8 Indian Photographers You Should Know About

India is a land filled with diversity, and one day I hope to visit it. Any photograph I see from India arouses immense curiosity in me. I can only delight in photographs of the country. I separate the images into two large categories: ones from travelers, and ones from native photographers. Here I want to focus on the locals, the photographers of India who manage to capture their ancestral traditions, their artistic heritage, their magnificent landscapes and of course, their culinary culture.

Raghu Rai (1942 - )

The first time I saw the work of Raghu was a year ago, while I was surfing through the Magnum photo archive. He was born in a village called "Jhhang", which is no longer part of India, but of Pakistan. It was the man, the legend, Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, who nominated Raghu to join the famous photography agency. The work of Raghu Rai has been characterized by focusing on coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa.

He has developed long-term projects, like one that documents the chemical disaster at Bhopal in 1984 and its ongoing effects on the victims. He has served three times as a juror for the World Press Photo contest and twice for UNESCO's International Photo Contest. He lives in Delhi with his family and continues to be an associate of Magnum Photos.

You can see more of his work here.

Sohrab Hura (1981 - )

He was born in October 1981 in Chinsurah, a small town in West Bengal, and grew up dwelling among different things and dreams. He is today a photographer and has a Masters degree in Economics, a not-so-strange combination indeed (because this other guy possesses exactly the same combination).

He is currently the coordinator of the Anjali House children’s photography workshop, which takes place during the Angkor Photo Festival every year. He has focused on documenting the harsh reality of India's displaced rural communities as they struggle to survive.

You can see more of Sohrab’s work here.

Pablo Bartholomew (1955 - )

He is an award-winning independent photographer and photojournalist based in New Delhi. He has been involved not only with photography, but also with photography education. He has conducted several workshops and is the manager of MediaWeb, a software company specialising in photo database solutions and server-based digital archiving systems.

For many years, he financed his projects by working as a still photographer. Nowadays his career has become solid, perhaps after completing several news-related pieces in the 1970s and 1980s. He has photographed societies in conflict and transition.  He did a work on morphine addicts, and this particular photograph makes me nervous – but every time I see it, I keep myself together and contemplate it as the great work of photography it is.

You can see his work here, but I must tell you, it is hard to view.

Mahesh Balasubramanian (?)

The first time I saw Mahesh's work was in 2013, when this magnificent portrait was awarded 1st place in the 1x.com awards. His work is best known for its evocative use of color. In one simple yet elegant sentence, I can state that Mahesh retains the essence of humanity in his photographs.

The award-winning image was this one, and you can see more of his work here.

Saravanan Dhandapani (?)

Saravanan is a software professional with an amazing eye for photography, which happens to be his major passion. He expresses his own feelings for his people and land. He has been taking photographs for about five years now, and the viewfinder has helped open his eyes towards his own people. Photography trained him to interact with people easily. Thanks to this, he started travelling around India in the search of more experiences in his homeland.

You can see more of his work here.

Prabuddha Dasgupta (1956 - 2012)

Prabuddhah Dashupta was a fashion and fine art photographer, perhaps the only one in this niche from our list today. He passed away in 2012. His black and white imagery became iconic, and he had a long career as a fashion photographer.

His father was the curator of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, so he grew up surrounded by art. He was trained as a historian and started his career as a copywriter for an advertising agency. But he slowly became passionate about photography.

You can see his work here.

Dayanita Singh (1961 - )

Dayanita is a photographer working in a peculiar niche – the editorial one. She has a formal education in Visual Communication, and also in Documentary Photography from the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York City, which is directed by Cornell Capa (yup, Robert Capa had a brother). Dayanita has published 12 books. Her art reflects the ways in which people relate to photography, and her most recent works have focused on mobile museums that allow her images to be endlessly edited, sequenced, archived and displayed.

You can see more of her poetic and narrative work here.

Raghubir Singh (1942 - 1999)

He was a photographer largely known for his landscapes and documentary photographs of the Indian people. He was a true pioneer in his country for practically reinventing the use of color photography during a time when it was heavily frowned upon in the fine art world.

He has published 14 successful photo books, and you can see more of his work on his official website.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but for Indian photographers, I'm sure it’s not always true. For proof, just look at the magnificent work they’re doing inside their own borders. We hope you have enjoyed this post, and encourage you to share with us other photographers you know or follow who come from this magnificent and mysterious country.

