Pakistan Photo Festival: Documentary photography on street exhibition in Lahore

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Passersby stop to take a look at the PPF photo exhibition at Canal Metro Station. (Photo courtesy: PPF)
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Artwork displayed at Lahore’s Kalma Chowk Metro Station. (Photo courtesy: PPF)
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Documentary photography on street exhibition in Lahore. (AN photo by Shafiq Malik)
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Close up of the artwork. (Photo courtesy: PPF)
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Documentary photography on street exhibition in Lahore. (AN photo by Shafiq Malik)
Updated 18 February 2018
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Pakistan Photo Festival: Documentary photography on street exhibition in Lahore

LAHORE: The Pakistan Photo Festival (PPF) on Saturday launched its three-day street exhibition in Lahore showcasing creative documentary photography on pressing social issues.
The creative work of nine young talented photographers from across Pakistan and abroad drew the attention of commuters and the general public at the Kalma Chowk and the Canal metro stations in the city.
The photographers, who participated in a seven-month long fellowship in Lahore, produced thought-provoking projects on some of the most pressing social, economic, legal and rights struggles of the country, said a press release issued by the PPF last week before the exhibition.
World-renowned photographers Matthieu Paley, Asim Rafiqui, Didier Ruef, Mahesh Shantaram, Wendy Marijnissen and Shah Zaman Baloch mentored the aspiring young artists through extensive brain storming sessions in a bid to “contribute to the social fabric of society through the art form of photography,” read the Facebook page of the organization.
Mentored by Matthieu Paley, a National Geographic contributor from France, PPF participant Salman Alam Khan captured the colorful diversity of Narayanapura — one of Pakistan’s most significant compounds situated in Karachi city — in his project “Knitted Beliefs.”
“The Walled Street Journal” by Ema Anis presented life inside the gated community while Nida Mehboob undertook a compelling project named “Shadow Lives” on the discrimination faced by minority communities of the country. Her mentor was Wendy Marijnissen, a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium.
The PPF organizers have a strong reason for shifting the exhibition from traditional art galleries to metro bus stations.
“Only the elite visits the art galleries and common people have no access to those places. Metro stations are frequented by people of all classes and social backgrounds, by about 1.3 million people a day,” said Faizan Adil, a participant and organizer of the exhibition while talking to Arab News.
Adil produced a thought-provoking project titled “Industry of Dissolving Portraits” about nursing homes in Pakistan, mentored by Matthieu Paley.
London-based visual artist, Shaista Chishty, titled her project “One Pound in My Pocket,” which retraces one family’s journey from Pakistan to the UK after partition (secession of Pakistan from United India under British rule). She was mentored by Wendy Marijnissen.
Maryam Altaf, a Lahore-based photographer, put together a project on how ride-hailing services have subtly changed the economic landscape of the country. Her project, based on the stories of several drivers, is named “Conversations in Transit,” and was mentored by Asim Rafiqui, an independent photographer.
Aziz Changezi, from Quetta, completed a project titled “Scavenging for Wealth” on how recycling provides livelihood to families in Pakistan. His mentor was Didier Ruef, a documentary photographer based in Switzerland.
Faizan Ahmad, a storyteller who completed his project “From the Metro Bus: The Uncommon Stories of the Common People,” in which he highlighted the voice of the ordinary people. His mentor was also Didier Ruef.
Ramis Abbas is a Lahore-based artist. His mentor was Mahesh Shantaram, a photographer from India. His project, “The Past that Could Not Be,” is for students to help them imagine a kind of campus where they have a collective, consolidated, and legal political space.
In Pakistan, where most photography exhibitions are attached with the stigma of niche audiences and lack the trend of exhibition in public spaces, the PPF exhibition has achieved through this fellowship the goal to build a stronger social documentary photography practice in Pakistan by helping these selected individuals, note the organizers.


Six classic car films to watch as women in Saudi Arabia prepare to take the wheel

Updated 23 June 2018
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Six classic car films to watch as women in Saudi Arabia prepare to take the wheel

DUBAI: In celebration of women in Saudi Arabia getting behind the wheel on June 24, we take a look at six classic car films — female-driven flicks included — that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline going.
‘The Italian Job’ (1969)
“You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” It’s an iconic line known the world over, but have you actually sat down to watch this Michael Caine-starring classic? The plot centers on Caine’s character and his crew of gangsters who pull off a dazzling heist while driving a bevy of Mini Coopers. It’s fantastically fun and even inspired a 2003 remake. If it’s your first time, however, we suggest sticking to the original — they don’t build ‘em like they used to.
‘Thelma and Louise’ (1991)
It may have a controversial ending, but many see this film as the high octane, feminist version of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and it is revered in film culture. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, the film sees the pair flee after they kill a rapist and follows them as they fight until the very end — and meet a very young Brad Pitt on the way.
‘Crossroads’ (2002)
It may have received lukewarm reviews at the time, but this film was loved by teenage girls the world over. The flick stars Britney Spears (alarm bells, anyone?) and tells the story of three childhood friends who rekindle their connection on a cross-country trip.
‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006)
The humor may be eye-roll inducing, but this film has too many fans to discount. The film pokes fun at NASCAR and sees Will Ferrell play the role of Ricky Bobby, a driver who was at the top of his game but loses it all to a snotty Frenchman.
‘Drive’ (2011)
It’s dark, it’s gritty and best of all it stars Ryan Gosling. He is known for his deadpan, inexpressive face (and oh, what a face) and skillfully portrays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and ends up risking it all to protect a woman and her son from vengeful criminals.
‘Baby Driver’ (2017)
You can’t discuss this film without giving special mention to its epic soundtrack — it features everything from James Brown to Beck and will have you wiggling in your seat throughout the movie. Ansel Elgort plays a brilliant young getaway driver with a penchant for seriously good music, stunningly choreographed car chases and the primal desire to escape a mob boss with the girl he loves.