#DPF2015: Editors at work

Behind the scenes at the Delhi Photo Festival 2015 jury selection

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The Delhi Photo Festival’s curatorial team of Dinesh Khanna, Prashant Panjiar, Sohrab Hura, Sumit Dayal and Vidura Jang Bahadur have been pre-occupied with selections for this year’s edition. Aided and abetted by #DPF Associate Navneet Kaur Ahuja and intern Suvina Singal…the jury has been systematically sifting through a large number of submissions.

The selection process, always a thoughtful, intense experience is more interesting in this edition of the festival thanks to the addition of the Student Category. “It was exciting to see the submissions made by students of different photography schools,” says curator for #DPF2015 Vidura Jang Bahadur.

He adds, “A lot of the debate around the selections was about the visual quality of the work. The second was how the work tied in to the idea of ASPIRE and how it added to a larger conversation around the theme.”

#DPF2015 participants will be announced by June 15.

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Behind the scenes at #DPF2015

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Photocredit: Sumit Dayal

Meet the duo who’ve actually sifted through the hundreds of emails, inquiries and submissions to the Delhi Photo Festival.

Suvina Singal (on the left), intern for #DPF2015 and Navneet Kaur Ahuja Associate for #DPF exchange notes. They have been busy with patiently sorting out the submissions for this year’s edition. Submissions for #DPF2015 were closed on May 10.

Navneet, an old hand to this process as she’s been volunteering with the Delhi Photo Festival since its inception in 2011 wishes, “That #DPF2015 had many more submissions from Indian photographers.”

And what does Suvina think? That’s one for another post from us later in the week.

Navneet Kaur Ahuja only picked up the camera to make a living from it five years ago. While she’s trying to make up for any possible lost time, she also devotes her hours to the Delhi Photo Festival.

Asmita Parelkar on #DPF2015’s theme: ASPIRE

STATEN ISLAND , NEW YORK - April 25, 2011: Chinese Alligators exhibit in Kauffeld Hall of Reptiles at the Staten Island Zoo located on the north shore of Staten Island, New York.

STATEN ISLAND , NEW YORK – April 25, 2011: Chinese Alligators exhibit in Kauffeld Hall of Reptiles at the Staten Island Zoo located on the north shore of Staten Island, New York.

Animals need a better world 

While interpreting this year’s DPF theme, Aspire, photographer and designer and #DPF2015 volunteer Asmita Parelkar shares with us an image from her poignant series: Giraffe Behind The Door. The series is a photo project that documents animals in captivity. Giraffe Behind The Door is a journey through zoos and psychological spaces of the animals that occupy them.
Asmita hopes that one day a balance is achieved between human beings and animals. She hopes that we collectively aspire to conserve forests and wildlife. “If we don’t learn to co-exist with animals, we will only see them in captivity, behind glass walls or cages,” she concludes.

Based in Bombay, Asmita is an independent photographer and designer. Her work has often explored the relationship between humans and animals. Her series, Giraffe Behind The Door was published in the New York Times.

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

Anurag Banerjee on the #DPF2015 theme, “Aspire”

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A young photographer aspires for the quiet moments 

“To aspire would be to steal a quiet moment from our everyday lives.” With the theme for #DPF2015, “Aspire” in mind, Anurag shares a photograph from his first visit to Benaras. Like the many others who have visited the historic city, he was taken by the silence and serenity of the ghats.

“In our busy city lives, we often forget to stop and take a breather, or we don’t have an opportunity to do so,” he says.

A volunteer for #DPF2015 Anurag is from Shillong, and is busy embracing the city of Mumbai.
How would you interpret the theme ‘Aspire’? 
Show us by sending in your entries. The final deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Adil Hasan’s take on “aspire” for #DPF2015

Of strange crimes and human rights violations 

For this year’s #DPF2015 theme, “Aspire”, Adil has shared an image which is part of a larger story. Those who have been declared dead by their relatives in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. This has been done by their relatives, who wish to claim their lands, or other inherited positions.

Paltan Yadav, 58, lives in Amilo, and is now considered an outcast in his village. His family who betrayed him, are still hostile. He has won his case and has reclaimed his land after being declared ‘alive’. He has sold a part of this land and a school has been built there.

Through this story, Adil highlights more than one facet of  “Aspire” and documents how greed and selfishness is never too far away from the word.

Based in Delhi, Adil has studied photography in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2012, his work, “TV series” won the Tasveer Funds the Arts (TFA) award for photography.  In 2014, the Nazar Foundation published Adil’s monograph “When Abba Was Ill”, which chronicled his father’s battle with cancer.

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

Neeraj Priyadarshi on #DPF2015’s theme: ASPIRE

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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

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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.