Seeing India

#1 Nov 22nd, 2017, 21:51
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Ten under-40, home-grown photographers tell us what inspires them and how they see India today. From fashion and wildlife to haunting portraits of grief and loss, their frames tell stories of our many contemporary realities

A good photograph has the ability to elicit awe. It can make us notice details we may have overlooked, emotions we may not have tapped into, and, at its very best, give us a completely new perspective. While writers are the rulers of the worlds they create, photographers must make do with the world they inhabit. They must observe it patiently, waiting for that fleeting moment—that split second when everything comes together in visual coherence.

Some use the medium to document the ordinary in the extraordinary, like Showkat Nanda, 34, with his haunting images of the widows of Kashmir (featured on page 1). Others use it to comment on the erasure of natural habitats, like Asmita Parelkar, a documentary-wildlife photographer whose series on animal trafficking helped create awareness of the urgency of the problem.

We list young photographers with different areas of focus—documentary, street, wildlife, fashion and interior-architecture—delving into their practice and seeking to offer insights into their visual thinking.

To curate this list, we reached out to galleries and senior photographers. While we couldn’t include many deserving names, we hope this gives you a glimpse. They come from different regions—Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad—but their photographs transcend the boundaries of time, space and geography. Each photographer has a compelling story to tell—of that “decisive moment” which prompted them to pick up the camera

Showkat Nanda’s self-portrait.

Showkat Nanda

Best known for: documentary photography

Showkat Nanda’s childhood memories of Kashmir are singed with the strife of the 1990s. A reticent child, he dreamt of becoming a surgeon. As violence tore through the state, however, Nanda’s dream crumbled. “I began to believe that I would never live to grow into a young man. Survival became the topmost priority,” he says. He lost his 17-year-old brother and 16-year-old cousin to the conflict. But while many children his age would go on to pick up stones, Nanda picked up the camera.

“Throwing stones at the Indian forces was a natural, human response to the situation one witnessed every day,” he says. “But I wanted to tell stories of my people. The desire to show the world the reality of a conflict that has devastated thousands of lives turned me towards photography.” He borrowed his first camera, a Cosina C1 SLR, from his friend’s brother in 1997; he was 14 years old.

In 2009, Nanda would shoot an image which would leave an indelible mark on him. “I shot the image of a 12-year-old boy throwing stones at an armoured vehicle of the Indian forces, moments after his schoolmate died in my arms,” Nanda says. It was a defining moment since he, a photojournalist, was compelled to play his role of a silent observer, while his instinct told him to pick up stones. He didn’t rebel.
#2 Nov 23rd, 2017, 17:38
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IMHO, this thread will get better viewership in one of the older photography threads.
Good info that is not getting the mileage it commands!

See if you want to move it.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”
#3 Nov 24th, 2017, 04:28
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Great pictures.
#4 Nov 24th, 2017, 04:44
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I'm afraid my only reaction to the thread, first time around, was, "Wow, that's some selfie!"

Glad I was prompted to look further. Amazing pics. Could only skim just now: will read tomorrow. Pics, and, I suspect, the stories of the people that took them, are well worth seeing. Recommended!
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