Make your photobooks and watch documentaries at an event in Mumbai

Oct 11, 2017, 12:38 IST | Snigdha Hasan

Browse through an array of photobooks, learn how to make your own, and watch documentaries at an event that boosts publishing in the realm of photography

In 2015, practitioners of photography working in Mumbai got together to form a platform called BIND for contemporary photography. But unlike the Instagram-inclined picture projects of today, this collective came into being with a specific interest in the photobook. Since then, it has organised travelling library pop-ups in the city as well as one in Kathmandu, offering readers access to books that are hard to come by. This Saturday, BIND is hosting its first library meet-up, featuring a new collection of books, a conversation on photobook making and a film screening.

A collection of photobooks. Pic/Bind
A collection of photobooks. Pic/Bind

"While we have had constant support from the photography and publishing communities through their generous contributions to our collection, we have started drawing up lists of independently published and limited-edition books that are not easy to find. We then reach out to publishers/artistes for the same," says Philippe Calia, one of the key contributor of BIND.

A library pop-up. Pic/Nitesh Mohanty
A library pop-up. Pic/Nitesh Mohanty

Expect interesting titles like Witness Kashmir 1986-2016 by Sanjay Kak, Ramadan In Yemen by Max Pam, and The Quiet Town Of Tipton by Mahtab Hussain in the new collection. "Our aim is to help the audience engage with photobooks; so this time, Mumbai-based photographer Harikrishna Katragadda will explore the intersection of film, literature and music while discussing the process of photobook-making," informs Calia. Katragadda's two photobook dummies (unpublished works) have been shortlisted for the Bob Books Photobook Award and Alkazi Photobook Grant. "He will be in conversation with Shweta Upadhyay, who writes on arts and culture. As a critic and observer, she will lend a new perspective on photobooks," he adds.

The evening will end with the screening of two animated shorts on the history of photography.

ON: October 14, 3 pm
AT: Trilogy by the Eternal Library, Lower Parel.
CALL: 8080590590

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