Lensman Toto Nandy advises budding photographers to be sincere in their pursuit, and be eager to learn the art.
Photographer Toto Nandy says he grew up amidst pictures and feels every good picture makes an impact.
“If it does not shock you, then it has no story. Even a bizarre thing has the potential of being beautiful and contains a story,” he says, adding, “The old-world charm of black and white photographs, the relevance of the dark room, the chemicals and trays; negatives and photographs hanging in lines to dry those were the days when no one knew about Photoshop or any kind of correction done to photos. I learnt it all from my father, a pioneer of advertising photography who also documented the filmmaker Mrinal Sen all his life.”
Toto explains that growing up in such an atmosphere shaped his ideas and so he shifted to Mumbai to try his luck. Anurag Kashyap gave him his first break to click the stills of his film Gulaab back then.
He adds, “Since then, I have collaborated with Anurag Kashyap in all his films and commissioned to document him and his cinema.”
The photographer has also collaborated with directors like Mira Nair, Imtiaz Ali, Shashanka Ghosh, Raj Kumar Gupta, Abhiney Deo, Priyadarshan, Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Ribhu Dasgupta.
For young photographers his advice is “Be sincere in your pursuit. The more eager one is to learn, the better one gets prepared for uncertain times and challenging work demands.”