If you are a photography enthusiast intrigued by how mankind started capturing new sights on a lens, then the terrace of Indian International Centre’s library might be your key address for the coming days. In a new series started by the IIC library, there will be a terrace talk by an eminent artist on various issues every month. Interestingly, the library has added a new section of books on the photographic history of many countries, including Africa, India, Japan and America. Initiated by Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a registered charitable trust in India, the first talk was by renowned photojournalist, curator, designer and activist Ram Rahman who talked on the history and culture of photography.
“Photography has always had social connect. It has a big role in changing the society,” said Rahman. During the session, he explored the works of some famous artists and elucidated on how they played a role in shaping history and creating various trends such as futurism, realism, modernism, surrealism and so on. During his session, he appreciated the photographic section and recommended the young photographers to visit it, as “there is no great library for photography like this in Delhi”, adding, “In fact, I will ask other people to donate art books to this library”.
As for his advice to the youngsters who aspire to take up photography, he said, “The notion of history is very important. So, the history of photography should be read.” During the session, he also talked about the history of many kinds of photography, such as African, Japanese, American and Indian. He told the audience about many books which can be read about the subject, such as ‘A new history of photography’ by Michel Frizot. He also talked about some of his favorite photographers: “Seydou Keita is one of my favorite photographers. His pictures are full of human aspirations and honesty.”