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Capturing Delhi, one frame at a time

art-and-culture Updated: Aug 18, 2013 01:59 IST
Aditi Pant
Aditi Pant
Hindustan Times
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A picture is worth a thousand words, a million smiles, a zillion thoughts. And, if the picture depicts a city as layered and colourful as Delhi, it should speak volumes about its myriad gallis, delicious food haunts and historically rich monuments. With World Photography Day on August 19, we decided to zoom in on four city-based photographers and ask them what is it about the Capital that makes it the sought-after muse of so many photographers since time immemorial.

‘Delhi has retained its old-world charm’
Being a photographer and a photography mentor to many, Munish Khanna says he often feels photography in Delhi has got saturated. But no sooner does he feel this when he ends up finding an unexplored corner in the city to capture. “A lot of photography is taking place in Delhi. But it still retains its old world charm. If you look closely you can find some new corners to explore with your camera. Also, a lot can be done now because the city has a sprawling night life and technology has advanced so much.”

‘Seasonal changes make Delhi beautiful’
Photographer Vipin Gaur loves shooting in and around Delhi for its weather changes. “I love shooting in the city because the changes in the weather add to its beauty and also, the people here are very supportive.” He adds, Shooting in the Walled City is always a great experience. And I simple love shooting Qutab Minar.”

‘Delhi has something for all’
For Rishabh Agarwal, monuments are an obvious subject for photography in Delhi, but he also loves capturing the heart of Delhi transport — the Metro. “I have shot around several monuments here... be it India Gate, the ruins in Hauz Khas or Humayun’s Tomb. But I am also fascinated with the Delhi Metro. Prior to the metro, travelling in Delhi was quite difficult. But metro has made the city accessible and really easy for a photographer. I feel Delhi has something to offer to every photographer covering any genre.”

‘It’s a cornucopia of beautiful spaces’
Photographer Shamim Akhtar started capturing Delhi way back in 1992, but says he still hasn’t got enough of the city. “Delhi is one place where you’ll find ample subjects to choose from. Monuments in Delhi have a rich history, be it the ancient marvels of architecture or the exquisite buildings in Lutyen’s Delhi. This truly is a cosmopolitan city. It’s alive, it breathes. Be it the old Delhi bylanes, the food bazaar or the skyscrapers in Gurgaon. From a photographer’s point of view, it is an amazing place to shoot,” says Akhtar.

Other photo shows around town

Through The Lens - a group photography show
When: August 19 to 31; Time: 10am-6pm; Entry: Free
Where: Poorva Sanskritik Kendra (PSK), 14, Laxmi Nagar, District Centre, Vikas Marg
Event Description: FIPA (Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists) presents Through the Lens - a group show involving 40-48 photographs by 10-12 Indian photographers to commemorate the World Photography Day.

‘Delhi - Its Own Way’ Documentary
When: On till August 31;
Time: 10am-8pm; Entry: Free
Place: Delhi O Delhi Foyer, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Event Description: ‘Delhi - Its
Own Way’ Documentary street photography by Krishnendu Chatterjee, offers a peek into the culture, into the way of life that habitat India’s capital city.

‘The Accessible Arctic’ An exhibition of photographs
When: On till August 21;
Time: 11am to 7pm; Entry: Free
Place: Outside Conference Room-1, India International Centre, 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Event Description: ‘The Accessible Arctic’ An exhibition of photographs from the archives of Canadian National Geographic featuring the Canadian Arctic region.