BJP-online saw out 2018 by asking 13 photo-people from around the world to pick out the projects that most interested them over the past year – including The Guardian’s photo critic Sean O’Hagan, the FT Weekend Magazine’s director of photography Emma Bowkett, and BJP editorial director Simon Bainbridge
Just Another Photo Festival is a photography, film, and new media festival based in Kolkata; here its co-founders, photographers Poulomi Basu and CJ Clarke, pick out what caught their eye this year
Running since 2013, the PHM Grant has a reputation for finding interesting new photographers such as Max Pinckers, Tomas van Houtryve, and Salvatore Vitale. Now the 35-strong shortlist for the 2018 has been announced, with the winners due to be announced on 08 May and four prizes up for grabs – a first, second and third in the main award, plus a New Generation Prize. Each winner gets a cash prize plus a publication on World Press Photo’s Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and at Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum. The jury handing out the awards is made up of photography specialists – Genevieve Fussell, senior photo editor at The New Yorker; Roger Ballen, photographer and artist; Emilia Van Lynden, artistic director of Unseen; and Monica Allende, independent photo editor and cultural producer. The jury is able to give Honourable Mentions, up to six in the main prize, and up to three in the New Generation Prize.
CJ Clarke and Poulomi Basu, photographers and co-founders of the Kolkata festival pick out their top five
Launched on 11 December, a brand new biannual, Clove, has a refreshing take on art and culture. Founded by London-based, British-Indian journalist Debika Ray, the magazine focuses on creative work from South Asia and its global diaspora. “My impression was always that, in Western media, there was a narrow frame of reference when it came to covering parts of the world beyond North America and Europe,” says Ray, who until recently was senior editor at the architecture and design magazine Icon. “Stories from South Asia or the Middle East are often handled in a distant way, focusing on problems or crises and how people battle against odds to overcome things. I wanted to tell stories from those parts of the world in a way that were instead built on their own merit.”
Indian photographer Poulomi Basu is a rising star of documentary photography. Part of VII’s mentor programme, she’s a Magnum Foundation Award winner and was nominated for the Paul Huf Award this year. Even so, she’s sometimes felt jaded with an industry she believes confines itself to a very limited audience. Determined to do something to bring it to a wider public, she joined forces with British filmmaker CJ Clarke and friends to found Just Another Photo Festival, which enjoyed its first edition last September in New Delhi. “We saw an opportunity to do something different: to change the paradigm and put the audience on a pedestal, not the photographer,” she explains. Just Another Photo showcased work by 150 photographers from over 35 countries, including big names such as Roger Ballen, Philip Toledano and Sim Chi Yin but also grass-roots female photo collectives such as Rawiya and Foto Feminas. “We want JAPF to be global in perspective and have strived to include diverse work that shows new perspectives to an Indian audience,” says Basu. The photographers’ …