Aveek Sen | The Eye in Thought


Film still from Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert

The Workshop

Dates: January 8th to 13th, 2016

This workshop is open to photographers,​ ​filmmakers, ​artists​, writers and all persons seriously interested in the arts. We welcome applications from non-photographic artists and writers working with the visual.

The point of this workshop is to open up photography to a wider landscape of thought arising mostly out of literature, cinema​, ​music and everyday experience. Through ​extensive readings and conversations involving a wide range of texts, films and music, we will address, both in depth and in some breadth, ​the ​core issues of living, looking and working.

These broader conversations will also keep focusing on specific photo-books, bodies of photographic work and the achievements of individual photo-artists. We will also study questions of influence and allusiveness, relationships between visual representation and form, and modes of feeling and subjectivity across the different media that we explore. We will elaborate on themes of love and loss, inspiration and rigour, and think about ways of representing and interpreting them in specific bodies of work.

W​e will attempt to strike a balance between reading, viewing and listening, on the one hand, and open conversation and reflection, on the other.

Seven in depth sessions are spread over five days including access to a curated section of books from our libraries, as well as film screenings, short excursions and individualized discussions.

Participants will be provided with a list of reading material, movies and photographic references prior to the workshop. They are expected to familiarize themselves with these before the workshop begins. At the end of each session, Aveek will give out additional reading material and assignments.

About Aveek

Aveek Sen studied English Literature at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He was Lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. He is now Senior Assistant Editor (editorial pages) of The Telegraph, Calcutta, and writes a column there called “Art & Life”, apart from being a leader-writer and reviewing books, music and art for the review pages. He won the 2009 Infinity Award for Writing on Photography, given by the International Center of Photography, New York. He has collaborated, as a writer, with Dayanita Singh, Roni Horn, On Kawara and Simryn Gill. He was also one of the writers invited to run the “Still Searching” photography blog run by the Fotomuseum, Winterthur. His writings on photography may be found on that blog, and in Dayanita Singh’s House of Love, Dayanita Singh, File Room, Museum of Chance and in Nony Singh: The Archivist.

Fee & Application Procedure

Workshop Fee: EURO 300 | USD 350 | INR 20,000

Does not include any International or domestic travel or accommodation expenses.
Students may apply for scholarships or a fee reduction.

Deadline for applications: Midnight, 07.12.2015

To apply for the workshop, please fill up the application form here and send the following material to info@lighthousecalcutta.com

1. Links and/or references to your work. You may also send us your work as a zipped/compressed file.
2. Your CV

Once selected you will receive information on how to complete the registration procedure.

The workshop is restricted to a maximum of 10 participants.

Selected participants will be notified by email.


terms & Conditions

The workshop requires a minimum of 8 participants. In the event that 8 participants are not registered, the workshop will be called off. Participants who have registered will receive a full refund of workshop fees/deposits.
The Lighthouse reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of such a cancellation a full refund will be given to all participants. We will not take responsibly for any third party expenses made by participants such as cancellations for accommodation or flights etc.



We understand that unforeseen circumstances might cause you to withdraw from the workshop. Our cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellations made more than 30 days before the start of the workshop: You get a full refund
Cancellations made 30 days to 15 days before the start of the workshop: You get a 50% refund of the workshop fee
Cancellations made Less than 15 days before the start of the workshop : No Refunds.