The Kolkata International Photography Festival is scheduled for February 28 to March 4, and is being hailed as the largest photography festival ever held in Asia. With participants spanning over 250 photographers from 40 countries across the world, the Kolkata International Photography Festival (KIPF) is definitely one of the most awaited events in Kolkata.
The festival is going to showcase the stellar works of some big names in the art field. A major highlight of the festival is a never-before-seen printed portfolio of the iconic Indian photographer Raghu Rai. Numerous places across the city are going to be transformed into galleries such as Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Harrington and Kolkata Centre of Creativity. Some of the other spaces that will host the festival include private homes turned into art spaces for the occasion, cinemas like Nandan and Gaganendra Art gallery.
If you’re an art enthusiast, there is much to learn from the festival as it is not just work being showcased in galleries. KIFP 2019 is also going to have talk shows by eminent photographers and as well as documentary film screenings on photography too. You will also have a chance to take part in workshops conducted by pioneers in the field.
You ca expect photographers from countries such as Italy, Nepal, Columbia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Netherland, Israel, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, USA, Japan, Ethiopia, Poland, Nigeria, Germany, and more.
Kolkata, with her rich history of art, culture and politics is always a photographer’s dream; a lensman often finds himself drawn to its heady mix of tradition and expression. Which is why, it’s apt to have Kolkata house the largest repertoire of works from Europe to the end of Africa, at the Kolkata International Photography Festival. The entire photographic community: from amateurs, enthusiasts, to professionals and critiques – will be a part of this to represent photography as an art form.