A Tale of Two Cities in the Punjab


Unusual Photo Installation Evening

Anyone with an interest in photography or the Punjab is invited to the installation evening of a unique photographic exhibition at the Foto Galleria at La Dolce Vita, Albert Road, Colne.

The free interactive event which launches the exhibition ‘Lahore – Chandigarh’ is on Thursday 3 April at 7pm, starting with a talk by photographer and local artist William Titley.


William, a lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire and also part of the In-Situ artist collective in Pendle, explained “The exhibition of 200 black and white photographs has been shown in India, Pakistan, Texas and the UK and now, at last, it’s coming to my home town of Colne!”


The exhibition presents images from the ancient city of Lahore, Pakistan and the new Indian city of Chandigarh.

Lahore was the original capital of Punjab until Partition in 1947, after which the Indian side of the Punjab lost their cultural capital. The Indian government responded ambitiously by building what is reputed to be the crowning glory of the architect Le Corbusier: Chandigarh, realised in the 1950s, was the new modern capital city.

“The photos from Pakistan and India focus on these two cities, one, which is the old capital of the Punjab and the other, a new modern garden city for India.

Sarah Lee from La Dolce Vita commented “It’s fantastic to get an exhibition with an international perspective but real local relevance here in Colne. Pendle is a place with a large community from Pakistan who have lived in or visited Lahore and this exhibition will be of great interest to them.

“It will be on in the galleria above the deli until Thursday 22nd May,” she added.

A book featuring all 200 photos will be on sale at the event and at the deli, signed by William Titley and at the reduced price of £15 (normal retail price £19.99).


Dr Julian Manley, who reviewed the book, said “William Titley’s photographs take us through the meanderings of city spaces where people carve out roads of humanity. He juxtaposes everyday life with the institutions of a living past, the buildings of power, architecture and religion. This installation event is a unique opportunity to speak to the artist and also to experience the collective nature of the installation process, said Sarah.


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