Lessons from the masters

I have recently seen books on photography and among them are two of those I consider masters – Henri Cartier-Bresson and Samuel Bourne. I have been particularly in awe of pictures by these two taken in India. But what caught my eye was one by the legendary Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre taken in 1939. The…

Don’t kill the picture

I recently saw some “award-winning” photographs taken by supposedly well-known photographers. They were great pictures, looked stunning and appealing and perhaps deserved the prizes they got. But I had one small reservation. They were all heavily Photoshopped. Somehow, the originality was missing. Yet, they won, as opposed to straightforward pictures printed after just a few…

In Black and White

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” – Ted Grant This is what I have believed in always. In the years gone by, when there was no digital photography and there were very few colour laboratories, it was the…