A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
It is not often that a walk by the Seine becomes more event-ful. Just earlier last month, I stumbled upon an outdoor photoexhibition called Photoquai near the Musee du quai Branly. Beautifully set up under the yellowing chestnut trees, the exhibition showcased photographs by little known photographers from around the world. The theme this year was decidedly more ethnographic – people inhabiting their own space, whether engaged in their activities or exhibiting their objects.
I found the works of two photographers really fascinating:
Amit Madheshiya’s “At a Tent near You” which amazingly captures the enchantment of Bollywood films, portraying the range of people’s reactions as they’re fully immersed in a film.
Qingjun Huang’s “Family Stuff” is literally just that: families posing with all their domestic belongings outside their homes. Huang turns the house inside out and lets the disparate objects surrounding the people give us a sense of their personal lives, while also throwing into relief the effect of globalisation in the private realm.
These are of course my picks from all the other fabulous photographs from the exhibition, which is sadly now over. But have a look at the portfolios of some other exciting photographers: http://www.photoquai.fr/2013/