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Camera days are numbered: Hardev Singh

"Still camera days are numbered, they will disappear in my lifetime," says Hardev Singh, 59, renowned architectural and interior photographer. Satyen Mohapatra reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2009 22:27 IST
Satyen Mohapatra

"Still camera days are numbered, they will disappear in my lifetime," says Hardev Singh, 59, renowned architectural and interior photographer.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, on the occasion of World Photography Day today, he said, "With the improving technology of digital videos you will be able to shoot every movement of a model or a sport and will be able take out the exact moment you want for your picture."

He said photography has changed a lot since digitization becoming more technical.

"After you capture the image, you have to work on the Photoshop - more than photography it is imaging. The purity of image is lost, even though I also improve my image at times for my clients in photo shop but usually try to capture more into the frame itself."

It is so easy to take a picture today, he said.

"It is not a mystery and there is no mastery required any more." But for great creativity in composition ultimately the man behind the camera is required, who cannot be replaced,he added.

After 30-40 years of using the film camera internationally renowned photographer Raghu Rai seems to have now taken completely to the digital for the past seven-eight years.

"The first day I took the digital camera for a National Geographic shoot I also had my film camera.I thought let me use the digital camera first and then when I get down to serious shooting I will use the film camera. But once I used the digital camera, since then I stopped using film camera."

He said there was no point being nostalgic about film cameras as the digital technology gives greater freedom, cameras are easier to handle and therefore millions of images are being taken today. Large printmaking is also easy, he added.

"Technology is just a tool and you cannot blame it for affecting your creativity. If you have creativity, it just gives you greater freedom," he added.

Pavan Mahatta, partner of one of the oldest professional studios in the country,said that there was "no hype" about the World Photographers Day in the media unlike the "Valentine's Day"and therefore there was lack of enthusiasm among the public today.

The hobby of photography was growing with nearly 15-16 schools having opened in the city to teach photography, he said.

There is a greater choice of new cameras among the public.

"Visual documentation of the country is of archival importance but is not being done and nobody is keeping record of how the same place is changing over the years."

The Photo Division under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry is the largest organization in the country in the production and storage of still photographs.

Established in October 1959, it has more than 10 lakh negatives/transparencies and now in digital format right from pre independence time to present day of archival and historical value.