Mallikarjun Katakol, Avenue Road Die Workshop-Teilnehmer hängen ihre Fotos auf

Places I like
Photography workshop
Goethe-Institut Bangalore, Indien, 2009

The objective of the workshop was to define the personal criteria that determine the »quality of life« in a city. The focus was on the routine and normal, rather than the unusual. Social aspects of the city – neighbourliness, the presence of smaller stores and cottage industries – that are not immediately discernible to outsiders were more important than outstanding architecture or excellent design.

The 15 participants – a mix of professional and amateur photographers – started their field work in the last week of July trying to visualise the intrinsic qualities of »their« places. In the second part of the workshop the group discussed the different projects and made a selection for the exhibition.

The places portrayed in the exhibition were as diverse as the city itself: They include
bustling markets or shopping centres such as Russell Market or Avenue Road, secluded and peaceful areas such as the Mughal Fort and the Someshwara Temple in Ulsoor, Charles Correa’s Jeevanbima township and traditional quarters like Malleswaram and Cooke Town, where the architectural heritage is threatened by land speculation and the building of freeways. Two of the photographers portrayed their favourite hangouts, one a small café in Indiranagar, the second one the famous Koshy’s in St. Marks Road.

In the case of Avenue Road which is actually threatened by plans to widen the road, the exhibition might hopefully be a strong visual argument against the destruction of this unique architectural and socio-economic ensemble.

Participants: Rahil Arora, Arnab Dey, Aniruddha Ghosh, Deepti Jois, Jyothy Karat, Mallikarjun Katakol, Ravi Shankar, Dayaprasad Kulkarni, Swarna Kumarswamy, Rajeev Malagi, Apurva Mathad, Rajesh Pandey, Kusum Dhar Prabhu, Peeyush Sekhsaria, Archana Venson.

Photographs from the workshop