New Cultural Horizon – Delhi Photo Festival



visitors program     21 – 27 September 2016 | Netherlands

The biennial Delhi Photo Festival, a non-profit initiative of  NAZAR FOUNDATION,  is India’s first and biggest international photography festival, that brings photography, the real democratic art form, into the public space creating an awareness, appreciation and learning of photography as an art form. The Delhi Photo Festival is a non-commercial venture. Entry to the primary venue is free to ensure popular & wide-reaching participation.

Objective: forge collaborations with institutions and individuals specialising in photography in the Netherlands.

Ms. Mansi Thapliyal, photographer
Mr. Karthik Subramanian, photographer
Mr. Soham Gupta, photographer
Ms. Tanvi Mishra, Delhi Photo Festival
Ms. Iona Fergusson, Delhi Photo Festival – Consultant Creative Director

receiving partners
Appel arts centre, Foam, FOTODOK, Huis Marseille, Kummer & Herrman, Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands Photo Museum, Paradox, PhotoQ Bookshop, Unseen Photo Fair, World Press Photo

organizer | DutchCulture

public progamme
Fresh focus on India
fri 23 September | 16:00 – 17:00 | Unseen Photo Fair
admittance: free access, but please register here in advance

lecture Photography in India | moderator Edie Peters
location | Erwin Olaf x Ruinart Lounge
adress | Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam

Photography as a medium first arrived in India in the mid 1800’s, close on the heels of the photographic revolution that was taking Europe and the world by storm. The ruling British administration commissioned officers serving in India to document the architecture, landscape and most importantly the peoples of its most prized colony. Since that time photographic practice in the country has evolved significantly, spurred by Indian Independence in 1947 as well as market liberalisation in 1991. This presentation looks at the last 25 years of contemporary practice in India, through the lens of emerging and established practitioners as well as institutions, galleries, festivals and collectives that are shaping the discourse in India today. The easy accessibility of the digital format as well as the effortless exchange of ideas via the Internet have both impacted photographic practice in notable ways: photographers are making headway into new storytelling formats and experimenting with ideas of the constructed, the interplay of memory and history and working with archives – either written or photographic. The talk aims to give the audience a window into select practices that are defining the photographic landscape in India and giving voice to a vision of the country, which is a far cry from the exoticism that surrounded images associated with India in the past.


Delhi Photo Festival
Tanvi Mishra (1986, India) is a documentary photographer based out of New Delhi, India. Trained as an economist, her background in the social sciences impacts her choices as a visual storyteller. She works with various development organisations and NGOs like CARE UK, CARE France, VSO UK, Plan International and Her work has been published in Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Sunday Guardian, Tehelka, BBC among others.

Iona Fergusson is Creative Director of the Delhi Photo Festival, an international photography biennial based in India. She started her career with The Art Group, a leading contemporary art publishing company, where she was instrumental in setting up the Corporate Art Department selling original works and fine art prints to major corporations and hotels in the UK. Seeking a change of personal and professional direction, Iona relocated to India in 2003 where she joined the newly formed launch team at Maxim magazine, a men’s international fashion and lifestyle publication headquartered in New Delhi. In 2007, she joined the launch team at Vogue India in Bombay as Photo Editor where she was responsible for setting up and managing the Photography Department. She returned to London in 2013 to take a Masters degree in the history and critical theory of photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for which she was awarded a distinction. In 2015 she returned to India as the Director of Programmes for the Delhi Photo Festival and has since been nominated as their new Joint Creative Director.


Soham Gupta, People of the Bridge

Soham Gupta
I am a Calcutta-based photographer using photography as a medium of self-expression. Being a loner, I chronicle loneliness.



Mansi Thapliyal – Nomads

Mansi Thapliyal
Born and raised in Rishikesh, Mansi has worked with Reuters as a photojournalist covering important news events and working on stories highlighting gender-related issues. Mansi’s long-term projects tend to explore the nuances of intimate spaces.  Along with the visual arts, Mansi is interesting in the art mediums of dance, music, and theatre. She is trained in Kathak and Odissi dance forms.


Karthik Subramanian, Jordan pond trails and reflections

Karthik Subramanian
I am a photographer living out of Chennai and I like to work on really long term stories.  My photography springs out of the constant doubt on what we see is real or imagined. I believe I use photography to build the bridge of in-between states, between reality and dreams.   I have been working in the Sundarban on the project Mohona over the last 3 years which has been exhibited as part of Delhi Photo Festival 2013 , Angkor Photo Festival 2014, Photo Kathmandu 2015.  In 2016 I was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass and in 2014 I was selected as one of the ten photographers from India chosen to be a part of the Lok Sabha project produced by Fabrica to document the 2014 Indian Elections.


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