Instagram’s First Photo Exhibition In India Was Held In Kolkata And It Explored Bengal
A new chapter was written in the history of Photography on 7th January, 2016, Kolkata. Instagram hosted it’s first official Exhibition from 7th to 9th Januay, 2016 at ICCR, Kolkata. The first Instagram exhibition was held at Phoville, New York in 2014, but this is the first such show in India. It featured the work of 20 Instagrammers. The pictures were displayed as life-sized Instagram posts placed inside a frame.
Team Streets of Calcutta and Calcutta Instagrammers scanned hundreds of photographs on Instagram portraying the Diversity of Bengal. A good number of photographers were contacted and low resolution photographs were presented to the Curating team. Each photograph was meticulously looked into and finally the Curator team finalized 17 photographs for print and a good number for digital display as a part of the endeavour. There were more photographs exhibited (Christmas in Calcutta, Durga Puja at the red light area and Bandana Parab of Purulia) which were commissioned shoot.
Facebook and Scroll.in team was highly proactive and flew down to Kolkata about a week in advance to finalize the Exhibition.
The exhibition featured a combination of images covering festivals of West Bengal and images from the local Instagram community capturing diversity of the state in landscape, people, food, wildlife, architecture and more.
“This is our first photo exhibition in India. We are starting from Kolkata because of its heritage and culture. We are planning more such community-centric events in other states to actively engage our users,” Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director of Facebook, told PTI.
She said in Kolkata they have aligned the timing of the three-day exhibition at the ICCR gallery with the Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 so that anyone who comes from outside can get a slice of life in the city just by seeing the Instagram Exhibition.
The D-day was 7th January, 2015. Facebook and Scroll.in team did a fabulous job. The Exhibition was executed brilliantly at the Jamini Roy Gallery at ICCR. Facebook team flew down from San Francisco and New Delhi to attend the inauguration. The entire Facebook and Scroll team and participating photographers were present at the venue.
Ace Quiz Master, Hon. Member of Parliament Mr. Derek O’Brien inaugurated the Exhibition.
Although this was Thursday, a working day for all, the inauguration recorded over 100 people. Media houses thronged the venue.
The enthusiasm shown by the Kolkata photographer community is absolutely unbelievable – without whom such a success of would have been impossible. ICCR became a mini adda hub for Kolkata photographers. The exhibition recorded 500+ footfalls over a period of 3 days.
These were some of the the images –
As reported by SOUMYA SHANKAR GHOSAL on http://ssghosal.com/
Image sources: Livemint
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