UMRAO SINGH SHER-GIL GRANT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Recognizing the need to enable Indian photographers to produce and share their work in their lifetime, the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation has pledged an annual photography grant of INR 5,00,000 in Umrao Singh Sher-Gil’s name to encourage independent voices in photography.
Umrao Singh Sher-Gil’s (1870-1954) relationship with photography in his lifetime was a private affair — his principal subjects being his family and himself. He tended to be overshadowed by the emblematic presence of his daughter and artist, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941). It was in 2007 that Umrao Singh was recognised as a photographer of considerable importance. His self-portraits span almost sixty years and make up a unique archive. He is now regarded as a pioneering figure of the mise-en-scène or staged photography in India.
Established in 2015, the Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography will recognise a photographer’s commitment to the ‘staged’ or ‘constructed’ image. Documentary photography projects using the idiom of the staged or constructed image will also be considered.
There is a distinction, albeit a fine one, between the ‘staged’ and the ‘constructed’ image. Regardless, both genres reflect on the transformative nature of the photograph in their relationship to reality.
The grant is intended to assist photographers who have started a project and need financial help to complete their work.
The grant is for photographers who are Indian nationals and residing in India.
There is no age limit for applicants to the grant.
The grant is for individual photographers; collaborative or group applications will not be considered.
The grant is for a photographer already working on a project. Therefore, the application must include photographic prints from the proposed project to complete which a grant is needed.
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Applicants to the grant must not hold any other fellowship/grant for the proposed work.
There is no limit to the number of times applicants may apply for the grant.
The applicant has to agree to finish his/her project within 18 months of receiving the grant.