Print: Wanted Dead or Alive – New Delhi


Photography has been practiced in India since the first half of the 19th century and has evolved through rich and varied traditions in terms of form, modes of production and the use of technology. Photography has also undergone a sea change in terms of its circulation within the context of cultural capital, as well as in terms of the aesthetics developed by practitioners. Despite its rich history in the subcontinent, there has been to date, little attempt to uncover its diverse trajectories and no historiographical lens has ever been applied to this field as such. Moreover, with the advent of digital media, photography that is on an upswing in India increased the number of practitioners and an associated ecosystem like galleries, magazines and photography shows. However, critical dialogue on different issues of the importance for photography is not present. In such a scenario it becomes pivotal to engage in a dialogue that shall help promote the growth of photography as a medium of expression and an art form.

In this context, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) and Aksgar initiated ‘Wanted Series’, a series of critical dialogues on various facets of photography in India. Through the ‘Wanted Series’, we would like to bring to the table eminent practitioners, theorists, curators, editors, research scholars and writers from India and Germany to discuss these issues and thereby capture the present state and the future possibilities of the medium. It also proposes to create a dialog on photography to enhance and intensify Indo-German exchanges on recent trends and offer perspectives for collaborative projects and research in the field of photography.

The first discussion under this series was organised in August 2012 in Delhi at the Goethe-Institut. The discussion debated the need for a contemporary photography magazine in India where eminent writers, curators, editors, practitioners and interested public came together to engage in this much needed discussion.

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Photos of the event by: Aditi Pokhriyal