Frédéric Lagrange Kashmir

Kashmir is a photographic journal exploring the state of Jammu and Kashmir located in the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term “Kashmir” denoted only the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. Today, it denotes a larger area including Indian, Pakistani and Chinese administered territories.

“Driving through Kargil, in Northern Kashmir, India, I noticed from a distance the blue veil of a woman walking down the main street. I asked my driver to stop the car by the side of the road and I jumped off, camera in hand. I approached the blue veiled lady pointing at my camera and asked her in English if I could take her photo, even though I knew she didn’t understand a word of what I was saying. But she gently nodded in agreement.

I found the blue entrance door of a house which strangely had the same hue than the blue of color of her veil. We moved to that door, and I shot a few frames, first cropping from her waist and slowly moving close to her face. She kept an intense eye contact, I could see her eyes, and the spark of life behind her weathered face, still presents after a few decades of an intense and violent civil war. I knew this was the picture I stopped for.” – Frédéric Lagrange

Monthly Photo Contest

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THEME: TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2019

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor, and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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