In adolescence I found I could replicate the real world in my camera to create my own world. With this discovery I fell in love with photography a life long enigma that I have still to outgrow. As I grew up in Kolkata with an affection for its chaotic beauty, I also experienced the love of diversity of India. This unique experience and memory of this fascination is within me and my fondness of this place- this is my place. I chose to photograph here. An autodidact I read whatever I could on photography and published books were rare. I photographed all the time and won several awards and recognition including the Kodak Award for excellence in photography as well as national awards organised by the Government of India. But I felt a vacuum in my work and only when I saw the print exhibitions of Cartier Bresson, Lee Friedlander , Raghubir Singh and several others that I found a new direction. In a way it was a point of departure. I concentrated in black and white, became sensitive about the light and the way these masters used the wide angle lens and framing of the subject. My work went through a sea change as I approached subjects on the street and moved away from pretty images.
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