Opening this Wednesday in Pondicherry!

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By the 1880’s, commercial photo studios had found their way into the bazaars of the Presidency’s medium sized towns across India.  Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren could now walk into a studio, take a pose, and look into the camera to be fixed and framed.  These family portraits not only present a visual record of a family’s history, often showcasing multiple family generations; they also constitute a wealth of information on costume and Tamil social history.  Dr. Zoe Headley and a team of French and indian researchers from the Social Science Department of the Institut Francais de Pondichery are working to preserve this historical legacy as a digital archive in their library for public benefit.  The images are part of an ongoing project tracing the social history of Tamil studio photography and investigating the visual rhetoric of family portraiture in South India. The full archive will be available for public access at the completion of the project.

The IFP has joined forces with Pondy ART to give the public the opportunity to enjoy a sample of the photographs so far collected, observe the styles Tamil Nadu photography studios utilised for the printed images and reinforce the importance of preserving this visual record of local heritage.  The exhibition will coincide with the Pondicherry Heritage Festival.

The project is presented by Pondy ART in collaboration with

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Kavitha Veeraraghavan comes with many years of experience as a passionate people and street photographer. She is an alumni of IIM Bangalore and has left behind a successful career in investment banking to pursue her passion. She has been photographing weddings over the past three years. While she is more known for her wedding work, she is also working on a long-term project on extreme religious festivals.

To see more of Kavitha’s work, please visit http://kavithaveeraraghavan.com

A special comment….

“PondyART is especially special to me since Pondicherry is my hometown and I’ve seen it evolve from a small dusty town to a beautiful center of art, culture and cuisine.”

Photo Credit:  Arun, Pondicherry

Photo Credit: Arun, Pondicherry

 

Thank you your ongoing support, Kavitha!

What’s Next? HERITAGE of the FAMILY

Pondy ART’s next exhibition is something totally different.  Oh right, that is what you expect!

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Photo Courtesy of the French Institute of Pondicherry

For our next exhibition opening 25 February on the Beach Road, we are collaborating with the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) to present

Heritage of the Family: Tamil Studio Portraiture (1880 – 1980)

The exhibition presents a series of portraits collected from across Tamil Nadu by Dr. Zoe Headley and a team of French and Indian researchers from the IFP’s Social Science Department. The images are part of an ongoing project tracing the social history of Tamil studio photography and investigating the visual rhetoric of family portraiture in South India.

By the 1880s, commercial photo studios had found their way into the bazaars of the Presidency’s medium size towns. Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren could now walk into a studio, take a pose, and look into the camera to be fixed and framed. These family portraits not only present a visual record of a family’s history, often showcasing multiple family generations; they also constitute a wealth of information on costume and Tamil social history. The IFP team is working to preserve this historical legacy as a digital archive in their library is being constituted for everyone’s benefit. The full archive will be available for public access at the completion of the project.

The IFP has joined forces with Pondy ART to give the public the opportunity to enjoy a sample of the photographs so far collected, observe the styles Tamil Nadu photography studios utilized for the printed images and reinforce the importance of preserving this visual record of local heritage. The exhibition will coincide with the Pondicherry Heritage Festival.

For more details on the Pondicherry Heritage Festival visit: The Hindu

Harneet Kaur on the Road in Pondy

 

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Harneet Kaur grew up in a very small but a very well planned town of India called ‘Chandigarh’. Like a palette of colors the city has her tints and shades.  Being creative Harneet kept  looking for things which intrigued her. After a degree in Interior Design she moved to Kolkata in 2009 which was her first chance to be able to choose “What is that I would love and want to do?”

Photography came to me when I had no friends and acquaintances in the city. It became my first friend and now a lifelong companion. Being chirpy by nature, I enjoy how my photographs can talk more than me…saves my energy you see. The desire to learn more and do more has kept this flame burning strong and a whole new world was discovered. I was always diverse in my choices and sometimes I would wonder is there anything which I desire to do so strongly that nothing else would matter. For me that did not happen for the major part of my life so far until I fell in love. I had my teething problems and I think photography is a non-stop learning experience. My shutter asks for more and more..guess it’s hungry most of the time.

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

― Ted Grant

To see more of Harneet’s work visit: http://www.harneetkaurphotography.com