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The Travelling Photo Studio

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The Travelling Photo Studio, Hanif Kureshi x Prof. Joytindra Jain

A collaborative effort between artist Hanif Kureshi and Indian art historian Prof. Jyotindra Jain, ‘The Travelling Photo Studio’ was conceptualised as reminder of the unique aesthetic of Photo studios which were very popular till a few decades ago.
Three booths, designed as photo-studio lookalikes, together composed the travelling studio.

With widespread accessibility to mobile phone cameras and social media platforms, today we are making more images than ever before. This was not always the case, with traditional Image-making being a long-drawn process till not very long ago.

Set in the modern world, the Photo Studio was the artists' way of familiarising today’s youth with a celebrated cultural phenomenon from India’s past. While to the Instagram generation, it offered the chance to experience an era gone by – one in which creating images was a rare and time-consuming process, to the parents and grandparents of today’s Insta generation, the Studio offered an opportunity to reminisce and relive treasured memories from their youth.

The Studio also provided a glimpse into the aesthetic of India from the 70s and 80s. All three booths adapted a selected image from 'The Conquest of the World as Picture’ – an exhibition curated by Dr. Jyotindra Jain who is an eminent Indian art and cultural historian. These images formed the backdrop of the studio; which were hand-painted by artists Trivendra Krisshna and Painter Kafeel.

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