Neeraj Priyadarshi on #DPF2015’s theme: ASPIRE


National photo editor of Indian Express, Neeraj Priyadarshi shares a photo with us.

A photographer for close to two and a half decades, Neeraj Priyadarshi says that the theme for #DPF2015, “Aspire”, surpasses all boundaries.

Neeraj joined Indian Express in 1991 as a photographer and is now the photo editor of the newspaper.

Here he shares with us a triptych from his personal body of work called “Lost. Found. Lost.” shot in Himachal Pradesh, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam and the Himalayas.

“Aspire is a personal emotion,” he says, “a feeling that interprets life and its odysseys, the way one loves to paint it.”

How would you interpret the theme ‘Aspire’? 
Show us by sending in your entries. The final deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Sumit Dayal interprets #DPF2015’s theme


DPF2015’s curator Sumit Dayal, shares a photograph which recalls the word ASPIRE to him.

If you needed reminding from us, regarding the theme for #DPF2015 we are here. The theme is “Aspire”.
When asked to share a photo which resonates closely with the theme for him, Sumit Dayal chose one from Kashmir, also his birthplace.
“During the weekends in summer, local boys swim in the shallow waters around Nehru Park, a popular tourist spot in Dal Lake,” Sumit says, describing the photograph. “Swimming is banned in this part of the lake to keep the area sanctified for the tourists. Police in patrol boats have a hard time in keeping the boys at bay.”

In this way, Sumit chooses to highlight a very integral facet of this year’s theme. “Aspire can be translated in many ways,” he says, “In this case, it represents the desire to live free.”
Sumit Dayal is a graduate in Documentary and Photojournalism from the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York. His work is primarily focused on the societies, cultures and traditions in the changing landscapes of South East Asia.
Sumit is Curator for #DPF2015.
The theme for this edition of Delhi Photo Festival is ASPIRE.
How would you interpret the theme ‘Aspire’? 
Show us by sending in your entries. The final deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 10, 2015.

#DPF2015’s new venue

The Delhi photo festival gets a new venue on Janpath, close to India Gate
 As you know, we launched submissions for #DPF2015 in March this year. And in the meantime have also managed to acquire a new venue for the festival!
 The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Delhi, will host the third edition of the Delhi Photo Festival from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Being very close to India Gate, the IGNCA is centrally located and will attract audiences from different walks of life to the festival. The sprawling space, provides an ideal space for experimenting with art displays and exhibiting photography. The centre has beautiful lawns and the rather arresting Matighar, the dome-shaped structure at its centre, which will serve as a backdrop to several works at #DPF2015.
 The IGNCA is a Delhi landmark venue for exhibitions and seminars, and a place where people can come and simply hangout amidst the different works on display.
 Nazar Foundation presents #DPF2015 at
C.V. Mess,
New Delhi – 110 001.
All details on #DPF2015 are here:

What does ‘ASPIRE’ mean to you?

From Prashant Panjiar ~

For me the theme of the Delhi Photo Festival 2015, ASPIRE, is a complex one. It brings to mind questions of ambition and how to measure success. Whatever our individual conscience may say, are we collectively being driven by an idea of aspiration as one linked only with economic well being?

If I were allowed to submit (as one of the Creative Director’s of the Festival I can’t!) I would have looked at my Pan India work –
Here is a photo from that series.

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On Tour

Select exhibitions of Delhi Photo Festival 2013 get an extended life

Bringing a festival to a close, taking down the exhibitions is always a sad task for us. Prints that are not claimed by their authors need to be destroyed – heartbreaking, because the same team that dedicated their time to getting the prints made just right is responsible for destroying them. This time, happily, things turned out a bit different for us at the Delhi Photo Festival 2013.

The interest in the exhibitions was so high that we were inundated with requests to travel many of the shows. And after consultations with the individual photographers, we are happy to report that selected exhibitions from the Delhi Photo Festival 2013 are now travelling.

To begin with, soon after the festival came to an end, the Italian Cultural Center and Instituto Cervantes asked for 3 of the works to be displayed at their cultural premises in New Delhi. The Italian Cultural Center is currently showing The Animals by Giacomo Brunelli in their front lawns. Instituto Cervantes is showing Admissions Ward 2011 by Flavia Schuster in the basement gallery and Future Plan by Alvaro Laiz & David Rengel (ANHUA) in the entrance lobby. Flavia Schuster hails from Argentina and Alvaro Laiz & David Rengel from Spain, both falling under the ambit of the Spanish speaking countries that Cervantes covers. The Italian Cultural Center and Instituto Cervantes hosted partner exhibitions in their respective premises during the Delhi Photo Festival. By mounting these exhibitions for a limited period of time, they helped in extending the life of these shows and opened up the possibility of their being seen by an entirely different set of people. All the prints in these shows, whether as light-boxes, vinyl prints or flex, are being reused after being thoroughly cleaned by the team. It is perhaps interesting to note that Schuster’s show, which was initially designed for an outdoor structure, is now being mounted in a white-cube space like an indoor gallery, thus acquiring a different dimension and impact.

Next, 18 exhibitions (listed below) from the Delhi Photo Festival 2013 will travel to Art Chennai (8-16 Feb 2014) to be shown in an exciting new outdoor space. Immediately after that they will move to Pondicherry for Pondy ART, again to be shown in a public space.

Absent Husband by Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Admissions Ward by Flavia Schuster [TM4]

Biography of Cancer by Jason Sangik Noh

Bollywood Dreams by Jonathan Torgonvik

Close Distance by Jannatul Mawa

Dhanushkodi by Rajiv Kumar

Future Plan by Alvaro Laiz & David Rengel (ANHUA)

I am Georgia by Dina Oganova

Important Things are Said Softly by Myriam Meloni

Mad on Stars by Nathan G.

Phantom Lady or Kismet (1996-98), A Photoromance by Pushpamala N.

Ram aur Shyam by Kannagi Khanna

Relationships by Arnold Reinisch

Romania by Tamas Dezso

The Animals by Giacomo Brunelli

The Fourth Wall by Max Pinckers

The Pink Choice by Maika Elaln/ MoST Artists

The Yellow River by Zhang Kechun / MoST Artists

So if you missed any of these shows, now you know where you can catch them again!

Wishing all a very Happy New Year.

~ Tanvi Mishra

Future Plan  by Alvaro Laiz & David Rengel (ANHUA)

Future Plan by Alvaro Laiz & David Rengel (ANHUA) currently on view at Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi

The Animals by Giacomo Brunelli

The Animals by Giacomo Brunelli currently on view at the Italian Cultural Center, New Delhi

Admissions Ward by Flavia Schuster

Admissions Ward by Flavia Schuster currently on view at Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi