly Nepalese man and a young boy in a baseball cap; the lush green forests of the foothills give way to a gentle climb. The gondola sways slightly as the pair sit silently in the mountain light. We slowly ... Continue reading ›

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Mark Cohen “photographer as a trigger happy gun-slinger”

Mark Cohen has spent decades doing hit-and-run street photography in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His pictures are always taken from waist-height, so he can keep his wits about him – and he's taken 800,000 shots he's never even seen Mark Cohen Photogrpaphy But isn't getting audaciously close, almost predatory, integral to his work? "The trespass makes it happen, yes," he ... Continue reading ›

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Manu Thomas on Street Photography and Kerala

I have always thought of street photography as a deeply meditative act. The act of wandering and training yourself to see. I've never met Manu Thomas (instagram) but when I first saw his photographs of Bombay, I could see a meditative quality to that exploration. Pages and pages of complex compositions, with such poetic organisation of spaces. ... Continue reading ›

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Exercise: Get a painted Backdrop. Set it up on a busy street square in India. Make Portraits.

Painted backdrops are a part of a long tradition of studio photography in India. I wanted to find out what kind of reaction people would have to a makeshift studio on a busy square in the city of Bhopal. The result is a portfolio of portraits which features a colourful variety everyday people, posed against hand-painted backdrops. I printed the ... Continue reading ›

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Hello & welcome to – A Visual Webzine from South Asia.

Since it’s launch on in 2008 has been many things under one roof; an online showcase for narrative based photography(Asia’s first), public art tinkerers and most importantly for a period a community. was always meant to be an experimental venue for photography. Started online we quickly moved to the streets, creating ad-hoc public photo galleries ... Continue reading ›