Influential Indian Photographer Dayanita Singh on Photo Books at an Artist Talk hosted by Delhi Photo Festival.
“Life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism.” Robert Frank
To me the camera is an instrument of learning. When you look through it, you start achieving a kind of concentration.
Last week we played host to over 45 Ngee Ann Polytechnic students at the SIDEWALK Street Photography Exhibition at IPA Gallery.
“I realized fairly early there was no contradiction between sadness or poverty, and colour.” Raghubir Singh
Photography makes people feel something (people turn their heads, or flee). But using a compact camera, you can do it simply.
Photography as a medium can be very powerful: the still image allows for contemplation, it can refer to cultural and visual traditions, and as a representation of reality it forces the viewer to think about the depiction and its meaning.
When I go out into the city I have no plan. I walk down one street, and when I am drawn to turn the corner into another.
My Ambitions are probably quite modest, but i think if you can resonate with a few people, just touch a few people, if they recognize something in your work, I think it’s worthwhile.
The photographer has been a slave to the camera for a long time. Good camera, good lens, Leica, etc – these were the masters of the photographers.
In Photography, editing is of utmost importance, but often overlooked in today’s immediate world. It defines who you are as a photographer and it begins in the viewfinder.
Photography shouldn’t be about the perfect image, and even then, the definition of the ‘perfect image’ can never be perfect in itself. There is no right or wrong in art, so what if the image is blurred?
Lens choice is an emotional decision, not a technical choice.
Selected quotes on photobooks shared by David Chickey, Radius Books during the masterclass workshop with Alex & Rebecca Norris Webb in Singapore.
Luck – or perhaps serendipity – plays a big role… But you never know what is going to happen. And what is most exciting is when the utterly unexpected happens.
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