Mumbai, August 19: Photography is a universal language which does not have any limit of the boundary. A single click can be understood by everyone and with different layers of interpretation. That is why Photography is such a unique art which a DSLR cannot buy you. From food snaps to aerial photography, travel, fashion, sport, street, wildlife, architectural, photojournalism photography touches every aspect of life. On this World Photography day, let’s remember some veteran photojournalists of India.
In one line Photojournalism can be defined as the art of communicating a story or news through a photograph. As common journalists use pen and paper, nowadays MS Office to describe their story, photojournalists use their Camera as the device. Even sometimes a photograph can impact the subconscious of an audience than a normal story. Sometimes Photojournalists don’t have the freedom like other photographs as this genre is governed by a far stricter code of photographic ethics. War photography is a very famous part of photojournalism. The coverage of Vietnam war by photos is well-known to photographers.
One of his iconic
photographs is Mother Teresa’s faith, 1990’s. He wrote “Mother Teresa was a mother to everybody. She believed in compassion and seva. To rejuvenate herself, she would sit and pray to god. You can see her connect with the Lord.”
Another photojournalist of India, a native of Kerala who spent a part of life in Banaras Hindu University narrated thousands of stories. He was the first Indian photographer accredited to the White House. Over four decades, he photographed nine US presidents. He also featured several Indian Prime ministers Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P.V. Narashimahan, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh. He will be ever remembered in US-America history. He documented US visits of every Indian Prime Ministers. For several decades, he worked as an official photographer of the Indian Embassy in Washington. Political photojournalism reached a peak with his works.