Originally Published at Light Stalking

4 Argentinian Photographers You Should Know

In some ways, societies generate a kind of unique identity thanks to their culture and other anthropological elements. I think this gives photographers from each country a common sensibility that makes their images somehow related and easy to identify. Photographers can have extremely varied and diverse styles, but my hypothesis is that they reflect more or less the same “cultural identity", almost in the same way that people in general can respond their whole life to the same passion. Some days ago, I put special emphasis on Mexican photographers, and this time I want to focus on Argentinian photographers. I hope you like them.

Daniel Mordzinski (1960 - )

Personally, I feel a deep fascination with the work of Daniel Mordzinski. His work is a solid example for all those who have felt the existential worry of pursuing not just a style, but a specific style within a photographic niche. Daniel specializes in only one type of people – writers – and he portrays them like no one else. He has portrayed Hispanic American authors for more than three decades.

One of the masters of "Environmental Portrait" is without a doubt Arnold Newman, but he worked with different types of people, from theater critics to fluorescent lighting professionals, from Woody Allen to Francisco Franco. That is why Mordzinski’s titanic effort is far more impressive to me, because his level of specialization is so high that he really sets the bar for every photographer out there.

Most of his images capture the essence of writers as we imagine them, allowing us to enter into the intimacy of their creative spaces and ideas. To some extent, Daniel is an ambassador for literature lovers who enables us to approach our literary heroes and idols.

I wanted to discuss Daniel's work first because I find it fascinating how he portrayed many of my literary heroes, people like Roberto Bolaño and Jorge Luis Borges. In the middle of May this year, the Museum of Art in my country had the fortune of receiving a sample of more than 200 photographs taken by Daniel, all of them depicting Hispanic authors. I was mesmerized while wandering in the midst of so many of my heroes, along with a vast number of other writers who were unknown to me.

That's the magic I felt when I saw these pictures, and it’s been something I wanted to share with you ever since. You can see a lot of Daniel’s images here.

Rodrigo Abd (1976 - )

Rodrigo Abd is an Associated Press photographer who was part of a team that won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for their coverage of the Syrian Civil War. His began as a staff photographer at La Razón and La Nación newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, he became a staff photographer for the Associated Press in Guatemala, with the exception of 2006, when he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has always been recognized for the passionate way in which he portrays subjects that are too scabrous and harsh for many photographers. Honestly, his images are strong, but they have a rather intriguing aesthetic, despite being related to moments as raw as death itself.

A curious fact about Rodrigo is that he has shot several images with a 19th-century wooden camera he acquired in Afghanistan. I mention this because it shows us not only his skill, but also that the camera isn’t what makes the images – it’s the photographer.

You can see more of his work here. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Andy Goldstein (1943 - )

Andy Goldstein is an expert in creativity and teaching. Without a doubt, his best-known work is "Vivir en la Tierra" a series of 66 large-format photographs in which he portrays families in informal settlements in 14 Latin American countries, which happen to be very common in the continent.

I had the opportunity to take a class with Andy, and through him I learned about how important it is to know the intention of a photograph before even beginning to work on it in post-production. By only adjusting the white balance, Andy was able to make all the audience feel different feelings and perceptions about a scene. He made us feel afraid, and then protected, with the same image, just by adjusting the image's temperature.

Apart from this great experience, I also saw his sample of "Vivir en la Tierra", in which the grand size of the images transports the spectator to precarious and common locations throughout Latin America.

You can see more of his work here.

Romina Ressia (1981 - )

Romina Ressia is the youngest of the photographers I present today, and she is an important figure in the art photography scene. Her work is characterized by portraits with an obvious Renaissance influence, very similar to the way in which Hendrik Kerstens has based his portraits on Flemish paintings. The curious thing is that Romina (like Hendrik) has juxtaposed modern and vernacular elements in her images, giving them a unique character and modern context.

In her early career she was dedicated to fashion photography, and gradually she turned her eye to the fine-art world. Her works are represented by galleries in the United Kingdom, New York, Switzerland and Italy and have been exhibited in major cities including New York, Milan, United Kingdom, Zurich, Paris and Buenos Aires.

We can appreciate her excellent work here.

Easter Egg

Internet and Geography has given me the fortune of connecting with amazing people with time, now I want to share with you a video made by a fellow Argentinian photographer who has been working hard to create a solid magazine that features only the best of contemporary Latin American documentary photography. Before the Claps, by Jorge Piccini.

Originally Published at Light Stalking