The Tasveer Journal is an online magazine for photography, with a focus on projects relating to the Indian subcontinent. We are dedicated to publishing work both from diverse periods (ranging from the ‘pioneer’ photographers of the second half of the 19th century to contemporary work being made today), and diverse genres (be it documentary, street photography, or abstract, for example).
It is our goal at the Tasveer Journal, to provide a growing cartography of the history and future of photography in South Asia. Specifically, we seek to look at how the photographic medium not only enables historic documentation and social commentary, but also—especially in the digital age— informs our perception and shapes our understanding of the world around us, be it in the context of politics, history, culture or art.
The Tasveer Journal champions thought-provoking, cohesive projects; and is committed to promoting photography as a form of artistic and critical inquiry, as well as, a part of contemporary popular culture. In doing so, it aims to be a dynamic creative platform where photographers, researchers, writers, critics and enthusiasts can explore and showcase their ideas — and approach the medium from varying points of view: poetic, journalistic, activist or personal, for instance.
Operating in parallel to the Tasveer Gallery’s exhibition programme in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, the Tasveer Journal is a celebration of the photographic medium — its ability to relate shared human desires and concerns, and its seemingly endless possibilities.
Shilpa Vijayakrishnan, Editor
Shilpa Vijayakrishnan is the Research & Communications Manager at Tasveer. She holds a Masters in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where she was later engaged in a research project on museums and other art-contexts. Her fascination with production processes also led her to getting her hands dirty, and working for a year as a photographer’s assistant to gain practical exposure and insight. Her general and theoretical interests include fiction, storytelling, food, travel, gender, cinema and other forms of popular visual culture.
Fabien Charuau, Guest Contributor
Fabien Charuau is a Bombay-based visual artist working thus far with photography and video. Having spent half his life in India where his journey with photography began, he sees himself as an Indian photographer of French origin. Besides having had his work shown in solo and group shows and at photo festivals, his reflection on Indian photography has also seen him take on a curatorial role for a group show on contemporary Indian photography in Paris two years ago. He also writes on Indian photography for the French Magazine PHOTO.
Sameena Siddiqui, Guest Contributor
Sameena Siddiqui is a research scholar from School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. She completed her M.Phil in Visual Studies from SAA, JNU and MFA, BFA in Art History from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Her research areas are Photography, Visual anthropology and Contemporary Art Practices.