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Tales of the lensmen

With Indian photographers finally being considered artists, their future seems bright, writes Shraddha Shaw.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 16:27 IST

While paintings remain a collector’s favourite possession, photographs are fast coming into the realm of art.

The recent photo exhibitions at various art galleries bear testimony to this fact. Of course, the appreciation for photography has come pretty late and the reason is easily discernible.

It’s never too late

There has been a dearth of people willing to take up photography as a profession. But as technology takes over every sphere of our lives, photography is becoming an attractive profession.

So why has photography got its due so late? Explains eminent photographer Bharat Sikka, “Paintings have had a conventional market for generations now. Deviating from the convention is not easy and it takes a lot of time. Since photography has seen a recent spurt, it will take time to make its mark.”

Bharat himself started as a fashion photographer but eventually re alised that he wanted to do something else. So he started using his talent to convey human issues pertaining to society at large.

Because of lack of buyers in India, he held his shows mostly abroad. But with Indian market opening to innovations, he will soon bring his works here.

It’s all about money

 

 

Amit Mehra, whose collection of photographs titled India Celebrates is currently on in Melbourne, says that people have started investing in photographs as works of art.

“Photography is definitely gaining popularity, though a little slowly. Now even Indians have started investing in photographs.”

This just implies that with big money involved, photographers also have to pay more attention to the subjects they wish to click.

Amit explains that when he takes up serious issues to portray through his lens, “it is much more than just clicking pictures randomly. It takes lot of in depth research into the subject.”

Young voices

With new media permeating faster in art fraternity, many schools for photography have also come up. But the young photographers are more interested in the money that this profession offers. Says Ashish Thakkar, a photography student at the Pearl Academy, “Commercial photography is in vogue and gets you good rewards in return. Internationally also Indian photographers are making their mark, so things are looking bright.”

However, there are still not enough mentors to encourage these photographers to view the world with different angles.