Prashant Panjiar, Fawzan Husain and Aakar Patel

13 June, 2020 - 13 June, 2020

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MAP is pleased to present in keeping with its monthly theme of ‘Art as Witness’, well-known photographers Prashant Panjiar and Fawzan Husain, both with over three decades experience as photojournalists, in conversation. The talk, moderated by columnist and writer Aakar Patel, will explore the role of photojournalism (then and now), the nature of documentary photography, and its significance in recording history as well as shaping the historical narrative.

13 June, 6 pm
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In collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre.


About Prashant Panjiar


Prashant Panjiar is recognised for his reportage, editorial and documentary photography, alongside his work as a photo editor and curator. He worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media at Patriot newspaper (1984-1986), India Today (1986-1995) and the Outlook Group of Publications (1995-2001). Since 2001 Panjiar has been working independently on stories for leading international and national publications such as Time Magazine, Focus, New York Times, amongst others. As a documentary photographer, he works on issues of health, education and livelihood across Asia and Africa for international non-profit organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American India Foundation, UNFPA, IPPF & HIV-AIDS Alliance.

Panjiar has led the curatorial team of all three editions of the Delhi Photo Festival of which he is the co-founder and co-Creative Director. He is also responsible for the publication of the Nazar Photography Monographs series for Nazar Foundation of which he is the co-founder and Managing Trustee. In 2014 as Creative Director he curated and helped conceive the first edition of Sensorium: A festival of Arts, Literature & Ideas for Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts. He was the photography curator for the first two editions of the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, in 2016 and 2017. He was the project curator for Kanu’s Gandhi, the third title in the Nazar Photography Monographs series, and of the resulting exhibition that has been on tour since 2015. He has also served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, the China International Press Photo Competition, Indian Express Press Photo Awards and the National Foundation of India’s annual photography fellowship.


About Fawzan Husain


Fawzan Husain is a photojournalist, creative artist, teacher and an organic farmer. In a career spanning about three decades, his work has been published in prominent Indian and International publications and exhibited around the world. After completing a postgraduate degree in journalism from the Bombay School of Journalism, Fawzan joined the Mumbai-based newspaper Mid-Day. He later joined India Today and worked there for over a decade, travelling across India on assignments.

Fawzan held his first solo show in 1992 and has had eight shows and 12 group exhibitions since. Permanent collections of his works can be viewed at The Museum of Fine Art at Houston, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai. He has published two books Between Bombay & Mumbai – 25 years in Pictures Through a Changing City and The Silver Screen & Beyond – Up Close and Personal with the Bombay Film Industry.


About Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a well-known columnist. A former newspaper editor, he has worked at publications across India. He was previously the Deputy Editor of the Deccan Chronicle and the Editor-in-Chief of Mid Day Multimedia Ltd. Why I Write, Patel’s book translating Saadat Hasan Manto’s non-fiction from Urdu to English was published in 2014.