2018 Art Award Winner
You Can’t Step Into The Same River Twice, by Harikrishna Katragadda
When pollutants are seeping our skins, bodies, landscapes, can photographs retain their distance and act only as a witness? This question propelled me to use the cyanotype process where contact between pollutants and surface of the photograph is possible.
I want to create narratives about communities and environment by transforming images through physical interaction with site-specific materials found in and along the Ganges – one of the most sacred yet highly polluted rivers in India. This project aims to evoke the dependence of humans on nature and the ways in which this relationship imprints the self and the inhabited landscape.
Harikrishna Katragadda graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and started his career as a photojournalist in New Delhi. He has travelled extensively in India to work on environmental sustainability and human rights issues. He has received the India Habitat Centre Photosphere grant, the Media Foundation for India prize and the National Foundation for India fellowship.
His photographs have been exhibited and screened at the Focás Festival [Scotland and India], Addis Photo Fest [Addis Ababa], BITUME PHOTOFEST [Italy], Photo Kathmandu, Angkor Wat Photo Festival [Cambodia], Serendipity Arts Festival [India], India Habitat Centre, Delhi Photo Festival and the Goethe Institute in New Delhi. His editorial features have appeared in Geo, Stern, Vanity Fair and the BBC. He is based in Mumbai.
Finalist Gallery with Captions
The Invisible Photographer Awards 2018 is proudly supported by G-Technology AP, Sony Singapore, GetIT Comms, Grenadier Press, Exactly Foundation, Photo Kathmandu, Spoon Creative and Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film.