ALTlab Photography Writers' Residency

Goa Center for Alternative Photography is delighted to invite writers to apply to participate in a new ALTlab Photography writers' residency to be held in Goa-CAP in 2013.

Goa Center for Alternative Photography is delighted to invite writers to apply to participate in a new ALTlab Photography writers' residency to be held in Goa-CAP in 2013. The ALTlab Photography writers' residency will support ONE Indian writer for two months to develop critical and creative writing about Photography. The writer-in-residence will be given an opportunity to learn alternative photographic processes and to produce catalogues and other relevant publications. The residency intends to encourage original critical and creative writing on Photography in India, providing a platform for writers to develop their practice and extend their professional networks.

The writer will be in residence at Goa-CAP along with four other photographer residents coinciding with ALTlab 3.0, for two months in March and April 2013. The residency will also include workshops to nurture concepts in photography and create a discursive environment in which theory, hands-on experience and technical solutions are investigated.

The chosen writer resident has the chance not only to familiarize oneself and learn about history of photography and its historical process, but also to acquire skills to evaluate works of other residents practicing alternative photography; understand their artistic point of views; develop a critical perspective on topics relating to the ALTlab 3.0 residency artists and eventually experiment with new modes of writing.


Applications for Altlab photography writers' residency are invited from writers based in India. Regional language (Bangla, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi and Tamil only) writers are also welcome to apply. There are no age limitations.

Financial and other support

Travel expenses; Maximum of Rs. 8000 - To and from Goa (against actual bills).
A total stipend of Rs. 20,000 for 2 months will be paid to the residents.
All the material required for research and writing will be provided by Goa-CAP.
The Goa-CAP apartment is furnished and rooms will be available on twin-sharing basis.
There is a common space that can be shared for work or socializing. Resident will have to make his/her own arrangements for food. A common kitchen at the apartment can be used for cooking.
A coordinator will be in charge of logistics who shall attend to the needs of the guests.
Application procedure

Applicants should be seriously engaged with researching and developing their own photography writing. They should be open and willing to live modestly with other artists for a period of two months. The selected residents will have to commit themselves to being present in Goa during the time of this residency programme.

The following documents should be dispatched to the Goa-CAP office address:

Duly filled in application form (ALTlab Photography writers' residency - Application Form)
Submit no more than three creative writing samples (a maximum of 10 pages each) that best illustrate your interests and writing ability. Submit no more than 10 pages (Please be sure to indicate if the writing is published or unpublished. In case of published material mention the source of the write-up).
Curriculum vitae, reviews and catalogues (If you have any).

Deadline for receipt of applications: 28 January 2013
Notification to short listed applicants: 03 February 2013. The list of selected applicants will be posted onto the Goa-CAP website at
Receipt of acceptance letters from applicants: 05 February 2013
Commencement of the 2 month residency: 01 March 2013