The photographic exhibition “Hyderabad in Bordeaux” opens its doors on August 12 in Bordeaux

The photographic exhibition “Hyderabad in Bordeaux” captures the architecture, the inhabitants and the dynamism of a city

The photographic exhibition “Hyderabad in Bordeaux” captures the architecture, the inhabitants and the dynamism of a city

The Charminar, Golconda fort and HITEC city are among the most photographed landmarks in Hyderabad. The city is a microcosm of cultures where old meets new. Visitors to the public garden in Bordeaux, France, will be able to see a representation of this cultural potpourri through an exhibition of photographs from August 11 to September 24. Entitled “Hyderabad in Bordeaux”, the exhibition organized by the Indian Photo Festival (IPF) is the new addition to the calendar of events that have taken place since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Bordeaux Métropole and Hyderabad in 2015, for strengthen economic ties between the two cities.

The cultural link between Hyderabad and Bordeaux dates back to the 1860s when the French traveler Louis Rousselet sketched and photographed towns in central India and Hyderabad; these are kept at the Musée Goupil, Bordeaux.

Hyderabad in Bordeaux will feature images from 10 photographers. Monochrome images of Golconda Fort, the Tombs of Paigah, the HITEC city framed against two billion year old Deccan rocks contrast with the multicolored vibrancy of Charminar, its markets and the festive spirit of the city during Ganesh Chaturthi and Bonalu.

Inside the Paigah Tombs

Inside the Paigah Tombs

Aquin Mathews of the IPF, who began curating the exhibition in October 2020, wanted to introduce Bordeaux spectators to Hyderabad through this series of photographs: “We were looking for images that highlight the rich natural, historical and culture of the city, each photo telling a unique story.

He turned to photographers who have been documenting Hyderabad for several years – Vishwender Reddy who photographed unique rock formations, Satyanarayana Gola who captured the culture and people, and Kandukuri Ramesh Babu who turned his lens to city life, among others.

A lane inside Golconda Fort

A lane inside Golconda Fort

Many of the images in the exhibit capture the earthy character of Hyderabad’s old town and the people during the festivities that envelop the entire city. The cyber city with its skyscrapers is limited to an image of the HITEC City.

Other participating photographers are Jovy Thomas, Padma Gopalakrishnan, Radha Varanasi, Prudhvi Chaudhary, Suresh Kandukuri, Saurabh Chatterjee and Vinod Venkapalli.

IPF members, says Aquin, may not be able to travel to Bordeaux given travel restrictions during the pandemic, but are eager to forge new associations by showcasing their work.

The Hyderabad exhibition in Bordeaux is in collaboration with Bordeaux Métropole, the State of Telangana and the Alliance Française Hyderabad.

Tracey L. Sweeney