Fête de la photo - French Photo Festival
Everyone is a photographer now, remember. That’s the great thing about photography.
Martin Parr, Photographer
Fête de la photo is brought to you by the Embassy of France in India and the Government of India as a visual treat in the form of a series of photography exhibitions to experience your city in a novel manner. It is the first pan-India photography festival in the public space. In Bangalore the festival unfolds from 1st to 15th March.
Fête de la Photo celebrates photography in various forms of its evolution. Envisioned to take place in 9 Indian cities in association with state governments and the Alliances Françaises network, it will be the first pan-India photography festival in the public space. The festival will encourage initiatives of art in public spaces by drawing attention to the medium of photography. Through collaborations with a diverse group of organizations and artists, the festival will bring both experimental and traditional art to the public in outdoor, indoor and online platforms.
The festival aims to democratize photography by taking it out of art galleries, still perceived to be an elitist milieu frequented by a few, and into the street for public viewing, making art accessible to all. Thus photographs from a bevy of photographers Ajay Talwar, Anay Mann, Amit Mehra, Dayanita Singh, Denis Felix, Gauri Gill, Georges Gasté, Laurent Laveder, Nitin Akoliya, Parthiv Shah, Pablo Bartholomew, Raghu Rai, Rohit Chawla, Shome Basu, Thierry Legault, Uzma Mohsin, Viviane Dalles, Xavier Zimbardo, Zeeshan Akbar Latif, Cécil Plantin and Gäel René shall be showcased. The festival celebrating Franco Indian collaboration in creative practices will reach out to new audiences focussing on topics as diverse as astro photography, macro photography, a series on Paris, women’s issues, a series of exhibitions on India “Indiascope”, cinema in India, fashion photography and more. The festival aims to flood the public space with art and intensify the interaction with the city by increasing civic participation through celebrations.
During the course of the Fête de la photo Indian photographers will be honoured and awarded in the name of the French republic for their contribution to the arts.