#WorldPhotographyDay: A picture is worth a thousand words

NewsBharati    19-Aug-2017

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.

What is photojournalism?

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.

Raghu Rai:

The Padmashree awardee veteran photojournalist was honored with lifetime achievements awards at 6th national photography awards in 2015. He is the photojournalist with more than 50 years of a long career.

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.”

Regarding politics, Raghu Rai’s photographs of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi are very iconic. A lonely picture of Manmohan Singh explains the position of our former Prime Minister. How he was isolated by INC leaders is documented in one photograph. Another photograph of Prime Minister Modi shows how he can cast his charm with his powerful gestures, his personality.
Homai Vyarawalla:
The first female photojournalist of India will be remembered forever. She captured many incredible moments of Indian History. The first flag hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort on 16th August 1947 was captured by her. India’s independence history of freedom struggle and post-independence history is captured and narrated through her works. When even common girls could not imagine receiving a proper education, in that period she started her career turning herself into a chronicle of history. Her photographs captured Gandhi’s funeral, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, at his last Press Conference before leaving for Pakistan, The first Republic Day Parade on 26 January 1950 where Dr Rajendra Prasad is taking the salute without any security surrounding him.

Rajan Devadas:

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.

India has several other photojournalists. Photojournalism how narrates a story even sometimes better than they have proved it. “A picture is worth a thousand words”, Photojournalism a slightly different genre of photography never failed to establish this old proverb.