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

    The 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 artistes—like the Pulitzer prize-winner David Turnley and National Geographic’s photographer (for over 50 years) William Albert Allard, among others. But as Amit Sheokand, one of the festival’s curators, explains, “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.”
    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. “All the exhibits, portfolio reviews, photo-walks, artiste talks and workshops are based on the theme, People and Portraits,” he shares. Major exhibits include India Portrayed, featuring works by India’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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