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Taha Ahmad - Faculty
A photographer based in India. He was born in Lucknow, in 1994. He developed an interest in Photography while pursuing his bachelor’s degree. He feels photography has a strong influence in creating and developing discourse for the future. His work is a visual representation of the shift in the pluralistic landscape, the traumatic past and the culture which is threatened by religious conflicts, social injustice, politics and the times we live in.
Taha Ahmad has been the recipient of The Documentary Project Fund/Award 2017, Toto-Tasveer Award for Photography 2018 and the Neel Dongre Grant/Award for Excellence in Photography 2016-17. He has worked with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) over the DST Core Project and has been a part of a travelling photo exhibition organized by Girl Count, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and UN India. His work has been published by Invisible Photographer Asia, The Sunday Guardian, Times Of India, The Hindu, DELO, VEČER, LIBERATION, Social Documentary Network (SDN), Zeke Magazine, The Quint, Asian News International (ANI), Mojarto NDTV, Angers tele France, News Nation Channel, Firstpost, Le Courrier de I’ouest, Dodho Magazine, IZ fotografevi magazine, Sahapedia, The Diplomat, Homegrown, MUSÉE Magazine, Better Photography Magazine, Platform Magazine, Fountain Ink Magazine, Asian Age, Millennium Post, Ouest France, Le Couze, SCROLL IN, Art Arcade, Business Standard, Edge of Humanity, Photo Mail, Black+White Photography Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Neocha Magazine, THE PHOTO ACADEMY Magazine, Quartz India, Tasveer Journal, PHOTODIVISION, Artpil, Travel Secrets Magazine, The Indian Quarterly, etc.
His works has been exhibited at the Indian Photo Festival (IPF) Hyderabad India 2017, Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival North Carolina United States of America 2018, Festival Influences Indiennes Angers France 2018, Addis Foto Fest Ethiopia Africa 2018, Photography Festival Maribor Slovenia Europe 2018, ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ The Neon Heater Art Gallery Findlay Ohio United States of America 2018, ‘Something Black Something White’ Annual exhibition of Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival Malaysia 2017 and has been screened at the Photography Festival Maribor Slovenia 2017, Odesa.Batumi Photo Days 2017 Georgia, Alliance française de Bangalore 2018 and Lostgen Contemporary Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur as part of the show 'Realities' 2017 showcasing the works of South-Asian Photographers. His work has been a part of the initiative and exhibition ‘Photography on a Postcard’ organized by the Print Space Gallery London UK and hasbeen selected among 30 participants from 13 Countries for the 14 Angkor Photo Workshop organized by Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2018. Taha has received a Nominee Award (Category- Photojournalism) at the second edition of the International Photogrvphy Grant 2017 London UK and was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship USA 2017 and 2018.
Taha Ahmad has been one of the winner of the SDN Call for entries ‘Documentary in the Era of Post-Truth’ for his project ‘A Displaced Hope’ and has been invited for an Artist-in-Residence Program funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council grant (UK) called Creative Interruptions, Preet Nagar Trust, The University of British Columbia (Canada), The University of Strathclyde (UK) and CRCI (Delhi) to develop/produce a body of work on the biggest displacement ever happened in the history of mankind ‘Partition of India and Pakistan’. He has also been selected for the PAIR Artist-in-Residency Program 2019 by Pier-2 Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has been awarded the full time scholarship for the Magnum Photos workshop and master class by photographer Stuart Franklin organized by the Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India. In his free time, Taha works as a freelance Creative Director with ‘Ilham’ Artists and Writers Residency Program, Fort Mahmudabad, UP, India and holds a Bachelor (Gold Medallist) and a Master Degree in Fine Arts.