Past Issue : August 2021

 

In this Issue

Danish Siddique - A Special Tribute
Pro Profile - GMB Akash
Surreal Photography
The Timelessness of Black & White Street Photography
New Photography Genres to Try
 
 
 
 
 

Danish Siddique - A Special Tribute

There are some people that leave a lasting impact on you, not by virtue of who they are alone but also by virtue of the sheer work that they do. And when I think about Danish Siddiqui, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Unfortunately on 16th July 2021 he was taken away from us and it indeed was a day of great loss to not only the photography community, but also the world, as we lost Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Initially it was believed that Danish lost his life while covering the clashes between Afghan Troops and the Taliban. But reports have now emerged he was severely injured and captured by the Taliban, and on realising his identity he was killed by them.

 
 
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Pro Profile - GMB Akash

A fierce photojournalist, documentary photographer and writer based in Bangladesh, GMB Akash has not only been photographing social issues in his country, but also creating a positive impact by helping the marginalised section of the society become independent. Through his camera lens, he captures pictures that send a chill down the spine; not only forcing the viewers to pay attention, but also encouraging them to act. He is the recipient of over 100 international awards including the World Press Photo award. His work has been published in over 100 international publications, he has presided as a jury member on some of the most notable international photography competitions and his work has been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, the USA, Czech Republic as well as in Greece. We spoke to him about the start of his journey, his inspiration and how he manages to capture deep emotions with just a click. Excerpts

 
 
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Surreal Photography

Surrealism is an avant-garde movement started around 1920s which explores the creative a part of the mind by going beyond realism in art field. In the past, it had been seen in paintings then jumped to photography. Surrealism was officially established as a movement with the publication of poet André Breton’s first Manifesto of Surrealism in 1924. In this article we give you tips on how to get those unbelievable images that you see all over.

 
 
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The Timelessness of Black & White Street Photography

If you go through the pictures of the greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt and others, you’ll realise there is an inimitable, classic quality to their pictures. And what’s the common thread linking them? The pictures clicked by these greats exude the timeless quality that comes through the black & white medium. When you extend the power of B&W to street photography, you can create impactful images that transport the viewer onto a cloud of nostalgia. You draw their eye directly to your subject, without letting them get misled by any kind of distractions. If you too want to click timeless, classic pictures, it is time you tried your hand at black & white street photography!

 
 
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New Photography Genres to Try

The world of photography has gone through a lot evolution. From those heavy cameras and lenses to a simple 180 g device in your hand, the technology around photography changed drastically. Likewise with each new device, came new features that improved the art of photography; offering more options to be creative. Hence different forms of photography came out and a lot of new genres came to light. So what does it mean to be a photographer in 2021? Few years back, photography was only limited to people who could afford to buy those expensive cameras and lenses. But now, almost everybody has equipped themselves with good smartphones, which have a pretty nice camera. And the technology has grown in such a way that it doesn’t require much effort to capture decent images of anything around you. In this article we have talked about a few trends that we think are breaking the bond of the industry and are quite offbeat in their approach.

 
 
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