Wanted: Critical Writing On Photography – Mumbai


We are happy to announce the next event in the Wanted Series in Mumbai which will take place on 11 October 2013 at the Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda from 2 pm to 5 pm. Registrations are open for the event. Please use the registration form to register. Registrations are free and open to all!

We have very interesting speakers lined up for the event. Check them out here.

We are also happy to collaborate with the Media Foundation of India who will be our Mumbai Partners for the Wanted Series events held in Mumbai.

The theme of the discussion is WANTED: CRITICAL WRITING ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Photography in India is currently going through an explosive phase with more and more people taking to the medium to capture the quickly changing world around them. But this upward trend in photography has not triggered an equivalent rise in writers who can sift through this ubiquity of the image and interpret the directions contemporary photography is taking in India. Too often, work that is banal and derivative passes for good photography because there are not enough writers who understand the medium of photography and can critically evaluate it.

The democratization and globalization of photography is giving rise to exciting new work that needs critical engagement. There is a need to spur the development of critical writing on photography in India so that a meaningful engagement can be built between photographs and their viewers.

This Mumbai event seeks to discuss and deliberate questions around this theme such as but not limited to: What defines critical writing? What is the reason for the lack of good writing on photography in India? What can be done to develop more writers on photography? What is the history of photography writing in India? How can writing on photography be made more accessible to the general public without losing quality? The invited speakers will share their experiences in working with existing magazines in the art and photography world, which will be followed by an open discussion with everyone present.

The WANTED SERIES is an interaction conceived and organised by Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) and Aksgar in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, where prominent editors, curators and publishers from the art, photography and media world will discuss critical issues on photography in an informal setting. This is a discussion series which travels to different cities in India. You can read more about the Wanted Series here.