“The first light-picture ever taken. 1839”

“The first light-picture ever taken. 1839” Robert Cornelius wrote this short but evocative inscription on the back of his own self-portrait.  This self-portrait is the first photographic image of human ever produced. The quarter plate daguerreotype was taken at the...

Exploring binding techniques in my artist’s books

As a fine art photographer making work on India, artists’ books add an additional dimension to my work and are as critical to me as fine art prints, but with the added advantage that they are tactile objects that the viewer can interact with directly. I started making...

A look back at making of the Salt project:

Over a period of two years I made numerous trips along the Salt March route.  I wanted to experience the landscape at different times of the year as each season would have its own special light and the human activity would also be very distinctive in these rural parts...

HALSNOY : Scenes from a tiny Island

On the 11th day: Yes, it has taken me a while to get to this first entry.  At the moment I am in Norway, taking part in an artist’s residency for a period of three weeks. I am on a small island of Halsnoy (59.8041°N 5.651°E), staying in a house build in 1840’s...

Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie – 2011

Non Conforme / Uncertified Probably the most important photography festival in Europe once again leaves an impression.  47 shows arranged in broad thematic segments cover a range of photographic practices, and strongly raises the question of what photography is and...

Indian Mag Culture: Motherland

“Motherland” is a monthly publication from W +K Publishing.  It’s a magazine that I did not know I had been waiting for. The first issue is the August/September 2010 Volume 01 (ok, so I just got my hands on it!).  I came across the magazine by chance, but now it will...

Arundhati Roy at SOAS : Burning Ground, June 5th 2011

A lot of media attention is given to Arundhati Roy’s involvement as a campaigner and supporter of the adivasis communities that are under incredible amount of threat and in danger of being wiped out from the hills and forests of eastern and central India. This threat...

SOAS project revisiting India:

A SOAS project starting on 1st of September this year will revisit a seminal research project about rural life in India, which took place in the 1950’s. Headed by Dr. Edward Simpson, a senior lecturer in anthropology at the university and his co-investigator Professor...

Making of “Salt” Artist Book

One of the “Salt” hand made artist book will be unveiled tonight in Paris at the Gallery Duboys (http://www.galerieduboys.com/). You can discover some pictures of the making of at:...

“Salt” my first Artist’s book

This is my first attempt to make and bind my own book. Bound using traditional Chinese bookbinding technique, this experiment has freed me from the pressures and preconceptions of what a photography book should and should not be. For me it is the next natural stage in...

Vintage images – People of Vadodara

Couple of weeks ago, driving around the rural areas outside of Vadodara, I came across street vendors selling old antique and vintage furniture.  Tucked away at the back of one of these sheds were some frames, and old photographic images.  After much negotiation, I...

“People of India” – my equipment…

I have been using this Wista 45vx for a year now…and I love it.  That does not mean I am totally at ease with it, however I find the experience of making images with it a very much in line with how I see photography…a slow long drawn out and inspiring...

“People of India”: the start…

I wanted to begin this project in a part of India that I am not very familiar with, the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh in the North.   When I work in India, I usually do day trips with a car and a local driver, and make work along the way.  However, inspired...

“The Light of Asia”

I came across this book while traveling around the South of France this summer.  Published in 1908 in London, it is a book about the life and teachings of Buddha, told in verse form to Sir Edwin Arnold by an unknown Indian Buddhist.  Besides the beautiful writing, I...

Prix Pictet nomination

From my new project SALT the landscape series has been nominated for the Prix Pictet 3. The shortlist announcement will take place at Paris Photo in November.  Watch this...

The sub-continent at Whitechapel gallery.

Where Three Dreams Cross: A treat of all sorts, its good to see that the a popular and demanding space like Whitechapel gallery bravely put on a show that sprawled across several floors, displaying works from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Though for my money, a...

Indian art under the hammer…

Phillips de Pury & Company were auctioning a collection of contemporary art from and about India this weekend at the Saatchi gallery.    Besides some dream like images of Raghu Rai and  beautiful but obvious offerings from Steve McCurry what caught my eye was...

Maharajas at the V&A, London

Last week I went to see Maharaja: the Splendor of India’s Royal Courts  exhibition at the V&A in London.  Its a beautifully curated and displayed exhibition, detailing the lives and loves (human and material)  of various famous and infamous Indian Maharajs. ...