When wandering through rural Bangladesh with a camera in your hand the sentence „Bideshi…chobi, chobi…! – Stranger! Take a photo of me!” will soon be heard all around. An unbelievably delighted eagerness to be photographed is definitely there.
When Kurt Hoerbst met and fell for the village Rudrapur and its dwellers in 2005 the idea for the project BIDESHI Photostudio was founded.
People in Rudrapur live simple, agriculture and craftsmanship dominate everyday life.Family itself as the highest rated value in society, is nevertheless rarely preserved in a photograph as it would be in more western parts of the world… Technology and the arts simply are too far away or not affordable- up until…
The project BIDESHI Photostudio, which started off in December 2008 after intense
preparations and diligent planning by Austrian Kurt Hoerbst, first and foremost provided a welcome opportunity to earn money for the men of Rudrapur.
The experienced bamboo and clay specialists constructed a simple but impressive building within a month’s work – by hand! The hut and the entire project were organised in cooperation with Dipshikha,a well-established organisation in Rudrapur. As a close neighbour to the Meti-School,which is well-renowned through various prizes in architecture, the daylight studio offered locals to be photographed professionally from the beginning of February 2009.A glass roof and light Sari-fabrics on the side walls created a soft ambience in combination
with the clay ground and back wall. While project assistant Alexandra Grill took digital photos of the families,
Kurt Hoerbst photographed the villagers analogue in a large format system. Single portraits in front of the even clay background of course had to be taken as well! The digital data was edited, printed and laminated the same and passed on to the curious models the next day. Surprised by their image (and often amused) they usually welcomed their photographs with great fascination. An exhibition for interested Europeans, as well as a series of bound photographs has now been developed with the analogue picture material.
Alexandra Grill, April 2009
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A Film by Kurt Hörbst & Alexandra Grill
Producer: Gernot Stadler
Sound: Julian Rubisch & Barbara Neunteufel
BIDESHI PHOTOSTUDIO – NEWS
at the Central exhibition ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
The group exhibition “About Photography” will be in
the heart of KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2012 program.
It will open on September 6, 2012 at the most important
venue for contemporary art in Kaunas, M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the
National M.K.Ciurlionis Art Museum and be open to public until
October 14, 2012.
The Portrait “Sepal and his family”
is a finalist of the “Kuala Lumpur Photoawards 2012“
Exhibiton: 2-17 June 2012,
THE JUDGES HAVE NOW CONCLUDED
THEIR TASKS AND KLPA ARE PROUD TO PRESENT
THE SHORTLISTED ENTRIES WHICH WILL BE
DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC EXHIBITION
AT THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY IN
KUALA LUMPUR FROM 2 TO 17 JUNE, 2012.
BIDESHI PHOTOSTUDIO IN RADSTADT
at the Film Festival 2011
11. November 2011, 6PM
THE TAYLOR WESSING
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2010
Part of the exhibition at the
National Portrait Gallery in London
11. Nov 2010 – 20. Feb 2011
Filmfestival “Der neue Heimatfilm” Freistadt
27. August 2010 / 19 Uhr / Salzhof Freistadt
BIDESHI PHOTOSTUDIO – THE FILM
A film by Kurt Hoerbst & Alexandra Grill
Producer: Gernot Stadler
Sound-mastering: Julian Rubisch & Barbara Neunteufel
25. – 29. August 2010 / Salzhof & Galerie Stadtschmiede
BIDESHI PHOTOSTUDIO – EXHIBITION
Photographs by Kurt Hoerbst
Prix de la Photographie / Paris 2010
1st place – Book (People)
Nominiert für den Dummy-Preis
beim Fotobookfestival 2010 in Kassel
13. – 16. Mai 2010