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    Beyond pixelsA� The first edition of the Goa International Photo Festival hopes to democratise photography

    TheA�Goa International Photo festival takes its exhibition of world-famous photographs beyond mere viewing pleasure of the discerning few. Of course, it will showcase works by great artistesa��like the PulitzerA�prize-winner David Turnley and National Geographica��s photographer (for over 50 years) William Albert Allard, among others. But as Amit Sheokand, one of the festivala��s curators, explains, a�?Our true focus is on bringing the top Indian and International photo artistes on to a platform where they can discover, inspire and develop the next generation of photographers and innovative thinkers. We want to democratise photography.a�?
    The 11-day event is being organised by The One School Goa (a two-year-old interdisciplinary creative media school), within its lush campus at Bardez. a�?All the exhibits, portfolio reviews, photo-walks, artiste talks and workshops are based on the theme, People and Portraits,a�? he shares. Major exhibits include India Portrayed, featuring works by Indiaa��s prominent lensmen including Prasad Naik and Mahesh Bhat, Portraits from an Island, highlighting photo artistes like Martin Parr and Anna Fox from the UK, American Icons (works by US-based photographers), World Press Photo 2014 (a showcase of 143 award-winning clicks) and exhibits by shutter-bugs studying at the institute. The last day of the festival will also mark the launch of One Mag, a digital photography magazine.
    February 10- 21. Workshops from `25,000. Details: goaphotofestival.com
    Anoop Menon

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